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Comic books May 1953

  • Vol. 30 #1
    44 Western Magazine (1937-1954 Popular Publications) Pulp Vol. 30 #1

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  • Issue #55
    Ace Malloy of the Special Squadron (1952-1954 Arnold Book Company) 55

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    Art by Dudley Page. 24 pages.

  • Vol. 1 #2
    Action (1953 Picture Magazines) Vol. 1 #2

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  • Issue #180
    Action Comics (1938 DC) 180
    Published May 1953 by DC.
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    Cover art by Win Mortimer. The Super Telethon starring Superman, pencils by Wayne Boring, inks by Stan Kaye. The Outlaw King of the Congo starring Congo Bill, art by Ed Smalle. The Easter Island of Space starring Tommy Tomorrow, art by Jim Mooney. The Lawman Without a Friend starring Vigilante, art by Bob Brown. Choosing a Profession starring Buzzy, script by Jack Schiff, art by Win Mortimer. 44 pgs. $0.10. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #188
    Adventure Comics (1938 1st Series) 188

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    Cover art by Win Mortimer. The Bullfighter from Smallville starring Superboy, art by John Sikela; Pa Kent becomes a bullfighter. Calling Dr. Aquaman, art by Ramona Fradon. Jerry Jitterbug humor page by Henry Boltinoff. The Man Who Outsped Johnny Quick starring Johnny Quick, pencils by Ralph Mayo, inks by Sy Barry. The Green Arrow Hotel, art by George Papp. 44 pages. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #19
    Adventures into Terror (1951) 19
    • Paper: Cream to off white
    • Label #2007676009

    The Withered Hand, art by Paul Reinman; While in Tibet John Clay steals a priceless ruby that a monk tells him contains a sinner's soul. The Maggots, script by Paul S. Newman, pencils by Hy Rosen; A scientist confirms his theory that the eggs which produce maggots are found in living tissue. Meet the Bride!, art by Matt Fox. Dead of Night text story. The Strange Children, art by Sam Kweskin; A sorcerer is cheated when he fulfills his end of the bargain to remove all of the roaches from a town, so he brings them all back and transforms the people's children into roaches as well. The Girl Who Couldn't Die, art by Mort Lawrence; A scientist attempts to reanimate his dead lover; After years of failed attempts he succeeds, but she kills herself at the sight of his decades old body. 36 pgs. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #43
    Adventures into the Unknown (1948 ACG) 43

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    "It Happened in Never-Never Land" (art by Harry Lazarus), "The Man Who Died Too Soon," "The Fury of the Dead," and "The Spirit in the Steel." Edited by Richard E. Hughes. Cover by Ken Bald. Stories by Harry Lazarus, Tony Cataldo, Dick Beck, George Klein, and Edvard Moritz. Spine-chilling tales of suspense, horror, and the supernatural—prepare yourself for Adventures into the Unknown! 36 pages, full color. $0.10. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #18
    Adventures into Weird Worlds (1952-1954 Marvel/Atlas) 18
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    Edited by Stan Lee. Cover by Bill Everett. Stories by Myron Fass, Jack Abel, Robert McCarty, Chuck Winter, and John Buscema. These tales of horror, sci-fi, and suspense will take you on Adventures into Alien Worlds! 36 pages, full color. $0.10. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #6
    Adventures of Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis (1952) 6

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    Written by unknown. Art by unknown. Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis star in a 3-part untitled tale! Plus: Teen Teasers activity half-pager "The Lover's Quarrel!" by Martin Naydel; Honey in Hollywood untitled half-pager and 1-pager by Henry Boltinoff; Bullseye Billy untitled 1-pager; Twisting the Dial text piece on 'My Little Margie'; and Kitty Karr of Hollywood untitled back-up story. 40 pages, full color. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #4
    Airboy Comics Vol. 10 (1953 Hillman) 4
    • This is one of our favorite comic covers! Maybe this is how the term "shell shock" got started. A great example of "comic book logic," logic that works just fine for a child. Plus we get a Heap story in this VERY price guide undervalued issue.

