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Comic books April 1954

  • Vol. 1 #1
    Celebrity (1954 Magnum Publications) Vol. 1 #1

    Volume 1, issue 1 - April 1954. Men's interest magazine focusing on celebrities, athletes, and pin-up models. 4-in. x 5 1/2-in., 68 pages, B&W Cover price $0.15.

  • Issue #20
    Cisco Kid (1951 Dell) 20
    Published Apr 1954 by Dell.
    • Staple rust. Rust migration.

    Painted Cover by Ernest Nordli. Stories by unknown. Art by Bob Jenney. Featuring the tales "The Petticoat Marker" and "The Fiesta Cover-Up"! Also: the 1-page filler "Brands and Branding" on the inside front cover! 36 pages, full color. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #1
    Classics Illustrated 118 Rob Roy (1954) 1
    • Centerfold detached at one staple.
    • Centerfold detached at one staple.

    Rob Roy, 1st Printing, Painted Cover. (HRN 119, with 4/54 date). His father's papers mysteriously stolen, young Francis Obaldistone rides up into the wild Highlands of Scotland in search of them. Suddenly, he finds himself in the midst of the plotting, treachery, heroism and drama of a fiery Scottish rebellion. And suddenly, and strangely, he meets the many-sided robber, Rob Roy, outlaw to the authorities, hero to the clans. Cover price $0.15.

  • Issue #507
    Classics Illustrated Junior (1953 - 1971 1st Print) 507

    Painted cover art by Dik Browne. "Jack and the Beanstalk," script by William Godwin (adapted from his original story), art by Alex A. Blum; Jack exchanges the family cow for a few beans; His mother is furious and tosses the beans out the window; The next morning, Jack finds a beanstalk growing to the clouds and climbs it; In the clouds, he discovers a land dominated by a cruel Giant; On several trips up and down the beanstalk, Jack steals the Giant's bags of gold, his magic hen, and his talking harp; The Giant attempts to pursue Jack down the beanstalk but falls to his death; A good fairy restores Jack's long-lost father, a knight who has been serving for many years in the wars. "My Shadow," script by Robert Louis Stevenson, art by Alex A. Blum; Poem from "A Child's Garden of Verses" about a child's shadow. Article about the gorilla, illustrated by William A. Walsh. Jack and the Beanstalk pinup on back cover by Alex A. Blum. 36 pgs., full color. Cover price $0.15.

  • Issue #503
    Classics Illustrated Junior (1953 - 1971 Reprint) 503

    Cinderella. NOTE: We do not currently differentiate between HRN 576 copies and other HRN #'s of Classics Illustrated Junior reprints. Cover price $0.15.

  • Issue #507
    Classics Illustrated Junior (1953 - 1971 Reprint) 507

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    Jack and the Beanstalk. NOTE: We do not currently differentiate between HRN 576 copies and other HRN #'s of Classics Illustrated Junior reprints. Cover price $0.15.

  • Issue #15
    Combat Casey (1952) 15
    Published Apr 1954 by Atlas.
  • Issue #21
    Combat Kelly (1951 Atlas) 21

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  • Issue #95
    Comics on Parade (1938) 95

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  • Issue #1APR
    Complete Love Magazine Vol. 30 (1954) 1APR

    First issue with whole numbering in indicia (176). All reprints. Stories reprinted from All Love (1949) 31 and Real Secrets (1950) 5. Photo cover. In order of appearance: "Behind Our Wedding Vows"; "Her Reckless Pretense"; "I Was One Among Others"; and "I Woke Up Married". 36 pages. Full color. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #5
    Crazy (1953) 5
    • Interior complete. Full spine split.

    (C) Carl Burgos (A) Joe Maneely, Dick Ayers, Howard Post, Mike Sekowsky. Parody/satire of Sinbad the Sailor, The Wolf Man, Censorship, and others. FC, 32 pages. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #133
    Crime Does Not Pay (1942) 133

    Cover by Charles Biro. Stories and art by George Tuska, Ralph Mayo, Al Wenzel, C. H. Moore and Charles Biro. The title that launched the crime comics genre, Crime Does Not Pay was noted for its violent pre-Code content and lurid tales of underworld life. Charlie the Ape is ready to get the loot from a year-old bank job from beautiful Lili Ravell, but Lili is preparing to turn the gang against each other so she can keep the money for herself. Ex-convict Joyce is caught between the new scheme with the new boyfriend and violent old flame Nick, who wants her back at any cost. A convict tells his parole board how beautiful redhead Connie led him down the road to prison, in a story with classic bad-girl art by Ralph Mayo. Darkly amusing bad-girl cover by Charles Biro. The Murder Mad Gang of East City; Valentine in Lead; Hang on to Your Steam Shovel!; Cobra with Lipstick; Crazy to Kill!; On the Level. 32 pages, Full Color. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #22
    Crime Suspenstories (1950-55 E.C. Comics) 22
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    • Restored: C1
    • Paper: Off white
    • Slab: Scuffing on front of case
    • Restoration includes: small amount of color touch on cover, small amount of glue on spine of cover, tear seals to cover.
    • Label #1056441001
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    • Paper: Off white to white
    • Slab: Scratch on front of case; Scratch on back of case
    • Label #1226812017

    "In Each and Every Package" (art by Reed Crandall), "Monotony" (art by Bernard Krigstein), "Cinder Block" (art by Jack Kamen), and "Sight Unseen" (art by Joe Orlando). Johnny Craig cover. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #41
    Dagwood Comics (1950) 41
  • Issue #3
    Danger is Our Business! (1953) 3
    • Cover detached at one staple.
    • Small chew-hole through book, cover detached, staple rust/migration.
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    "The Killer Mountain," "The Fatal Triple," "Four Hundred Miles of Danger," and "The Wound." Cover price $0.10.

