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The site's purpose is pretty straightforward. It's to provide a detailed chronology of the history of North American comic-book publishing from 1935 to the present. The comics will be presented in order of publication. The cover is accompanied by detailed bibliographic information.

If a publication is listed for story material, and it is in the public domain and available online, a link will be included. With copyrighted material, I will provide links if it is not currently in print.

With publications that are included solely on the basis of cover art, no links will be provided.

The comics featured are those of aesthetic and/or historical importance. In some instances, as with the various Superman and Batman publications, I will only include key issues of significant titles. However, I will for the most part be presenting the entirety of the major bodies of work. For example, every comic book with an original Carl Barks Donald Duck story will be featured in the posts.

One will get to see something of the context in which the comics were published. Take the original Barks duck comics as an example. They will, depending on the year, appear alongside the Walt Kelly Pogo books, the E. C. "New Trend" titles, and the 1960s Marvel superhero line. This should reflect, at least somewhat, the books' joint presence on newsstands when they were originally on sale.

The publication dates are by and large the on-sale dates the publishers reported to the U. S. Copyright Office. Exceptions will be noted.

Only magazines and books will be featured. Newspaper material will be included only when it has been published in these formats.

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Sunday, September 25, 2016

September 1949 - December 1949

This post was first published at The Hooded Utilitarian on October 30, 2015.


Captain Marvel Adventures #102.

To read the issue online, click here.

Published on September 2, 1949. Edited by Wendell Crowley & Will Lieberson. The comic includes the story “The Adventure Within an Adventure…,” by C. C. Beck & Otto Binder. It also features the stories “The Earth Destroyer,” “The Man Who Didn’t Exist,” and “The Magic Mix-Up,” by C. C. Beck & Otto Binder, with Pete Costanza. Cover illustration by C. C. Beck. Standard-format comic book. Color interiors. 48 pages. Greenwich, CT: Fawcett. Cover/indicia date: November 1949. Cover price: 10¢.


Walt Disney’s Comics and Stories, Vol. 10, No. 1 [#109].

Published on September 2, 1949. Edited by Alice Nielsen Cobb. The comic includes the Donald Duck story “Dowsing Ducks,” by Carl Barks. Cover illustration by Carl Barks. Standard-format comic book. Color interiors. 48 pages. New York: K. K. [Dell]. Cover/indicia date: October 1949. Cover price: 10¢.


Police Comics #96.

To read the issue online, click here. Be aware the Eisner & Spranger story includes offensive racial caricatures.

Published on September 9, 1949. Edited by Harry Stein. The comic includes the Plastic Man story “The Black Widow,” by Jack Cole & Joe Millard. The The Spirit story “Beagle’s Second Chance,” by Will Eisner & John Spranger, originally published in newspapers on November 3, 1946, is also featured. Cover illustration by Jack Cole. Standard-format comic book. Color interiors. 32 pages. Buffalo: Comic Magazines [Quality]. Cover/indicia date: November 1949. Cover price: 10¢.


Marge’s Little Lulu #16.

Published on September 13, 1949. Edited by Helen Meyer. The comic includes five untitled multi-page stories by John Stanley & Irving Tripp. Cover illustration by Irving Tripp. Standard-format comic book. Color interiors. 48 pages. New York: Dell. Cover/indicia date: October 1949. Cover price: 10¢.


Al Capp’s Li’l Abner #73.

Published on September 15, 1949. The comic features color versions of stories from Al Capp’s Li’l Abner daily newspaper strip. Cover illustration by Al Capp. Standard-format comic book. Color interiors. 32 pages. New York: Toby. Cover/indicia date: November 1949. Cover price: 10¢.


Casper, the Friendly Ghost #1.

The creative personnel on the comic’s cover and interiors is unknown. Standard-format comic book. Color interiors. 32 pages. Holyoke, MA: St. John. Cover/indicia date: September 1949. Cover price: 10¢.

Notes

The exact publication date is unknown. No copyright registration was filed for this publication.

This publication is the first comic-book appearance of Casper, the Friendly Ghost. The character made his debut in the 1939 children’s book The Friendly Ghost, written by Seymour Reit and illustrated by Joe Oriolo. The book was the basis for a 1945 animated short film directed by Isadore Sparber for Paramount Pictures. After two additional films, the character was licensed to St. John Publications for the comic-book market. Harvey Comics took over the license in 1952, and bought the property outright in 1959.


Walt Disney’s Christmas Parade.

