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Some Frank guy did this cover


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@the420bandito - Looks like George the Animal Steele!


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George might've been inspired by Schomburg background characters...


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No recent GA to speak of so I'll just post one of my old favorites...




The cover may have been a SPIDER pulp swipe, but Every Feature (was) Brand New!
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Recently acquired this golden age Dell bound volume containing Bugs Bunny Christmas Funnies 1-4, covering 1950-1953. BBCF#1 is the very first Bugs Bunny/ Warner Dell giant. In fact, it is among the very earliest Dell giants period. These are nearly impossible to find in grade (although I am somehow sure that Earthshaker has about 5 of them!🙃).














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@michaelekrupp So freaking cool my friend! Enjoy seeing it!
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Cross post from my Centaur thread.

Amazing Mystery Funnies Vol. 2 #5. Classic Bill Everett cover. May, 1939. From my collection.


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Nice Flash Gordon. I currently have that four color and 3 other early Flash Gordon four colors in for grading. I wasn't going to grade them because they are super high grade like most my other four colors, but they seem to be desirable even in mid grade. I'll post them in a few weeks when they are back. Thy were pretty nice.

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@earthshaker01 Thank you! love the golden age!
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My Superman #1



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@earthshaker01 Thank you! love the golden age!


@Johnnylray Going through this thread I was comparing the classic Golden Age covers to the Modern Age covers that are considered classic or iconic. In the Golden Age the great covers were intriguing depictions of the story inside. An image that conveyed the plot and made you want to read the story inside. In Modern comics the most iconic covers are about drawing the character in an artistic and interesting pose, nothing about the story inside. Kind of a shift from "interesting I want to read it" to "cool, I want to hang it on my wall". I don't know why collector preferences changed like this, I'm thinking maybe it has to do with slabbing, where a comic morphs from something you read to something you just display?
Could also be that the in the Golden Age the artists role was to represent the writer and the story, maybe in Modern books the artist job is to represent himself and use the cover to showcase his abilities.
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@earthshaker01 Thank you! love the golden age!


@Johnnylray Going through this thread I was comparing the classic Golden Age covers to the Modern Age covers that are considered classic or iconic. In the Golden Age the great covers were intriguing depictions of the story inside. An image that conveyed the plot and made you want to read the story inside. In Modern comics the most iconic covers are about drawing the character in an artistic and interesting pose, nothing about the story inside. Kind of a shift from "interesting I want to read it" to "cool, I want to hang it on my wall". I don't know why collector preferences changed like this, I'm thinking maybe it has to do with slabbing, where a comic morphs from something you read to something you just display?
Could also be that the in the Golden Age the artists role was to represent the writer and the story, maybe in Modern books the artist job is to represent himself and use the cover to showcase his abilities.


Excellent discussion points!

In spite of all the historical information available about the GA, there is still a world of speculation and discoveries to be made from a wide range of sources.

From what I've been able to glean through research over the years there wasn't a consistent system for GA art production. There was a lot of variety and levels of expertise in art (less in story content), but it was an assembly line process and production schedules ruled. Every publisher had their own house style and expectations, the priority being speed. Most GA cover art emphasized middle-ground action. Close-ups of featured characters on GA covers were rare.

The requirements for churning out art for GA comics on a regular schedule was grueling for both in-house art departments and out-sourced packaging shops. The pay for art was minimal and conditions were demanding. A lot of cover art was assigned with artists having little knowledge of story scripting beyond a proposed concept and the featured character(s) design. In one instance, a new featured character's hair changed color on three consecutive covers (from black to blonde, then red (Holy Dye-job, Batman! ...that character was actually The Web on Zip Comics #27, 28 & 29). It's just how crazy things were under tight deadlines.

I'd recommend reading some highly entertaining and informative books about the era such as Joe Simon's My Life In Comics or the classic All In Color for A Dime edited by Dick Lupoff and Don Thompson. For an overview of the variety of superhero books with details about how characters evolved, the artists, publishers and house styles I'd suggest Jim Steranko's History of The Comics Vol. 1 & 2. Awhile back there was a book recommendation thread, but that thread may have scrolled into the forum archive abyss by now.
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@EbaySeller Fantastic observation and post! Glad you posted that. I fully agree with your post too. Ray
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Here’s another that I think you will like: the first Dell Bugs Bunny file volume! It includes issues 28-39. (The first 27 issues of Bugs were issued under the Dell Four Color series, so they would be found in the Four Color file sets.)








































I also recently picked up a file volume containing the first four Bugs Bunny Halloween Fun Dell giants. Since that book contains comics that fall into both the golden and silver age periods I will post it on the “New To Your Collection” thread. See you there!
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