Artist: Benn Mitchell (American, born 1926)
Title: Ghost Rider & King , 1951

Kids love reading comics.  And that was probably never truer than in the era before television (just half of U.S. households had a T.V. by the mid 1950’s). What better entertainment could a kid growing up in Stamford, Texas (population 4,800 circa 1940’s) ask for?

Doodling your name on the book’s cover, on the back cover, first page, centerfold, inside front cover etc., was good fun too.  As well as filling out those coupons inside.  Name and address: Recil Macon, 208 S Anson St, Stamford, Texas 79553.  This kind of “defacing” of comics reminds us it is just paper, once considered simply disposable entertainment.

But that’s were Recil departed from almost every other kid of the era. He took his comics one step further and instead of them eventually being disposed of they were kept in an old shed for over 50 years. Remarkably images of the location exist here.

Eventually someone (Recil himself, his son or possibly a thief?) noticed them and took some to Abilene, Texas part-time dealer Darren Wilson.  From there Greg Bulls discovered the collection’s existence and acquired many the comics which he introduced to a national collector audience. The collection ultimately numbered around a thousand and contained many early Timely, Quality, and DC. including Captain America #1, Marvel Mystery #2-30 and Human Torch #1.