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Introduction to Fawcett Fridays in June 2017
« on: May 30, 2017, 09:02:14 PM »

Hi Gang!
Welcome to our Fawcett Mini-Flood or Fawcett Fridays for June on DCM.
All this month on each Friday we hope to debut two or maybe even three Fawcett books for you to enjoy.  And if we are lucky perhaps a few surprises might show up from other scanners out there when they see what we are up to here.  ;)

As always I have to thank the scanners and editors out there for their support on this Fawcett Mini-Flood -
(in alphabetical order) a nonny moose, freddyfly, Dave Hayward, Richard Kahl, Kracalactaka,  movielover,  OtherEric,  rangerhouse, Erwin ‬K. ‬Roberts, Soothsayr, and srca1941.

Erwin ‬K. ‬Roberts has provided us with a great intro to the event.  He's likely one of the biggest Fawcett fans I've met so I reached out and here's what he sent.
Enjoy!
-Yoc



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Introduction to Fawcett Fridays in June 2017
« on: May 30, 2017, 09:02:14 PM »

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Cap'‬N ‬Billy'‬s ‬Legacy by Erwin ‬K. ‬Roberts
« Reply #1 on: May 31, 2017, 09:09:54 PM »
Cap'‬N ‬Billy'‬s ‬Legacy
some ‬thoughts ‬by
Erwin ‬K. ‬Roberts

Come ‬June ‬we'‬re ‬going ‬to ‬have ‬this ‬Fawcett ‬Comics ‬mini-flood. ‬Yup, ‬that'‬s ‬what ‬Yoc ‬told ‬me. ‬Would ‬you ‬be ‬interested ‬in ‬writing ‬an ‬intro? ‬You'‬re ‬a ‬Fawcett ‬Man.
You ‬bet ‬I ‬am. But this ‬isn'‬t ‬the ‬first ‬Fawcett ‬intro ‬I'‬ve ‬done ‬for ‬DCM. ‬See ‬the ‬Origin ‬of ‬Captain ‬Marvel ‬Jr. ‬Archive [Rangerhouse Archives #1] for that.

According ‬to ‬the ‬Grand ‬Comics ‬Database ‬Fawcett ‬Comics ‬published ‬2253 ‬issues. ‬The ‬Digital ‬Comics ‬Museum ‬has ‬1867 ‬Fawcett ‬files, ‬which ‬includes ‬an ‬unknown ‬number ‬of "‬different ‬version" ‬scans.  ‬The ‬new ‬mini-flood, ‬a/k/a ‬Fawcett ‬Fridays, ‬will ‬fill ‬some ‬holes ‬and ‬replace ‬a ‬few ‬micro-fiche ‬scans. ‬Okay, ‬roll '‬em ‬out!!

Prelude ‬to ‬Fawcett ‬Comics
Or, ‬Shocking ‬Some ‬of ‬the ‬Public

About ‬a ‬century ‬ago ‬Canadian ‬born Wilford ‬Hamilton ‬Fawcett, ‬long ‬since ‬of ‬Minnesota, ‬prepared ‬to ‬go ‬off ‬to ‬war, ‬for ‬the ‬second ‬time. (‬He ‬had ‬served ‬in ‬the ‬war, ‬or ‬insurrection, ‬in ‬the ‬Philippines.) ‬He ‬returned ‬to ‬the ‬U.S. ‬Army ‬for ‬The ‬Great ‬War. ‬The ‬War ‬To ‬End ‬All ‬Wars. ‬Mr. ‬Fawcett ‬served ‬his ‬time ‬Over ‬There. ‬He ‬returned ‬as ‬a ‬Captain. (‬Just ‬like ‬Harry ‬Truman.) ‬He ‬began ‬to ‬use ‬the ‬nickname 'Captain ‬Billy' ‬while ‬working ‬for ‬the ‬Army ‬newspaper Stars & ‬Stripes.

Back ‬home, ‬in ‬1919, ‬Fawcett ‬launched ‬a ‬humor ‬magazine ‬aimed ‬at ‬veterans ‬titled Captain ‬Billy'‬s ‬Whiz-Bang. ‬Self ‬described ‬as ‬an "‬explosion ‬of ‬pedigreed ‬bunk" ‬the ‬monthly ‬magazine ‬soon ‬sold ‬at ‬a ‬rate ‬just ‬this ‬side ‬of ‬half-a-million ‬copies.


