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Yreka Comix: 1942

Yreka Comix: 1942

June 26, 1942. "Yreka, California. Magazine stand." Medium format negative by Russell Lee for the Office of War Information. View full size.


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Lovely Photograph

I fell in love with this photo the first time I saw it awhile back and thought I just have to see this in colour. So I spent many days colorizing this photograph and I hope you all enjoy this photo in colour as much as I enjoyed colorizing it.

What I wouldn't give...

Though the comics might have no value, what I wouldn't give to have at least one of them in my possession. Before you ask, yes. I WOULD read it.

Here's Most Of The Hue

My first attempt at adding some accurate colour to the magazine stand - I've found an image online of every magazine here except for the July 1942 issues of "Super Sports", "West?", "Dare-Devil Aces", "Ten Detective Aces", and "Thrilling Western".

[Most impressive! - Dave]

Rommel is dead.

His army has joined the quicksand legions
of history where the battle is always
a metal echo saluting a rusty shadow.
His tanks are gone.
How's your ass?

Great Story Name

"Taken for a Slay Ride" on the 10 Story Detectives magazine.

Always Fascinating

Shorpy is always educational - or at least fascinating! Checking out the Super Science Stories pulp cover, and did you know? Malcolm Jameson (“Wreckers of the Star Patrol") did not start writing until after he came down with throat cancer, first published in 1938. Sadly, he survived this issue by less than 3 years.

Pulp mags.

Not comix.


I found another one of the covers:

War Stamp Bride

Ellen Allardice, 1922 to 2014. Obituary here.

All the Western heroes

They all remarkably resemble John Wayne.

Allied and Axis Aviation

The artist for Dare-Devil Aces was working from a reference photo of an Avro Lancaster, although he took licence with the time of day--by 1942, Bomber Command had switched to night bombing pretty much exclusively.

The artist for Sky Fighters made things more difficult for the plane-spotter by the angle he chose, but it seems pretty clearly to be intended as Mitsubishi A5M2 "Claude" (I considered but rejected identification as the Nakajima Ki-27 "Nate"). He had somewhat more trouble with relative positions of things, but I suppose the page format cramped him; any pilot that close to the ground would be within about a quarter-second of a crash.

Boy howdy!

If I've said it once, I've said it a million times: "What a rack!"

Richard Brautigan

"Rommel Drives on Deep into Egypt" is the title of a 1970 collection of poems by Richard Brautigan. According to Wikipedia, he moved from Oregon to SF in 1956, and that the title of the titular poem was indeed taken from that headline. I'd love to know how he first saw it and why he chose it.

Sky Fighters "A Thrilling Publication"

Though in some cases the covers might have been the most exciting part.

I Want Hue

This photo begs to be colorized by a Shorpy wizard.

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