    Cover by Ernest Schroeder. Stories and art by Lorence Bjorklund, Gerald McCann and Ernest Schroeder. One of the more fanciful and influential of 1940s aviator heroes, Airboy fights evil with his radio-controlled plane "Birdie" and its plethora of experimental flying tech. Sometimes listed as Airboy Comics #111. No issue # on cover; Vol. 10, issue #4 in indicia. Airboy suspects that enemy agents who use giant guns and bullets to travel are somehow linked to Zomboli, a secretly evil clown who performs for the wealthy elite. An impoverished woman faces an evil countess in a horse race, and The Heap shows up to even the odds. Frogmen discover the link between lobster traps and an attack on a US warship. The final appearances of Airboy and The Heap, until the characters were acquired by Eclipse Publishing in the 1980s. Airboy; The Heap; Lobster Alley; Vitamin Vic; The Tombstone Click; Maloo and the Kicker; Chains of Khydoo. Final issue of the series. 32 pages, Full Color. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #11
    All True Romance (1948) 11

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  • Vol. 27 #4
    Amazing Stories (1926-Present Experimenter) Pulp Vol. 27 #4

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  • Vol. 19 #1
    American Manhood (1953 Weider Publications) Vol. 19 #1

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  • Vol. 336 #5
    Argosy Part 5: Argosy Magazine (1943-1979 Popular) Vol. 336 #5

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  • Issue #25
    Astonishing (1951) 25

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  • Vol. 51 #3
    Astounding Science Fiction (1938-1960 Street and Smith) Pulp Vol. 51 #3

    May 1953. Volume 51, Issue 3 - 1st printing. Science fiction stories by Hal Clement ("Mission of Gravity" part 2), Robert Moore Williams, Algis Budrys, Irving E. Cox Jr., and Robert Sheckley. Illustrations by Dreany, Orban, Schecterson, Pawelka, and van Dongen. Article on creative engineering at M.I.T. Cover by Austin R. Baer. Softcover, 5.5-in. x 7.75-in.; 168 newsprint pages, B&W. Cover price $0.35.

  • Issue #27
    Authentic Police Cases (1948) 27

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  • Issue #33
    Authentic Science Fiction (1951-1957 Hamilton & Co.) 33

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  • Issue #15
    Baffling Mysteries (1952) 15

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    Cover art by Jim McLaughlin. Snakes Alive!, art by Charles Nicholas; In balmy Alfredo Springs in Florida a voodoo snake goddess runs amuck; Claudia kills four people and ends up in court; admitting everything she is confined to a mental institution. Bazaar of the Cursed Goblins, art by Lin Streeter; Brutal landowner Lord Trevelyan is lured to a carnival of cruelties by the ghost of his dead wife; There on display are all the atrocities he's done to his peasants. The Image of Evil, art by Jim McLaughlin; Engineer Cranford discovers a parallel world made of glass; The glass people want to take over our world with Cranford's help. Quiet Stalks the Undead Fiend, art by Louis Zansky. 36 pgs. $0.10. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #3
    Basil ...The Royal Cat (1953 St. John) 3

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  • Issue #76
    Batman (1940) 76
    Tags: Batman
    Published May 1953 by DC.

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    Cover pencils by Dick Sprang, inks by Charles Paris. "The Danger Club," script by Edmond Hamilton, pencils by Bob Kane, inks by Charles Paris; When members of the Danger Club are threatened, then violently are elminated one by one, Batman decides to join the club himself to try to track down the killer. Half-page Shorty story by Henry Boltinoff. One-page Casey the Cop story by Henry Boltinoff. Half-page Peg story by Henry Boltinoff. "The Penguin's Fabulous Fowls!", script by Edmond Hamilton, pencils by Bob Kane (Batman and Robin figures only) and Lew Sayre Schwartz, inks by Charles Paris; Penguin is released from prison claims hes "going straight"; Batman and Robin go down to Gotham Harbor to confront the Penguin. One-page Varsity Vic story by Henry Boltinoff. 160,000,000 Policemen article by Jack Miller, art by Raymond Perry. People Are People! public service announcement with Superman, script by Jack Schiff, art by Win Mortimer. "The Man of 100 Murders," art by Jim Mooney (as Bob Kane); The Caped Crusaders go up against a ruthless, cold-blooded killer who shows no mercy to anyone. 44 pgs., full color. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #12
    Battle Action (1952) 12
    Published May 1953 by Atlas.
    • Cover detached at one staple.

    Major Chang Yung Rockets the Enemy. Fighting a Djin. Bastogne, art by Sam Kweskin. Orders!, art by Vernon Henkel. Expert!, art by Louis Ravielli. 32 pgs. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #9
    Battle Stories (1952) 9

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  • Issue #11
    Battlefield (1952) 11
    Published May 1953 by Atlas.