Published on October 4, 1949. Edited by Alice Nielsen Cobb. The comic includes the story “Letter to Santa,” by Carl Barks. Cover illustration by Walt Kelly with Carl Buettner. Standard-format comic book. Color interiors. 128 pages. New York: Dell. Cover/indicia date: 1949. Cover price: 10¢.

Notes

This unnumbered publication is generally referred to as Walt Disney’s Christmas Parade #1. It is the first in an annual series of Christmas Parade issues.


Walt Disney’s Comics and Stories, Vol. 10, No. 2 [#110].

Published on October 4, 1949. Edited by Alice Nielsen Cobb. The comic includes the Donald Duck story “The Goldilocks Gambit,” by Carl Barks. Cover illustration by Walt Kelly. Standard-format comic book. Color interiors. 48 pages. New York: K. K. [Dell]. Cover/indicia date: November 1949. Cover price: 10¢.


Marge’s Little Lulu #17.

Published on October 11, 1949. Edited by Helen Meyer. The comic includes the story "The Deep Black River" and four untitled multi-pagers, all by John Stanley & Irving Tripp. Cover illustration by Irving Tripp. Standard-format comic book. Color interiors. 48 pages. New York: Dell. Cover/indicia date: November 1949. Cover price: 10¢.


Police Comics #97.

To read the issue online, click here. Be aware the Eisner & Spranger story includes offensive racial caricatures.

Published on October 12, 1949. Edited by Harry Stein. The comic includes the Plastic Man story “Mime, Master of Makeup,” by Jack Cole & Gwen Hansen. The The Spirit story “Who Killed Cox Robin?” by Will Eisner & John Spranger, originally published in newspapers on August 4, 1946, is also featured. Cover illustration by Jack Cole. Standard-format comic book. Color interiors. 32 pages. Buffalo: Comic Magazines [Quality]. Cover/indicia date: December 1949. Cover price: 10¢.


Walt Disney’s Donald Duck in “Luck of the North”.

Published on October 18, 1949. Edited by Alice Nielsen Cobb. The comic includes the story “Luck of the North,” by Carl Barks. Cover illustration by Carl Barks. Standard-format comic book. Color interiors. 32 pages. New York: Dell. Cover/indicia date: 1949. Cover price: 10¢.

Note

Also known as Four Color #256.


Plastic Man #21.

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Published on October 19, 1949. Edited by Harry Stein, Elaine Allen, and Gloria Bley. The comic include these stories: “Kra Vashnu,” and “Where Is Amorpho?” both by Jack Cole & William Willfolk; and “Professor Putter’s Potion,” by Jack Cole. Cover illustration by Jack Cole. Standard-format comic book. Color interiors. 32 pages. Buffalo: Comic Magazines [Quality]. Cover/indicia date: January 1950. Cover price: 10¢.


The Marvel Family #42.

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Published on October 21, 1949. Edited by Wendell Crowley & Will Lieberson. The comic includes the Captain Marvel story “Captain Marvel Rescues Billy Batson!” by C. C. Beck & Otto Binder. Cover illustration by C. C. Beck & Pete Costanza. Standard-format comic book. Color interiors. 48 pages. Greenwich, CT: Fawcett. Cover/indicia date: December 1949. Cover price: 10¢.


The Spirit #19.

To read the issue online, click here. Be aware the stories feature offensive racial caricatures.

Published on October 28, 1949. The comic features select stories from Will Eisner's The Spirit Sunday-newspaper comic-book insert series. The stories included are: “The Man Who Killed the Spirit [generally known as ‘The Last Trolley’],” by Will Eisner & John Spranger, originally published on March 24, 1946; “The Case of the Balky Buzzard [generally known as ‘Introducing Mr. Carrion’],” by Will Eisner & John Spranger, originally published on April 21, 1946; and “Carrion’s Rock,” by Will Eisner & John Spranger, originally published on May 19, 1946. Cover illustration by Will Eisner. Standard-format comic book. Color interiors. 32 pages. Buffalo: Everett M. Arnold [Quality]. Cover/indicia date: January 1950. Cover price: 10¢.


Terry and the Pirates Comics #19.

To read the issue online, click here. Be aware the stories feature racist caricatures.

Published in October 1949. Edited by Leon Harvey. The comic features material from Milton Caniff’s run on the Terry and the Pirates daily newpaper strip. Cover illustration by Lee Elias. Standard-format comic book. Color interiors. 32 pages. New York: Harvey. Cover/indicia date: December 1949. Cover price: 10¢.

Notes

The exact publication date is unknown. While the strips are under copyright to the Chicago Tribune New York News Syndicate (now Tribune Media Services), no copyright registration was filed for this publication. Harvey Comics generally cover-dated comics two months ahead of publication.


