Comics History

Ask the Professor #23 — DC Silver/Bronze Age Crossovers

   In 1994 there was Zero Hour and the Zero Titles In 1985 there was Crisis on Infinite Earths In the 1970’s there was a storyline Crisis in Time [?] that crossed over several titles. I believe that the Green Lantern cover featuring Hal Jordan and Alan Scott were part of this storyline [but, can’t be sure]. I want to say that the above storyline appeared immediately before Jack Kirby went to DC and inked the New Gods, Mister Miracle, and the DNA series. My Question – What was the titling of this 70’s series storyline? And, what were the titles … Continue reading

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Ask the Professor #21 — What Old Comic Do I Remember?

In the 60’s, there was one comic issued by DC that had about 100 pages and it had a story line that involved most, if not all, of the DC heroes. Back in the late 60’s or 70’s, there was a giant comic book with a story line about a mirror that allowed you to enter a different world. I’ve been trying to find this comic, but I don’t quite remember whether it was DC or Marvel. I seem to remember that the story line had a host that narrated the story. Whats the story where Conan the cimmerian is … Continue reading

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Ask the Professor #20 — "Comics that look like newspapers"

The Professor’s a month behind on these, and now has three stacked up, so let’s start with the earliest, from Sept. 11: i have comics that look like newspapers and they are in excellent condition how do i found out what they are worth “Comics that look like newspapers”? They could be Sunday comics sections — do they have a name of a newspaper, or a date, on them? Is it as big as a newspaper, and does it fold out? (There’s a thing called Wham-O Giant Comics that did that, too, that the Professor vaguely remembers having Wally Wood … Continue reading

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Ask the Professor #18 — The First Comic

Who first wrote the comic book? That’s an interesting (if ungrammatical) question, but the only true answer is: it depends, on what you mean by “comic,” “book,” and “wrote.”  Candidates range from whomever did those cave paintings in the south of France, 10,000 years ago, to Rudolphe Toppfer (who published books using sequential pictures to tell a story in the first half of the 1800s) to Major Malcolm Wheeler, whose New Fun, published in 1935, is generally considered the first comic in the format we’re familiar with today — a floppy pamphlet, for 10 cents — which consisted mostly of … Continue reading

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Ask the Professor #16 — What's My Comic Worth?

I have a copy of Lots ‘O’ Fun Comics that grades around VG-. It features “Crime Does Not Pay”. I have no idea how much it’s worth. It isn’t listed in the Guide or on comicspriceguide.com Any help would be great. Thank you. Well, when a comic’s not in Overstreet, one possibility is that it might be a foreign edition (like Canadian or British).  Check the bottom of the inside front cover or first page for the indicia, which should have the “official” title of the book, the issue number, date, and information about the publisher. If the listed publisher’s … Continue reading

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