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Motorcycles were first commercially produced in the early 1900’s. But after WWII they took on a transformation from bicycle with a motor to vehicle for carefree youth. Some young veterans found an enjoyment in the freedom and swiftness offered from motorcycles, and a few started to gather in groups of like-minded companions. A rebel or outlaw persona began to form, epitomized in the 1954 film “The Wild One” staring Marlon Brando. All this was both great sales boosting material for comic book covers, as well as a reflection of American culture at the time.

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…

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…

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…

All New Comics

All-New Comics #6 (January 1944) was published by Harvey.  The wild cover has a bit of everything; no less than two motorcycle images, a U.S. flag waving over…

Prize

Prize Comics was a rather obscure title published by Prize Publications (owned by pulp magazine publisher Crestwood). The series actually lasted 68 issues over eight years (March 1940…

Film Fun

Clearly not a comic, and in fact not even from the golden age of comics (the magazines shown here came from as far back as 1934.)  Nevertheless we…

Undercover Girl

Undercover Girl, Starr Flagg  #6 was published by Magazine Enterprises and is dated January 1953.  Classic motorcycle cover art by Bob Powell. The titled lasted just three issues.  It contained inside…

ZIP Comics

ZIP Comics #18* was published by MLJ Magazines  on September 1941.  The cover is by one of my favorite artists, Irv Novick.  The superhero character is Steel Sterling….