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Joe Simon – Another Great One is Gone

Just a few days ago I wrote about the passing of Jerry Robinson.  Today, I am again saddened to report the death of another one of the greats of the Golden Age of Comic Books, Joe Simon at age 98.  Joe was, of course, half of the famous team of Simon & Kirby who brought us Captain America, The Sandman & Sandy, the Boy Commandos and many other wonderful features in the Golden Age.

Joe was going to be a guest at Heroes Con 2011 this past June, but his health prevented his attendance.  Nevertheless, his book about his ”life in comics” was introduced at the show, and I was fortunate enough to get an autographed copy.  For those of you interested in Joe’s contributions to the Golden Age of Comic Books, check out Joe’s Book – Joe Simon: My Life in Comics.  It provides a great glimpse into the life of this comic book pioneer.

Joe Simon: My Life in Comics

Joe Simon: My Life in Comics

 Here are some of the great covers from the Golden Age of Comic Books that Joe had a hand in creating.

Captain America #1

Captain America #1

Boy Commandos #1
Boy Commandos #1
Adventure Comics 74
Adventure Comics 74

Rest in Peace, Joe.

 



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This Month in the Golden Age of Comic Books

Here’s another look at a number of the comics that were on the stands at various times in the month of December during the Golden Age of Comic Books.

December 1937 – 74 Years Ago

Feature Funnies #3

Feature Funnies #3

DC did not have any offerings in December of 1937.  Quality Comics published Feature Funnies #3 and Western Publishing was selling Mickey Mouse Magazine #27 (volume 3, #3).

December 1942 - 69 Years Ago

Zip Comics #32

Zip Comics #32

The comic book explosion continued in 1942.  There were many titles to choose from during the peak of the Golden Age.

DC Comics – Action Comics #55, Adventure Comics #81, Detective Comics #70, Green Lantern #6, More Fun Comics #86, Sensation Comics #12, Star Spangled Comics #15

Archie Comics – Pep Comics #34, Top-Notch Laugh Comics #31, Zip Comics #32

DellLooney Tunes and Merrie Melodies Comics #14, Walt Disney’s Comics & Stories #27

FawcettAmerica’s Greatest Comics #5, Bulletman #10, Captain Marvel Adventures #18, Captain Marvel, Jr. #2, Captain Midnight #3, Master Comics #33, Master Comics #34, Spy Smasher #9, Whiz Comics #38, Wow Comics #8

Timely/MarvelCaptain America Comics #21, Marvel Mystery Comics #38, Miss Fury #1, Sub-Mariner Comics #8,

Fiction HouseJumbo Comics #46, Jungle Comics #36, Sheena Queen of the Jungle #2, Wings Comics #28

Quality ComicsFeature Comics #63, Hit Comics #25, Military Comics #14, National Comics #27, Smash Comics #38, Uncle Sam Quarterly #5

Standard ComicsStartling Comics #18

December 1947 – 64 Years Ago

Moon Girl #2

Moon Girl #2

DC ComicsAction Comics #115, All-Star Comics #38, Detective Comics ##130, Flash Comics #90, Funny Folks #11, Funny Stuff #28, Green Lantern #29, Real Fact Comics #11, Sensation Comics #72, Star Spangled Comics #75

DellLooney Tunes and Merrie Melodies Comics #74, Our Gang With Tom and Jerry #41, Walt Disney’s Comics & Stories #87, Walter Lantz New Funnies #130

FawcettCaptain Midnight #58, The Marvel Family #18, Mary Marvel #19, Master Comics #86,

MarvelMiss America Magazine #38, Official True Crime Cases Comics #25

Fiction HouseJumbo Comics #106, Jungle Comics #96, Wings Comics #88

ArchieArchie Comics #29

ECFat and Slat #3, International Comics #5, The Land of Lost Comics #8, Moon Girl #2

Quality ComicsBlackhawk #17, Doll Man #15, Feature Comics #117, Modern Comics #68, National Comics #63, Plastic Man #10, Police Comics #73, Smash Comics #74

FoxAll Great Comics #13, Blue Beetle #51, Jo-Jo #9, Phantom Lady #15, Sunny #11, Zoot #11

StandardAmerica’s Best Comics #24, Thrilling Comics #63, Wonder Comics #15

December 1952 - 59 Years Ago

Wartime Romances #12

Wartime Romances #12

DC ComicsAction Comics #175, Adventure Comics #183, All-Star Western #68, Comic Cavalcade #54, Detective Comics #190, Gang Busters #31, Mystery in Space #11, Our Army at War #5, Strange Adventures #27

MarvelAdventures Into Terror #14, Battlefront #7, Man Comics #21, War Comics #14, Wild Western #25

EC ComicsCrime SuspenStories #14, Shock SuspenStories #6, Tales from the Crypt #33, Vault of Horror #28