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    Final issue of the series. Cover by Russ Heath. "We Won't Go Back!", art by Louis Ravielli; Corporal Bob Young learns what compulsory repatriation will mean to the Chinese prisoners he is guarding. "Return To Bataan," art by Gene Colan; After escaping on the last raft out of Bataan, Slug returns two years later to free Bataan. "The General Goes To War" two-page text story. "Pep Talk!"; Chinese recruits are told that they are invincible but they learn a brutal lesson when they get to the front. "Attack At Midnight," art by Cal Massey; A raw recruit learns he is not alone on the battlefield. 36 pgs., full color. Cover price $0.10.

  • Vol. 12 #2
    Beauty Parade (1941-1956 Harrison Publications) Vol. 12 #2

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  • Vol. 3 #5
    Best Western (1951-1957 Stadium) 2nd Series Vol. 3 #5

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  • Issue #3
    Beware (1953 Trojan/Merit) 3

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    #15 May on cover (actual # 3 in series). Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #7
    Beware Terror Tales (1952) 7

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    "The Man Who Defeated Death," "Dripping Terror," "Last Express" (Graham Ingles-ish, but not by him), and "The Walking Cadaver." Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #20
    Beyond (1950 Ace) 20
    • Cover detached. 5 3/4" Cumulative spine split.

    Cover art by Lou Cameron. Prophecy of the Black Dream, art by Ken Rice; In Paris, art painter Dulaq finds magical paints; Everything he paints becomes reality; So he disposes comfortably of his rival and his landlady. Horde of the Faceless; Henry Keefe considers suicide because he lost his right arm in an accident; He is approached by the legion of "the faceless ones", a dark cult; They restore his arm and want a book of magic in exchange. Lair of the Spidery Fiend, pencils by Dick Beck. Calling All Ghouls, pencils by Chic Stone. 36 pgs. $0.10. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #21
    Big Town (1951) 21

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    Based on the TV and radio show of the same name, Big Town lasted 50 issues. This installment includes the following: "The Strange Invasion of Big Town!" (alien invaders do their thing in this sci-fi tale); "Halfway to Peril"; "Million Dollar Typewriter!"; and "Police Reporter." Scripts John Broome and Dave Wood, pencils by Manny Stallman, inks by John Giunta. Cover by Gil Kane and Bernard Sachs. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #16
    Billy the Kid Adventure Magazine (1950) 16

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  • Issue #44
    Black Diamond Western (1949) 44
  • Issue #6
    Black Magic Vol. 3 (1952) 6

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    Cover by Jack Kirby. Art by George Roussos, Mort Meskin, Al Eadeh, Harry Lazarus, Bill Draut, Joe Simon and Jack Kirby. Captain America creators Joe Simon and Jack Kirby present their own contribution to the horror comics trend of the 1950s, featuring tales of ghosts and the paranormal. Issue # 24 on cover; listed as Vol. 3, issue #6 in indicia. A farmer trades his infant for a changeling, which grows into a monstrous being. A man is haunted by a female ghost. The Changeling; His Own Business; After I'm Gone; Strange Predictions; The Lady Is a Ghost; Stars of Fate; The Shadow; Bring Back the Dream!; As Real As Life! 32 pages, Full Color. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #22
    Black Rider (1951) 22

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    Two-Gun Kid apperance Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #64
    Blackhawk (1944 1st Series) 64
    • Near complete spine split, attached by cumulative 1" with glue on spine of book.
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    • 3 3/4" cumulative spine split.

    Cover by Reed Crandall. Stories by Paul Gustavson and unknown. Art by Paul Gustavson, Reed Crandall and unknown. From the underwater kingdom of the demon Massacar, here come..."The Flying Submarines!" with art by Reed Crandall. Blackhawk is also featured in "The Legion of the Doomed!" and "The Ghost of Blackhawk Island!" Plus: Chop Chop in an untitled back-up story by Paul Gustavson. And: 1-page text story "Top Secret"! 32 pages, full color. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #54
    Blondie (1947 McKay/Harvey/King/Charlton) 54

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  • Vol. 97 #1
    Blue Book (1905-1956 Story-Press/Consolidated/McCall) Pulp Vol. 97 #1

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  • Issue #89
    Boy Comics (1942) 89

    Cover by Charles Biro. Stories and art by Norman Maurer and Charles Biro. An anthology title from publisher Lev Gleason and his primary creator, Charles Biro, featuring teen hero Crimebuster and his nemesis Iron Jaw. A convict just released schemes to claim the loot that's been hidden since his arrest, and frame his double-crossing girlfriend in the bargain. Sniffer & the Deadly Dozen flee from a dangerous Iron Jaw aboard a runaway roller coaster. After suffering heavy losses, the Rocketeers take on the alien invasion force, only to learn it comes from the planet of space villain the Claw. Also featuring Lev Gleason Comics Picture Trading Cards. Crimebuster: He Got What Was Coming; Sniffer & the Deadly Dozen: Iron Jaw's Biggest Bite; Little Wise Guys: The Four Musketeers; Rocky X: The Return of the Claw. 32 pages, Full Color. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #34
    Boy Loves Girl (1952) 34