Apparently ‬Whiz-Bang'‬s ‬content ‬turned ‬out ‬to ‬be ‬just ‬a ‬bit ‬more ‬adult ‬than ‬most ‬of ‬the ‬pasteurized-homogenized ‬white ‬milk ‬magazines ‬of ‬the ‬day. ‬Moral ‬outrage, ‬from ‬the ‬usual ‬suspects, ‬popped ‬up. ‬Just ‬remember, ‬publication ‬began ‬at ‬about ‬the ‬same ‬time ‬alcohol ‬became ‬illegal ‬in ‬the ‬United ‬States. ‬The ‬Self-Ridiculous… ‬er… ‬the ‬self-righteous ‬probably ‬felt ‬that ‬they ‬were ‬on ‬the ‬cusp ‬of ‬control ‬of ‬everything ‬others ‬might ‬want ‬to ‬do.

Note ‬the ‬first: ‬Today ‬Whiz-Bang ‬is ‬barely ‬remembered ‬by ‬the ‬American ‬public. ‬If ‬they ‬know ‬the ‬name ‬at ‬all, ‬it ‬is ‬from ‬the ‬reference ‬in ‬the ‬play ‬The ‬Music ‬Man, "‬Is ‬he ‬starting ‬to ‬memorize <‬evil> ‬jokes ‬from ‬Captain ‬Billy'‬s ‬Whiz-Bang?" ‬That, ‬in ‬itself, ‬is "‬pedigreed ‬bunk." ‬The ‬Music ‬Man ‬is ‬set ‬before, ‬not ‬after, ‬World ‬War ‬One.

Note ‬the ‬second:The ‬Digital ‬Comics ‬Museum ‬has ‬eighteen ‬issues ‬of Whiz-Bang ‬available HERE. )

Not ‬resting ‬on ‬his ‬laurels, ‬for ‬August ‬1922 ‬Fawcett ‬began ‬issuing ‬True ‬Confessions. ‬In ‬1922 ‬the ‬first ‬cover ‬alone ‬must ‬have ‬been ‬considered ‬shocking.


Being ‬a ‬Captain ‬again ‬became ‬important ‬in ‬Fawcett'‬s ‬life ‬in ‬1924. ‬He ‬competed ‬and ‬served ‬as ‬Captain ‬of ‬the ‬U.S. ‬Trap ‬Shooting ‬Team ‬at ‬the ‬Paris ‬Olympics.
Fawcett'‬s ‬Mechanix ‬Illustrated ‬also ‬began ‬in ‬the ‬1920'‬s. ‬DCM ‬readers ‬of ‬Fawcett ‬Comics ‬have ‬seen ‬ads ‬for ‬the ‬magazine ‬as ‬early ‬as ‬in Whiz ‬Comics ‬#3. ‬The ‬mag ‬now ‬continues ‬as ‬Today'‬s ‬Homeowner.

Wikipdia'‬s ‬article ‬on ‬Fawcett ‬Publications ‬lists ‬the ‬following ‬collection ‬of ‬pulp ‬magazines ‬and ‬slick ‬titles: "‬Battle ‬Stories, ‬Cavalier, ‬Daring ‬Detective, ‬Dynamic ‬Detective, ‬Family ‬Circle, ‬Motion ‬Picture, ‬Movie ‬Story, ‬Rudder (‬later ‬merged ‬with ‬Sea)‬, ‬Screen ‬Secrets, ‬Secrets, ‬Triple-X ‬Western ‬and ‬True." ‬Then, ‬in ‬1939, ‬they ‬decided ‬to ‬try ‬their ‬hand ‬in ‬the ‬fast ‬rising ‬new ‬comic ‬book ‬industry.

Wilford ‬Hamilton ‬Fawcett ‬did ‬not ‬live ‬to ‬see ‬the ‬release ‬of ‬many ‬Fawcett ‬Comics. ‬He ‬died ‬on ‬February ‬7th, ‬1940, ‬not ‬long ‬after ‬Whiz ‬Comics ‬#2 ‬hit ‬the ‬stands. ‬How ‬much, ‬if ‬any, ‬real ‬input '‬Captain ‬Billy' ‬Fawcett ‬had ‬on ‬the ‬comics, ‬I ‬do ‬not ‬know. ‬However, ‬Whiz ‬Comics ‬and ‬possibly ‬Slam-Bang ‬Comics ‬are ‬at ‬least ‬hat-tips ‬to ‬the ‬company'‬s ‬founder.
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Cap'‬N ‬Billy'‬s ‬Legacy pt 2 by Erwin ‬K. ‬Roberts
« Reply #2 on: May 31, 2017, 09:10:32 PM »
Fourteen ‬Years ‬of ‬Fawcett ‬Comics
Or, ‬Seventy-Seven ‬Years ‬Later: ‬Fawcett ‬Fridays

