315 – Plastikit

I found this ad in All-Winners Comics #18 (April 1946) and other Timely (Marvel) comics and had to chuckle. “The magic of making valuable things with plastic” sounds a bit like how I think of 3D printers these days. I couldn’t find anything on the internet about “Plastikit” or what it actually allowed you to […]

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310 – Miss America enters the Atomic Age

By the mid-1940s, Miss America from Timely (Marvel) had transitioned from a comic book into a “magazine” with lots of ads targeting young women and articles/stories seeking to shape young girls minds into proper “American ideals”. I love how every article consists of the the first page and then a “continued on some later page” […]

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271 – Manipulating Heads

I had to laugh at this super-clunky advertisement that I came across in Captain America #43 (October 1944). I guess it’s pretty clear what kind of audience that Timely Publications believed they had: 98-pound weaklings, greasy teens, and wannabe radio technicians. That actually sounds about right…

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141 – A Little Privacy, Please

Lois Lane catches Superman changing into Clark Kent for the first time in Action Comics #32 (November 1940). Fortunately for Superman, Lois is under the influence of a fluid that makes her forget everything. Clark learns she will spend her days in a sanitarium so he tries super-hypnotism for the first time, which of course […]

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29 – DC introduces DC

National Allied Publications started advertising their newest upcoming comic book title, “Detective Comics” in late 1936.  Above is a full-page ad inside New Comics #11, November 1936, though the magazine wouldn’t come out for three more months.  “Detective Comics” of course became the official name for the comic book company in the 1970s and years […]

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