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Today marketers consider a plethora of media channels to reach consumers; social media, mobile phones, etc., However, in its own way, the Great Depression and WWII era had its own multiple media outlets as well – movies, newspapers, radio, billboards and comic books. And comic book stars moved seamlessly across these media channels. In fact, many Golden Age comics were reprinted from serial newspaper strips. Moreover many of the characters; Captain Midnight, Bruce Gentry, Buster Crabbe, Smilin’ Jack to name just a few, also had their own Hollywood film serials. These characters represented the embodiment of honesty and bravery; and good always prevailed over the threat of evil. Such scorelines provided a entertaining distraction for an era marked by the Great Depression and World War II.

Harold Curtis pedigree

All comic collections could technically have a pedigree given the broadest definition of the word (aka a documented recording of direct linage). And surely every book that survives…

Marvel Comics Daring Mystery Men

The roots of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) go back to the very first issue of Marvel Comics in October 1939. That issue introduced, among other characters, The…

Silver Scorpion – Golden Age Female Superhero

Even before the United States began sending soldiers overseas to help reverse the global tsunami set in motion by the axis countries in World War II, the fledgling…

Terry Toons

Paul Terry goes all the way back to the Edison Studios silent film era. He got his animated shorts start in 1915 – 25 years prior to his biggest…

Circus Comics

I’ve been on a bit of an anthropomorphic funny animal spree of late.  They have a good vibe to them, perfectly represented by this circa April 1945 handwritten…

Hollywood Comics

Hollywood Comics #1* was published the winter of 1944. The cover evokes a bit of Hollywood with a “Vine” street sign that brings to mind intersections with well…

Wonder Woman turns 77 years old

Today (Sunday, October 21, 2018) is marked by D.C. Comics as the Day of Wonder: Wonder Woman’s birthday that now makes her officially 77 years old. “This Sunday,…

King Comics

This book doesn’t fit into my typical comic purchases.  But I’m an opportunist.  First off, its a pretty nice condition copy of King Comics #36. Secondly, I couldn’t…

Okajima pedigree

February 22nd 1944 was a typical Tuesday.  After work, a quick stop at the newsstand to scan the comic racks for something new.  Today’s purchases, a whole $0.30 worth…

USA Comics

U.S.A. Comics was published by Timely Comics, the 1930-1940s predecessor to Marvel Comics. The series ran 17 issues between August 1941 and Fall 1945. The series contained no main…