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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.

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, November 27, 2016

January 1950 - February 1950

This post was first published at The Hooded Utilitarian on November 6, 2015.


Walt Disney’s Comics and Stories Vol. 10, No. 5 [#113].

Published on January 3, 1950. Edited by Alice Nielsen Cobb. Cover illustration by Walt Kelly. Standard-format comic book. Color interiors. 52 pages. New York: Dell. Cover/indicia date: February 1950. Cover price: 10¢.



Captain Marvel Adventures #106.

To read the issue online, click here.

Published on January 4, 1950. Edited by Wendell Crowley, Al Jetter, and Will Lieberson. The comic includes the stories “Captain Marvel Fights the Menace of the Moon,” by C. C. Beck & Otto Binder, and “The Laughing Peril,” by C. C. Beck & Otto Binder, with Pete Costanza. Cover illustration by C. C. Beck. Standard-format comic book. Color interiors. 52 pages. Greenwich, CT: Fawcett. Cover/indicia date: March 1950. Cover price: 10¢.



The Vault of Horror #12.

Published on January 9, 1950. Edited by Albert B. Feldstein. The comic includes these stories: “Portrait in Wax,” by Johnny Craig; “The Werewolf Legend,” by Harry Harrison & Wallace Wood; “Horror in the Night,” by Albert B. Feldstein & Harvey Kurtzman; and “Terror Train,” by Albert B. Feldstein. Cover illustration by Johnny Craig. Standard-format comic book. Color interiors. 36 pages. New York: L. L. [E. C.]. Cover/indicia date: April-May 1950. Cover price: 10¢.



Marge’s Little Lulu #20.

Published on January 10, 1950. Edited by Helen Meyer. The comic includes these stories: “The Hooky Player,” “Little Girl With No Name,” “Then I Said, ‘Listen Gloria’,” “Homework,” and “Fresh Eggs,” 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: February 1950. Cover price: 10¢.



Dick Tracy Comics Monthly #25.

Published on January 11, 1950. Edited by Leon Harvey. The comic features material originally published in Chester Gould’s Dick Tracy daily newspaper strip. The cover illustrator is unknown. New York: Harvey. Standard-format comic book. Color interiors. 36 pages. Cover/indicia date: March 1950. Cover price: 10¢.

Notes

Harvey Comics takes over the Dell Comics series with this issue. The series once again features material from the newspaper strip. The last few Dell issues presented new stories. Those stories were not by Chester Gould.



Secret Hearts #4.

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

Published on January 18, 1950. Edited by Whitney Ellsworth. The comic includes the story “You Only Love Once,” illustrated by Alex Toth. Cover photograph by Carlyle Blackwell, Jr. Standard-format comic book. Color interiors. 52 pages. New York: National [DC]. Cover/indicia date: March-April 1950. Cover price: 10¢.



The Marvel Family #45.

To read the issue online, click here.

Published by January 20, 1950. Edited by Wendell Crowley, Al Jetter, and Will Lieberson. The comic includes the Captain Marvel story “Captain Marvel Discovers the Wooden Age!” by C. C. Beck & Otto Binder. Cover illustration by C. C. Beck. Standard-format comic book. Color interiors. 52 pages. Greenwich, CT: Fawcett. Cover/indicia date: March 1950. Cover price: 10¢.



Al Capp’s Li’l Abner #75.

Published on January 24, 1950. 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: March 1950. Cover price: 10¢.



The Haunt of Fear #15 [#1].

Published by January 24, 1950. Edited by Albert B. Feldstein. The comic includes these stories: “The Wall,” by Johnny Craig; “House of Horror,” by Albert B. Feldstein & Harvey Kurtzman; “The Mad Magician,” by Gardner Fox & Harry Harrison, with Wallace Wood; and “The Thing in the Swamp!” by Albert B. Feldstein. Cover illustration by Johnny Craig. Standard-format comic book. Color interiors. 36 pages. New York: Fables [E. C.]. Cover/indicia date: May-June 1950. Cover price: 10¢.



Girls’ Romances #2.

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

Published on January 30, 1950. Edited by Whitney Ellsworth. The comic includes the story “Tragic Choice,” illustrated by Alex Toth. Cover photograph by Carlyle Blackwell, Jr. Standard-format comic book. Color interiors. 52 pages. New York: National [DC]. Cover/indicia date: April-May 1950. Cover price: 10¢.



Captain Marvel Adventures #107.

To read the issue online, click here.

Published on February 3, 1950. Edited by Wendell Crowley, Al Jetter, and Will Lieberson. The comic includes the story “The World’s Mightiest Fight,” by C. C. Beck & Otto Binder. Cover illustration by C. C. Beck. Standard-format comic book. Color interiors. 52 pages. Greenwich, CT: Fawcett. Cover/indicia date: April 1950. Cover price: 10¢.



