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Here's another  issue of Ballyhoo for you all.

Ballyhoo v05 n05 (1933-12.Dell) (IA).cbr


Merry Christmas everyone!
Here's our latest Ballyhoo scan and two bonus scans for the holidays.
The Ballyhoo is a 'Christmas Number', perfect for the season.
We're also sharing two issues of Worth Carnahan's 'Wild Cherries' humour mag.  This was being made in the same era and feature more risque jokes and gag pages.  It's got one of the most beautifully designed logos that I've seen so far of the genre and era.  Top notch graphic design there.  Be sure to check out Darwination's blog on these.  He's done a multi-part series of posts on artist, designer, owner Worth Carnahan.  It includes his recent interactions with Worth's family.  Fun stuff!

NOTE - If ANYONE out there owns a copy of 'Wild Cherries' #1, Darwin would love to hear from you.  His goal is to share the entire run of the title.

Ballyhoo v05 n06 (1934-01.Dell) [Christmas Number] Darwin+DaveH.cbz
Wild Cherries v01n02 (1933-09.Publications Services Syndicate) (Darwination).cbr
Wild Cherries v01n03 (1933-10.Publications Service Syndicate) (Darwination).cbr

New today in our Ballyhoo Spotlight...  two issues from the beginning of 1934.

Ballyhoo v06 n01 (1934-02.Dell)(Darwination-McCoy).cbr
Ballyhoo v06 n02 (1934-03. Dell)(D+M)-tweaked.cbz

Thanks again to Darwin for all his work on these books for us.

Thanks for putting up the Wild Cherries, Yoc. 

It ran for four issues, so I'm still looking for issues #1 and #4 to complete the run of scans.

I'd note that I wouldn't put Wild Cherries in the same classification of humor magazine as Ballyhoo and its many, many imitators even though it was likely impacted market-wise by this "glut" of humor magazines.  The Ballyhoo-type mags were full magazine-sized and on a thin slick paper.  The page count tended to 36 or 48.  Wild Cherries is more in the vein of a humor digest which was pulp-sized (and digests could be smaller too) with pulp paper and a page count like 68 or whatnot and a mixture of the sort of art you'd see in the girlie pulps and artists and models magazines and the cartooning you'd see in mags like Smokehouse Monthly or the Calgary Eye-Opener.  No doubt all these magazine publishers with these new humor mags were trying to catch the lightning in a bottle of Ballyhoo, though, no matter the format.

In the letters column of the second issue of Wild Cherries, there's a puzzled reader (or possibly a ghost written letter by the editor) that references Ballyhoo:'s one of those things where you see a really cool magazine like Wild Cherries or Satire Presents only make it a short while.  Sometimes there's market reasons, sometimes people catch on too late, sometimes people never catch on - but the magazine and comic graveyards are full of classic titles that only made it a handful of issues. 

One other possibility for the short run of Wild Cherries is the price.  You can see in the cover logo on #2 where the logo says "25 cents and worth it".  25 cents was a lot during the depression.  The high riding magazine of the market of the 20s was gone.  Illustrators and cartoonists from the higher end magazines and slicks had to get work where they could.  The conventional wisdom is that the pulps did great even as the larger magazine market (and associated advertising businesses) took the brunt of the depression's impact on the magazine business, but there was plenty of competition on the newsstands no matter what part of the market you were after.

New today in our Ballyhoo Spotlight...

Ballyhoo v06 n06 (1934-07.Dell) Zilch College Number (Darwin).cbr
Ballyhoo v08 n01 Paris Edition (1935-02.Dell)(D-M).cbz
Satire v01 n01 1935-12 (Dizzy Detective Magazine)(Darwin).cbz



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