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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.

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Sunday, July 10, 2016

January 1949 - April 1949

This is a revised version of a post published on The Hooded Utilitarian on October 16, 2015.



Li'l Abner Comics #68.

Edited by Leon Harvey. The comic features color versions of stories from cartoonist Al Capp’s Li'l Abner daily newpaper strip. Cover illustration by Al Capp. Standard-format comic book. Color interiors. 48 pages. New York: Harvey. Cover/indicia date: January 1949. Cover price: 10¢.

Notes

The exact publication date is unknown. While the strips are under copyright to the United Feature Syndicate, no copyright registration was filed for this publication.



Walt Disney’s Comics and Stories, Vol. 9, No. 5 [#101].

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



Dick Tracy Monthly #14.

Published on January 11, 1949. The comic features color versions of stories from cartoonist Chester Gould's Dick Tracy daily newspaper strip. The cover illustrator is unknown. Standard-format comic book. Color interiors. 32 pages. New York: Dell. Cover/indicia date: February 1949. Cover price: 10¢.

Note

There is no credited editor for the issue.



Marge’s Little Lulu #8.

Published on January 11, 1949. Edited by Helen Meyer. The comic includes the stories “Happy Birthday,” “43-44-45-”, “Beautiful Lulu,” “Pleasant Dreams”, and “Tough Guy,” all by John Stanley & Charles Hedinger with Irving Tripp. Cover illustration by John Stanley. Standard-format comic book. Color interiors. 32 pages. New York: Dell. Cover/indicia date: February 1949. Cover price: 10¢.



Police Comics #88.

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Published on January 12, 1949. Edited by George E. Brenner. The comic includes the Plastic Man story “The Seer,” by Jack Cole. Cover illustration by Jack Cole. Standard-format comic book. Color interiors. 48 pages. Buffalo: Comic Magazines [Quality]. Cover/indicia date: March 1949. Cover price: 10¢.



Captain Marvel Adventures #95.

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Published on January 28, 1949. Edited by Wendell Crowley, Will Lieberson, and Ralph Daigh. The comic includes the stories “The Man Who Wanted to Be Poor” and “History Goes Wild,” 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: April 1949. Cover price: 10¢.



Jingle Jangle Comics #37.

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The comic includes the Jingle Jangle Tales story “The Extra Snappy Musketeer and the Brave Little Gingersnap” and an untitled episode of “The Pie-Face Prince of Old Pretzleburg,” both by George Carlson. Cover illustration by Dave Tendlar. Standard-format comic book. Color interiors. 48 pages. New York: Famous Funnies [Eastern Color]. Cover/indicia date: February 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.



Li'l Abner Comics #69.

Edited by Leon Harvey. The comic features color versions of stories from cartoonist Al Capp’s Li'l Abner daily newpaper strip. Cover illustration by Al Capp. Standard-format comic book. Color interiors. 48 pages. New York: Harvey. Cover/indicia date: February 1949. Cover price: 10¢.

Notes

The exact publication date is unknown. While the strips are under copyright to the United Feature Syndicate, no copyright registration was filed for this publication.



Terry and the Pirates Comics #14.

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

Edited by Leon Harvey. The comic features color versions of stories from cartoonist Milton Caniff’s run on the Terry and the Pirates daily newpaper strip. Cover illustration by Milton Caniff. Standard-format comic book. Color interiors. 48 pages. New York: Harvey. Cover/indicia date: February 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.



Walt Disney’s Comics and Stories, Vol. 9, No. 6 [#102].

Published on February 8, 1949. Edited by Alice Nielsen Cobb. The comic includes the Donald Duck story “Pizen Spring Dude Ranch,” by Carl Barks. Cover illustration by Walt Kelly. Standard-format comic book. Color interiors. 48 pages. New York: Dell. Cover/indicia date: March 1949. Cover price: 10¢.



Police Comics #89.

