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Thrilling Comics #53 (April 1946)

In the vibrant world of Golden Age comics, certain covers stand out as timeless classics, capturing the imaginations of readers and collectors alike. Among these treasures is Thrilling Comics #53* from April 1946, adorned with the breathtaking artwork of Alex Schomburg. The cover’s arresting composition features a valiant hero in action, swooping in to rescue a blonde damsel on the brink of peril. Clad in a crimson dress, she teeters dangerously as a menacing gorilla drags her into the depths of the jungle. Schomburg’s penchant for depicting heroines in red dresses adds an intriguing layer to the narrative, inviting further exploration into his artistic themes.

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Thrilling Comics #30 (October 1942)

The use of gorillas as a cover device to boost sales was a well-known strategy during the Silver Age, a fact exemplified by this iconic cover. Such tactics, notably employed by DC Comics, underscored the competitive nature of the comic book industry during this era.

Meanwhile, Thrilling Comics issue #30*, with cover art by Jack Binder from October 1942, introduces readers to a groundbreaking character: the Woman in Red. As the first masked female crime fighter, her appearance marked a significant milestone in comic book history, paving the way for future generations of strong, empowered heroines.

Turning our attention to another prominent figure, the lead character showcased on the covers of Thrilling Comics published by Standard Publishing is none other than Doc Strange. Created in 1940 by Richard E. Hughes and brought to life through the artistic talents of Alexander Kostuk, Doc Strange predates Marvel’s Doctor Strange by a considerable margin. His adventures not only graced the pages of Thrilling Comics but also found a home in Standard’s America’s Best Comics, where he shared the spotlight with other legendary heroes like Pyroman, The Black Terror, and Fighting Yank. Doc Strange graced the covers of Thrilling comics all the way to issue #65 (April, 1948). After that, the series focused on Jungle Girl Princess Pantha with Alex Schomburg airbrushed art like Thrilling Comics #60 (June 1947).

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Thrilling Comics #13 (February 1941)

Doc Strange’s remarkable strength, derived from his consumption of “Alosun,” a concoction distilled from atoms of the Sun, added an intriguing twist to his character. While the precise formula may have been lost to time, the enduring allure of Doc Strange’s powers continues to captivate comic book enthusiasts and scholars alike. Perhaps one day, the secrets behind “Alosun” will be unveiled, sparking renewed interest from the world’s major distilleries.


Thrilling Comics #60 (June 1947)

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Thrilling Comics #54 (June 1946)*









* Sold copy