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

Of Pandemics and Racial Injustice

After several years of various slings and arrows slung in my direction, I am completing a full biography of my grandfather, Major Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson, the founder of DC Comics. Recently I’ve been focusing on the chapters about his military career. I’ve noted several of these events in earlier blogs. With the circumstances of the virus [...]

By |2020-06-17T16:54:17-08:00June 17th, 2020|Military History|0 Comments

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 [...]

Where we are now

I've spent 20 plus years of my life attempting to get my grandfather's story out to the world. I've dealt with industry pushback, gender prejudice at my audacity to wade into an area where no women tread, and lack of funding and support so that most of what I've done has been completely on my [...]

By |2020-03-23T18:05:03-08:00March 23rd, 2020|Comic Book Philosophy|0 Comments

In Memoriam: Howard Cruse 1944-2019

Many people have written eloquently about Howard Cruse in the last week since his death, Andy Mangels, Denis Kitchen and Chip Kidd among others. What I want you to know is something personal about Howie beyond the work and the public life—about friendship, family and love. I lived with my maternal grandparents from the time [...]

By |2019-12-04T11:21:09-08:00December 4th, 2019|Family History|1 Comment

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. [...]

The Pulps–John Locke’s Weird Tales

John Locke has a new book ostensibly about the origins of the pulp magazine Weird Tales, The Thing’s Incredible: The Secret Origins of Weird Tales. However, it is oh so much more. I became smitten with the pulps the first time I read one of my grandfather’s, Major Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson pulp adventure stories. That was [...]

By |2018-08-16T04:45:28-08:00August 16th, 2018|Pulp Fiction, Reviews|0 Comments

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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