Promise Collection 1950s: DC Comics Consults Albert Einstein

1948-1949 represent the peak years for the Promise Collection in terms of volume.  The young fan who started collecting comic books at the age of eight years old in 1939 would've turned 19 in 1950 — a young adult with an ever-increasing number of demands on his money and time, as these things often go.  And while we sometimes think of this early 1950s period as lean times for comics, that is demonstrably untrue.  The number of titles being published by the industry on a monthly basis would continue to climb, and peak in 1952.  As an early 1950 Writer's Digest piece called Comics are Big-Time! on the state of the market explained to prospective writers: "Remember one thing: demand for comics runs in cycles. Ten years ago, animated animals (Donald Duck, Mickey Mouse etc.) were the fad. During the war years, the demand was for real-life. Afterwards, teen-age humor (Archie, Kathy, etc.) were the rage. Today, the demand for true romance is at a peak, with western and adventure (Superman, Captain Marvel) a steady market."

We might quibble with a few of those details, but that 1950 Writer's Digest contributor was on the money with that headline: comics were indeed big-time, and film, television and much of the rest of American business had taken notice.  Of course, with the big time comes big problems, and as most people reading this will know, industry critics would only increase their pressure on comic book publishers from here.  This despite the fact that Senator Estes Kefauver, whose Senate hearings would soon impact the nature of the comics industry for decades, was told by no less an authority than J. Edgar Hoover as early as August 1950 that, "It is doubtful, however, that an appreciable decrease in juvenile delinquency would result if crime comic books of all types were not readily available to children."

Strange Adventures #2, the Promise Collection, DC Comics 1950.
Strange Adventures #2, the Promise Collection, DC Comics 1950.

Interestingly, Hoover went on to explain to Kefauver that he felt that education rather than the elimination of objectionable media was the answer.  Of course, several publishers, perhaps most notably M.C. Gaines, had been touting the effectiveness of comic books to educate for years by 1950, which brings us to one of my favorite little-known comic book moments of the early 1950s — that time that DC Comics publisher Harry Donenfeld announced that he was going to consult his old acquaintance Albert Einstein about the science in DC Comics titles: "Prof. Albert Einstein's announcement of a new scientific theory has the comic book world in an uproar, the publisher of Superman hinted Sunday at Miami Beach. Still spinning with excitement over the atom bomb and guided missiles, the comic book writers and artists are set to get busy on Einstein." [Note: the impetus for Donenfeld's interest was the announcement of Einstein's "Generalized Theory of Gravitation" a few days prior.]

"And to make sure small fry and adult readers don't' get too far behind on developments, Harry Donenfeld, who controls Superman's destiny (and that of 40 other comics) will make a personal visit to Einstein in a few weeks (They are old friends and have been associated in the organization of Louis Brandeis University). Donenfeld, a New York publisher who puts out about 160,000,000 comic books a year doesn't believe the market is saturated with pseudo-scientific strips, 'They're still going up in popularity he says.'"

Welcome to Part 23 and the final installment of the Promise Collection series, which is meant to serve as liner notes of sorts for the comic books in the collection. The Promise Collection is a set of nearly 5,000 comic books, 95% of which are blisteringly high grade, that were published from 1939 to 1952 and purchased by one young comic book fan.  The name of the Promise Collection was inspired by the reason that it was saved and kept in such amazing condition since that time. An avid comic book fan named Junie and his older brother Robert went to war in Korea.  Robert Promised Junie that he would take care of his brother's beloved comic book collection should anything happen to him. Junie was killed during the Korean War, and Robert kept his promise.  There are more details about that background in a previous post regarding this incredible collection of comic books.  You can always catch up with posts about this collection at this link, which will become a hub of sorts regarding these comic books over time.

Web of Mystery #1, Ace Publications 1951.
Web of Mystery #1, Ace Publications 1951.

1950-1952 in the Promise Collection

1950 represents a significant reduction in the monthly volume being purchased by Junie for his collection.  There are over 500 issues in the Promise Collection from that year, down from over 900 issues in 1949.  As Junie hit about 21 years old in 1951, the volume further drops to about 100 comics for the entire year.   Noteworthy sales thus from this period include Detective Comics #158 CGC 9.6 for $96,000.00 — continuing the trend of incredibly strong results for Joker covers from throughout the collection, Batman #62 CGC 9.8 featuring a great Catwoman cover at $69,000.00, and the stand-out Lex Luthor cover on Superman #68 CGC 9.6 for $31,200. Despite the reduced monthly volume during this period, there is still a noteworthy number of new series debuts from this final period of the collection:

  • Secret Missions #1
  • Son of Sinbad #1
  • Indians #1
  • Real Clue Crime Stories #1
  • Atomic Spy Cases #1
  • Jon Juan #1
  • Jungle Lil #1
  • Indian Fighter #1
  • Jungle Jo #1
  • Strange Adventures #1
  • Geronimo #1
  • Tomahawk #1
  • Black Magic #1
  • Boys' Ranch #1
  • Operation: Peril #1
  • Invisible Scarlet O'Neil #1
  • Big Town #1
  • Witches Tales #1
  • Web of Mystery #1
  • Battle #1
  • Spy Fighters #1
  • Ellery Queen #1
Strange Adventures #1, DC Comics 1950.
Strange Adventures #1, DC Comics 1950.

