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. Contributor mini bio: Adolphe Barreaux 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 [...]

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 #1: The Major’s Modern Era of Comics Begins

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. Contributor mini bios: Lloyd Jacquet, Rexford L. May, D. Henry Cushing, Richard Loederer, Sheldon Stark New Fun #1 published by Major Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson marks the beginning of DC Comics 85 [...]

By |2021-06-16T07:45:06-08:00December 14th, 2020|DC Comics, Golden Age Comics, New Fun Comics|0 Comments

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 [...]

By |2020-12-10T16:11:43-08:00December 10th, 2020|DC Comics, Golden Age Comics, New Fun Comics|0 Comments

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 [...]

When Worlds Collide

In every good comic book story there’s a moment when worlds collide, stars line up, and the evil doctor’s death ray machine threatens to blow everyone to hell and back. This is just such a story. The Mad Scientist. Fleischer Superman cartoons. 1941 In 1934 my grandfather, Major Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson began publishing comic [...]

By |2017-11-16T00:29:38-08:00February 19th, 2016|DC Comics, Family History, Golden Age Comics, Uncategorized|6 Comments

Cuba Si!

Cuba Si! Major Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson was born on this day, January 7, 126 years ago. It’s fitting that tomorrow I’m leaving for Miami en route to Cuba retracing some of the steps of my grandparents on their fabled trip to Cuba in 1937. Cuba is one of the Shangrilas of travel I have wanted to [...]

By |2017-11-25T23:29:22-08:00January 7th, 2016|DC Comics, Uncategorized|4 Comments

Happy 125th Major Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson

Happy 125th Birthday to my grandfather Major Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson, soldier, writer of adventure stories and novels and founder of DC Comics. What does it mean to inherit the legacy of a man who lived a life of adventure and unbelievable creativity all the while maintaining his dignity and grace under fire at various points in [...]

By |2017-11-25T23:35:54-08:00January 8th, 2015|Family History|2 Comments

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
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