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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.

Miss Victory

Obscure comic book publisher Holyoke cranked up the level of cheesiness to an 11 for this comic – known as Holyoke One-Shot #3 (1944).  My copy is an…

Fawcett’s Funny Animals

Fawcett Publications most famous character was Captain Marvel and the company leveraged its success by extending the same “Shazam” powers to an entire Marvel Family.  Fawcett’s Funny Animals…

Jimmy Peterson Collection

A short time after my father (Jim) passed away, I ran across a collection of books being sold on eBay – many of which were signed “Jimmy Peterson”…

Mystery Men Comics

One of the greatest comic book titles, back in the day Mystery Men was a synonym for super-heroes. Mystery Men Comics #9 (April 1940) was published by Fox…

Shield-Wizard Comics

Certainly some of the most collectable golden age comics were from publisher MLJ, which birthed Archie and subsequently changed its name to Archie Comics.  One of my top…

Daisy Air Rifle Company File Copy

The undisputed champion of advertising in the pages of golden age comic books was the Daisy Air Rifle Company.  One is hard pressed not to find one of…

Action Comics

Action run in the works #20-#29 See the Action Comics motorcycle covers.  

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…

Crowley pedigree

Perhaps no comic pedigree represents the arch of the rise and fall of Golden Age of comics more than the Crowley Pedigree.  Wendell B. Crowley was born in…