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Welcome to Comics by the Date!

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.

An index to the time periods covered thus far is in the right-hand column. The most recent post is below.

My thanks to Noah Berlatsky and The Hooded Utilitarian for originally hosting the Comics by the Date series.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

July 1951 - August 1951



Frontline Combat #3.

Published on July 2, 1951. Edited by Harvey Kurtzman. The comic includes these stories: “Tin Can!” by Harvey Kurtzman & Jack Davis; “Desert Fox!” by Harvey Kurtzman & Wallace Wood; “Prisoner of War!” by Harvey Kurtzman; and “How They Die!” by Harvey Kurtzman & John Severin, with Bill [Will] Elder. Cover illustration by Harvey Kurtzman. Standard-format comic book. Color interiors. 36 pages. New York: Tiny Tot [E. C.]. Cover/indicia date: November-December 1951. Cover price: 10¢.



Walt Disney’s Comics and Stories, Vol. 11, No. 11 [#131].

Published on July 3, 1951. Edited by Alice Nielsen Cobb. The comic includes the Donald Duck story “Gladstone’s Luck,” by Carl Barks. Cover illustration by Carl Barks. Standard-format comic book. Color interiors. 52 pages. New York: Dell. Cover/indicia date: August 1951. Cover price: 10¢.



Captain Marvel Adventures #124.

To read the issue online, click here.

Published by July 6, 1951. Edited by Wendell Crowley, Al Jetter, and Will Lieberson. The comic includes these stories: “The Unknown Danger,” by C. C. Beck & Otto Binder; and “The Discarded Instincts,” by C. C. Beck & Otto Binder, with Pete Costanza. Cover illustration by C. C. Beck. Standard-format comic book. Color interiors. 36 pages. Greenwich, CT: Fawcett. Cover/indicia date: September 1951. Cover price: 10¢.



Tales from the Crypt #26.

Published on July 9, 1951. Edited by William M. Gaines. The comic includes these stories: “Drawn and Quartered!” by Albert B. Feldstein & Jack Davis; “The Borrowed Body!” by Albert B. Feldstein & Howard Larsen; “Indian Burial Mound,” by Albert B. Feldstein & George Roussos; and “Political Pull!” by Albert B. Feldstein & Graham Ingels. Cover illustration by Wallace Wood. Standard-format comic book. Color interiors. 36 pages. New York: I. C. [E. C.] Cover/indicia date: October-November 1951. Cover price: 10¢.



Dick Tracy Comics Monthly #43.

Published on July 10, 1951. Edited by Leon Harvey. The comic features material originally published in Chester Gould’s Dick Tracy daily newspaper strip. Cover illustration by Chester Gould. Standard-format comic book. Color interiors. 36 pages. New York: Harvey. Cover/indicia date: September 1951. Cover price: 10¢.



Marge’s Little Lulu #38.

Published on July 10, 1951. Edited by Helen Meyer. The comic includes these stories: “Five Little Babies,” “Business Girl,” “The Door Game,” and “The Watchdog,” all by John Stanley & Irving Tripp. Cover illustration by John Stanley. Standard-format comic book. Color interiors. 52 pages. New York: Dell. Cover/indicia date: August 1951. Cover price: 10¢.



Pogo Possum #6.

Published on July 10, 1951. Edited by Helen Meyer. The comic includes the stories “The Puzzle Master,” “The Howl and the Pussycat,” “How to Be Prepared (Delicious-Like),” and “The Spin of the Yarn,” all by Walt Kelly. Cover illustration by Walt Kelly. Standard-format comic book. Color interiors. 36 pages. New York: Dell. Cover-indicia date: July-September 1951. Cover price: 10¢.



Weird Fantasy #9.

Published on July 11, 1951. Edited by Albert B. Feldstein. The comic includes these stories: “Spawn of Mars,” by Albert B. Feldstein & Wallace Wood, with William M. Gaines; “The Duplicates,” by Albert B. Feldstein & Jack Kamen; “The Connection,” by Albert B. Feldstein & Max Elkin; and “A Mistake in Multiplication,” by Albert B. Feldstein & Joe Orlando. Cover illustration by Albert B. Feldstein. Standard-format comic book. Color interiors. 36 pages. New York: I. C. [E. C.] Cover/indicia date: September-October 1951. Cover price: 10¢.



Al Capp’s Li’l Abner #84.

Published on July 12, 1951. The comic features material originally published in Al Capp’s Li’l Abner daily newspaper strip. Cover illustration by Al Capp. Standard-format comic book. Color interiors. 36 pages. New York: Toby. Cover/indicia date: September 1951. Cover price: 10¢.



Walt Disney’s Donald Duck: The Crocodile Collector.

Published on July 17, 1951. Edited by Alice Nielsen Cobb. The comic includes the story “The Crocodile Collector,” by Carl Barks. Cover illustration by Carl Barks. Standard-format comic book. Color interiors. 52 pages. New York: Dell. Cover/indicia date: 1951. Cover price: 10¢.

Note

Also known as Four Color #348.



The Vault of Horror #21.

Published on July 19, 1951. Edited by Albert B. Feldstein. The comic includes these stories: “One Last Fling!” by Johnny Craig; “That’s a ‘Croc’!” illustrated by Howard Larsen; “Child’s Play,” illustrated by Jack Kamen; and “Trapped!” illustrated by Jack Davis. Cover illustration by Johnny Craig. Standard-format comic book. Color interiors. 36 pages. New York: L. L. [E. C.]. Cover/indicia date: October-November 1951. Cover price: 10¢.