Strange Adventures in the Atomic Age

While the historical record is silent on the results of DC Comics publisher Harry Donenfeld's meeting with Einstein (presuming it did happen), it's certainly noteworthy that less than six months after Donenfeld had raised the matter, DC Comics would launch the most important science fiction-centric comic in its history — with a debut issue based at least in part in science fact. Strange Adventures #1 contains ten stories (comics and/or text), and it's the eight-page cover-feature Destination Moon that is of the most historical interest here. The story of a trip to the moon in an advanced atomic-powered spaceship based on the Robert Heinlein film script (in turn based on some of Heinlein's prior work) was adapted for DC Comics by Gardner Fox and Curt Swan.

Destination Moon is considered a seminal moment in science fiction cinema history, setting the tone for more serious and realistic scientific portrayals of such subject matter for the subsequent decades. There are several moments in the film that make it fascinating from the perspective of the atomic age-era concerns that would quickly become one of the defining factors of this period of comic books, beginning with this meta-commentary on the type of propaganda which  became a hallmark of the 1950s and 1960s:

Dr. Charles Cargraves You can't buck public opinion; I've tried. Have you seen this?

[Newspaper headline: MASS MEETING PROTESTS RADIOACTIVE ROCKET]

General Thayer That isn't public opinion – it's a job of propaganda!

Jim Barnes You're almighty right it is. Manufactured and organized – with money and brains. Somebody's out to get us.

General Thayer The reason is quite simple. We are not the only ones who know that the Moon can be reached. We're not the only ones who are planning to go there. The race is on – and we'd better win it, because there is absolutely no way to stop an attack from outer space. The first country that can use the Moon for the launching of missiles… will control the Earth. That, gentlemen, is the most important military fact of this century.

Of course, this signals the start of the space race between the U.S. and the Soviet Union. Diving into this background even deeper, we find that this purpose was influenced in large part by Destination Moon creator and giant of American science fiction Robert A. Heinlein. A graduate of the United States Naval Academy who had ties to Naval Intelligence during World War II, Heinlein began making efforts to get the Navy interested in rocketry and spaceflight around the end of the war:

With the end of World War II, Heinlein began to develop a close interest in rockets and atomic power. He made it a personal campaign at the end of 1945 and beginning of 1946 to get the Navy interested in rockets [2, 3]. The advent of the large rocket, the V2, was on Lang's mind too; he talked to Ley about making another movie about a spaceship to the Moon. Ley put Lang in touch with Heinlein. Lang invited the Heinleins for dinner often in 1946 and 1947. During those years. Lang and Heinlein talked about a lot of things, Heinlein was reluctant to start writing young adult novels, but Lang convinced Heinlein it would be an excellent way to connect with an audience that had an appetite for space flight.

Fascinatingly, Strange Adventures #1 is one of two major comic book adaptations of the movie which would appear in 1950.  Strange Adventures #1 would hit the newsstands in June 1950, as sort of a short preview ahead of the film's early August opening.  Then, hitting the stands in September, Fawcett Comics would publish a more complete adaptation.

A fascinating artifact of both science fiction and atomic age history,  Strange Adventures #1 also represents a key development in the history of DC Comics itself.  It's probably the most important 1950s-era series launch in the Promise Collection, and I like the notion of ending this series of posts with a focus on this issue, certainly representative of the early atomic age, and the beginnings of a long-lasting series that looks towards the future.

The U.S. draft for the Korean War got underway in earnest in September, 1951, with tens of thousands of young men being called to service every month beginning at that time.  The available information suggests that Junie's brother Robert may have been drafted around this time, with Robert then volunteering to serve shortly thereafter.  After a relatively sparse 1951 during which Junie added about 100 comic books to the collection, there are only a small handful of comics in the Promise Collection from 1952 which mostly hit the stands in the early months of that year.  We know that Junie was killed in action in Korea that year.

As we noted when the Promise Collection find was announced early this year, the collecting community has a way of remembering the original fans who have passed their collections down through the decades to be appreciated in the modern day. Readers and collectors such as Edgar Church, who amassed a collection of nearly 15,000 comics 1937-1957, Davis Crippen, who bought and saved some 13,000 comics 1940-1955, and Lamont Larson, who collected over 1,000 comic books 1936-1940, are all legendary names within the collecting hobby.  The modern collecting community fondly remembers these names and others and discusses them often.  The enthusiastic reception of Promise Collection comic books at auctions throughout 2021 indicates that collectors will also be doing their part to preserve Robert and Junie's comic book legacy for generations to come.