Fawcett ‬Comics ‬began ‬with ‬Whiz ‬Comics ‬#2 ‬dated ‬February ‬1940. ‬The ‬final ‬comics ‬seem ‬to ‬have ‬been ‬dated ‬January ‬1954. ‬Like ‬most ‬of ‬new ‬comics ‬publishers, ‬Fawcett ‬Comics ‬had ‬growing ‬pains.

They ‬even ‬tried ‬a ‬different ‬price-point ‬with Nickel ‬Comics. ‬Half ‬the ‬pages, ‬at ‬half ‬the ‬price ‬and ‬twice ‬as ‬often. Master ‬Comics, ‬on ‬the ‬other ‬hand, ‬was ‬over-sized ‬at ‬ten ‬and ‬a ‬half ‬by ‬fourteen ‬inches, ‬but ‬only ‬fifty-two ‬pages.  ‬Nickel ‬Comics ‬only ‬lasted ‬eight ‬issues. ‬Then '‬Bulletman', ‬the ‬cover ‬feature, ‬moved ‬over ‬to ‬the ‬now ‬regular ‬sized, ‬Master ‬Comics. ‬In ‬fact, ‬much ‬like ‬a British ‬comic ‬weekly, ‬Master ‬Comics ‬#7 ‬proclaimed "‬Combined ‬with ‬Nickel ‬Comics."

Slam-Bang ‬Comics, ‬a ‬regular ‬sized ‬book, ‬lasted ‬only ‬seven ‬issues. ‬Some ‬of ‬the ‬features, ‬like ‬'Zoro, ‬the ‬Mystery ‬Man', ‬also ‬moved ‬to ‬Master ‬Comics. ‬The ‬first ‬paper ‬scans ‬of ‬Slam-Bang ‬are ‬included ‬in DCM's ‬Fawcett ‬Fridays.

The ‬early ‬Master ‬Comics ‬had ‬problems. ‬First, ‬besides ‬being ‬a ‬different ‬size, ‬much ‬of ‬the ‬lineup ‬seemed ‬almost ‬copied ‬from ‬the ‬flagship ‬Whiz ‬Comics. ‬You ‬had ‬'The ‬Devil'‬s ‬Dagger', ‬a ‬'Green ‬Hornet' ‬style ‬mystery-man, ‬in ‬place ‬of '‬Spy ‬Smasher'. ‬Then, ‬instead ‬of '‬Golden ‬Arrow', ‬came ‬'Frontier ‬Marshal'. ‬'Shipwreck ‬Roberts' ‬covered ‬the ‬oceans ‬in ‬place ‬of ‬'Lance ‬O'‬Casey'. ‬'El ‬Carim' ‬substituted ‬for '‬Ibis, ‬the ‬Invincible' ‬magician. ‬And ‬then, ‬there ‬was '‬Master ‬Man'. ‬So ‬much ‬like ‬'Superman' ‬that ‬legal ‬action ‬followed.

'Bulletman' ‬prospered ‬in ‬Master ‬Comics. ‬The ‬other ‬transfers ‬mostly ‬used ‬up ‬their ‬inventory ‬stories ‬and ‬vanished. ‬One ‬exception ‬was ‬the '‬Devil'‬s ‬Dagger'. ‬He ‬finally ‬defeated ‬the ‬master ‬crook ‬he ‬had ‬been ‬after ‬and ‬retired ‬as ‬a ‬Masked ‬Avenger.

