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#comicbook history
Let's look at Famous Funnies no 1

1934 Eastern Color Printing Co
Scan courtesy Digital Comic Museum

100 Comics and Games - Puzzles - Magic
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While the contents are reprinted comic strips, the cover was new.
Who did the cover? I don't know

Who is on the cover?
Looks like that comical duo, Mutt and Jeff,

and Rudolph Rassendale, that beastly blackguard from Hairbreadth Harry.
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Here is the back glossy cover of saddle sticked Famous Funnies no 1

The lady in red might be from Somebody's Stenog
The crooked little house might be from Toonerville Folks
The guy in the green vest might be from Smatter Pop?
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A new clue from @PrintMuseumCA in looking back to 1933 and asking "What kind of printing press might have been used to create the first comic book?"

Our starting point - a web fed rotary Letterpress by R Hoe of NY, used by newspapers.
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A R Hoe press might have run off the first comic book in 1933. Here is a photo of R Hoe's exhibit at the 1901 Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo.

The Exposition was lit by electric power from Niagara Falls, and where President McKinley was assassinated
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There is the argument the first comic is *after* Funnies on Parade, which was just 8 pages, and never retailed. Eastern teamed with Dell for a 36 page Famous Funnies A Carnival of Comics, retailed at Woolworth
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Here comes the Freedom Train, you better hurry down
Just like a Paul Revere, its coming in to your home town

I first learned about The Freedom Train of 1947 through comic books
American history had similar things before and after 1947 - there would be another official American Freedom Train for the Bicentennial, and the Civil Rights movement had Freedom Riders, and the Underground Railroad has been called the Freedom Train.

Freedom - powerful word
The Allies had won WWII, and the Axis Powers of Nazi Germany, Fascist Italy and Imperial Japan were defeated.

Then what?

What do you do after you've had a Hot Time in the Town of Berlin?
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#BlackHistoryMonth #comicbooks history

A look at the 1949 Jackie Robinson Comic Books, by Fawcett Publications,

Its notable for being in stark contrast to much of the harsh stereotyping common in the Golden Age of Comics

Thanks to @ComicsintheGA for inspiring this
Back in 1949, if you had asked who the "Big Two" in comic books were, you might get the answer of National (DC) and Fawcett.

Fawcett Publishing was founded by "Captain Billy" Fawcett, and rose to prominence with Captain Billy's Whiz Bang joke book

(Trouble in River City!)
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Fawcett is best known today for creating the character of the original Captain Marvel in Whiz Comics (Named for Captain Billy's Whiz Bang)

This is a storied character, later incorporated into DC comics. He's got a movie coming out this Spring
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Golden Age super heroes and the Fear of Air Raids

This thread presents information based in part on theory and conjecture. The producers purpose is to suggest some possible explanation, but not necessarily the only ones, to the mysteries we will examine
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Doctor Mid-Nite is a National Periodicals (DC) super-hero created by Charels Reizenstein and Stanley Aschmeir in 1941.

Dr Charles McNider is a surgeon. A mobster bombs his office, trying to kill a witness that McNider was operating on. McNider is blinded
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Its his blindness that modern readers then associate with the modern (not Golden Age) Marvel blind super-hero Daredevil

Doctor Mid-Nite is sometimes cited as the first disabled super-hero. That's important, but consider that 1941 creation date in that
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