18 – Steve Carson, Federal Man

In December 1935, New Comics #2 featured a 4-page story called “Federal Men” by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster.  Steve Carson was an FBI agent in the 1930s.  The bad guy’s girl is named Kate Lane, she comes to her senses just in time for her villainous boyfriend, Walsh, to kill her in the heat […]

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17 – Time Travel and Weed

November 1935 brought National Allied Publications’ second title, New Comics #1 – not to be confused with “New Fun Comics”, which was renamed to “More Fun Comics” in its next issue.  New Comics featured several adventure strips like “The Strange Adventures of Mr. Weed” (a strip about an eccentric historian who does a bit of […]

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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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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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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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