 

Title Issue # Grade / Auction Link Cover Date Prices Realized
A Star Presentation 3 May 1950
Action Comics 140 January 1950
Action Comics 141 February 1950
Action Comics 142 March 1950
Action Comics 143 April 1950
Action Comics 144 May 1950
Action Comics 145 June 1950
Action Comics 146 July 1950
Action Comics 147 Action Comics #147 The Promise Collection Pedigree (DC, 1950) CGC FN- 5.5 Off-white to white pages August 1950 552.00
Action Comics 150 November 1950
Action Comics 151 December 1950
Action Comics 152 January 1951
Action Comics 153 February 1951
Action Comics 168 May 1952
Adventure Comics 148 Adventure Comics #148 The Promise Collection Pedigree (DC, 1950) CGC VF+ 8.5 Off-white to white pages January 1950 780.00
Adventure Comics 149 Adventure Comics #149 The Promise Collection Pedigree (DC, 1950) CGC NM- 9.2 Off-white pages February 1950
Adventure Comics 150 Adventure Comics #150 The Promise Collection Pedigree (DC, 1950) CGC VF/NM 9.0 Off-white pages March 1950 3,120.00
Adventure Comics 151 Adventure Comics #151 The Promise Collection Pedigree (DC, 1950) CGC VF+ 8.5 Off-white to white pages April 1950 1,680.00
Adventure Comics 152 Adventure Comics #152 The Promise Collection Pedigree (DC, 1950) CGC NM 9.4 Off-white to white pages May 1950
Adventure Comics 153 Adventure Comics #153 The Promise Collection Pedigree (DC, 1950) CGC NM 9.4 Off-white to white pages June 1950
Adventure Comics 155 Adventure Comics #155 The Promise Collection Pedigree (DC, 1950) CGC VF+ 8.5 Off-white to white pages August 1950 840.00
Adventure Comics 157 Adventure Comics #157 The Promise Collection Pedigree (DC, 1950) CGC FN/VF 7.0 White pages October 1950 1,680.00
Adventure Comics 158 Adventure Comics #158 The Promise Collection Pedigree (DC, 1950) CGC NM+ 9.6 Off-white to white pages November 1950
Adventure Comics 159 Adventure Comics #159 The Promise Collection Pedigree (DC, 1950) CGC NM/MT 9.8 Off-white to white pages December 1950
Adventure Comics 160 Adventure Comics #160 The Promise Collection Pedigree (DC, 1951) CGC VF+ 8.5 Off-white to white pages January 1951 750.00
Adventure Comics 161 Adventure Comics #161 The Promise Collection Pedigree (DC, 1951) CGC VF- 7.5 Off-white to white pages February 1951 1,080.00
Adventure Comics 167 August 1951
Adventures Into The Unknown 9 February-March 1950
Airboy Comics Vol6 #12 January 1950
Airboy Comics Vol7 #1 February 1950
Airboy Comics Vol7 #2 March 1950
Airboy Comics Vol7 #3 April 1950
Airboy Comics Vol7 #4 May 1950
Airboy Comics Vol7 #5 June 1950
Airboy Comics Vol7 #7 August 1950
Airboy Comics Vol7 #9 October 1950
Airboy Comics Vol7 #10 November 1950
Airboy Comics Vol7 #11 December 1950
Airboy Comics Vol7 #12 January 1951
All-Star Comics 51 February-March 1950
All-Star Comics 52 April-May 1950
All-Star Comics 53 All Star Comics #53 The Promise Collection Pedigree (DC, 1950) CGC NM 9.4 White pages June-July 1950
All-Star Comics 55 October-November 1950
All-American Western 112 February-March 1950
All-American Western 113 April-May 1950
All-American Western 114 June-July 1950
All-American Western 115 August-September 1950
All-American Western 116 All-American Western #116 The Promise Collection Pedigree (DC, 1950) CGC VF+ 8.5 Off-white to white pages October-November 1950 288.00
All-American Western 117 All-American Western #117 The Promise Collection Pedigree (DC, 1951) CGC FN/VF 7.0 Off-white to white pages December 1950-January 1951 300.00
All-American Western 118 February-March 1951
All True Crime 37 February 1950
All True Crime 38 May 1950
All True Crime 39 July 1950
All True Crime 42 January 1951
All True Crime 43 March 1951
Amazing Detective Cases 3 November 1950
Amazing Mysteries 35 January 1950
Atomic Spy Cases 1 Atomic Spy Cases #1 The Promise Collection Pedigree (Avon, 1950) CGC VF/NM 9.0 Off-white to white pages March-April 1950 4,800.00