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Published on February 11, 1949. Edited by George E. Brenner. The comic includes the Plastic Man story “No One Can Stop the Vanishers,” by Jack Cole & Joe Millard. Cover illustration by Jack Cole. Standard-format comic book. Color interiors. 32 pages. Buffalo: Comic Magazines [Quality]. Cover/indicia date: April 1949. Cover price: 10¢.



Dick Tracy Monthly #15.

Published on February 15, 1949. The comic features color versions of stories from cartoonist Chester Gould's Dick Tracy daily newspaper strip. The cover illustrator is unknown. Standard-format comic book. Color interiors. 32 pages. New York: Dell. Cover/indicia date: March 1949. Cover price: 10¢.

Note

There is no credited editor for the issue.



Marge’s Little Lulu #9.

Published on February 15, 1949. Edited by Helen Meyer. The comic includes the stories “A Wrong Move,” “The Cloud That Ran Away,” “Pot of Gold,” and “Tubby Meets a Ghost,” all by John Stanley & Charles Hedinger with Irving Tripp. Cover illustration by John Stanley. Standard-format comic book. Color interiors. 32 pages. New York: Dell. Cover/indicia date: March 1949. Cover price: 10¢.



Plastic Man #17.

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Published on February 18, 1949. Edited by George E. Brenner. The comic includes these stories: “Uno, the Last Man on Earth,” by Jack Cole & William Woolfolk; “Salteen’s Art Gallery,” by Jack Cole; and “Plastic Man Products,” by Jack Cole & Joe Millard. Cover illustration by Jack Cole. Standard-format comic book. Color interiors. 32 pages. Buffalo: Comic Magazines [Quality]. Cover/indicia date: May 1949. Cover price: 10¢.



Walt Disney’s Donald Duck in “Lost in the Andes”.

Published on February 22, 1949. Edited by Alice Nielsen Cobb. The comic includes the story “Lost in the Andes,” by Carl Barks. Cover illustration by Carl Barks. Standard-format comic book. Color interiors. 32 pages. New York: Dell. Cover/indicia date: April 1949. Cover price: 10¢.

Note

Also known as Four Color #223.



The Marvel Family #34.

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Published on February 25, 1949. Edited by Wendell Crowley & Will Lieberson. The comic includes the Captain Marvel story “The Duel of Inventions,” 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: April 1949. Cover price: 10¢.



Captain Marvel Adventures #96.

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Published on March 2, 1949. Edited by Wendell Crowley, Will Lieberson, and Ralph Daigh. The comic includes the story “Mr. Tawny Loses Faith in Mankind,” 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: May 1949. Cover price: 10¢.



Walt Disney’s Comics and Stories, Vol. 9, No. 7 [#103].

Published on March 8, 1949. Edited by Alice Nielsen Cobb. The comic includes the Donald Duck story “Rival Beachcombers,” by Carl Barks. Cover illustration by Walt Kelly. Standard-format comic book. Color interiors. 48 pages. New York: K. K. [Dell]. Cover/indicia date: April 1949. Cover price: 10¢.



Police Comics #90.

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Published on March 11, 1949. Edited by George E. Brenner. The comic includes the Plastic Man story “Captain Rivers,” by Jack Cole & Gwen Hansen. Cover illustration by Jack Cole. Standard-format comic book. Color interiors. 32 pages. Buffalo: Comic Magazines [Quality]. Cover/indicia date: May 1949. Cover price: 10¢.



Dick Tracy Monthly #16.

Published on March 15, 1949. The comic features color versions of stories from cartoonist Chester Gould's Dick Tracy daily newspaper strip. The cover illustrator is unknown. Standard-format comic book. Color interiors. 32 pages. New York: Dell. Cover/indicia date: April 1949. Cover price: 10¢.

Note

There is no credited editor for the issue.



Marge’s Little Lulu #10.

