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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6 – Dan Dunn

Famous Funnies #5 (December 1934) marks the first time that consecutive comic strips were reprinted together in a comic book for better reading.  This is a panel from a 4-page section of square-jawed Detective “Dan Dunn“, Secret Operative 48, one of many hat-wearing detectives of the era (the most famous being Dick Tracy).

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5 – Before Lois there was Jane

Before Lois Lane, there was Jane Arden, the original “spunky girl reporter”.  This is a reprint from Famous Funnies #5, November 1934 by Eastern Color (still the only comic book game in town at this point).

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