Authentic Police Cases 7 Authentic Police Cases #7 The Promise Collection Pedigree (St. John, 1950) CGC NM 9.4 White pages April 1950 8,400.00
Batman (1940) 57 Batman #57 The Promise Collection Pedigree (DC, 1950) CGC VF/NM 9.0 Off-white to white pages February-March 1950 4,320.00
Batman (1940) 58 Batman #58 The Promise Collection Pedigree (DC, 1950) CGC VF 8.0 White pages April-May 1950 5,760.00
Batman (1940) 59 Batman #59 The Promise Collection Pedigree (DC, 1950) CGC NM- 9.2 White pages June-July 1950 38,400.00
Batman (1940) 62 Batman #62 The Promise Collection Pedigree (DC, 1950) CGC NM/MT 9.8 Off-white to white pages December 1950-January 1951 69,000.00
Batman (1940) 63 Batman #63 The Promise Collection Pedigree (DC, 1951) CGC VF- 7.5 Off-white to white pages February-March 1951 9,000.00
Battle 1 Battle #1 The Promise Collection Pedigree (Atlas, 1951) CGC FN- 5.5 Off-white pages March 1951 780.00
Big Town 1 Big Town #1 The Promise Collection Pedigree (DC, 1951) CGC NM- 9.2 Off-white to white pages January 1951
Black Cat 21 February 1950
Black Cat 22 April 1950
Black Cat 23 June 1950
Black Cat 24 August 1950
Black Cat 25 October 1950
Black Cat 26 December 1950
Black Cat 27 February 1951
Black Diamond Western 17 Black Diamond Western #17 The Promise Collection Pedigree (Lev Gleason, 1950) CGC NM+ 9.6 Off-white to white pages January 1950 480.00
Black Diamond Western 18 March-April 1950
Black Diamond Western 19 June 1950
Black Diamond Western 21 September-October 1950
Black Diamond Western 23 February 1951
Black Magic 1 October-November 1950
Black Magic 3 February-March 1951
Black Rider 8 March 1950
Black Rider 11 November 1950
Black Rider 13 March 1951
Blackhawk 29 February 1950
Blackhawk 30 April 1950
Blackhawk 31 June 1950
Blackhawk 33 October 1950
Blackhawk 34 November 1950
Blackhawk 35 December 1950
Blackhawk 36 January 1951
Blackhawk 37 February 1951
Blazing West 9 January-February 1950
Blazing West 10 March-April 1950
Blazing West 11 May-June 1950
Blazing West 12 July-August 1950
Blazing West 13 September-October 1950
Blazing West 14 November-December 1950
Blazing West 15 January-February 1951
Blondie Comics 16 March 1950
Blondie Comics 17 April 1950
Blondie Comics 18 May 1950
Blondie Comics 40 March 1952
Blondie Comics 42 May 1952
Blondie Comics 45 August 1952
Blondie Comics 47 October 1952
Boy Comics 50 February 1950
Boy Comics 51 March 1950
Boy Comics 52 April 1950
Boy Comics 53 May 1950
Boy Comics 54 June 1950
Boy Comics 55 July 1950
Boy Comics 56 August 1950
Boy Comics 57 September 1950
Boy Comics 58 October 1950
Boy Comics 59 November 1950
Boy Comics 60 December 1950
Boy Comics 61 January 1951
Boy Comics 62 February 1951
Boy Meets Girl 3 June 1950
Boy Meets Girl 4 August 1950
Boy Meets Girl 5 October 1950
Boy Meets Girl 6 December 1950
Boy Meets Girl 7 January 1951
Boy Meets Girl 8 February 1951
Boys' Ranch 1 October 1950
Boys' Ranch 2 December 1950
Boys' Ranch 3 February 1951
Buccaneers 19 January 1950
Buccaneers 20 March 1950
Captain America's Weird Tales 75 9.6 February 1950
Captain Marvel Jr. 82 February 1950
Captain Marvel Jr. 84 April 1950
Captain Marvel Jr. 85 May 1950
Captain Marvel Adventures 104 January 1950
Captain Marvel Adventures 105 February 1950
Captain Marvel Adventures 108 May 1950
Captain Marvel Adventures 109 June 1950
Captain Marvel Adventures 112 September 1950
Captain Marvel Adventures 113 October 1950
Captain Marvel Adventures 114 November 1950
Captain Marvel Adventures 115 December 1950
Captain Marvel Adventures 116 January 1951
Captain Marvel Adventures 117 February 1951
Casey – Crime Photographer 4 February 1950
Classics Illustrated 27 [April 1950]
Comics on Parade 70 February-March 1950
Comics on Parade 71 April-May 1950
Comics on Parade 73 August-September 1950
Cowgirl Romances 2 1950
Cowgirl Romances 3 1950
Crack Western 64 January 1950
Crack Western 70 January 1951
Crack Western 71 March 1951
Crime and Punishment 27 June 1950
Crime and Punishment 30 September 1950
