2 – Palooka

Joe Palooka, 1934

Joe Palooka, 1934

Skipping ahead two months to August 1934, we have the second comic book ever sold, Eastern Color’s Famous Funnies #2.  This book continued to reprint “funnies” from color newspaper sections into comic book form.  Joe Palooka is refereeing a bout between two African American boxers in this page.  It’s fascinating to me how comic books (and probably all forms of media) went from blatantly offensive and racist depictions, to stories completely devoid of any race other than white, to careful and deliberate inclusion of characters of other race by the late 1960s.

From August 1934 on, Eastern Color starts publishing Famous Funnies monthly, meaning there has been at least one comic book published in the U.S since then!