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3 hours ago, sfcityduck said:
15 hours ago, SOTIcollector said:

 

I have also identified most of the comics that appear in photographs in the article (for example, the girl pictured above has a copy of Haunt of Fear #19 in her lap) .  If there's interest, I'll be glad to post those as well.

 

 

Please do!

+1 Very interesting stuff.

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7 hours ago, Sqeggs said:

+1 Very interesting stuff.

Happy to oblige.  

I suppose without the Blue Beetle 54 photos, this one doesn't really belong in a thread about nice racks.  But since I have the very kind permission of the OP, I'll continue with the digression...

The first page of the article (p. 50 of LHJ) shows a kid reading a comic book.

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He's reading Justice Traps the Guilty V6#12 (September, 1953)

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Next to him are a few books. 

There's Young Love V5#7 (September, 1953)

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And also Racket Squad in Action #8 (August, 1953)

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I believe there's another book on top of the Racket Squad, starting just below its logo and covering up the very bottom of the logo, but I can't see enough of it do have an idea of what it is.

On page 52 of the article, there's this image of a 1948 comics rack.  Come to think of it, I guess it means this post does belong in a thread about nice racks.  

I've seen this photo a number of times; there are copies of it in Wertham's files in at least two different versions:  this photo, and another of Wertha perusing the rack's contents.  

Some time ago I identified most of the books in this rack.  I'll see if I can dig that info out another time.

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So on to page 53, which has this photo.

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The girl is reading 

Crime and Justice #15, page 15 (September, 1953)

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On her lap, we have Haunt of Fear #19 (May-June, 1953).  When you look at the photos of "kids with comics" in the article, HOF 19 seems to be the only comic photographted that does not fit with the August/September, 1953 timeframe of the others.  Because this book is dated May-June, 1953, and this book also has an illustration in SOTI, my speculation is that for the photo shoot of kids, perhap the photographer just grabbed a handful of books off the local newsstand, but Wertham contributed the HOF #19 from his own collection.  

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That's the last one I've been able to identify. 

Below are a couple I don't know yet. 

My best guess is that this also comes from an August-September, 1953 book, but I haven't figured out which one.

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Then there's that partial book by her knee... First word has an "O" as perhaps the second letter, and then there's another word with "LO".   It's not Modern Love, but I don't know what it is yet.

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1 minute ago, OtherEric said:

Spotted at KAYO books in SF today

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I would so come back with my big loose fitting jacket so I could snag that one 

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1 hour ago, OtherEric said:

Spotted at KAYO books in SF today

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He won't sell.  Believe me, I've tried.

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12 minutes ago, sfcityduck said:

He won't sell.  Believe me, I've tried.

It's still a joy to buy books off that rack... even if I did wind up getting 4 undergrounds and a Little Lulu and Tubby giant rather than DC's.:nyah:

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15 minutes ago, sfcityduck said:

He won't sell.  Believe me, I've tried.

And that's why the big jacket

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1 hour ago, OtherEric said:

Spotted at KAYO books in SF today

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That "Hotel" paperback looks interesting! :banana:

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2 hours ago, Jayman said:
4 hours ago, OtherEric said:

Spotted at KAYO books in SF today

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That "Hotel" paperback looks interesting! :banana:

Why do you think Timmy has the big smile? :)

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On ‎10‎/‎18‎/‎2017 at 10:04 PM, SOTIcollector said:

 

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I believe that last comic is Boy Loves Girl 39 - it is cover dated October, 1953, so it would fit the timeline!

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Is she grabbing his crotch??!!

 

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3 hours ago, Comics-n-ERB said:

Is she grabbing his crotch??!!

 

Probably figured it might be her last chance before they implemented the CCA. hm

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On 10/30/2017 at 9:38 AM, EdMann2 said:

I believe that last comic is Boy Loves Girl 39 - it is cover dated October, 1953, so it would fit the timeline!

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I'd say you pegged it!  Nice work, Ed!

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On ‎12‎/‎12‎/‎2017 at 6:55 PM, nnaid said:

I love this discussion of comic racks. I have four old comics racks- two "Hey Kids" spinner racks (a 4-sided and 5-sided), and a "Hey Kids" flat rack, but my favorite is a Marvel Comics rack that I recently found. I thought the people following this post might like to see it.

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Love it!

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Discovered a new kind of Dell comic rack.  Probably dates to 1940s.  Would have had wood dividers on the shelves creating 3 slots for comics (you can still see grooves):

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Also discovered a new dell paperback rack:

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And here's what I think is a late Dell comic rack, probably 1960s:

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And if anyone is looking to get a vintage looking, but brand new rack, at an affordable price (shipped to your house), this Kickstarter starts shipping in August:

 

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Here's a great picture of one of my favourite Dell racks in the wild:

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That's an Uncle Scrooge 22, so this picture was taken in 1958!

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