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Farewell to a Funny Book Purveyor

Fat Jack’s I have sad news to report. Fat Jack’s Comicrypt has lost their lease and will be vacating their center city Philadelphia location after almost 50 years in business. According to this article May 29th will be the shop’s … Continue reading

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Pathos in a Pencil?

I found this unusual advertisement for artist pencils in a 1976 issue of American Artist. Ads nowadays usually push whimsy to would-be artists — never pathos.

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And he shows them pearly white…

In the wake of the blockbuster success of Steven Spielberg’s Jaws (1975) there came a spate of books and publications designed strictly to cash in on the fascination with man-eating sharks. Sure, there may have been the occasional issue of … Continue reading

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With The Comico Boys

Among the well worn stack of comics that I refer to as Barbershop Comics was an old issue of the X-Men that hit the stands late in 1981. There is nothing special about that particular issue, but the advertisement above … Continue reading

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Rest In Peace Paul Reubens

I and many others were heartbroken yesterday to hear the news that Paul Reubens a.k.a. Pee-Wee Herman passed away at age 70. From his anarchic appearances on late night television to his hit movie Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure and ultimately his … Continue reading

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Gumball Gangsters

Nicky has no neck. His shoulders go straight to the bottom of head. Nicky is in charge of the hiring the dancing girls, I mean waitresses that work back in the Velvet Pizza Room. He is a great host, and … Continue reading

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Gumball Gangsters

The best Italian cook in the business. Gifted with a super set of tastebuds, serving up a perfect plate Italian food with the perfect complimentary wine is a work of art. Problem is Sally is his own cooking`s biggest fan. … Continue reading

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