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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, May 21, 2017

November 1951 - December 1951



Captain Marvel Adventures #128.

To read the issue online, click here.

Published by November 2, 1951. Edited by Wendell Crowley, Al Jetter, and Will Lieberson. The comic includes the story “Mr. Tawny’s Pleasure Peril,” by C. C. Beck & Otto Binder. Cover illustration by C. C. Beck. Standard-format comic book. Color interiors. 36 pages. Greenwich, CT: Fawcett. Cover/indicia date: January 1952. Cover price: 10¢.



Walt Disney’s Comics and Stories, Vol. 12, No. 3 [#135].

Published on November 6, 1951. Edited by Alice Nielsen Cobb. The comic includes the Donald Duck story “The Big Bin on Killmotor Hill,” by Carl Barks. Cover illustration by Carl Barks. Standard-format comic book. Color interiors. 36 pages. New York: Dell. Cover/indicia date: December 1951. Cover price: 10¢.



Tales from the Crypt #28.

Published on November 7, 1951. Edited by William M. Gaines. The comic includes these stories: “Bargain in Death!” by Albert B. Feldstein & Jack Davis; “Ants in Her Trance!” by Albert B. Feldstein & Joe Orlando; “A-Corny Story,” by Albert B. Feldstein & Jack Kamen; and “The Ventriloquist’s Dummy!” by Albert B. Feldstein & Graham Ingels. Cover illustration by Albert B. Feldstein. Standard-format comic book. Color interiors. 36 pages. New York: I. C. [E. C.]. Cover/indicia date: February-March 1952. Cover price: 10¢.


Dick Tracy Comics Monthly #47.

Published on November 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: January 1952. Cover price: 10¢.



Weird Fantasy #11.

Published on November 15, 1951. Edited by Albert B. Feldstein. The comic includes these stories: “The Two-Century Journey!” by Albert B. Feldstein & Wallace Wood, with William M. Gaines; “Shrinking from Abuse!” by Albert B. Feldstein & Jack Kamen; “The 10th at Noon,” by Albert B. Feldstein & Wallace Wood, with William M. Gaines; and “The Thing in the Jar,” 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: January-February 1952. Cover price: 10¢.



Al Capp’s Li’l Abner #86.

Published on November 16, 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: January 1952. Cover price: 10¢.



The Vault of Horror #23.

Published on November 16, 1951. Edited by Albert B. Feldstein. The comic includes these stories: “A Stitch in Time!” by Johnny Craig; “99 44/100% Pure Horror!” by Albert B. Feldstein & Jack Davis; “Dead Wait!” by Albert B. Feldstein & Jack Davis; and “Staired… in Horror!” 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: February-March 1952. Cover price: 10¢.



Shock SuspenStories #1.

Published on November 20, 1951. Edited by Albert B. Feldstein. The comic includes these stories: “The Neat Job!” by Albert B. Feldstein & Jack Kamen, with William M. Gaines; “Yellow!” by Albert B. Feldstein & Jack Davis, with William M. Gaines; “The Monsters!” by Albert B. Feldstein & Joe Orlando, with William M. Gaines; and “The Rug!” by Albert B. Feldstein & Graham Ingels, with William M. Gaines. Cover illustration by Albert B. Feldstein. Standard-format comic book. Color interiors. 36 pages. New York: Tiny Tot [E. C.]. Cover/indicia date: February-March 1952. Cover price: 10¢.



Two-Fisted Tales #26.

Published on November 23, 1951. Edited by Harvey Kurtzman. The comic includes these stories: “The Trap!” by Harvey Kurtzman & John Severin; “Hagaru-Ri!” by Harvey Kurtzman & Jack Davis; “Link-Up!” by Harvey Kurtzman & John Severin, with Bill [Will] Elder; and “Hungnam!” by Harvey Kurtzman & Wallace Wood. Cover illustration by Harvey Kurtzman. Standard-format comic book. Color interiors. 36 pages. New York: Fables [E. C.] Cover/indicia date: March-April 1952. Cover price: 10¢.



Walt Disney’s Comics and Stories, Vol. 12, No. 4 [#136].

Published on December 4, 1951. Edited by Alice Nielsen Cobb. The comic includes the Donald Duck story “Gladstone’s Usual Very Good Year,” by Carl Barks. Cover illustration by Carl Barks. Standard-format comic book. Color interiors. 36 pages. New York: Dell. Cover/indicia date: January 1952. Cover price: 10¢.



Captain Marvel Adventures #129.

To read the issue online, click here.

