Category: 1947-1955Page 1 of 17

Also known as the “Atomic Age” of comics, the post war era of the Golden Age is characterized by a shift away from the superhero into other types of titles in order to meet consumer demand and drive circulation and sales. In their haste to keep circulation up, some publishers pushed the envelope further and further beyond what some considered good taste. (One can imagine, however, the taste of war hardened adult readers after returning from battlefronts might have been edgier than what some might have considered child appropriate). Regardless, hastened by Dr. Fredric Werthham’s book Seduction of the Innocents, the U.S. Congress got involved and the Comic Code Authority, a self-regulating body, was formed in 1954. This along with the explosion of televisions into households across the country ushered in the end of the era.

Popular Teen-Agers

Star Publications, Inc. emerged as a notable American comic book publisher during the Golden Age, active from 1949 to 1954. Founded by the collaborative efforts of artist/editor L.B….

Colossal Features Magazine: “Classic ‘Women in Prison’ Cover”

During the Golden Age of comic books, which roughly spanned from the late 1930s to the early 1950s, the medium saw a rich exploration of various genres and…

Northwest Mounties

“Northwest Mounties” refers to the Royal Northwest Mounted Police (RNWMP), which was a predecessor to the modern Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP). The RNWMP was established in 1873…

Blue Beetle’s Sparkling Stars

Bear with me, we’re about to take a wild ride through comic book history. Let’s start this tale with Holyoke, initially a printer in the hands of Sherman…

Unraveling the Cosmic Chaos of ‘Robotmen of the Lost Planet #1’

Embark on a voyage into Robotmen of the Lost Planet #1, a relic from a bygone era where egg-headed robots and audacious humans collide in a battle for…

Cody of the Pony Express: Far-Famed Fighting Frontiersman

Once upon a time in the Wild West, an Eastern syndicate with sinister intentions hatched a plan to gain control of the western frontier. Seeking to drive out…

Two Western Icons: A Look at Cisco Kid and Durango Kid

Both Cisco Kid and Durango Kid are heroic Western characters who fought for justice and defended the innocent as contemporaries in popular culture during the 1950’s.  Cisco Kid…

Approved Comics, Matt Baker and Archer St. John

Let’s just get the tragic parts of this story out of the way. Archer St. John, owner/editor of St. John Publishing overdosed on sleeping pills in 1955, at…

Tarzan

It was a cold, mid-western night in November 1954 and Jimmy was snuggled up in his bed, his blankets pulled to his chin to keep out the chill….

Lois Stewart Collection

Daily throughout the 20th century armies of kids across the country walked, pulled wagons and rode bicycles crisscrossing up and down every single street of every single town…