Zorro (Four Color #617)

American pulp writer Johnston McCulley debuted Zorro (Spanish for fox) in the novel The Curse of Capistrano. The story was published over five installments starting August 9, 1919…

Hawk

The Hawk was a comic series that ran for twelve issues.  The first three were published by Ziff Davis, while St. John carried on publishing issues #4 through…

Red Ryder Comics

Due to the incredible decades long popularity of the Daisy Red Ryder BB Gun it is forgivable to assume the comic character Red Ryder was derived from it….

True Love Pictorial

Artist Matt Baker and writer Dana Dutch were the Leonardo Da Vinci and William Shakespeare of romance comics in the 1950’s.  The cover of True Love Pictorial #11…

Exciting Comics (Robots, Robots, Robots)

Origin Story The concept of “automaton” is derived from the Greek word αὐτόματον, meaning “acting of one’s own will.”  The first automated robotic persona emerged in Greek mythology…

Rockford pedigree

Named for the location of the anonymous original owner (Rockford, Illinois) the Rockford pedigree ranks among the most cherished by collectors. According to the origin story, all the…

Adventures of Alan Ladd

In a real-life tale resembling Quentin Tarantino’s Rick Dalton (played by Leonardo DiCaprio in Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood (2019)) Alan Ladd’s career overcome obstacles to achieve…

Romantic Marriage

This classic romance painted cover is by an unknown artist, from Romantic Marriage #9 published by Ziff-Davis January 1952.  In addition to the stunning cover, the “Wife Welcomes…

Cape Cod pedigree

Like the Fred Schwab pedigree the Cape Cod pedigree is not a CGC recognized pedigree.  That might be because it contained under 1,000 copies or that it lacked…

Recil Macon pedigree

Kids love reading comics.  And that was probably never truer than in the era before television (just half of U.S. households had a T.V. by the mid 1950’s)….