Published on March 15, 1949. Edited by Helen Meyer. The comic includes the stories “Snowmen,” “Bank Robbery,” “Story in a Barrel,” and “The Musician,” all by John Stanley & Charles Hedinger with Irving Tripp. Cover illustration by John Stanley. Standard-format comic book. Color interiors. 32 pages. New York: Dell. Cover/indicia date: April 1949. Cover price: 10¢.



Al Capp’s Li’l Abner #70.

Published on March 18, 1949. The comic features color versions of stories from cartoonist Al Capp’s Li’l Abner daily newspaper strip. Cover illustration by Al Capp. New York: Toby. Cover/indicia date: May 1949. Cover price: 10¢.



The Marvel Family #35.

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Published on March 25, 1949. Edited by Wendell Crowley, Will Lieberson, and Ralph Daigh. The comic includes the Captain Marvel story “Captain Marvel Trains Another Captain Marvel,” by C. C. Beck & Otto Binder, with Pete Costanza. Cover illustration by C. C. Beck & Pete Costanza. Standard-format comic book. Color interiors. 48 pages. Greenwich, CT: Fawcett. Cover/indicia date: May 1949. Cover price: 10¢.



Jingle Jangle Comics #38.

To read the issue online, click here.

The comic includes the Jingle Jangle Tales story “The Half-Champion Archer and the Double-Dipped Arrow” 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: April 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.



Terry and the Pirates Comics #15.

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

Edited by Leon Harvey. The comic features color versions of stories from cartoonist Milton Caniff’s run on the Terry and the Pirates daily newpaper strip. The cover illustrator is unknown [see notes]. Standard-format comic book. Color interiors. 48 pages. New York: Harvey. Cover/indicia date: April 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.

The GCD credits Milton Caniff with the cover art. But there is no signature, and to my eye, this looks like an artist imitating Caniff rather than Caniff himself.



Captain Marvel Adventures #97.

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Published on April 1, 1949. Edited by Wendell Crowley & Will Lieberson. The comic includes the story “The World Without Water,” by C. C. Beck & Otto Binder. It also features the stories “The Ownerless Diamond” and “Captain Marvel Is Wiped Out,” 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: June 1949. Cover price: 10¢.



Walt Disney’s Comics and Stories, Vol. 9, No. 8 [#104].

Published on April 5, 1949. Edited by Alice Nielsen Cobb. The comic includes the Donald Duck story “The Sunken Yacht,” by Carl Barks. Cover illustration by Carl Barks. Standard-format comic book. Color interiors. 48 pages. New York: K. K. [Dell]. Cover/indicia date: May 1949. Cover price: 10¢.



Dick Tracy Monthly #17.

Published on April 12, 1949. The comic features color versions of stories from cartoonist Chester Gould's Dick Tracy daily newspaper strip. The cover illustrator is unknown. Standard-format comic book. Color interiors. 32 pages. New York: Dell. Cover/indicia date: May 1949. Cover price: 10¢.

Note

There is no credited editor for the issue.



Marge’s Little Lulu #11.

Published on April 12, 1949. Edited by Helen Meyer. The comic includes the stories “Housekeeper Wanted,” “A Clothes Call,” “The Prince in the Pool,” and “Tubby’s Uncle,” all by John Stanley & Charles Hedinger with Irving Tripp. Cover illustration by John Stanley. Standard-format comic book. Color interiors. 32 pages. New York: Dell. Cover/indicia date: May 1949. Cover price: 10¢.



Plastic Man #18.

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Published on April 20, 1949. Edited by George E. Brenner. The comic includes these stories: “Down on the Farm,” by Jack Cole & Gwen Hansen; and “The Hot Dog Caper” and “Z. Newgate Popskull,” both by Jack Cole. Cover illustration by Jack Cole. Standard-format comic book. Color interiors. 32 pages. Buffalo: Comic Magazines [Quality]. Cover/indicia date: July 1949. Cover price: 10¢.


Next: May 1949 to August 1949.