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    Stories by unknown. Art by Myron Fass, Charlie Tomsey, Robert Martinott? and Al Luster. He wasn't her man...but she wanted him! Read..."Star for a Night," A True Love Story! Also featuring these A True Love Story tales: "No Love Songs for Me"; "My Paris Romance"; and "Jungle Love"! Plus: "Do You Need Advice?" letters page by Agnes Holmes. 32 pages, full color. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #30
    Bugs Bunny (1942 Dell/Gold Key) 30

    Cover pencils by Tony Strobl. Stories by Don R. Christensen and various. Art by John Carey, Tony Strobl, Fred Abranz and various. Featuring the tales "The Smoke Smeller," "Beefy Bunny's Muscles," "The Loco Locomotive" and more! Starring Bugs Bunny, Petunia Pig, Horton (Horty) Hare, Beefy Bunny, Porky Pig, Sylvester Pussycat, Cicero Pig and Elmer Fudd! 32 pages, full color. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #38
    Candy (1947 Quality) 38

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    Stories by Harry Sahle and unknown. Art by Harry Sahle and unknown. Candy in an untitled story co-starring Ted Dawson, Agnes O'Connor and Tim O'Connor. Candy also stars in two untitled reprint stories. Plus: 1-page untitled Jonesy story starring Marvin and Marvin's dad; Ezra in an untitled reprint story co-starring Rollo Grant, Dean Dilsbury, Myrna Moore, Emily Smoehauser and Mrs. Harris; 1-page reprint text story "Look Closely" starring Skip Adair, Wilma Payson, Teenie Morton, Patsy Winters and Sophie Conrad; and Lala Palooza in 1-page untitled story co-starring Vincent Doolittle. 32 pages, full color. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #144
    Captain Marvel Adventures (1941) 144
  • Vol. 1 #4
    Cavalier (1952-1992 Fawcett-DuGent) Vol. 1 #4

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    Volume 1, Issue 4 - May 1953. Men's interest magazine featuring War, Hunting, and Adventure stories, along with cartoons, and in later issues Pictorials. This issue features articles on Having a Way with Women, Getting Rich with a Geiger Counter, and the King of Gamblers! 8 1/2-in. x 11-in. 90 Pages B&W. Cover price $0.25.

  • Issue #17
    Chamber of Chills (1952 Harvey) 17
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    • Interior complete. Near complete spine split. Glue at spine. Staple rust with migration. Oxidation and chipping.

    Cover by Lee Elias. Stories and art by Warren Kremer, Howard Nostrand, Joe Certa and Moe Marcus. Harvey Comics joins the parade of pre-Code horror comics pioneered by EC in the 1950s. An amnesiac rediscovers his evil past. The ghost of a murdered mobster haunts the gangsters who killed him. A hunter is stalked by his own magical double. Amnesia!; Cold Type; Chiller Dillers!; Big Fight!; Bridge!; Jealousy; The Collector. 32 pages, Full Color. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #1
    Classics Illustrated 107 King of the Khyber Rifles (1953) 1
    • Centerfold is detached from staples.

    King of the Khyber Rifles, 1st Printing, Painted Cover. (HRN 108, with 5/53 date). Cover price $0.15.

  • Issue #4
    Classics Illustrated 107 King of the Khyber Rifles (1953) 4

    King of the Khyber Rifles, 4th Printing, Painted Cover. (HRN 158). Cover price $0.15.

  • Vol. 1 #3
    Climax (1953 Macfadden 1st Series) Vol. 1 #3

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    Volume 1, Issue 3 - May 1953. Men's interest magazine focusing on war and adventure stories, along with buxom beauties. 8 1/2-in. x 11-in. 98 pages B&W. Cover price $0.25.

  • Issue #13
    Combat Kelly (1951 Atlas) 13

    Three untitled Combat Kelly stories, plus "Cookie Cops a Cutie!" (scripts by Hank Chapman, art by Dave Berg). Two-page text story, "Bazooka Brigade." Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #56
    Comic Cavalcade (1942) 56
    Published May 1953 by DC.

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  • Issue #89
    Comics on Parade (1938) 89