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  1. A few of you seem to be afraid of reading your old comics in fear of causing damage to them. I dare anyone to read their comics in the water like these kids. The first kid is floating and reading Little Lulu 71 in Steeplechase Park at Coney Island in New York on July 24 1955. EC comic sighting! The second kid has no fear in reading Haunt of Fear 8 in a lake in Humboldt Park in Chicago in August 1951. Comics are meant to be handled and read. “Only thing we have to fear is fear itself” - Franklin D Roosevelt
  2. Uncle Scrooge squeeze toy ad from Donald Duck #71
  3. I did another search and the picture is from a bookstore on Markham St in Toronto Canada around 1974.
  4. I found the picture on another comic book message board but it had no source info.
  5. Glad to see some new pics! Here's one pic for you EC fanatics. I think this is an old time hole-in-the wall store from the early days before bags & boards. Anyone recognize the guy? How do you display a bunch of ECs for sale? You clip them to the wall. Notice what looks like little price tags stuck to the bottom of the covers. I wonder what books are in those boxes...
  6. I think you misunderstood the artistic intent of using the same panels. My interpretation is that the panels represent a cinematic style where the self-absorbed main character is in the foreground and there are other people talking in the background. Comic panels are static and various methods are used to convey movement. The characters are just talking and not physically moving so their changing conversation convey the passage of time. As you can see in the later panels the main character is lost in his own thoughts especially in the black panel where he is spotlighted. Although a little bit of time was saved by using the same panels, I think it would be artistically lazy if there was one panel with just text or one panel with huge word ballons of the conversations. That would not look as nice. EC books were much better written and drawn than most other comics of the time.
  7. The second list is just a comparison of census numbers for other popular books that didn't make my top 50 list or from other ages.
  8. Valiantman updated my list of most graded pre-1955 CGC books in census in 2018.
  9. The "GIVEN" on the front cover is ink transfer from the back cover of Tec 37 stacked on top of each other. The red stains match from the back cover.
  10. Well, British kids probably wanted any comic instead of a particular new comic during WW2. When England declared war against the Axis Powers there were voluntary civilian evacuations to the countryside or other countries from high risk British cities beginning in September 1939. Only about half of all school-aged children were evacuated initially but the evacuation levels increased with the threat of invasion with the fall of France to Germany and the bombing of London (the Blitz) in 1940. 3.5 million people, mostly children were evacuated but there were some children that did not evacuate. In this first picture, kids in the Eltham district in southeast London were queueing up and waiting for the newsagent to open to buy comics in August 1943. Rationing was a part of everyday life during WW2 so people had to wait in lines for many items. Comics would be very popular and cheap entertainment since playing outside could be dangerous with the threat of bombings and V-2 rocket attacks in 1944. In 1992, people lined up to buy Superman #75 where Superman gets killed off by Doomsday. In the second picture, buyers lined up to buy Superman 75 at Beachead Comics in Allentown Pennsylvania on November 20 1992. The store’s order of a 1000 copies of Superman 75 was sold out in a few hours to several hundred buyers. I wonder how many people made money selling their copies?
  11. Well just in case people didn't notice the photo location, if you were really there, you and your family would be locked up in an internment camp for a couple more years. Wonderful stacks of comics though. I believe one kid in this pic was also seen in that other Tule Lake camp newsstand photo. It was in one of my posts on Japanese internment & comics.
  12. How about this Soviet T34-85 tank from the Blackpink music video?
  13. Yes it is De Carlo. When linking the thread, a random picture from within all the posts is loaded. Unfortunately I don't know if the picture can be set.
  14. My guess is that not many comics were actually thrown away (by kids) since there were plenty of other kinds of scrap paper to be tossed. Here is a second picture of the same paper scrap drive where these Norfolk Virginia kids collected 13965 pounds of scrap paper in one day. Notice one kid is proudly showing one of the items he saved- a pinup poster from either a soda or beer ad. Photos were taken on May 10 1944.