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Vintage Paper is about old comics and more: whether you're interested in the Platinum Age, the Golden Age, the Silver, Bronze, or Copper Ages — or the history behind it all — Bleeding Cool has you covered on that. Featuring articles and research from some of the best experts in the field for comics, pulps, dime novels, and much more.


The Blackhawk Comic Inspired by Opera and Operation Vengeance

The Blackhawk Comic Inspired by Opera and Operation Vengeance

War comics often contain a wealth of historical references just waiting to be unraveled.  Blackhawk included such historical touchstones from the very beginning.  The Blackhawks' plane was modeled after a real-life aircraft called the Grumman XF5F Skyrocket. The Grumman Skyrocket was part of a massive media blitz in newspapers and magazines across the country from […]

Comics &#038 Complication: War Violence and Adolescence

Comics & Complication: War, Violence, and Adolescence

Welcome to the fifth Comics & Complication series. The first dealt with the concept of heroism and The Nail, the second looked into anger and World War Hulk, the third is about comics as propaganda for social change, the fourth entry is about Spider-Man and his place in the health care system, and the fifth […]

Dick Graysons First Robin Solo Series from 1947

Dick Grayson's First Robin Solo Series from 1947

Without the perfect combination of luck, patience, and financing, collecting Golden Age Batman and Robin-related comics can seem like a daunting challenge. As a whole, Golden Age Batman and Detective Comics have been among the most sought after comics ever published for decades. It can sometimes seem like every other  issue is a key moment […]

A Heap of Coincidences in House of Secrets 92s Swamp Thing

A Heap of Coincidences in House of Secrets 92's Swamp Thing

Like every fictional detective in the history of history, I hate coincidences.  Events that are supposed to have "just happened that way" bug the daylights out of me, particularly in the field of comics.  I enjoy trying to find actual reasons lurking under the surface of accepted conventional wisdom. Those reasons are almost always there.  […]

THE ISSUE: Mad Anthony Wayne and Batman

THE ISSUE: Mad Anthony Wayne and Batman

According to some notes in a hand-bound volume of miscellaneous Frank Tousey issues of Pluck and Luck written by Ralph Morton, this Mad Anthony Wayne story originally appeared in another publication in some form in 1881. If you happen to be a Batman fan, you might know why Pluck & Luck #256 interests me. General […]

How Wonder Woman #7 from 1943 Predicted the Future of Politics

How Wonder Woman #7 from 1943 Predicted the Future of Politics

I've been wanting to do a deep dive into the story behind Wonder Woman #7 for quite a while, and the appearance of a Wonder Woman #7 CGC 5.5 copy in the 2020 July 9 – 12 Comics & Comic Art Signature Auction underway at Heritage Auctions right now affords me the perfect opportunity. With […]

All-American Comics #61 and the True Origin of Solomon Grundy

All-American Comics #61 and the True Origin of Solomon Grundy

All-American Comics #61 is the first appearance Solomon Grundy, of one of the most important super-villains of the Golden Age of comics and a character who has remained a fixture of Gotham up to modern times.  Written by Science Fiction great Alfred Bester and drawn by Paul Reinman, this Green Lantern story takes a nursery […]

Frank Miller Signed &#038 Sketched Dark Knight #1 On Auction On Heritage

Frank Miller Signed & Sketched Dark Knight #1 On Auction On Heritage

The Dark Knight Returns is one of the seminal comics in the medium, whose importance cannot be overstated. So naturally, it is a highly collectible mini-series. Every now and then though, a really special copy of one of these books pop up, like this one on auction right now at Heritage Auctions. There is currently […]

Excelsior: The Mind Behind Americas Original Comic &#038 Pulp Distributor

Excelsior: The Mind Behind America's Original Comic & Pulp Distributor

The American News Company was founded in 1864 by Sinclair Tousey in New York City.  During the final days of the Civil War, and the decade beyond, the periodical publishing business exploded, and American News soon came to dominate the distribution of magazines, dime novels, story papers, pulps, comic papers, comic books, and other national […]

THE ISSUE: Fighters from Mars Attack

THE ISSUE: Fighters from Mars Attack

When riots broke out in Havana, Cuba in 1898, the American battleship U.S.S. Maine was ordered to Havana to help stabilize the situation.  Cuba had become the focal point for escalating tensions between Spain and the United States.  The Maine arrived in Havana Harbor on January 25, 1898. Several newspapers, lead by William Randolph Hearst's […]