Then ‬along ‬came '‬Minute ‬Man'. ‬'Buck ‬Jones' ‬remained ‬for ‬awhile. ‬Then, ‬in ‬a ‬multi-magazine/hero ‬event, ‬'Captain ‬Marvel ‬Jr.' ‬became ‬the ‬cover ‬feature ‬of ‬Master. ‬One ‬Fawcett ‬Friday ‬will ‬feature ‬Master ‬Comics ‬#39. ‬This ‬World ‬War ‬Two ‬issue ‬is ‬what ‬most ‬fans ‬associate ‬with ‬Master. ‬You ‬got ‬Junior ‬on ‬the ‬cover, ‬with ‬Bulletman, ‬Minute ‬Man ‬as ‬the ‬other ‬big ‬guns. (‬As ‬the ‬war ‬wound ‬down, '‬Minute ‬Man' ‬departed ‬in ‬Master ‬#49. ‬In ‬#50 ‬both ‬'Nyoka, ‬the ‬Jungle ‬Girl', ‬and '‬Radar, ‬the ‬International ‬Policeman' ‬debuted.)

After ‬exiting ‬the ‬comic ‬book ‬end ‬of ‬publishing ‬Fawcett ‬sold ‬much ‬of ‬its ‬story ‬inventory, ‬licensed ‬character ‬rights, ‬and ‬some ‬of ‬the ‬titles ‬to ‬Charlton ‬Comics. ‬Six-Gun ‬Heroes ‬and ‬Hot ‬Rod ‬Comics ‬lasted ‬into ‬the ‬mid-1960'‬s ‬at ‬Charlton. ‬Romantic ‬Stories ‬almost ‬made ‬it ‬to ‬1974.


From ‬Other ‬Sources
Licensed ‬Comic ‬Books

At ‬one ‬time, ‬or ‬another, ‬Fawcett ‬Comics ‬licensed ‬a ‬number ‬of ‬characters, ‬and ‬real ‬life ‬western ‬actors, ‬for ‬comic ‬book ‬features. ‬These ‬licensed ‬properties ‬are ‬well ‬represented ‬in ‬Fawcett ‬Fridays. ‬Don ‬Winslow ‬of ‬the ‬Navy ‬was ‬a ‬syndicated ‬newspaper ‬comic ‬strip. ‬Two ‬issues ‬debut ‬in ‬the ‬mini-flood. ‬Captain ‬Midnight, ‬a ‬kids ‬radio ‬show, ‬moved ‬over ‬to ‬Fawcett ‬from ‬Dell ‬Comics. ‬Of ‬the ‬many ‬western ‬actors, ‬Fawcett ‬Fridays ‬includes ‬an ‬issue ‬of ‬Gabby ‬Hays ‬Western.

Near ‬the ‬end ‬Fawcett ‬even ‬licensed ‬three ‬TV ‬shows. ‬None ‬lasted ‬long ‬as ‬comics. ‬Maybe ‬the ‬TV ‬shows ‬didn'‬t ‬last ‬long ‬either. ‬Captain ‬Video, ‬from ‬the ‬short ‬lived ‬Dumont ‬TV ‬network ‬ran ‬for ‬six ‬issues.  ‬Mike ‬Barnett, ‬Man ‬Against ‬Crime, ‬also ‬six ‬issues. ‬Maybe ‬it ‬was ‬in ‬the ‬license ‬agreement. ‬Young ‬Eagle ‬did ‬better ‬with ‬ten ‬issues, ‬plus ‬he ‬continued ‬at ‬Charlton. ‬Young ‬Eagle ‬#5 ‬debuts ‬as ‬a ‬part ‬of ‬Fawcett ‬Fridays.

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Cap'‬N ‬Billy'‬s ‬Legacy pt 3 by Erwin ‬K. ‬Roberts
« Reply #3 on: May 31, 2017, 09:10:56 PM »
Time ‬Changes ‬Fawcett ‬Comics
or, ‬The ‬War ‬is ‬Over. ‬Back ‬to ‬the ‬Home ‬Front

All ‬comic ‬book ‬lines ‬hit ‬some ‬changes ‬when ‬World ‬War ‬Two ‬ended. ‬Many ‬characters ‬were ‬re-purposed. ‬Not ‬all ‬were ‬successful, ‬but ‬some ‬surprised ‬readers ‬with ‬their ‬staying ‬powers.

At ‬Fawcett ‬'Spy ‬Smasher' ‬abruptly ‬became 'Crime ‬Smasher'. ‬What ‬a ‬mess! ‬Alan ‬Armstrong ‬apparently ‬got ‬smacked ‬on ‬the ‬head ‬enough ‬that ‬he ‬forgot ‬all ‬about ‬his ‬high-tech ‬inventions. ‬He ‬forgot ‬his ‬family ‬fortune ‬to ‬become ‬a ‬stereotypical ‬always ‬broke ‬private-eye ‬in ‬a ‬trench-coat. ‬Crime ‬Smasher ‬did ‬not ‬last ‬long ‬in ‬Whiz ‬Comics.