Jingle Jangle Comics #41.

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The comic includes the Jingle Jangle Tales story “The Three Young Jimcracks and Their Parsley-Plated Steam-Roller” and an untitled episode of “The Pie-Face Prince of Old Pretzleburg,” both by George Carlson. Cover illustration by Allen Ulmer. Standard-format comic book. Color interiors. 48 pages. New York: Famous Funnies [Eastern Color]. Cover/indicia date: October 1949. Cover price: 10¢.

Notes

The exact publication date is unknown. A copyright registration does not appear to have been filed.

There is no credited editor for the issue.


Walt Disney’s Comics and Stories, Vol. 10, No. 3 [#111].

Published on November 1, 1949. Edited by Alice Nielsen Cobb. The comic includes the Donald Duck story “Donald’s Love Letters,” by Carl Barks. Cover illustration by Walt Kelly. Standard-format comic book. Color interiors. 48 pages. New York: K. K. [Dell]. Cover/indicia date: December 1949. Cover price: 10¢.


Captain Marvel Adventures #104.

To read the issue online, click here.

Published on November 2, 1949. Edited by Wendell Crowley & Will Lieberson. The comic includes the story “Mr. Tawny’s Masquerade,” by C. C. Beck & Otto Binder. Cover illustration by C. C. Beck. Standard-format comic book. Color interiors. 48 pages. Greenwich, CT: Fawcett. Cover/indicia date: January 1950. Cover price: 10¢.


Police Comics #98.

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Published on November 14, 1949. Edited by Harry Stein. The comic includes the Plastic Man story “Mystery Manor,” by Jack Cole & Alex Kotzky. The The Spirit story “Nylon Rose,” by Will Eisner & John Spranger, originally published in newspapers on August 4, 1946, is reprinted. Cover illustration by Jack Cole. Standard-format comic book. Color interiors. 32 pages. Buffalo: Comic Magazines [Quality]. Cover/indicia date: February 1950. Cover price: 10¢.


Marge’s Little Lulu #18.

Published on November 15, 1949. Edited by Helen Meyer. The comic includes the stories “The Big Snow,” “Double Trouble,” and three untitled multi-pagers, all by John Stanley & Irving Tripp. Cover illustration by Irving Tripp. Standard-format comic book. Color interiors. 48 pages. New York: Dell. Cover/indicia date: December 1949. Cover price: 10¢.


Captain Marvel Story Book #4.

Published on November 16, 1949. Edited by Wendell Crowley & Will Lieberson. The issue includes the story “The Gargoyle Men,” by C. C. Beck & Otto Binder, with Pete Costanza. Cover illustration by C. C. Beck. Standard-format comic book. Color interiors. 32 pages. Greenwich, CT: Fawcett. Cover/indicia date: 1949. Cover price: 10¢.


Secret Hearts #3.

Published on November 16, 1949. Edited by Whitney Ellsworth. The comic includes the story "Sing Me a Love Song," illustrated by Alex Toth, with Joe Giella. Cover photograph by Theda Hall & Emerson Hall; the actors are unknown. Standard-format comic book. Color interiors. 48 pages. New York: National [DC]. Cover/indicia date: January/February 1950. Cover price: 10¢.


Al Capp’s Li’l Abner #74.

Published on November 22, 1949. The comic features color versions of stories from Al Capp’s Li’l Abner daily newspaper strip. Cover illustration by Al Capp. Standard-format comic book. Color interiors. 32 pages. New York: Toby. Cover/indicia date: January 1950. Cover price: 10¢.


The Marvel Family #43.

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Published on November 23, 1949. Edited by Wendell Crowley & Will Lieberson. The comic includes the Captain Marvel story “The Great Speed-Up!” by C. C. Beck & Otto Binder. Cover illustration by C. C. Beck. Standard-format comic book. Color interiors. 48 pages. Greenwich, CT: Fawcett. Cover/indicia date: January 1950. Cover price: 10¢.


Captain Marvel Adventures #105.

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Published on December 2, 1949. Edited by Wendell Crowley & Will Lieberson. The comic includes the story “Captain Marvel, Dogcatcher,” by C. C. Beck & Otto Binder. It also features the stories “The Prehistoric Peril” and “The Threat of the Giant Tree,” by C. C. Beck & Otto Binder, with Pete Costanza. Cover illustration by C. C. Beck. Standard-format comic book. Color interiors. 32 pages. Greenwich, CT: Fawcett. Cover/indicia date: November 1949. Cover price: 10¢.