Crime and Punishment 31 October 1950
Crime and Punishment 32 November 1950
Crime and Punishment 33 December 1950
Crime and Punishment 34 January 1951
Crime and Punishment 35 February 1951
Crime Can't Win 41 September 1950
Crime Can't Win 42 December 1950
Crime Can't Win 43 February 1951
Crime Cases Comics 26 January 1951
Crime Detective Comics Vol2 #2 May-June 1950
Crime Detective Comics Vol2 #3 July-August 1950
Crime Detective Comics Vol2 #4 September-October 1950
Crime Detective Comics Vol2 #6 January-February 1951
Crime Does Not Pay 83 January 1950
Crime Does Not Pay 84 February 1950
Crime Does Not Pay 85 March 1950
Crime Does Not Pay 87 May 1950
Crime Does Not Pay 88 June 1950
Crime Does Not Pay 89 July 1950
Crime Does Not Pay 90 August 1950
Crime Does Not Pay 92 October 1950
Crime Does Not Pay 93 November 1950
Crime Does Not Pay 94 December 1950
Crime Does Not Pay 95 February 1951
Crime Must Lose 5 February 1951
Crime Must Pay the Penalty 16 October 1950
Crime Must Pay the Penalty 17 December 1950
Danger Trail 2 September-October 1950
Danger Trail 4 January-February 1951
Daredevil Comics (1941) 58 January 1950
Daredevil Comics (1941) 59 February 1950
Daredevil Comics (1941) 60 March 1950
Daredevil Comics (1941) 61 April 1950
Daredevil Comics (1941) 62 May 1950
Daredevil Comics (1941) 64 July 1950
Daredevil Comics (1941) 66 September 1950
Daredevil Comics (1941) 67 October 1950
Daredevil Comics (1941) 68 November 1950
Daredevil Comics (1941) 69 December 1950
Daredevil Comics (1941) 70 January 1951
Daredevil Comics (1941) 71 February 1951
Darling Romance 7 Winter 1950-1951
Dead-Eye Western Comics 8 February 1950
Dead-Eye Western Comics 9 April-May 1950
Dead-Eye Western Comics 10 June – July 1950
Dead-Eye Western Comics 12 October-November 1950
Dead-Eye Western Comics Vol2 #1 December 1950
Detective Comics 155 9.2 January 1950
Detective Comics 156 8.5 February 1950
Detective Comics 157 9.6 March 1950
Detective Comics 158 9.6 April 1950
Detective Comics 159 9.6 May 1950
Detective Comics 160 9.6 June 1950
Detective Comics 165 November 1950
Detective Comics 166 9.6 December 1950
Detective Comics 167 9.8 January 1951
Dick Tracy 25 March 1950
Dick Tracy 26 April 1950
Dick Tracy 27 May 1950
Dick Tracy 28 June 1950
Dick Tracy 29 July 1950
Dick Tracy 30 August 1950
Dick Tracy 31 September 1950
Dick Tracy 32 October 1950
Dick Tracy 33 November 1950
Dick Tracy 34 December 1950
Dick Tracy 35 January 1951
Dick Tracy 36 February 1951
Dick Tracy 56 October 1952
Doll Man 26 January 1950
Doll Man 27 March 1950
Doll Man 28 May 1950
Doll Man 30 September 1950
Doll Man 31 December 1950
Doll Man 32 February 1951
Ellery Queen 1 January, February %26 March 1952
Ellery Queen 2 Summer 1952
Famous Crimes 15 January 1950
Famous Crimes 16 March 1950
Famous Crimes 17 May 1950
Famous Crimes 18 July 1950
Famous Crimes 19 September 1950
Famous Funnies 186 January 1950
Famous Funnies 187 April 1950
Famous Funnies 188 June 1950
Famous Funnies 189 August 1950
Famous Funnies 191 December 1950
Fast Fiction 5 March 1950
Feature Comics 142 January 1950
Feature Comics 143 March 1950
Feature Comics 144 May 1950
Feature Presentation 5 April 1950
Feature Stories 3 August 1950
Fight Comics 66 January 1950
Fight Comics 67 March 1950
Fight Comics 68 May 1950
Fight Comics 69 July 1950
Fight Comics 70 September 1950
Fight Comics 71 November 1950
Fight Comics 72 January 1951
Fight Comics 72 January 1951
Fight Comics 73 March 1951
Pioneer West Romances 3 Spring 1950
Pioneer West Romances 4 [Summer] 1950
Four Color 265 February 1950
Four Color 310 January 1951
Fritzi Ritz 8 1950
Fritzi Ritz 9 [May-June] 1950
Fritzi Ritz 10 July-August 1950
Fritzi Ritz 11 September-October 1950
Fritzi Ritz 12 November-December 1950
Fritzi Ritz 13 January-February 1951
Gang Busters 14 February-March 1950
Gang Busters 15 April-May 1950
Gang Busters 16 June-July 1950
Gang Busters 17 August-September 1950
