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Mar 19 15 1:50 PM
Alan wrote:The names are distinctly dodgy too, Zelda Trapper? Skippy Wells???
Mar 19 15 8:48 PM
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Mar 19 15 8:59 PM
Alan wrote:Those Bat-Cave letters have a different feel to the others, they just seem to be made up by editorial staff to fill the page and set up forthcoming stories.
More sloppiness on Jack Schiff's part. He seems to have been a horrid editor in every way.
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Mar 21 15 11:30 AM
dearlenbaugh wrote:As Hepcat says, here is a scan of my present day copy:
And it's also my original copy. I didn't stop turning back the pages as read comics for over another year, and I read my comics over and over and over again. So most of the comics I bought well into 1961 looked like this. As the publishing dates receded, the comics were even more punished, because over the months and years, they were read more times.
Feh. Keep your pristine comics! A beat-up, coverless comic shows you that some kid really loved reading his comics!
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Osgood Peabody wrote:
I know [Star Hawkins] often gets lost amidst the sublime grandeur of Space Museum and the gripping post-apocalyptic Atomic Knights, but I always enjoyed it... it served as the "class clown" of the Julie Schwartz sci-fi titles, never taking itself too seriously. This initial installment may have been a bit pedestrian, but once Broome and Schwartz realized who the true "star" of this series was (namely Hawkins' metallic Girl Friday), they had a modest hit on their hands.
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The albums I bought in January 1960 were:
GIANT STEPS by JOHN COLTRANE
HAVE GUITAR WILL TRAVEL by BO DIDDLEY
TODD TAMANEND CLARK
The Monongahela River, Turtle Island
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I guess licensed properties were a big thing back at the time. DC did books based on individuals, like Pat Boone, and on TV or radio programs, like Big Town and Mr. District Attorney. Dell did a lot of TV and movie adaptations. Harvey did cartoon adaptations. Come to think of it, with Star Wars returning to comics and theaters, it is still a big thing.
Bilko was a stock character in military stories in the late ‘50s. Milo Minderbinder, in Catch-22, was another parody of the Bilko type, the low level serviceman who was angling for a personal benefit, threatening to keep you from doing your job unless he got a pay-off simply for doing his.
The WWII and Korean War vets of that era did not return with over-inflated views of the wisdom, nobility, or dedication of the top brass. Settling into Eisenhower era domestic life, they got to see pop culture dish up mocking vengeance on their former tormentors like Bilko, petty tyrants like the captain in “Mr. Roberts”, or the promoted-beyond-talent timeservers like Capt. Billingsley in “McHale’s Navy”.
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