Walt Disney’s Comics and Stories, Vol. 10, No. 4 [#112].

Published on December 6, 1949. Edited by Alice Nielsen Cobb. The comic includes the Donald Duck story “Rip Van Donald,” by Carl Barks. Cover illustration by Walt Kelly. Standard-format comic book. Color interiors. 48 pages. New York: K. K. [Dell]. Cover/indicia date: January 1950. Cover price: 10¢.


Marge’s Little Lulu #19.

Published on December 13, 1949. Edited by Helen Meyer. The comic includes the stories “The Hairbrush Mystery,” “Little Lulu Discovers America,” “Toothache,” and one untitled multi-pager, all by John Stanley & Irving Tripp. Cover illustration by Irving Tripp. Standard-format comic book. Color interiors. 48 pages. New York: Dell. Cover/indicia date: January 1950. Cover price: 10¢.


Girls’ Love Stories #4.

Published on December 14, 1949. Edited by Whitney Ellsworth. The comic includes the story “Where There Is Love,” illustrated by Alex Toth, with Joe Giella. Standard-format comic book. Color interiors. 48 pages. Cover photograph by Carlyle Blackwell, Jr. New York: National [DC]. Cover/indicia date: February-March 1950. Cover price: 10¢.


The Crypt of Terror #17.

Published on December 20, 1949. Edited by William M. Gaines. The comic includes these stories: “Death Must Come,” by Al Feldstein; “The Man Who Was Death,” by Gardner Fox & Bill Fraccio; “The Corpse Nobody Knew,” by Al Feldstein & George Roussos; and “Curse of the Full Moon!” by Johnny Craig. Cover illustration by Johnny Craig. Standard-format comic book. Color interiors. 32 pages. New York: I. C. [E. C.]. Cover/indicia date: April-May 1950. Cover price: 10¢.

Note

This is the first publication in E. C. Comics’ “New Trend” pulp-suspense line.


Walt Disney’s Donald Duck in “Land of the Totem Poles”.

Published on December 20, 1949. Edited by Alice Nielsen Cobb. The comic includes the stories “Land of the Totem Poles” and “Trail of the Unicorn,” both by Carl Barks. Cover illustration by Carl Barks. Standard-format comic book. Color interiors. 32 pages. New York: Dell. Cover/indicia date: 1949. Cover price: 10¢.

Note

Also known as Four Color #263.


The Marvel Family #44.

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Published on December 23, 1949. Edited by Wendell Crowley & Will Lieberson. The comic includes the Marvel Family story “The Marvel Family Fights the Rust That Threatens the World,” by C. C. Beck & Otto Binder, with Pete Costanza. Cover illustration by C. C. Beck. Standard-format comic book. Color interiors. 32 pages. Greenwich, CT: Fawcett. Cover/indicia date: February 1950. Cover price: 10¢.


Plastic Man #22.

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Published on December 23, 1949. Edited by Harry Stein, Elaine Allen, Gloria Bley, and Alfred Grenet. The comic includes these stories: “Plague of Plastic People,” “On Dopi Island,” and “The City Was Starving on a Full Stomach,” all by Jack Cole. Cover illustration by Jack Cole. Standard-format comic book. Color interiors. 32 pages. Buffalo: Comic Magazines [Quality]. Cover/indicia date: March 1950. Cover price: 10¢.


Terry and the Pirates #20.

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Published in December 1949 [see note]. Edited by Leon Harvey. The comic features material from Milton Caniff’s run on the Terry and the Pirates daily newspaper strip. The cover illustrator is unknown. Standard-format comic book. Color interiors. 32 pages. New York: Harvey. Cover/indicia date: February 195o. Cover price: 10¢.

Notes

The exact publication date is unknown. While the strips are under copyright to the Chicago Tribune New York News Syndicate (now Tribune Media Services), no copyright registration appears to have been filed for the issue. Harvey Comics generally cover-dated books two months ahead of publication.


Jingle Jangle Comics #42.

To read the issue online, click here.

The comic includes the Jingle Jangle Tales story “The Steam-Heated Yule-Log and The Trusty Varlet” and an untitled episode of “The Pie-Face Prince of Old Pretzleburg,” both by George Carlson. Cover illustration by Allen Ulmer with Roy Willner. Standard-format comic book. Color interiors. 48 pages. New York: Famous Funnies [Eastern Color]. Cover/indicia date: December 1949. Cover price: 10¢.

Notes

The exact publication date is unknown. A copyright registration does not appear to have been filed.

There is no credited editor for the issue.

This is the final issue in the series.


Next: January 1950 to February 1950.