On ‬the ‬other ‬hand, ‬over ‬in Wow ‬Comics ‬#49, ‬the ‬'Phantom ‬Eagle' ‬got ‬tapped ‬to ‬be ‬the ‬Guardian ‬of ‬the ‬World'‬s ‬Airways. ‬He ‬lasted ‬until ‬Wow ‬folded ‬with ‬#69. ‬Neither ‬'Mary ‬Marvel' ‬or ‬'Commando ‬Yank' ‬made ‬it ‬to ‬the ‬end. ( See ‬issue ‬#49 ‬with ‬a ‬mystery ‬guest ‬at ‬HERE!  )

Fawcett ‬jumped ‬on ‬the ‬western ‬bandwagon ‬with ‬a ‬bunch ‬of ‬titles. ‬They ‬also ‬dabbled ‬in ‬relatively ‬mild ‬horror, ‬crime ‬titles, ‬and ‬even ‬licensed ‬George ‬Pal'‬s ‬Puppetoons. ‬Plus, ‬Hoppy, ‬the ‬Captain ‬Marvel ‬Bunny ‬continued.

In ‬the ‬United ‬States ‬a ‬lot ‬of ‬things ‬began ‬to ‬change ‬at ‬the ‬end ‬of ‬World ‬War ‬Two. ‬In ‬July ‬of ‬1948, ‬that ‬other ‬World ‬War ‬One ‬Captain, ‬President ‬Harry ‬S. ‬Truman ‬signed ‬Executive ‬Order ‬9981 ‬officially ‬ending ‬the ‬segregation ‬of ‬U.S. ‬military ‬forces. ‬This ‬was ‬the ‬year ‬following ‬the ‬integration ‬of ‬Major ‬League ‬Baseball ‬by ‬Jackie ‬Robinson.

How ‬does ‬this ‬relate ‬to ‬Fawcett ‬Comics? ‬A ‬lot, ‬in ‬this ‬writer'‬s ‬opinion.

At ‬the ‬beginnings ‬of ‬Fawcett ‬Comics ‬there ‬were ‬some ‬number ‬of ‬racially ‬stereotyped ‬characters. ‬Billy ‬Batson'‬s ‬valet ‬Steamboat ‬is ‬the ‬best ‬known ‬example. ‬That ‬being ‬said, ‬few, ‬if ‬any, ‬of ‬those ‬were ‬as ‬cringe-worthy ‬as… ‬say, ‬Anthracite ‬over ‬in ‬MLJ'‬s ‬early ‬Hangman ‬strips.

Now ‬artist ‬Mac ‬Raboy, ‬probably ‬the ‬most ‬realistic ‬artist ‬at ‬Fawcett, ‬rarely, ‬if ‬ever, ‬did ‬offensive ‬drawings ‬of ‬any ‬human ‬being. ‬This ‬included ‬Hitler, ‬Tojo, ‬and ‬Mussolini. ‬At ‬about ‬the ‬end ‬of ‬his ‬time ‬at ‬Fawcett, ‬the ‬following ‬story ‬is ‬often ‬told.

Freddy ‬Freeman (‬Captain ‬Marvel ‬Jr.) ‬had ‬a ‬birthday ‬party ‬thrown ‬for ‬him ‬in ‬the ‬rough ‬neighborhood ‬where ‬he ‬lived. ‬Raboy ‬included ‬one ‬African-American ‬child ‬in ‬group ‬at ‬the ‬party. ‬An ‬editor ‬told ‬him ‬to ‬remove ‬the ‬kid ‬so ‬as ‬not ‬to ‬offend ‬southern ‬readers. (‬About ‬ten ‬years ‬later ‬the ‬Comics ‬Code ‬told ‬E.C. ‬Comics ‬the ‬same ‬thing.)

Somehow, ‬the ‬story ‬appeared ‬as ‬Raboy ‬drew ‬it.