Walt Disney’s Comics and Stories, Vol. 10, No. 6 [#114].

Published on February 7, 1950. Edited by Alice Nielsen Cobb. The comic includes the Donald Duck story “Serum to Codfish Cove,” by Carl Barks. Cover illustration by Walt Kelly. Standard-format comic book. Color interiors. 52 pages. New York: Dell. Cover/indicia date: March 1950. Cover price: 10¢.



Weird Science #12 [#1].

Published on February 7, 1950. Edited by William M. Gaines. The comic includes these stories: “Lost in the Microcosm,” by Albert B. Feldstein & Harvey Kurtzman; “Dream of Doom,” by Albert B. Feldstein & Wallace Wood; “Experiment in Death,” by Albert B. Feldstein & Jack Kamen; and “Things from Outer Space,” by Albert B. Feldstein. Cover illustration by Albert B. Feldstein. Standard-format comic book. Color interiors. 36 pages. New York: Fables [E. C.]. Cover/indicia date: May-June 1950. Cover price: 10¢.



Police Comics #99.

To read the issue online, click here. Be aware the Eisner & Spranger story features racist caricatures.

Published on February 8, 1950. Edited by Harry Stein. The comic includes The Spirit story “Distingushed Men Prefer Borshtbelt’s Buttermilk,” by Will Eisner & John Spranger, originally published in newspapers on August 18, 1946. Cover illustration by Jack Cole. Standard-format comic book. Color interiors. 36 pages. Buffalo: Comic Magazines [Quality]. Cover/indicia date: April 1950. Cover price: 10¢.



Dick Tracy Comics Monthly #26.

Published on February 10, 1950. 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: April 1950. Cover price: 10¢.



Marge’s Little Lulu #21.

Published on February 14, 1950. Includes: “The Ventriloquist,” “Froglegs,” “The Little Girl Who Always Laughed,” “The Man Hunter,” and “The Gambler,” all by John Stanley & Irving Tripp. Cover illustration by John Stanley or Irving Tripp (sources differ). Standard-format comic book. Color interiors. 52 pages. New York: Dell. Cover/indicia date: March 1950. Cover price: 10¢.



The Marvel Family #46.

To read the issue online, click here.

Published by February 17, 1950. Edited by Wendell Crowley, Al Jetter, and Will Lieberson. The comic includes the Captain Marvel story “The People Who Turned to Stone,” by C. C. Beck & Otto Binder. Cover illustration by Pete Costanza. Standard-format comic book. Color interiors. 52 pages. Greenwich, CT: Fawcett. Cover/indicia date: April 1950. Cover price: 10¢.



The Crypt of Terror #18.

Published on February 21, 1950. Edited by William M. Gaines. The comic includes these stories: “The Maestro’s Hand,” by Albert B. Feldstein; “The Living Corpse,” by Albert B. Feldstein & Wallace Wood; “Madness at Manderville,” by Irving Klapp & Harvey Kurtzman; and “Mute Witness to Murder!” by Johnny Craig. Cover illustration by Johnny Craig. Standard-format comic book. Color interiors. 36 pages. New York: I. C. [E. C.]. Cover/indicia date: June-July 1950. Cover price: 10¢.



Plastic Man #23.

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Published on February 22, 1950. Edited by Harry Stein. The comic includes the stories “The Fountain of Age,” “Tomorrow’s Newspaper,” “Nevermore,” and “The Figure,” all by Jack Cole. Cover illustration by Jack Cole. Standard-format comic book. Color interiors. 36 pages. Buffalo: Comic Magazines [Quality]. Cover/indicia date: May 1950. Cover price: 10¢.



The Spirit #20.

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

Published in February 1950 [see notes]. The comic features stories first published in Will Eisner’s The Spirit Sunday-newspaper comic-book insert. The stories included here are: “The Vortex,” by Will Eisner & John Spranger, originally published on September 8, 1946; “The Siberian Dagger,” by Will Eisner & John Spranger, originally published on January 27, 1946; and “Magnifying Glasses,” by Will Eisner & John Spranger, originally published on May 26, 1946. Cover illustration by Will Eisner. Buffalo: Comic Magazines [Quality]. Standard-format comic book. Color interiors. 36 pages. Cover/indicia date: April 1950. Cover price: 10¢.

Notes

The exact publication date is unknown. No copyright registration appears to have been filed. However, most Quality Comics titles with an April 1950 cover date were published in February.



Terry and the Pirates Comics #21.

To read the issue online, click here.

Published in February 1950 [see note]. Edited by Leon Harvey. The comic features material from Milton Caniff’s run on the Terry and the Pirates daily newspaper strip. Cover illustration by Lee Elias. Standard-format comic book. Color interiors. 36 pages. New York: Harvey. Cover/indicia date: April 1951. Cover price: 10¢.

Note

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.


Next: March 1950 to April 1950.