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  1. 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?
  2. 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.
  3. How about this Soviet T34-85 tank from the Blackpink music video?
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. A tribute to Lubbers should at least have a picture of Bob. Here is Bob in May 1954 working on the "Long Sam" comic strip that was created by Al Capp and lasted from 1954 to 1962. Long Sam was about a naive mountain girl and her experiences in the big city. Here is a Sunday strip from 1955 that has caricatures of Gina Lollobrigida and Marilyn Monroe.
  7. I found the ad below in the 1995 Price Guide. I wonder if the above comic ad was a reason for NE Comics to offer 5 times guide price for a copy of Police Thrills? It was listed in the guide as GD/FN/NM 6.70/20/40 and noted with an unknown existence. 5X guide was a lot to offer back then for the other books too.
  8. I know it’s been a long time since I have requested scans of Okajima signed books for an article for the 50 Objects/50 Stories project. I have spoken to the project director and she feels the article is not complete so far since there is still lot of missing information on Okajima. There is not much information online and it is difficult to find people with information about Okajima or about a somewhat trivial matter such as comics from so long ago. It takes time to search leads and to talk to people. Meanwhile they are working on several stories at the same time. I don’t know the timeframe for publication however I believe the article will come out before the book about comic book pedigrees. Although all the Spirit newspaper stories were indexed, the backup features were not completely indexed. Guardineer drew Mr Mystic from 10/10/43 to the end of the run on 5/14/44. After looking at some of the public domain Spirit sections, I determined that the above story did not run on the following dates; 10/10/43, 10/17/43, 10/24/43, 10/31/43, 11/7/43, 1/2/44, 2/13/44, 3/12/44, 4/9/44, 4/23/44, 4/30/44, 5/14/44. The story may be from late 1943 or 1944 since the 100th battalion of the 442nd Regiment consisted of primarily Nisei from the Hawaiian National Guard entered combat for the Italian campaign on September 29 1943.
  9. February 19th is a National Day of Remembrance to acknowledge the wartime treatment of Japanese, German and Italian Americans in World War 2. This story about the Japanese-American 442nd Infantry Regiment was a positive portrayal of Japanese-Americans during World War 2 and recently archived online. This comic story was from a backup Mr Mystic feature in a 1944 Spirit newspaper section. Although the 442nd Infantry Regiment was not mentioned by name in the story, there is no mistaking the reference of a Japanese-American battalion who fought against the Germans in the Italian campaign. The story is drawn by Fred Guardineer who took over the strip from Bob Powell when Powell enlisted in the Army Air Corps in 1943. Guardineer took over the strip with the October 10 1943 section and stayed on Mr Mystic until its cancellation on May 14 1944. A group of Japanese-American soldiers training in the countryside are mistaken for enemy soldiers invading the country by a girl friend of Mr Mystic. Mr Mystic is assumed to be a traitor since he is friendly with one of the soldiers. Panic ensues and Mr Mystic defuses and clears up the situation with some magic.
  10. I believe the Katzies are the Katzenjammer kids since they were syndicated by King Features.
  11. I don't think it is a printing defect. I think those missing pages correspond to missing centerfolds for both books since the books should have 60 total pages. I found a pic of the inside front cover for Commando 5 and there is a form for free comic character sweater crests. Don't pay attention to the politically incorrect cartoon. Since you needed 12 coupons from the centerfold to get one crest, I can imagine there might be many missing or cut-out centerfolds for books that had the coupon. i couldn't find a pic of the centerfold but a raw intact copy of Commando 5 was sold on the boards in 2016. Maybe someone could post the missing pages.
  12. Yes that is definitely Alice Kelley since she is known for her dimples. Comics with the “ore” stamp were probably sold in Sweden or other Scandanavian countries. There were some warehouse finds of 50-60s leftover American comics for distribution to American military bases with the "ore" stamp. The Four color 195 posted by Sqeggs has an 85 ore stamp. 85 ore was about 13 cents United States in 1948. 50 ore was about 10 cents American in 1952. Here are some other stamped books: Tonto, Cisco Kid & Cowgirl Romance (posted by Scrooge) The Bobby Benson 14 has a stamp in the upper right corner (posted by Tri-ColorBrian)
  13. I don't recall anyone posting this book but this isn't a popular title. (not my book)
  14. Hi Marty When you were buying comics in the 40s & 50s were you aware about the debate about the contents of comics? Did your parents, friends' parents or other adults show concerns about the contents of comics affecting kids? If there were concerns, did you notice any actions like comic buying restrictions, trashings, burnings, protests or newsdealer restrictions? Thanks.