Category: 1947-1955Page 1 of 15

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.

Ohio pedigree

The Ohio pedigree gets its name in part because the actual original owner’s name is unknown.  He or she chose to remain anonymous but resided in Ohio (comics…

Crippen “D” pedigree

If you were to start collecting Golden Age comics from scratch today, it wouldn’t take long to run into “pedigree copies.” Thanks to original owners who collected comics…

Treasure Chest

Treasure Chest of Fun and Fact was similar to True Comics  in that it was aimed as a “healthy” alternative to standard comics of the day.  It was…

I Met a Handsome Cowboy

Cowgirl Romances, Flaming Western Romances, Cowboy Love, Romances of the West – comics frequently tapped into pulp magazines for inspiration and it was no different for the romantic…

True Comics

From today’s perspective (based on comic superhero’s massive popularity in the movies) it might be surprising to know that True Comics was a relatively popular comic series.  It…

Gangsters Can’t Win

Famous Gangsters, Gangsters and Gun Molls, Murderous Gangsters, Guns Against Gangsters and Gangsters Can’t Win.  Comic industry presses were churning out more issues of crime comics than Frankie…

Babe Ruth Sports

Known as “The Bambino” and “The Sultan of Swat”, George Herman “Babe” Ruth Jr. created an incredible and lasting legacy playing in Major League Baseball for 19 years. …

Shocking Mystery Cases

Shocking Mystery Cases was a series from Star Publications.  It was a continuation from Thrilling Crime Cases #49. Shown here is my Shocking Mystery Cases  #58 published April…

Famous Crimes

The headline blared “True Stories of Cold-Blooded Killers!” on the very first issue of Famous Crimes. Fox Feature Syndicate jumped headlong into a rising wave of crime genre popularity with…

Untamed Love

By now (my 220th post) it’s a well worn story.  Golden age comic books emerged from the great depression and superheros boomed during World War II.  Post war,…