Gang Busters 18 October-November 1950
Gang Busters 19 December 1950-January 1951
Gang Busters 20 February-March 1951
Geronimo 1 1950
Girl Comics 7 March 1951
Gunfighter 14 March-April 1950
Gunhawk 12 November 1950
Headline Comics 39 January-February 1950
Headline Comics 40 March-April 1950
Headline Comics 41 May-June 1950
Headline Comics 42 July-August 1950
Headline Comics 44 September-October 1950
Headline Comics 45 November-December 1950
Headline Comics 45 January-February 1951
Hit Comics 62 January 1950
Hit Comics 63 March 1950
Hit Comics 64 May 1950
Hit Comics 65 July 1950
Humphrey Comics 9 February 1950
Humphrey Comics 10 April 1950
Humphrey Comics 11 June 1950
Indian Fighter 1 May 1950
Indians 1 1950
Indians 3 Fall 1950
Indians 4 Winter 1950
Invisible Scarlet O'Neil 1 December 1950
Joe Palooka 40 January 1950
Joe Palooka 41 February 1950
Joe Palooka 42 March 1950
Joe Palooka 43 April 1950
Joe Palooka 44 May 1950
Joe Palooka 45 June 1950
Joe Palooka 46 July 1950
Joe Palooka 47 August 1950
Joe Palooka 48 September 1950
Joe Palooka 49 October 1950
Joe Palooka 50 November 1950
Joe Palooka 51 December 1950
Joe Palooka 52 January 1951
Joe Palooka 53 February 1951
Jon Juan 1 9.6 Spring 1950
Jumbo Comics 131 January 1950
Jumbo Comics 132 February 1950
Jumbo Comics 133 March 1950
Jumbo Comics 134 April 1950
Jumbo Comics 135 May 1950
Jumbo Comics 136 June 1950
Jumbo Comics 137 July 1950
Jumbo Comics 138 August 1950
Jumbo Comics 141 November 1950
Jumbo Comics 142 December 1950
Jungle Comics 121 January 1950
Jungle Comics 122 February 1950
Jungle Comics 123 March 1950
Jungle Comics 124 April 1950
Jungle Comics 125 May 1950
Jungle Comics 126 June 1950
Jungle Comics 127 July 1950
Jungle Comics 128 August 1950
Jungle Comics 129 September 1950
Jungle Comics 130 October 1950
Jungle Comics 131 November 1950
Jungle Comics 132 December 1950
Jungle Comics 133 January 1951
Jungle Jo 1 May 1950
Jungle Jo 2 July 1950
Jungle Jo 3 September 1950
Jungle Lil 1 April 1950
Justice 15 February 1950
Justice 16 June 1950
Justice 18 November 1950
Justice 19 January 1951
Justice 20 March 1951
Justice Traps the Guilty 7 April 1951
Justice Traps the Guilty 8 May 1951
Justice Traps the Guilty 9 June 1951
Justice Traps the Guilty 10 July 1951
Justice Traps the Guilty 11 August 1951
Kerry Drake Detective Cases 18 February 1950
Kerry Drake Detective Cases 19 April 1950
Kerry Drake Detective Cases 20 June 1950
Kerry Drake Detective Cases 23 December 1950
Kerry Drake Detective Cases 24 February 1951
Kid Colt Outlaw 8 February 1950
Kid Colt Outlaw 9 May 1950
Kid Colt Outlaw 11 October 1950
Kid Colt Outlaw 13 March 1951
Lady Luck 87 February 1950
Lady Luck 88 April 1950
Lady Luck 89 June 1950
Lady Luck 90 August 1950
Lash LaRue Western 4 March 1950
Li'l Abner 74 January 1950
Li'l Abner 75 March 1950
Li'l Abner 76 May 1950
Li'l Abner 77 July 1950
Li'l Abner 79 November 1950
Li'l Abner 80 January 1951
Love Diary 13 February 1951
Love Stories of Mary Worth 5 May 1950
Lovers' Lane 3 February 1950
Lovers' Lane 4 April 1950
Lovers' Lane 5 June 1950
Lovers' Lane 6 August 1950
Lovers' Lane 8 January 1951
Lovers' Lane 9 February 1951
Man Comics 4 October 1950
Marvel Boy 2 9.6 February 1951
Marvel Family 43 January 1950
Marvel Family 44 February 1950
Marvel Family 45 March 1950
Marvel Family 46 April 1950
Marvel Family 47 May 1950
Marvel Family 48 June 1950
Marvel Family 49 July 1950
Marvel Family 50 August 1950
Marvel Family 52 October 1950
Marvel Family 53 November 1950
Marvel Family 54 December 1950
Marvel Family 55 January 1951
Marvel Family 56 February 1951
Marvel Tales 95 March 1950
Marvel Tales 96 9.4 June 1950
Marvel Tales 97 8 September 1950
Marvel Tales 98 December 1950
Master Comics 111 January 1950
Master Comics 112 February 1950
Master Comics 113 March 1950
Master Comics 114 April 1950
Master Comics 115 May 1950
Master Comics 116 June 1950
Master Comics 117 August 1950