Two-Fisted Tales #24.

Published on July 26, 1951. Edited by Harvey Kurtzman. The comic includes these stories: “Hill 203!” by Harvey Kurtzman & Jack Davis; “Bug Out!” by Harvey Kurtzman & Wallace Wood; “Rubble!” by Harvey Kurtzman; and “Weak Link!” by Harvey Kurtzman & John Severin, with Will Elder. Cover illustration by Harvey Kurtzman. Standard-format comic book. Color interiors. 36 pages. New York: Fables [E. C.] Cover/indicia date: November-December 1951.



Captain Marvel Adventures #125.

To read the issue online, click here.

Published by August 3, 1951. Edited by Wendell Crowley, Al Jetter, and Will Lieberson. The comic includes these stories: “The Dilemma of the Double Identity” and “The Mechanical Man Mystery,” both by C. C. Beck & Otto Binder; and “The Return of the Ancient Villain,” by C. C. Beck & Otto Binder, with Pete Costanza. Cover illustration by C. C. Beck. Standard-format comic book. Color interiors. 36 pages. Greenwich, CT: Fawcett. Cover/indicia date: October 1951. Cover price: 10¢.



The Haunt of Fear #9.

Published on August 3, 1951. Edited by Albert B. Feldstein. The comic includes these stories: “Warts So Horrible?” by Albert B. Feldstein & Graham Ingels; “Forbidden Fruit,” by Albert B. Feldstein & Joe Orlando; “The Age-Old Story!” by Albert B. Feldstein & Jack Kamen; and “Gorilla’s Paw!” by Albert B. Feldstein & Jack Davis. Cover illustration by Albert B. Feldstein. Standard-format comic book. Color interiors. 36 pages.New York: Fables [E. C.]. Cover/indicia date: September-October 1951. Cover price: 10¢.



Walt Disney’s Comics and Stories, Vol. 11, No. 12 [#132].

Published on August 7, 1951. Edited by Alice Nielsen Cobb. The comic includes the Donald Duck story “Ten-Star Generals,” by Carl Barks. Cover illustration by Carl Barks. Standard-format comic book. Color interiors. 36 pages. New York: Dell. Cover/indicia date: September 1951. Cover price: 10¢.



Weird Science #10.

Published on August 7, 1951. Edited by William M. Gaines. The comic includes these stories: “The Maidens Cried,” by Albert B. Feldstein & Wallace Wood, with William M. Gaines; “Reducing… Costs,” by Albert B. Feldstein & Jack Kamen; “Transformation Completed,” by Albert B. Feldstein & Wallace Wood, with William M. Gaines; and “The Planetoid,” by Albert B. Feldstein & Joe Orlando. Standard-format comic book. Color interiors. 36 pages. Cover illustration by Wallace Wood. New York: Fables [E. C.]. Cover/indicia date: November-December 1951. Cover price: 10¢.



Dick Tracy Comics Monthly #44.

Published on August 10, 1951. Edited by Leon Harvey. The comic features material originally published in Chester Gould’s Dick Tracy daily newspaper strip. Cover illustration by Chester Gould. Standard-format comic book. Color interiors. 36 pages. New York: Harvey. Cover/indicia date: October 1951. Cover price: 10¢.



Marge’s Little Lulu #39.

Published on August 14, 1951. Edited by Helen Meyer. The comic includes these stories: “The Dance,” “The Case of the Green Hanky,” “Hi, Tub! Shhhh!” “The Mouse, “That Awful Witch Hazel,” and “Election Day,” all by John Stanley & Irving Tripp. Cover illustration by Irving Tripp. Standard-format comic book. Color interiors. 52 pages. New York: Dell. Cover/indicia date: September 1951. Cover price: 10¢.



Crime SuspenStories #8.

Published on August 22, 1951. Edited by Albert B. Feldstein. The comic includes these stories: “Out of the Frying Pan…” by Johnny Craig; “A Trace of Murder!” by Albert B. Feldstein & Jack Kamen; “The Escaped Maniac!” by Albert B. Feldstein & George Roussos; and “Partnership Dissolved!” by Albert B. Feldstein & Graham Ingels. Cover illustration by Johnny Craig. Standard-format comic book. Color interiors. 36 pages. New York: L. L. [E. C.]. Cover/indicia date: December 1952-January 1953. Cover price: 10¢.



Romantic Marriage #6.

Published on August 27, 1951. The comic includes the story “Green Eyes of Jealousy,” illustrated by Alex Toth. The cover photographer and actors are unknown. Standard-format comic book. Color interiors. 52 pages. Chicago: Ziff-Davis. Cover/indicia date: October 1951. Cover price: 10¢.



Frontline Combat #4.

Published on August 30, 1951. Edited by Harvey Kurtzman. The comic includes these stories: “Combat Medic!” by Harvey Kurtzman & Jack Davis; “Light Brigade!” by Harvey Kurtzman & Wallace Wood; “Air Burst!” by Harvey Kurtzman; and “Bomb Run!” by Harvey Kurtzman & John Severin, with Bill [Will] Elder. Cover illustration by Harvey Kurtzman. Standard-format comic book. Color interiors. 36 pages. New York: Tiny Tot [E. C.]. Cover/indicia date: January-February 1952. Cover price: 10¢.


Next: September 1951 to October 1951.