Published by December 5, 1951. Edited by Wendell Crowley, Al Jetter, and Will Lieberson. The comic includes the stories “The Robot Hunt” and “The Curse of the Black Thumb,” both by C. C. Beck & Otto Binder. It also features the story “The Liquid Horror,” 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: February 1952. Cover price: 10¢.



The Haunt of Fear #11.

Published on December 7, 1951. Edited by Albert B. Feldstein. The comic includes these stories: “Ooze in the Cellar?” by Albert B. Feldstein & Graham Ingels; “The Acid Test!” by Albert B. Feldstein & Jack Kamen; “Extermination,” by Albert B. Feldstein & George Roussos; and “Ear Today… Gone Tomorrow!” by Albert B. Feldstein & Jack Davis. Cover illustration by Graham Ingels. Standard-format comic book. Color interiors. 36 pages. New York: Fables [E. C.]. Cover/indicia date: January-February 1952. Cover price: 10¢.



Dick Tracy Comics Monthly #48.

Published on December 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: February 1952. Cover price: 10¢.



Marge’s Little Lulu #43.

Published on December 11, 1951. Edited by Helen Meyer. The comic includes these stories: “The Night Before Christmas,” “My New Sled,” and “A Cold-Blooded Killing,” by John Stanley & Irving Tripp. Cover illustration by Irving Tripp. Standard-format comic book. Color interiors. 36 pages. New York: Dell. Cover/indicia date: January 1952. Cover price: 10¢.



Pogo Possum #8.

Published on December 11, 1951. Edited by Chase Craig. The comic includes the story “Cinderella and the Three Bears,” “Berried Treasure,” and “The Big Rock Candy Quarry,” all by Walt Kelly. Cover illustration by Walt Kelly. Standard-format comic book. Color interiors. 36 pages. New York: Dell. Cover-indicia date: January-March 1952. Cover price: 10¢.



Weird Science #12.

Published on December 13, 1951. Edited by William M. Gaines. The comic includes these stories: “A Gobl Is a Knog’s Best Friend!” by Albert B. Feldstein & Wallace Wood, with William M. Gaines; “The Last Man!” by Albert B. Feldstein & Jack Kamen; “The Android!” by Albert B. Feldstein & Wallace Wood, with William M. Gaines; and “Chewed Out!” by Albert B. Feldstein & Joe Orlando, an unattributed adaptation of the short story “Pictures Don’t Lie,” by Katharine MacLean. Cover illustration by Wallace Wood. Standard-format comic book. Color interiors. 36 pages. New York: Fables [E. C.]. Cover/indicia date: March-April 1952. Cover price: 10¢.



Best Romance #5.

To read the Alex Toth-illustrated story listed below, click here.

Published on December 14, 1951. The comic includes the story “My Stolen Kisses,” illustrated by Alex Toth. The cover photograph is a publicity still for the film Elopement. The actors are William Lundigan and Anne Francis. Standard-format comic book. Color interiors. 36 pages. Meridien, CT: Visual Editions [Standard]. Cover/indicia date: February 1952. Cover price: 10¢.



Crime SuspenStories #10.

Published on December 20, 1951. Edited by Albert B. Feldstein. The comic includes these stories: “…Rocks in His Head!” by Johnny Craig; “Lady Killer,” by Albert B. Feldstein & Jack Kamen; “Missed by Two Heirs!” by Albert B. Feldstein & Jack Davis; “Friend to ‘Our Boys’!” 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: April-May 1952. Cover price: 10¢.



Girls’ Romances #13.

Published on December 24, 1951. Edited by Whitney Ellsworth. The comic includes the story “One Reckless Moment,” illustrated by Alex Toth. Cover illustration by Alex Toth. Standard-format comic book. Color interiors. 44 pages. New York: Signal [DC]. Cover/indicia date: February-March 1952. Cover price: 10¢.



Dick Tracy Comics Monthly #49.

Published on December 31, 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: March 1952. Cover price: 10¢.



Frontline Combat #6.

Published on December 31, 1951. Edited by Harvey Kurtzman. The comic includes these stories: “A Platoon!” by Harvey Kurtzman & John Severin, with Bill [Will] Elder; “War of 1812!” by Harvey Kurtzman & Wallace Wood; “Ace!” by Harvey Kurtzman & John Severin; and “Bellyrobber!” by Harvey Kurtzman & Jack Davis. Cover illustration by Harvey Kurtzman. Standard-format comic book. Color interiors. 36 pages. New York: Tiny Tot [E. C.]. Cover/indicia date: May-June 1952. Cover price: 10¢.


Next: January 1952 to February 1952.