Promise Collection Archives

Adventure Comics #137, Promise Collection, DC Comics 1949.
"A once-loyal army of 4 1/2 million readers has dwindled to 700,000 and these survivors soon are to have their supplies cut off," At the time of this April 1949 statement widely reported in newspapers, the fan who was assembling the Promise Collection was one such "survivor" who was reading some of Street & Smith's[...]
The first appearance of the Riddler in Detective Comics #140, the Promise Collection, 1948.
"So you think funny books are a bad influence on youngsters? Ha, scoffs 12-year-old Jackie." A few years younger than the fan who assembled the Promise Collection at this point, Jackie's interview was part of the growing push-back against comic book industry critics as 1948 drew to a close.  "How about the grown-ups who read'em?[...]
Venus #1, Kid Colt #1, the Promise Collection 1948.
It's hard not to wonder what the young fan who assembled the Promise Collection may have thought about the media and legal firestorm that surrounded the medium he loved as 1948 progressed.  A frequent subject of newspapers, magazines, radio reports, and local school and parent organizations during this period, the controversy would likely have been[...]
Promise Collection 1948: The Other Code and Creator Owned
It is perhaps no coincidence that perhaps one of the most infamous comic books in vintage comics history was published at a moment of one of the industry's greatest peril.  The Promise Collection's copy Fox Features Syndicate's Phantom Lady #17 with its notorious Matt Baker cover recently sold for a record $456,000 — a result[...]
Planet Comics #52, the Promise Collection 1948.
Gleason's comic book output was well familiar to the young man who was assembled the Promise Collection, as he had been reading Crime Does Not Pay, Daredevil Comics, and Boy Comics for years by this time And Gleason's fiery address — which obviously singles out Fredric Wertham — makes it clear that he was well[...]
True Crime #2, Young Romance #1, the Promise Collection 1947.
"One point which I can't stress too strongly is: Don't write down to your readers," noted a young Stan Lee in his November 1947 Writer's Digest call for professional writers to consider the comic book market.  About 25 years old at the time, Lee had already written a number of comic books read by the[...]
The Promise Collection Marvel Mystery #82, Phantom Lady #13, Batman #42, 1947.
Perhaps ironically, Wilkes-Barre was the location of Central Color Press, whose owner Victor Fox was printing a few of the comic books that the Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association likely found objectionable, including series such as Phantom Lady which are present in the Promise Collection of this period "Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association today denounced[...]
Claire Voyant #3, 1947, The Promise Collection.
"As to this enormous use of sexual symbols in comic books it is almost useless to speak, except to mention that it is a predictable enough result of censorship," declared self-proclaimed Marxist and cultural commentator Gershon Legman, in Love and Death, which was ostensibly a study of the relationship between censorship and violent and sexual[...]
Black Hood #19, 1946, Promise Collection.
Weisinger had not yet become a DC Comics editor, but he had contributed to numerous comics present in the Promise Collection by this time, including Superman, Batman, Detective Comics, and World's Finest Comics "If you're interested in crashing the publishing world, consider the fact that no other medium in the magazine field can boast as[...]
Headline Comics #17, the Promise Collection.
The force from which the sun draws its power has been loosed against those who brought war."  The fan who assembled the Promise Collection would soon absorb some of the background and particulars of this event through direct references in comic books like Atoman Comics #1 and Four Favorites #22. Headline Comics #17, the Promise Collection. It[...]
Speed Comics #38, Harvey 1945. The Promise Collection.
The Promise Collection. The photograph of the raising of the U.S Flag on Iwo Jima would also be the inspiration for a famous War Loan poster painted by artist C C Beall.  Beall was a magazine and pulp artist who painted covers paint covers for Munsey Publications pulps, such as Argosy, All-Story Love, and Detective Fiction[...]
Marvel Mystery Comics #46, Star Spangled Comics #43 from the Promise Collection.
The Germans have erected many take-off points along the west coast, several of which the Allies have already been destroyed by bombs."  It would be about a year before the fan who assembled the Promise Collection would see the "robot planes" in his comic books, and by that time, he probably also realized how much[...]
All American Comics #61 featuring Solomon Grundy, DC Comics 1944.
One day after Franklin Delano Roosevelt was elected to his unprecedented fourth term as President of the United States in November 1944, comic book and pulp publisher Alex Hillman announced that he had scaled back his comic and pulp lines in order to launch a general interest periodical called Pageant Magazine.  Hillman told the New[...]
Superman #26, Captain Marvel #18.
Miss Josette Frank of the Child Study Association of America declared that conflicts between parents and children over the subject of comic bocks might be far more harmful than the poorest comic book ever would be."  The young fan who assembled the Promise Collection would've been about 13 in 1944. Superman #26, Captain Marvel #18. Around this[...]
Wonder Woman #7, DC Comics 1943.
Master Comics for one copy of Superman in the White House by O.W.I."  This unassuming little blurb appeared next to other letters to the editor that day such as one opinion on Wendell Willkie's chances as the Republican candidate for President the next year, and several points of view on the merits of current President[...]