Category Archives: What I Miss About Comics

Hypnotize!

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Confronting Destiny

It’s not necessarily a ringing endorsement of the product that Chipper is selling, but it seems he has come to a greater understanding of human nature and of himself. I wonder what else he tried to peddle.

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Out of Context Comics

A panel from The Phantom from March 22, 1980. I’m not sure what’s going on here. I never really got into daily newspaper comic strips preferring comic books instead. I would get a chuckle from the humor strips, but wasn’t … Continue reading

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A Hundred Horrific Pages for Half a Buck!

A buddy of mine chased down a well-worn and well loved comic that he had once owned and lost to the vagaries of time and fortune. It’s DC Super Spectacular No. 4 and was published by DC Comics in 1971. … Continue reading

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Mail Order Muscles

Charles Atlas is the body builder that everybody knows from comic book advertisements, but if you actually bought and read comic books regularly any time between the 1950s through the 1970s, you would be just as familiar with the name … Continue reading

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Go-Kart or Speed-Bike?

So you scraped together the two bucks and waited patiently for the instructions to arrive in the mail while you pictured yourself buzzing the town on your boss GO-KART or sweet SPEED-BIKE! Wouldn’t it be great?! Imagine all of the … Continue reading

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A Familiar Face

As is usually the case, I was looking for something else when I came across an old stash of comics books. I immediately forgot about whatever I was originally looking for as I gleefully thumbed through my four-colored, battered beauties. … Continue reading

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Fandom Before the Internet

This is what Red Sonja looked like back before the internet when comics were sold at newsstands and convenience stores, and the only way to see how comics were made was through obscure, mail-order magazines.

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You Look Like a GANGSTER!

Here ya go, kid! Do me a favor — run this across the street for me.

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A Weighty Request

When you have about an inch of column space and are competing for eyeballs with Sea Monkeys, switchblade pocket combs and get-rich schemes, subtlety is a luxury advertisers in comic books could not afford.

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Peace Through Superior Firepower

So for a $1.98, am I protecting myself and my loved ones with steely fists or a board I can carry anywhere?

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2 to 6 Inches Guaranteed

I found this unlikely claim in issue #186 of The Incredible Hulk published by Marvel Comics in 1975. I’m wondering what the folks at Tall-Up provided for 35¢ and how they could possibly guarantee results. All ages? No gimmicks? Really? … Continue reading

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BEYOND the Spinning Rack of Comics

I guess the thing I miss most about comics is the newsstands and druggists that once carried the 4-colored treasures I eagerly plucked from spinning racks or wooden shelves. I would spend what was probably an inordinate amount of time … Continue reading

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You No Canna Refuse

Back when movies were cultural touchstones made for adults, they were not as heavily merchandised as they are today. A soundtrack album may have been released and a paperback novelization would be on a shelves in bookstores, and that was … Continue reading

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Fat Sacks of CASH

Apparently,  some time around the middle of the twentieth century this fellow was making FAT SACKS OF CASH selling America’s Greatest Family Newspaper GRIT. At least that was the potential promise to young entrepreneurs willing to sell this weekly publication … Continue reading

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