Comics History

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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Ask the Professor #13 — Cap's Super-Soldier Serum

“Jburruel79” asks: Captain America had his Super- Soldier Serum removed for a time during the Streets of Poison storyline of the early 1990’s. At what point did he get it back? Thanks. Ah, yes: Mark Gruenwald’s (almost) decade-long run on Cap seemed to throw in everything but the kitchen sink — there was Cap resigning, Cap turned into a teenager, Cap-Wolf (Don’t ask. Seriously: don’t ask), and many other variations. Through it all, he was always able to nail Steve Rogers’ essential optimism, patriotism and refusal to ever, ever give up. Older fans rolled their eyes at much of this, … Continue reading

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