Master Comics 119 December 1950
Master Comics 120 February 1951
Men's Adventures 5 November 1950
Modern Comics 93 January 1950
Modern Comics 94 February 1950
Modern Comics 95 March 1950
Modern Comics 97 May 1950
Modern Comics 98 June 1950
Modern Comics 99 July 1950
Modern Comics 100 August 1950
Modern Comics 101 September 1950
Modern Comics 102 October 1950
Mr. District Attorney 13 January-February 1950
Mr. District Attorney 14 March-April 1950
Mr. District Attorney 15 May-June 1950
Mr. District Attorney 16 July-August 1950
Mr. District Attorney 17 September-October 1950
Mr. District Attorney 18 November-December 1950
Mr. District Attorney 19 January-February 1951
Mutt %26 Jeff 45 February-March 1950
Mutt %26 Jeff 46 April-May 1950
Mutt %26 Jeff 47 June-July 1950
Mutt %26 Jeff 48 August-September 1950
Mutt %26 Jeff 49 October-November 1950
Mutt %26 Jeff 50 December 1950-January 1951
My Life 13 March 1950
Mystery in Space 9 August-September 1952
Nancy and Sluggo 17 1950
Nyoka the Jungle Girl 39 January 1950
Nyoka the Jungle Girl 40 February 1950
Nyoka the Jungle Girl 41 March 1950
Nyoka the Jungle Girl 42 April 1950
Nyoka the Jungle Girl 43 May 1950
Nyoka the Jungle Girl 44 June 1950
Nyoka the Jungle Girl 45 July 1950
Nyoka the Jungle Girl 47 September 1950
Nyoka the Jungle Girl 49 November 1950
Nyoka the Jungle Girl 50 December 1950
Nyoka the Jungle Girl 51 January 1951
Nyoka the Jungle Girl 52 February 1951
Operation: Peril 1 October-November 1950
Ozark Ike 17 March 1950
Ozark Ike 18 June 1950
Pep Comics 77 January 1950
Perfect Crime 2 April 1950
Pirates Comics 2 May-June 1950
Pirates Comics 3 July-August 1950
Planet Comics 64 Spring 1950
Plastic Man 21 January 1950
Plastic Man 22 March 1950
Plastic Man 23 May 1950
Plastic Man 24 July 1950
Plastic Man 25 September 1950
Plastic Man 26 November 1950
Plastic Man 27 January 1951
Plastic Man 28 March 1951
Police Comics 98 February 1950
Police Comics 99 April 1950
Police Comics 100 June 1950
Police Comics 101 August 1950
Police Comics 102 October 1950
Police Comics 103 December 1950
Police Comics 104 February 1951
Rangers Comics 51 February 1950
Rangers Comics 52 April 1950
Rangers Comics 53 June 1950
Rangers Comics 54 August 1950
Rangers Comics 56 December 1950
Rangers Comics 57 February 1951
Real Clue Crime Stories Vol4 #11 January 1950
Real Clue Crime Stories Vol4 #12 February 1950
Real Clue Crime Stories Vol5 #1 March 1950
Real Clue Crime Stories Vol5 #10 December 1950
Real Clue Crime Stories Vol5 #11 January 1951
Real Clue Crime Stories Vol5 #12 February 1951
Real Clue Crime Stories Vol5 #4 June 1950
Real Clue Crime Stories Vol5 #5 July 1950
Real Clue Crime Stories Vol5 #6 August 1950
Real Clue Crime Stories Vol5 #7 September 1950
Real Clue Crime Stories Vol5 #8 October 1950
Real Clue Crime Stories Vol5 #9 November 1950
Real West Romances 6 February-March 1950
Real West Romances 7 April-May 1950
Red Ryder Comics 105 April 1952
Reno Browne 50 April 1950
Sad Sack Comics 3 January 1950
Secret Missions 1 February 1950
Sensation Comics 95 January-February 1950
Sensation Comics 96 March-April 1950
Sensation Comics 97 May-June 1950
Sensation Comics 98 July-August 1950
Sensation Comics 99 September-October 1950
Sensation Comics 100 November-December 1950
Sensation Comics 101 January-February 1951
Sheena, Queen of the Jungle 6 Spring 1950
Sheena, Queen of the Jungle 7 1950
Sheena, Queen of the Jungle 8 Fall 1950
Sheena, Queen of the Jungle 9 1950
Son of Sinbad 1 February 1950
Spectacular Features Magazine 11 April 1950
Spirit 19 January 1950
Spirit 20 April 1950
Spirit 21 June 1950
Spy Cases 26 September 1950
Spy Fighters 1 March 1951
Spy-Hunters 5 April-May 1950
Spy-Hunters 6 June-July 1950
Spy-Hunters 10 February-March 1951
Star Spangled Comics 100 9.6 January 1950
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Star Spangled Comics 102 March 1950
