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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.

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…

4Most Comics

Dick Cole was known as “America’s Number One School Star.”  He was enjoyed enough in the 1940’s to get his own  30-minute radio program. Dick mainly appeared in…

Famous Funnies  #15

Famous Funnies  #15* from October 1935 is by far the oldest comic in my collection.  I’ve covered Famous Funnies before (after all it did run from 1934 to…

National Comics

National Comics was a successful series for Quality, running 75 issues from July 1940 – December 1949.  Cover art for National Comics #6* (December 1940) is by the…

Popular Comics

Popular Comics #54 was a  Dell Comics / Western Publishing production, published on August 1940.  My attraction was primarily the motorcycle cover (featuring Gang Busters).  But there is much more…

Mystery Comics

Alex Schomburg  did some cool robot covers.  One of the best was Mystery Comics #3 from publisher Better / Nedor / Standard / Pines that was printed October 1944….