16 – Little Orphan Babs

Detective Dan Dunn had a child sidekick by October 1935 in the form of an orphan named Babs (shown above from Famous Funnies #16).  It feels like they were going for a Little Orphan Annie vibe here, but I’m sure it’s not coincidence that Dick Tracy also had also adopted an orphan son (Junior) just […]

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15 – Doctor Occult!

It’s September 1935 and here we are, the birth of the DC Universe.  With this panel Doctor Occult becomes the first character to exist in the DC Comics universe, though obviously there was no such concept of a shared universe / continuity at the time.  The strip debuted in New Fun Comics #6 by National […]

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14 – Eastern Color Editors

Famous Funnies #14 (August 1935), saw Eastern Color Printing start to include editor pages as messages to readers.  This was a trend started by National Allied Publications (later to become DC Comics) a few months before, and I think it was an important step in building up the comic book industry, as it made the […]

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13 – Brad Hardy

Brad Hardy was 3/4 page adventure strip written and drawn by Richard Loederer in New Fun Comics.  This is a panel from New Fun #5 (July 1935) inside the Cave of the Golden Bat as Brad and his girlfriend were fighting Rat People.  Nice pencil work on the bat wings!

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12 – Fifty Cent Ray Gun

Here is an full-page color ad to buy the Buck Roger’s Disintegrator Raygun for four bits from Famous Funnies #12 by Eastern Color.  Looks like someone on ebay has one of these babies and current highest bid is $77, while a like-new full replica kit is sitting there for a cool $295.

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11 – Buck Rogers

On to May 1935.  One of the more popular strips reprinted in Famous Funnies comic books was Buck Rogers, a space opera character that lived in many forms of media (books, movie serials, television show).  Buck Rogers showed up in the first few years of the Famous Funnies comic book.

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9 – Whistling Dixie

Dixie Dugan was a long-running comic strip following a showgirl-turned-career girl and recollected in Eastern Color’s “Famous Funnies”.  Wikipedia tells me she was modeled after Louise Brooks, who had a bob haircut.

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8 – Bobby ‘n’ Binks be trippin’

New Fun Comics #2 continued to publish new comics including several adventure stories.  The Magic Crystal of History appears to be the first instance of time travel in a comic book story.  I hope they made it out of Ancient Egypt ok!

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7 – Birth of an Industry

Before 1935, comic books were an unprofitable experiment by one company: Eastern Color.  Starting in January 1935, this experiment becomes an industry as a new company enters the arena with New Fun Comics #1 by National Allied Publications. New Fun Comics was black and white and contained things like funny animal strips and western stories […]

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