New Fun #6–Siegel and Shuster’s first appearance in DC Comics

New Fun #6 arrived on newsstands September 13, 1935 a little over 85 years ago. It was the October issue and 24-year-old Vincent Sullivan’s comic “Charley Fish” was on the cover with a red background. It followed the same format as New Fun #5. With New Fun #6, the last of the rare tabloid sized [...]

New Fun #4 and #5–85 Years of DC Comics and the Fans

Major Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson’s New Fun #4 arrived on newsstands 85 years ago April 12, 1935 with a cover date of May. The Major also had a pulp story published in May 1935, Thrilling Adventures, “Riders of the Wild Mesa.” It was the second of only three pulp stories published during the Major’s era in comics. [...]

New Fun #2 and New Fun #3–85 Years of DC Comics

Major Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson’s New Fun #2 appeared on newsstands on February 8, 1935--85 years ago a little less than a month after New Fun #1 on January 11. It was followed a month later by New Fun #3 on March 8, 1935. The Major stated in the forced bankruptcy case that they were working 3-4 [...]

Why New Fun #1 Matters

This year is the 85th anniversary of DC Comics by their reckoning. However, DC or Detective Comics did not appear until March 1937 so why does DC count their anniversary from January 1935? That’s a good question and one I’d love to hear answered by someone in the PR department of ATT. According to that [...]

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Calling All Cars: New Fun #1 is Here

Major Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson, my grandfather, created a comic entitled Sandy Kean, Calling all Cars, Sandy Kean and the Radio Squad wisely shortened to Radio Squad. It was classic Depression era material. Sandy Kean, a detective on the police force answers the siren call and goes after the bad guys—mafia types who are preying on the [...]

DC Comics to reprint New Fun #1: How it all began

Great news from DC Comics! They are publishing a reprint of New Fun #1, Major Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson's first comics magazine published under National Allied Publications. The magazine will be reprinted as a commemorative hardcover, original tabloid size with essays by Roy Thomas and me, Nicky Wheeler-Nicholson. New Fun #1 appeared on newsstands January 11, 1935. [...]

DC Comics Before Superman: Behind the Scenes

DC Comics Before Superman: Major Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson's Pulp Comics, published by Hermes Press will be premiered at this year's San Diego Comic Con July 19-22nd. Here's a glimpse at how it all came together. In 1934, Major Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson had the idea to create comic books consisting of all original scripts and art as opposed [...]

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