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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.


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, […]

A Piece of Mary Blairs Original Peter Pan Artwork Is Up for Auction

A Piece of Mary Blair's Original Peter Pan Artwork Is Up for Auction

If you're a fan of classic Disney movies or the parks, there's one name you probably know well; Mary Blair. The iconic artist brought many of Disney's visions to life with the use of breathtaking colors and dynamic shapes. Blair drew concept art for several classic Disney films, including Peter Pan, Dumbo, Fantasia, Lady and […]

Getting Acquainted with Jungle Girls

Getting Acquainted with Jungle Girls

Are you looking to grow your Jungle Girl comic book collection, but don't want to spend a fortune? Tonight's Heritage Auction Sunday Night Auction has a few that won't break the bank! Starting with this perfect Jumbo Comics #88 from Fiction House. Featuring a dynamic Sheena, Queen of the Jungle cover, the viewer's eye is […]

Could This Affordable Amazing Spider-Man #1 Copy Be Yours

Could This Affordable Amazing Spider-Man #1 Copy Be Yours?

Spider-Man, Spider-Man, does whatever an old book can—looking for an affordable key in the Silver Age pool? Look no further than this Amazing Spider-Man #1 GCC Conserved label 7.0 with off-white to white pages on Heritage. This is a beautiful example of the first solo book in the Spider-Man series. This issue retells the story of Spider-Man's […]

The Recent ComicConnect Auction Shows Strong Prices in Old Books

The Recent ComicConnect Auction Shows Strong Prices in Old Books

Last week ComicConnect held its 42nd Event Auction, kicking off its 2020 season. This auction featured comic books, video games, and original art. Hopeful owners from across the globe flocked to the site to try their luck on the item of their dreams. Some of the most elite collectors in comics bid on beautiful pre-code […]

THE ISSUE: The First Crossover Reboot Event on American Newsstands

THE ISSUE: The First Crossover Reboot Event on American Newsstands

Happy Days #1, Oct 20, 1894 is the first issue of a 1563 issue weekly series running from 1894-1924.  Happy Days is an illustrated fiction story paper rather than a comic book, but it's still something we're very familiar with in the modern day.  It's a publisher's attempt to satisfy retailer demand and the changing […]

THE ISSUE: Enter Sandman

THE ISSUE: Enter Sandman

At Her Mercy! Or; The Dearborn Avenue Mystery in Saturday Night Vol. 19 #31, April 8, 1882, is the first chapter of a well-crafted detective mystery. It happens to include a rather interesting science fiction element that looks like a 19th Century version of The Sandman due to the use of gas and a gas-mask […]

THE ISSUE: Comics Reacts to the Wright Brothers

THE ISSUE: Comics Reacts to the Wright Brothers

Only a small handful of scientific achievements have captured the world's imagination like the achievement of the first powered, heavier-than-air flight by the Wright Brothers, Wilbur and Orville Wright.  The race towards this goal by inventors around the world was reflected in and anticipated by newsstand fiction throughout the 1890s.  And after those initial historic […]

Did L. Frank Baums Wizard of Oz Borrow Toto from Another Story

Did L. Frank Baum's Wizard of Oz Borrow Toto from Another Story?

Frank Leslie's Boys and Girls Weekly #795, Jan 14, 1882, features Toto on the back cover, nearly 18 years before L. Frank Baum wrote The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.  This story cuts across all sorts of history that interests me, and I have to say that when I started this matter shortly after I acquired […]