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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • NORTH TUSCANY COAST, 1948

Comic Fan: 1950

Comic Fan: 1950

A prophetic photo, as I did become a big comic book fan. My favorites: Uncle $crooge, Walt Disney's Comics and Stories, Pogo, Little Lulu. Also bought Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies, Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Tubby, Donald Duck, Mickey Mouse and scads of others, but I never got into superheroes. Stored them (along with those inherited from my brother) in big stacks in a cabinet down in the basement, arranged by title and in chronological order. Frequent re-readings necessitated periodic large-scale re-sorting operations that my mother often aided in. I'm one of those lucky ones whose mother didn't throw them all out one day when the kid wasn't looking; she liked reading them too occasionally. I have an inventory I made in early 1967 (when I was still buying them) showing a total of 1508. Just about all of them are still in existence, most stored at a friend's place.

You know, I really did have more fun as a blond. View full size.

1508 Comics

Tterrace, you are one of the lucky ones. I too was glad my mother never threw out my comics. Plus I had grandparents that used to buy them for me too.

I was born too late to buy the golden age issues as my childhood was from the 60's - 70's. One thing I look for in old photos here are photos of comic books from long ago.

I am in the process of looking at every picture here and yours is the first I have found of a comic in an older photo.

Reading Uncle Scrooge got me interested in history and now I am the treasurer for my town's Historical Society. After looking through the town archives for pictures I decided to go online with my search and now here I am.

Angelic

That smile would melt anyones heart. Innocence, pleasure, happiness and childhood all right there in one expression. Thanks so much for posting a truly personal and great image.

Priceless

I think this photo is priceless. I love the smile on the boy's face, his tousled blond curls and his shoes are so cute. While he is reading/looking at the funny comic pictures!

1,508 comics

I too collected as much as possible of Walt Disney comics. I also collected Tom & Jerry as well, they were my favorites, I later collected DC and Marvel but only a select few. I still have them today. And I still collect and read comics today.

Antiheroes

I'm quite a bit younger (born in 1983), but I used to love it when my dad would occasionally bring me home a Donald Duck or Archie comic and a Slurpee from the 7-Eleven when he got home from work.

I often wonder about the difference between the superhero comic types and the others that often get left in the dust.

Comix go to school

In 1961, I based part of my report on mythology for sophomore English on "The Golden Fleecing" from Uncle $crooge #12. I got a B-minus.

Sad Sack

Did you ever collect Sad Sack or Archie? Those are what I read. My older brother read the racier MAD.

Yesterday Once More

TTerrace is the sweetest little sweetie ever in his baby pics. I love having had the chance to see him "grow up" through the years in photographs. I wonder what he looks like NOW, though! A shame that we don't have a current incarnation!

[Actually we have a number of them, interspersed among his many postings. - Dave]

Seduction of the Innocents

We're just about the same age tterrace. I learned to read before school largely because of comics, although I thought that "uncle" was spelled "unca" for the longest time. Unca $crooge by Carl Barks was like Shakespeare to me. I read many of the titles you mention. ("Magic words of 'Poof, Poof Piffles', make me just as small as Sniffles!")

I didn't retain any of them, nor did I retain any of my thousands and thousands of Marvel and DC Silver Age and Bronze Ages books and the Modern Age ones that followed. Now I'm down to about eight or ten a month. (Allan Moore, Gaiman, "Hellboy" "Love and Rockets" and on and on.)

I guess it was a seduction, but I swear I'm gonna kick the habit in a couple of years, when I turn 65.

Oh Mom

Mom not only tossed out my comics, but also my precious collection of personally autographed glossies of such minor Hollywood celebrities as Republic Pictures serial and western villain Roy Barcroft, TV and movie actress Gale Storm ("My Little Margie"), and movie actor Dan Duryea. But I long ago forgave her.

I believe I took this photo

Or maybe our sister Rosemary did!

Darling photo!!

Notice no reading glasses perched upon the nose! ha ha

I love your contributions - keep 'em coming!!! Thanks!

Comic relief

requires no explanation.

Funny Stuff

If ever there were a picture that caused me to have an uncontrollable guffaw, this would be it.

My brother's escape

This pic reminds me of the time my little brother climbed the fence in our back yard and disappeared. My mother was beyond frantic and the police were looking. He was found about two hours later at a drug store sitting at the counter with three comic books, all the same, an ice cream cone and a fountain Coke. At 3 years he had walked a mile and when the police brought him home my mother was the happiest woman in town. The druggist said it was his treat.

His hair was identical to Tterrace in this photo and the comic book brought the memory back immediately. It was also 1950.

tterrace's first words

"Blog! Blog! Blog!" Of course no one knew what he was trying to say.

Great stuff

What a perfect picture to illustrate a simpler, and in many ways a happier time.

1,508 Comic Books!

No wonder tterrace you became a victim of never rectified amblyopia.

Not fooling anyone

That is obviously a wig and you have it on backwards. Did the hair stay with you up to the present time? Too bad we cannot all stay as irresistible and adorable as we were as toddlers but there are definitely other advantages to growing up...its just that I cannot think of any at this moment. This photo rates highest of all time on the "cuteness" scale. Aaaaw.

 
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