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Christopher Fowler
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I've looked at strange old comics a few times over the years (follow the hotlinks below), but thought I'd have one last look, precipitated by a new publication. Comic books, that is the bound free-standing comic periodicals, were born in 1933 when Bill Gaines's father looked at comic strips in newspapers and wondered if they'd sell separately. He worked for a printing company, so his idea was easy…
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The most peculiar comic books available to kids were always the lines that caught the spirit of the times. In the conformist McCarthy-era 1950s, the desire for material wealth triumphed over anything too imaginative and strange. Typically popular were the adventures of Richie Rich, the adventures of a grotesquely wealthy blond boy who was forever carting around wheelbarrows full of giant diamonds…
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