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  1. Over in a thread in this "Gold" seciton, Richard Evans sez not to trust my concepts on aspects of the comic book. I beg to differ, but that is my own humble opine about comics history research projects I have been involved with, and have even run "final say" inside Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide being invited back there over 15 years now. Noting there seems to be an over-abundance of lost comics souls who no longer use the incredible references in said august annual publication, a concept I can not fathom as one then does not have an essential tool for this hobby, here are scans of the first half dozen pages for your edification. Quiz is next Tuesday. Please note the upper right corner in this first section contains the earliest known English language comic strip published known to exist which dates to 1656 titled "God's Revenge For Murder" written by John Reynolds, artist remains unknown much like Jack Kirby remains to most of the adherents of the Marvel Universe these days 40 years after he left. Here we have the cover of the first American published comic book dating to 1842. Pictured on the next pages are America's 3rd comic book 1846 as well as George Cruickshank's 1849 clasic The Tooth-Ache which opens like an accordian On these pages are early American humor magazines beginning 1846 wherein aspects of comic strips evolved as well on the first hand side the very first original 'earliest known' sequential comic book dating from 1849 titled Journey to the Gold Diggins By Jeremiah Saddlebags. Have at it, hope you enjoy, learn a couple things along the way. My first "origins of the comics" history article appeared in Overstreet #27 appearing back in 1997. You might even consider purchasing Overstreets for each year especially #32 thru #40 as the powers that be held me to 72 pages those last few years before medical circumstance forced me to slow down. Hence, in order to place "new" data in the articles, other material had to be sacrificed on the alter. In order obtain a more complete over view of America's earliest comic books, one should read thru each article for a more complete evolution as well as a lot of differing visual aid as there are thousands of comic strips inside many hundreds of publications in using a myriad assortment of formats. All this talk of 1938-mid 1940s comic book "magazines" is some sort of "Golden Age of Comics" is plain silly. Click on my website address below where I cover the full gamut of American comic books from the 1840s thru to around 1981 or so. Scarce and obscure runs my wagon there, if nothing else, scroll some pretty rare stuff you might not see the rest of your life.