I found this book in a '5 for $1' bundle as an LCS last week. Avalon Communications seems to be the Canadian equivalent of Bill Black's AC Comics. They seem to have published a ton of reprint titles between 1997 and 2002, featuring loads of reprints from publishers such as Charlton and American Comics Group. I am sure someone out there knows the complete history of this company, but I will freely admit that they, and all of their books passed me by completely. To be honest, I don't know that I would have paid $3 for a slim volume of black and white reprints, but it was tough to pass up for a a fraction of a Loonie. This volume includes a fun Magicman tale with a solid appearance by Fidel Castro and a fairly standard story involving a soldier trying to make amends for cowardice. The real treat here is the John Force, Magic Agent tale entitled Cute as a Button, in which the 'Tattooed One' meets a baby while while investigating a series of terrorist bombings. The baby has a rather intriguing secret, with shades of 'The Unholy Three'. Also, there's a brief Hitler cameo. As a sampler of the type of stories ACG was publishing in the 60s, you really can't go wrong if you find a cheap copy of this book.
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