THE ISSUE: The Socialist Fan of 1914

THE ISSUE: The Socialist Fan of 1914

The cover of New York Dime Library #360 (September 16, 1885, Beadle & Adams, Publishers),  features an image that is startlingly violent in the context of the newsstands of its time. Jumping Jerry the Gamecock appears to be participating in what can only be described as some sort of human equivalent of cockfighting.  The interior […]

THE ISSUE: Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes Takes on Periodicals vs Books

THE ISSUE: Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes Takes on Periodicals vs Books

Nick Carter Stories #1 September 14, 1912 from Street & Smith is the first issue of a 160 issue series (1912-1915), which was a reboot of Nick Carter Weekly (1896-1912) — itself an 819 issue series.  The character had previously been featured on the black and white-covered Nick Carter Library (282 issues 1891-1896) after having […]

THE ISSUE: Grizzly Adams and the California Bear Flag

THE ISSUE: Grizzly Adams and the California Bear Flag

The New York Weekly Volume 15 #33 from publisher Street & Smith on July 12, 1860, is a relatively early appearance in print of the legendary James C. Adams — better known today as Grizzly Adams — who joined forces with P.T. Barnum for a period around that time, having previously established himself in California.  […]

Own a Unique Piece of Disney History with The Story of Walt Disney

Own a Unique Piece of Disney History with The Story of Walt Disney

Many books have been written about Walt Disney, but there's only one that can claim to be the first book to be written about the iconic man. The Story of Walt Disney, as told by his daughter Diane Disney Miller and Pete Martin. The book was published in 1957 and is the only biography about […]

Own a Piece of the Silent Era with this Don Juan Program.

Own a Piece of the Silent Era with this Don Juan Program.

Are you looking for a unique piece from the silent era of cinema? Heritage Auction House has this piece of memorabilia, a Don Juan program from the films 1926 release. This program is in fine/very fine condition and features images of the cast from the film. The cover is beautiful royal purple, reflecting the romantic […]

Will You be the Next Owner of these Spanish Cinderella Lobby Cards

Will You be the Next Owner of these Spanish Cinderella Lobby Cards?

Cinderella is one of Disney's finest movies. This movie came out at the right time when Disney's animated films were less than stellar. Then bibbidy boppidy boo, Cinderella comes along and turns things around for the studio. The 1950 Disney adaptation classic has captured the hearts and minds of millions worldwide, and the story is […]

Its a Small World With These Mary Blair Concept Paintings

It's a Small World With These Mary Blair Concept Paintings

It's a Small World is one of the most iconic rides in Disneyland. Walt Disney himself was particularly excited about this boat ride, which takes guests around the world as dolls sing to you. With the catchy Sherman Brothers song playing on repeat throughout the whole ride, this pleasant trip around the world usually puts […]

Diving into the Comic Vault: Adventures in Wonderland #1

Diving into the Comic Vault: Adventures in Wonderland #1

In 1865 the world was introduced to Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. The titular Alice and her friends in Wonderland would go on a myriad of adventures throughout the entirety of the series, which delighted both the young and young at heart. It should come as no surprise that these stories would inspire all kinds […]

The First Manned Space Mission on Americas Newsstands

The First Manned Space Mission on America's Newsstands

Lakeside Library Vol 3 #66, published by Donnelley, Loyd & Co in 1880, appears to be the first periodical on the national American newsstand to feature a manned space mission — illustrated and in detail.  The quarto-sized illustrated story paper serialized Jules Verne's Round the Moon, the 1870 sequel to the 1865 touchstone From the […]

This Batwoman Turkish Poster Could be Yours From Heritage Auctions

This Batwoman Turkish Poster Could be Yours From Heritage Auctions

La Mujer Murcielago / The Batwoman, a Mexican sci-fi/adventure movie from 1968, is a B Movie joy. The Batwoman (portrayed by Maura Monti) is a beautiful and rich vigilante, who also is a master at every sport and wrestles. René Cardona took advantage of Batmania and combined it with the world of Lucha Libre to create a fun, unique, […]