Something ‬changed ‬at ‬Fawcett. ‬From ‬1949 ‬to ‬1952 ‬Fawcett ‬published ‬six ‬issues ‬of ‬Jackie ‬Robinson ‬comics. ‬In ‬1950 ‬came ‬two ‬issues ‬about ‬heavyweight ‬champ ‬Joe ‬Lewis. ‬In ‬the ‬same ‬time frame ‬they ‬published ‬a ‬number ‬of ‬one-shots ‬telling ‬the ‬stories ‬of ‬several ‬of ‬baseball ‬stars ‬like ‬Yogi ‬Berra ‬and ‬Don ‬Newcome. ‬Roy ‬Campanella'‬s ‬one ‬shot ‬even ‬told ‬of ‬how ‬he ‬played ‬and ‬coached ‬in ‬Central ‬America ‬before ‬the ‬Major ‬League ‬color ‬barrier ‬fell.

Now, ‬you ‬could ‬argue ‬that ‬comics ‬about ‬star ‬major ‬leaguers ‬were ‬a ‬safe ‬bet. ‬Just ‬about ‬guaranteed ‬to ‬sell. ‬Maybe ‬so. ‬But ‬for ‬June ‬1950 ‬Fawcett ‬released ‬Negro ‬Romances ‬#1. ‬Three ‬issues ‬came ‬out ‬in ‬1950. ‬Nothing ‬pre-sold ‬about ‬that. (‬Watch ‬for ‬issue ‬#1 in a future ‬Fawcett ‬Friday!)


Something ‬had ‬changed ‬at ‬Fawcett. ‬Too ‬bad ‬Fawcett ‬got ‬out ‬of ‬comics ‬completely. ‬I ‬like ‬to ‬imagine ‬what ‬might ‬have ‬happened ‬if ‬they ‬held ‬on ‬for ‬a ‬few ‬more ‬years.

-Erwin ‬K. ‬Roberts
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Re: Introduction to Fawcett Fridays in June 2017
« Reply #4 on: June 02, 2017, 07:46:38 AM »
SHAZAM! But why post before it was actually Friday? Go fly around the planet really fast in the opposite direction of it's rotation and do it over!
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Re: Introduction to Fawcett Fridays in June 2017
« Reply #5 on: June 02, 2017, 10:10:55 AM »
Hi K,
Well, I had to change the old banner advertising the FTP access for donations banner on the first of June so yes, the Fawcett banner is early but hey, that give you plenty of time to read Erwin's great intro here alert other Fawcett owners to check their collections for anything they might have that haven't been scanned or could use an upgrade.  There are lots of Fawcett books on the site that could use an upgrade!

Thanks again to everyone who is helping to bring this mini-flood to the site.
-Yoc

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Re: Introduction to Fawcett Fridays in June 2017
« Reply #6 on: June 02, 2017, 10:45:09 AM »
Hi Gang,
Here's the first batch of new Fawcett books now up on the site!  Our thanks to Len for the first two:

Master Comics 039 (ifc fiche) -upgrade
Whiz Comics 014 (4 fiche)


And thanks to Kracalactaka & a nonny moose for their work on a very poor copy of this book:

Young Eagle 005 (Fawcett 1951)(c2c)(Kracalactaka-a nonny moose).cbz

We got a great surprise addition to today's debuts from dsdaboss!

Slam_Bang_Comics_06 -dsdaboss.rar


Stay tuned for more next week!
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Re: Introduction to Fawcett Fridays in June 2017
« Reply #7 on: June 02, 2017, 09:23:49 PM »
Fawcett's my fave GA company.  Can I hope for some Captain Midnight and Don Winslow here?

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Re: Introduction to Fawcett Fridays in June 2017
« Reply #8 on: June 03, 2017, 12:10:14 AM »
one but prob not the other (says the guy with insider knowledge)


 For you pulp fans check out Fawcett's Startling Detective Adventures v04 n22 in the pulp section over at CB+:  http://comicbookplus.com/?dlid=68439


and they say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery (or in this case, a way of getting in on the action) Check out The Quirt v02 32 http://comicbookplus.com/?dlid=68441 over at CB+ which as you can see is a knockoff of Capt Billy's Whiz Bang.

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Re: Introduction to Fawcett Fridays in June 2017
« Reply #9 on: June 05, 2017, 12:25:13 AM »
Hi Gang!
Welcome to our Fawcett Mini-Flood or Fawcett Fridays for June on DCM.
All this month on each Friday we hope to debut two or maybe even three Fawcett books for you to enjoy.  And if we are lucky perhaps a few surprises might show up from other scanners out there when they see what we are up to here.  ;)


I'm all for having Fawcett Fridays and filling in many of the gaps in DCM's Fawcett comics archive. Fawcett did some interesting stuff... especially the CC Beck Marvel material.


