DC’s New Comics #2–Siegel and Shuster and Federal Men

For Super Sleuth DC Fans: An ongoing look at 86 years of DC Comics, beginning with New Fun #1, January 11, 1935 through March 1938. Major Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson’s New Comics #2, the second edition of the Major’s additional title was available on newsstands December 27, 1935 with a January 1936 cover two weeks after More [...]

DC Comics 85 years ago–More Fun #7

For Super Sleuth DC Fans: An ongoing look at 86 years of DC Comics, beginning with New Fun #1, January 11, 1935 through March 1938. DC Comics dates its history from January 1935 with New Fun #1. Major Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson’s foray into comic book publishing in the midst of the Depression continued into 1936 with [...]

The Major adds a new DC title–85 years ago–New Comics #1

A continuing look at 86 years of DC Comics, beginning with New Fun #1, January 11, 1935 through March 1938. New Comics #1, published by Major Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson, appeared on newsstands November 12, 1935, a little over 85 years ago. It was an appropriate title. The second magazine title published after New Funs 1-6 had [...]

The Major’s Comics Evolve: DC’s First Annual–The Big Book of Fun Comics

This is a continuing look at DC Comics beginning with New Fun #1, January 11, 1935. A number of changes occurred between the appearance of New Fun #4 on newsstands, April 12, 1935 and the appearance of New Comics #1 on November 12, 1935. Although in hindsight there is a sense of shaky foundations there [...]

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 [...]

Superman Sunday

It’s a bird, it’s a plane, no it’s Superman! Truth, justice and the American way and George Reeves flying across the black and white screen of an early 50’s television set is indelibly printed on my brain. Like so many other children of that era, I pinned the requisite towel to my tee shirt and [...]

By |2017-11-22T05:00:33-08:00February 18th, 2013|Events, Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Pulps and the Comics

The comics as we know them are rooted in that late great period of American writing known as Pulp Fiction. The pulps encompass a variety of genres including adventure tales, detective stories, cowboy tales, science fiction, romance and more. Many well-known authors such as Edgar Rice Burroughs, Raymond Chandler, Dashiell Hammett and Ray Bradbury got [...]

By |2017-11-25T20:51:48-08:00June 22nd, 2012|Pulp Fiction|4 Comments

How I Spent My Summer–Part 3: Pulpfest 2011

Dark clouds filled the sky. As I drove on the winding mountain road I had a bad feeling that I should have followed my instincts about traveling this way. Rain began to fall and huge trucks roared past spraying the windshield making it harder to see. With night falling the rain came down in sheets. [...]

By |2017-11-25T22:28:20-08:00September 18th, 2011|Pulp Fiction|9 Comments

Saint Nick’s Naughty and Nice List–a 4-part serial

Although there were a few family members who had grand visions that DC was going to canonize the Major in the recent documentary on the 75 years of DC, Secret Origin, yours truly was not among them. I’m just relieved that DC/WB included him and were nice! Thank you again, Sean and Mac. Major Malcolm [...]

By |2017-11-28T20:53:27-08:00December 17th, 2010|Reviews|0 Comments
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