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    Default Favorite Golden Age (1938-1956) comics.

    My personal favorites include:

    Ace Comics: Lightning Comics (1940), Super-Mystery Comics (1940), Four Favorites (1941)

    Centaur Comics: Amazing Mystery Funnies (1938), Keen Detective Funnies (1938), Amazing-Man Comics (1939)

    Fawcett Comics: Master Comics (1940), Whiz Comics (1940), Bulletman (1941), Captain Marvel Adventures (1941), Spy Smasher (1941), Wow Comics (1941), Captain Marvel, Jr. (1942), Captain Midnight (1942), The Marvel Family (1945), Mary Marvel (1945)

    Fiction House: Fight Comics (1940), Planet Comics (1940)

    Fox Comics: Blue Beetle (1939), Mystery Men Comics (1939), Wonderworld Comics (1939), Phantom Lady (1947)

    Harvey Comics: Speed Comics (1939), Green Hornet Comics (1942), All New Comics (1944), Black Cat Comics (1946)

    Holyoke Publishing: Captain Aero Comics (1941), Cat-Man Comics (1941), Suspense Comics (1943)

    Lev Gleason Publications: Silver Streak Comics (1939), Daredevil Comics (1941), Boy Comics (1942)

    MLJ Comics/Archie Comics: Top-Notch Comics (1939), Shield-Wizard Comics (1940), Pep Comics (1940), Zip Comics (1940), Black Hood Comics (1943)

    National Allied Publications, Inc./All-American Publications/DC Comics: Detective Comics (1937), Action Comics (1938), Adventure Comics (1938), Superman (1939), All-Star Comics (1940), Batman (1940), Flash Comics (1940), Green Lantern (1941), World's Finest Comics (1941), Wonder Woman (1942)

    Nedor Comics: Exciting Comics (1940), Thrilling Comics (1940), America's Best Comics (1942), The Black Terror (1942), Wonder Comics (1944)

    Novelty Press: Blue Bolt (1940), Target Comics (1940)

    Prize Publications: Prize Comics (1940), Headline Comics (1943)

    Quality Comics: Smash Comics (1939), Police Comics (1941), Plastic Man (1943)

    Timely Comics/Marvel Comics: Marvel Mystery Comics (1939), The Human Torch (1940), Mystic Comics (1940), All Winners Comics (1941), Captain America Comics (1941), Sub-Mariner Comics (1941), USA Comics (1941), Blonde Phantom (1946)

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    The Spirit, no contest.
    There came a time when the Old Gods died! The Brave died with the Cunning! The Noble perished locked in battle with unleashed Evil! It was the last day for them! An ancient era was passing in fiery holocaust!

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    All the Disney comics published by Western and distributed by Dell.

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    I think I actually prefer the comic strips of this period to the comic books, stuff like Raymond's Flash Gordon, Canniff's Terry and the Pirates & Steve Canyon, Segar's Popeye, Kelly's Pogo, Hogarth's Tarzan, Foster's Tarzan & Prince Valiant, Falk's Phantom, etc.

    Eisner's Spirit s sort of a hybrid between the two, a 7-8 page story as part of a 20+ page pamphlet included in the Sunday papers, and like Kirby101, it is one of my favorite things produced in this period.

    If we are looking at pure comic books though, my favorites would be:

    the first half dozen to dozen Doctor Fate strips in More Fun before they reveal his origin and are doing Lovecraftian horror, the strip seems to morph into a more standard super-hero strip after they revel the origin and becomes a lot less interesting, and by the time they got to the half-helmet it has become generic super-hero fare, essentially Superman in a different costume with gas replacing Krytponite as the MacGuffin to beat Fate that has nothing unique to Dr. Fate in the strip at all.

    The first 10 or Batman strips in Detective (pre-Robin). Again the introduction of Robin transforms the character of Batman into something different and changes the tone of the strip into something I find less interesting, still good, but not a favorite after that.

    Early Siegel & Shuster Superman, especially the pre-radio show stuff where Superman's powers are much more limited (leaping not flying for instance) and Supes is a crusader against injustice against the common man.

    The Hawkman strip in Flash Comics, especially the Kubert stuff

    Carl Bark's Ducks, just a sheer joy to read

    Frazettta's work on Buck Rogers especially the Famous Funnies covers from 209-216

    Planet Comics from Fiction House, just a plethora of fun sci-fi

    The Sheena strips in Jumbo Comics and Sheena's own book

    the early Simon & Kirby Captain America stuff, and Everett Sub-Mariner stuff from Timely

    The Angel strips in Marvel Mystery from Timely

    moving into some 50s stuff...

    Kubert's Tor published by St. John's

    EC stuff, most of it, but especially Piracy, Aces High, Valor, the horror and crime books.

    There's lots more I like, but that's the stuff that stands out for me.

    -M
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    Quote Originally Posted by MRP View Post
    I think I actually prefer the comic strips of this period to the comic books, stuff like Raymond's Flash Gordon, Canniff's Terry and the Pirates & Steve Canyon, Segar's Popeye, Kelly's Pogo, Hogarth's Tarzan, Foster's Tarzan & Prince Valiant, Falk's Phantom, etc.
    Yeah, I suppose I should mention my favorite comic strips that were running at the time as well:

    Krazy Kat (1913-1944)

    Thimble Theatre/Popeye (1919-present)

    Felix the Cat (1923-1966)

    Buck Rogers in the 25th Century A.D. (1929-1967)

    Mickey Mouse (1930-1995)

    Dick Tracy (1931-present)

    Flash Gordon (1934-2003)

    Terry and the Pirates (1934-1973)

    The Phantom (1936-present)

    The Spirit (1940-1952)

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    I'm a fan of 1940s-1960s comic strips, from the era when so many action and soap opera strips had wonderful art. You can follow re-runs of lots of those strips on a daily basis on the King Features "Comics Kingdom" site in the "vintage" section.

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    Anything Matt Baker drew
    Anything Marvel Marvel appeared in
    Carl Barks Ducks
    Jack Cole Plastic Man
    Will Eisner Spirit
    All Star Comics

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    Quote Originally Posted by My Two Cents View Post
    Jack Cole Plastic Man
    Speaking of which, for awhile I couldn't think of other Golden Age artists that I felt drew wackier than Jack Cole, but then I discovered Fletcher Hanks (Space Smith), Munson Paddock (Mars Mason), and Basil Wolverton (Space Patrol), who became some of my favorites alongside Cole.


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