But that said, I will note that Fawcett is one of my least favorite GA publishers. (Sorry. Just being honest.) Why so? Well, a number of (mostly trivial) reasons:


1) Their custom of having the top third of the first page of each comic book they published feature the masthead/colophon information was an eyesore that plagued all their comics. (A similar esthetic flaw was Victor Fox's comics starting their initial stories in each issue with a two-color first page on the IFC.) I realize that probably both publishers did this in a bid to stop sleazy distributors from re-selling supposedly "un-sold" issues, for which Fox or Fawcett would receive nothing. But these were ugly solutions that almost no other publishers bought into.


2) I'm not a big fan of licensed film stars as comic subjects. C'mon, a lot of this material at Fawcett was mediocre at best. I'm not a big fan of much of the licensed material that filled up many Dell comics (or Harvey comics, for that matter,) either.


3) My subjective impression is that Fawcett comics' printing and coloring was not top-grade. (I have a similar opinion of the ACG (American Comics Group) comic books. I love many of their comics and artists (Ogden Whitney!), but I don't think much of their coloring limitations nor their overall printing quality.)


Well, that's enough for now, and probably too much.


Again, I'm all for the Fawcett Fridays, etc. The more completely we can fill out DCM, the better for our understanding of comics' history and art.  My thanks to everyone who contributes to the effort.




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Re: Introduction to Fawcett Fridays in June 2017
« Reply #10 on: June 05, 2017, 10:00:16 AM »
Hi Poz,
Thanks for sharing even if Fawcett isn't your cup of tea.  Like you not everything on DCM is something I'm dying to read either but as you say, we are shooting for everything in the public domain so any holes we can fill are very welcome!

In this Fawcett flood there will be a handful of holes filled including the first Negro Romance and some Slam-Bangs which is great!

Stay tuned!
-Yoc

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Re: Introduction to Fawcett Fridays in June 2017
« Reply #11 on: June 07, 2017, 08:21:46 AM »
New today and for the rest of the month - it's Whiz-Bang Wednesday!
We've managed to get enough of these precomics Fawcett books to give them their own day.  :)
Now up -
- Capt. Billy's Whiz Bang v03 #03 (1922-06)
- Capt. Billy's Whiz Bang v02 #17 (1921-02)


But remember - these are from a time when America was a different place with different sensibilities. 
These are not politically correct in any way and might be offensive to some of our members. 
And these were Not made for children.

-Yoc

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WHIZ BANG WEDNESDAY
« Reply #12 on: June 07, 2017, 09:49:30 AM »
Thanks Yoc!

Capt Billy's Whiz Bang did not exist in a vacuum, there were other similar mags being published across the country. In addition to The Quirt which I mentioned a few posts above there were also Gloom, Hot Dog, Cap'n Joey's Jazza Ka Jazza and Joy Book, to name a few.



in an effort to add more BANG! to Whiz Bang Wednesday here are a couple examples of these publications:

Gloom: The Devils Book No 2, published in Los Angeles in 1922  http://comicbookplus.com/?dlid=68505

Cap'n Joey's Jazza Ka Jazza Vol 01 No 4, published in New York City in 1922 http://comicbookplus.com/?dlid=68506

And of course all the same warnings about content that Yoc mentioned in the previous post definitely still apply.

NOTE: we have scoured the internet for the available issues of Capt Billy's Whiz Bang and rest assured that they will be uploaded "when the time is right". So if you want to "help" and upload some, please check with me or Yoc before you do so.
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Re: Introduction to Fawcett Fridays in June 2017
« Reply #13 on: June 07, 2017, 10:03:48 AM »
Thanks K!
People will be getting a thorough lesson on turn of the century humour and learn a lot of olllld jokes.

And yes, if you  have any Whiz-Bangs not on DCM please already us before you upload.  We do have several still to be shared.
-Yoc

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FAWCETT FRIDAYS: Part Deux
« Reply #14 on: June 09, 2017, 08:47:50 AM »
It is time for another Fawcett Friday

1st up from freddyfly we have Western Hero 092 https://digitalcomicmuseum.com/index.php?dlid=30475



And for you pulp fans we have Startling Detective v05 26 over at CB+  http://comicbookplus.com/?dlid=68549



Yoc will be posting more items later today, so stay tuned!
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