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Strange Adventures 1 August-September 1950
Strange Adventures 2 October-November 1950
Strange Adventures 4 January 1951
Superboy 6 9.6 January-February 1950
Superboy 7 9.6 March-April 1950
Superboy 8 9.4 May-June 1950
Superboy 10 September-October 1950
Superboy 11 November-December 1950
Superboy 12 9.8 January-February 1951
Superman (1939) 62 January-February 1950
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Superman (1939) 64 May-June 1950
Superman (1939) 67 November-December 1950
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Suspense (1950) 3 May 1950
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Terry and the Pirates Comics 20 February 1950
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Terry and the Pirates Comics 25 February 1951
Tex Morgan 9 February 1950
Texan 8 June 1950
Texan 11 December 1950
Texan 13 April 1951
Thrilling Comics 75 January 1950
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Tip Topper 3 February-March 1950
Tip Topper 4 April-May 1950
Tomahawk 1 September-October 1950
Tomahawk 2 November-December 1950
Tomahawk 3 January-February 1951
True Adventures 3 May 1950
True Tales of Romance 4 July 1950
True Western 2 March 1950
Two Gun Kid 11 November 1953
Two Gun Kid 12 February 1954
Two Gun Kid 13 April 1954
Wambi, Jungle Boy 6 Spring 1950
Web of Mystery 1 7.5 February 1951
Weird Fantasy 17 January-February 1951
Western Comics 13 February-March 1950
Western Comics 14 April-May 1950
Western Comics 15 June-July 1950
Western Comics 16 August-September 1950
Western Comics 17 October-November 1950
Western Comics 18 December 1950
Western Comics 19 January 1951
Western Fighters Vol2 #10 September 1950
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Western Fighters Vol2 #2 January 1950
Western Fighters Vol2 #4 March 1950
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Western Fighters Vol2 #8 July 1950
Western Fighters Vol2 #9 August 1950
Western Fighters Vol3 #1 December 1950
Western Fighters Vol3 #2 January 1951
Western Love 5 March-April 1950
Western Outlaws 61 March 1950
Western Outlaws 62 June 1950
The Westerner Comics 25 February 1950
The Westerner Comics 26 April 1950
The Westerner Comics 27 June 1950
The Westerner Comics 28 September 1950
The Westerner Comics 30 November 1950
The Westerner Comics 31 December 1950
The Westerner Comics 32 January 1951
Whiz Comics 117 January 1950
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Whiz Comics 119 March 1950
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Whiz Comics 121 May 1950
Whiz Comics 122 June 1950
Whiz Comics 123 July 1950
Whiz Comics 126 October 1950
Whiz Comics 128 December 1950
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Wild Western 11 June 1950
Wings Comics 111 Spring 1950
Wings Comics 112 1950
Witches Tales 1 January 1951
Wonder Woman (1942) 39 January-February 1950
Wonder Woman (1942) 40 March-April 1950
Wonder Woman (1942) 41 May-June 1950
Wonder Woman (1942) 42 July-August 1950
Wonder Woman (1942) 43 September-October 1950
Wonder Woman (1942) 44 November-December 1950
Wonder Woman (1942) 45 January-February 1951
World's Finest Comics 44 February-March 1950
World's Finest Comics 48 October-November 1950
World's Finest Comics 50 February-March 1951
Young Love 7 September 1950
Young Love 8 October 1950
Young Love 15 November 1950
Young Love 16 December 1950
Young Love 17 January 1951
Young Love 18 February 1951
Young Men 4 June 1950
Young Men 5 September 1950
Young Men 6 December 1950
Young Romance 7 March 1950
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Young Romance 30 February 1951

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Co-founder and Creative director of Bleeding Cool parent company Avatar Press. Bleeding Cool Managing Editor, tech and data wrangler. Machine Learning hobbyist. Vintage paper addict.
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