Category: comic books

Poster by Jack Kirby, issued by Marvelmania, 1970.

Comic books seen at a rummage sale, nothing by Marvel or DC here.

The Beagle Boys are thieves who are about as competent as The Hamburgler that are always trying to steal from Uncle Scrooge, created in 1951.

Richie Rich was Harvey Comics’ second cash cow. Casper was the first.

Archie Comics have been around since 1941 and you can still find two of their their many magazines at the supermarket checkstand at any given time. The question someone asked me is, “okay, but who is buying them?”

Here’s a collection of Harvey Comics characters, some of which you might not remember for not being Richie Rich or Casper. Shown on the cover are Herman & Katnip, Baby Huey, Casper The Friendly Ghost, and Little Audrey, with references down the left to Casper’s friends Spooky The Tuff Little Ghost and Wendy The Good Little Witch. (What, no cover appearance by Hot Stuff The Little Devil, Little Dot, or Little Lotta? I’m okay with no Sad Sack and I get it why Buzzy The Racist Stereotype Crow We Don’t Talk About wasn’t here even though he was definitely on the TV show in eight episodes.)

Classics Illustrated was a 1941-1971 series of comic books which used classic literature as their stories, and the joke was that if you didn’t take the time and effort to read the book before the test in English class, you could hunt up the comic book. In this issue, #21, we have three lesser-known but classic stories, all mysteries: Arthur Conan Doyle’s “Sherlock Holmes and the Sign of the Four″, Guy de Maupassant’s “The Flayed Hand”, and Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Murders In The Rue Morgue.”

Cave Kids was a comic book series Flintstones’ creator Hanna-Barbera ran from 1963 to 1967 for 16 issues, and Space Kidettes was a TV show in 1966-1967. I assume it’s no coincidence that the two sets of characters would be paired not just because of their youth but because at the same time as that cartoon ran, on TV there was a sitcom about cavemen meeting astronauts by the producers of Gilligan’s Island called It’s About Time.

The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (1964-68) and a woman (1966-67) also from the United Network Command for Law and Enforcement; comic books circa 1967. If this bears a resemblance to James Bond, you’ll be interested to know that Ian Fleming actually was a consultant on the show… and one tentative name for the show was “Ian Fleming’s Solo” (after the lead character but there was a Bond villain by that name so it would have been confusing).

The Girl From U.N.C.L.E. may have only lasted one season, but apparently the thought of Stefanie Powers as a secret agent wasn’t too farfetched because many years later she played a playboy-turned-detective in Hart To Hart, which lasted for 5 seasons.