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Treasure Chest was a comic book series published biweekly and distributed in Catholic schools across America from 1946 to 1972. In addition to continuing features like "Chuck White" about a kid who came from a mixed Catholic-Protestant marriage, it had fact-based stories, and public service pieces like the one I'm about to present.

I don't have a cover or issue number for this, but the mention of Pope Pius sets the story somewhere in the 1950s, and Treasure Chest's run during those years is in the public domain.

What are the principles that a Scout holds? )

Your thoughts and comments?
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Now it might seem odd me posting this, I am not American, and I am a cis-male, and one for whom parenthood is never likely to be a thing.

But that's sort of the point.... )
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In 1949, the relatively unknown cartoonist Harvey Kurtzman, coming off a run of his one-page gag strip Hey, Look! for Timely, shopped his work around and received his first EC assignment. No, it wasn't on one of their horror titles; those wouldn't be launched until the following year. Nor were they publishing war or satire comics yet. Rather, Kurtzman's EC debut was as illustrator of Lucky Fights It Through, a giveaway 16-page educational comic about syphilis...with a two-fisted cowboy setting, since western comics were in then.

'That ignorant, ignorant cowboy' )
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So I was going to post the conclusion to the Music Master's first case, but eh...after a while one MM story begins to seem pretty much like the next. Instead, I bring you this very cracky four-page PSA for war bonds, from Reg'lar Fellers Heroic Comics #15 (Nov. 1942). Scans for this public domain work are courtesy of

Trigger warning for the usual sort of WWII-era racist caricaturing.

'Now we'll go to Europe...on wings of song!' )
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These scans are from a one-shot propaganda comic. Created in 1947 by an uncredited writer and artist, and issued by the Catechetical Guild Education Society, a Roman Catholic publisher, Is This Tomorrow envisions, step by step, how a communist takeover of America might take place. While the scenario isn't entirely implausible (we're not talking anywhere near Chick Tract-level distortion of reality, here), it does call for more than a little suspension of disbelief in places. And snark. Let's not forget the snark.

This 48-page comic is now in the public domain (scans courtesy of

It Can Happen Here(?) Also, trigger warning for racism and violence/gore )
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It's cold and lonely here in Minnesota, so I hope you'll enjoy this!

"World's Finest" was kind of an odd title in the Silver Age. Although it starred both Batman and Superman, it was much more in the Superman "camp", using his artists, editors and writers. This meant that many of the stories tended to use characters and themes that had appeared in the Superman titles, and were behind the times when it came to the Batman side of things. In this case, the story riffs on a story in Superman #181, and adds some Batman.

Five of seventeen pages of what's a fairly unusual story for the Silver Age, plus some extras.

My one weakness! )

Your thoughts and comments?

Happy New Year,
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I went to this weekend's local comic book sales convention, Springcon (held in the State Fair grandstand) and had a good time. I picked up several books and items with the purpose of creating a raffle basket for my company's United Way drive, plus some stuff for myself. (Sadly the Three Caballeros poster signed for me by Don Rosa is too big to scan.)

In the cheap bins, though, I found something that many of our younger members may be unfamiliar with.

Sad Sack, short for the military term "sad sack of shit", was created by George Baker as a pantomime comic strip during World War Two. It was quite popular, and eventually Mr. Baker licensed the property to Harvey Comics, which ran comic books based on it for decades. It did very well for Harvey, as evidenced by the franchise supporting a half-dozen titles a month.

Sadly, by 1976, when this issue of "Sad Sack and the Sarge" #117 was printed, George Baker had passed away, so only that little bit in the upper left corner of the cover is his artwork.

A couple of inside glimpses, and some unrelated pieces picked up at the convention, behind the cut.

Ads, story, sketches )

Your thoughts and comments?
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While the advent of the Comics Code neutered the crime comics sub-genre, it didn't completely kill it. Here's a bit from Gang Busters #60, published in 1957.

In contrast to "Crime Does Not Pay" (see my post a couple of months ago), the stories are entirely fictional, concentrate on crimes other than murder, and focus on the law enforcement officers outwitting clever criminals, rather than on successful criminals who make a fatal mistake.

Two pages of a six-page story, plus a public service announcement.

The Prison Safe-Cracker! )

Happy Easter to those that celebrate, and a pleasant weekend to everyone else!

Your thoughts and comments?

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To be precise, it's the PSA where he'd already learned that.

His education in the matter's the stuff of a cautionary tale, related to a guy named Joe who has a kid named Ray he could be spending more time with. Spider-Man, who'd found the latter graffiting in the dead of night, had brought the former to Four Freedoms Plaza in hopes that Mister Fantastic could get him to see sense.

Spidey's own efforts to that end, perhaps fueled by a discussion with his wife about the possibility of their trying for another child (surprising use of continuity in something like this, isn't it?), hadn't been enough. He'd told Joe the barfly that " Immaturity is the one foe even I can't fight! ", knowing that what could was wisdom in the matter.

So he'd asked Reed (because who else could Spider-Man the superhero ask?) to talk to Joe about how important a father was to a son.

He agreed to, perhaps because of how he'd learnt that lesson- being forced to confront a megalomanical might-yet-be of his own son could certainly've made him want to help those who'd never have the chance to receive the kind of wake-up call he did. )
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I feel like I'm in a bad superhero comic
Disclaimer: this post may not be nearly cracky enough. Also, I am neither a mod nor a lawyer.

I tend to think everyone online, or at least everyone who has a blog (which includes LJ/IJ/DW), knows all about copyright law and fair use and copyfight activism. Everyone knows the Four Factors, right? And spends their non-scancrack time reading Doctorow, Lessig, and chillingeffects, right? And keeps up with the Volokh Conspiracy to track what lawyers are saying and judges are ruling about free speech and related legal matters?

Erm, maybe not so much? Hence this post. With comic pages! Because Duke Center for the Public Domain has a free comic book about copyright law: Bound By Law: "By day a filmmaker… by night she fought for FAIR USE!"

The basic principles, from a non-lawyer perspective (i.e. do not quote me in court unless you are attempting a defense of "not guilty by reason of mental defect or insanity"):
Intro to copyright & fair use, maunderings on S_D relevance, web resources. And some pages from a creative-commons comic. If you're burned out on copyfight activism, don't click. )
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I look forward to seeing the perfect storm of wank calm and rational debate that will ensue in the comments, between competing factions of both superhero comics fans and public policy ideologues.

Superman supports health care and welfare!

SUPERMAN says: "Hop on the WELFARE WAGON!" )

From back in the day when Superman used his moral force to say we should do this because it's the right thing to do for our neighbors, never mind if it cost us some tax dollars.

Of course, today he'd be attacked for his position because, after all, he's an illegal immigrant.

And like so many other illegals, we just want him to clean up our messes and do the jobs we can't do for ourselves for non-existent pay, but that doesn't mean we have to acknowledge when he might have a point.

But I could be mistaken. Is there someone out there who can explain why Superman is wrong?

(Hat tip to Kevin H and Wesley Osam.)
This was originally posted online near the end of August, but I don't recall seeing it on this comm, so I thought I'd share it with you all.


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