DellBugs Bunny #28, Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies #134, Mickey Mouse #28, Tarzan #39, Tom and Jerry Comics #101, Tom and Jerry Winter Carnival #1, Walter Lantz New Funnies #190

American Comics GroupAdventures into the Unknown #38, Forbidden Worlds #12, Skeleton Hand in Secrets of the Supernatural #2,

AvonFighting Undersea Commandos #4, U.S. Marines in Action #3, Witchcraft #5

St. JohnWartime Romances #12, Weird Horrors #5

FawcettCaptain Marvel Adventures #139, Captain Marvel, Jr. #116, The Marvel Family #78, Master Comics #131, Whiz Comics #152

Quality ComicsBlackhawk #59, Doll Man #43

Fiction HouseGhost Comics #5, Jumbo Comics #165, Jungle Comics #156, Wambi the Jungle Boy #18



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A Tribute to Jerry Robinson – One of the Greats

I was particularly saddened to learn today that Jerry Robinson had passed away at age 89.  There have already been dozens of posts on the internet about Jerry’s passing.  He was one of the last of the great Golden Age artists.  More than that, he was a preeminent comic book historian and a staunch advocate for the rights of comic book creators.  He was a true gentleman and will be missed by everyone in the comic book community.

I had a rare and pleasurable opportunity to spend a little time with Jerry at the 2007 Heroes Con in Charlotte, NC.  In those days I was still producing the Golden Age of Comic Books Podcast, and Jerry was more than willing to sit with me and answer my questions, many of which I’m sure he had been asked many times before.  He didn’t rush the time we had together and was genuinely interested in talking to me about the Golden Age.  I had been a fan of Jerry for many years before that day, and he had always been my favorite Golden Age artist (despite never getting the credit he was due for many years).  I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed spending time with Jerry that day, and he reenforced my love for the Golden Age.

Jerry Robinson and Bill Jourdain at Heroes Con 2007

Jerry Robinson and Bill Jourdain at Heroes Con 2007

Jerry’s unique perspective of having spent a lifetime in the comic book world (he started working for Bob Kane at age 17), no doubt led to his interest in the history of the medium.  He worked hard over the years to chronicle the evolution of comic art, and his book, “The Comics” is a must read for any fan of the history of comics. His passion for the art form spilled over into his desire to protect the rights and interests of creators, and for years Jerry worked to ensure that every creator was treated fairly and with respect.

While Jerry’s presence will surely be missed, his contributions will endure for generations to come.  His creation of The Joker and intimate involvement in the evolution of The Batman and all of his supporting characters will continue to influence popular culture for many years.

Thanks, Jerry.

Following are a few of my favorite Golden Age Batman covers by Jerry.

Batman #11

Batman #11

Detective Comics #69

Detective Comics #69

Detective Comics #71

Detective Comics #71

 

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2012 Vintage Calendars from Asgard Press

A new year brings new vintage calendars from Asgard Press!  Once again, Asgard has created some really fantastic comic book themed calendars featuring memorable covers from Marvel and Archie Comics

2012 Vintage Marvel Comics Calendar

2012 Vintage Marvel Comics Calendar

While the Marvel covers are not from the Golden Age, they feature some of the great Silver Age covers from a time when Marvel was hitting home runs with almost every issue.  The Archie covers are from all eras, including the Golden Age.

2012 Vintage Archie Comics Calendar

2012 Vintage Archie Comics Calendar

Not only has Asgard Press created some memorable comic books calendars, they have many others, including a great new Vintage Sci Fi calendar with some of the coolest pulp covers I have ever seen.

2012 Vintage Sci-Fi Calendar

2012 Vintage Sci-Fi Calendar

As always, Asgard’s calendars and other products are “green”, being made out of 100% recycled paper with soy based inks.  They look fantastic!

Now for the really good news – Asgard Press has again activated promo code GOLDENAGECOMICS to give a 10% discount on any product purchased from their web site.  Armed with this promo code, you will be able to shop until you drop for holiday gifts for your greatest comic book and sci fi fans! 

And don’t forget Asgard’s incredible line of college football calendars and other products!  They are sure to earn you big bonus points from all of your college football fans!

2012 Vintage University of Georgia Football Calendar

2012 Vintage University of Georgia Football Calendar

Check out all of the great products offered at the Asgard Press web site and don’t forget promo code GOLDENAGECOMICS when you check out.

 

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Football – Golden Age Style!

Who could possibly do it better than Donald!  I hope you enjoy this great football cover from Walt Disney’s Comics & Stories #26 (November 1942).  Let the games begin!

Walt Disney's Comics & Stories #26 (11/1942)

Walt Disney's Comics & Stories #26 (11/1942)

 

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