  • Vol. 1 #12
    Dare (1953 Fiction Publications) Vol. 1 #12

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    Volume 1, Issue 12 - April 1954. Men's interest magazine focusing on Military, Politics, celebrities and showgirls. 4-in. x 6-in., 68 pages, B&W Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #109
    Daredevil Comics (1941 Lev Gleason) 109

    Cover by Charles Biro. Stories and art by Charles Biro, Irving Watanabe, Ben Brown, Robert Martinott and Tony DiPreta. This boys' adventure title was one of the comics that made publisher Lev Gleason a major player during the Golden Age. Slugger gets taken up in yet another runaway plane, this one a large-scale model radio-controlled aircraft. Dilly Duncan's prank war with Gruesome Jones escalates during April Fool's Day, until Gruesome winds up in court. The backup historical strip features true stories of people who were amazingly lucky. Also, a biography of baseball legend Lou Gehrig, and a history of the Aztec Empire. Little Wise Guys: The Racket Busters; The Little Wise Guys Scrap Book: More Than Muscle; Dilly Duncan of Dorset High: April Fool; Fortune's Favorites; Little Wise Guys: Up a Mysterious Tree; Little Wise Guys: Wise Guys vs Gravity; History in Our Backyard. 32 pages, Full Color. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #17
    Dark Mysteries (1951) 17
    • 1/2" Spine split from bottom of comic.
    • Paper: Cream to off white
    • Slab: Scratch on front of case
    • Label #1624306006

    "Lady with the Mask of Death" (art by Hy Fleishman), "Horror of the Fifth Corpse" (art by John D'Agostino), "Terror of the Man-Ape" (art by A.C. Hollingsworth), and "Verdict of Terror." Fleishman cover. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #5
    Dear Lonely Hearts (1953 Harwell) 5

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    Cover art by Marty Elkin. "Tea with Terror," art by Marty Elkin; Harry talks his way into Terrys house by offering to do chores in exchange for a meal; Terry is impressed with the personable young man, but Harry gets nervous and hides when theres a knock on the door; The visitor is police detective Jim, who warns Terry about a maniac killer who leaves an "X" at the scene of his crimes. "This is the Story of a Dream House" text story. "Mountain Love"; Sally leaves the city to teach school in a rural hamlet, and is courted by farmer Johnsie; Dr. Jim warns Sally that that the rural people have certain attitudes that she must be aware of; At a community picnic, Johnsie and Sally wander off: when she starts to sun-bathe, Johnsie thinks shes offering herself to him. "I Laughed at my Love," art by Marty Elkin; Elsa has a romantic relationship via correspondence with Clint, and on the spur of the moment decides to visit his town; She discovers Clint is a wrestler called "The Monster," with a very misshapen face, and rejects him hysterically; Back home Elsa realizes she was unfair, and writes to apologise; Her letters are always returned "address unknown." "A Man Worth Loving"; Bobbie and her boyfriend, artist Jack, go on a skiing vacation; She refuses to give up her social life to marry him; Ski instructor Pierre makes a pass at Bobbie, but Jack intervenes; After Jack beats up Pierre and castigates Bobbie for her behavior, Bobbie agrees to marry him the next day. 36 pgs., full color. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #4
    Death Valley (1953 Comic Media) 4

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    Cover by Don Heck. Stories and art by Don Heck, Bill Discount and Pete Morisi. Violent, pre-Code tales of gunplay, outlaws and horsemanship in the Wild West. Identical twins use their resemblance to avoid prosecution for their crimes, but one blind woman isn't fooled. A young Mexican boy helps uncover a thief in a mining camp. Judge's daughter Eve elopes with outlaw Frank and rides a path of terror across North Texas, in a story with bad-girl art by Bill Discount. Featuring art and a cover by future Marvel legend Don Heck. Blameless Killer; Black Stallion; Killers Trail; Hemp Necktie; Killer in Skirts; Rodeo Champ. 32 pages, Full Color.

  • Issue #206
    Detective Comics (1937 1st Series) 206
    • 1" cumulative spine split. Oxidation.
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    • Photocopy reproduction front cover on glossy stock included (unattached).

    Cover art by Win Mortimer. The Trapper of Gotham City starring Batman and Robin, script by Bill Finger, pencils by Sheldon Moldoff, inks by Stan Kaye. Know Your Community! public service announcement starring Binky, script by Jack Schiff, art by Win Mortimer. The Case of the Slumbering Sleuth starring Sierra Smith, art by Frank Giacoia. Casey the Cop humor page by Henry Boltinoff. Wings of Danger starring Mysto Magician Detective, art by Leonard Starr. I Should've Been Dead text article by Jack Miller. The Nightmare World starring Roy Raymond TV Detective, art by Ruben Moreira. 40 pgs. $0.10. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #74
    Dick Tracy Monthly (1948-1961) 74
    • Interior is complete. Full length spine split.

    Cover art by Joe Simon. "Dick Tracy and the Case of the Fiendish Photographers," script by Chester Gould, art by Joe Simon (splash) and Chester Gould; After getting thousands of letters, Dick and Tess accept the name a nurse gives their baby; A photographer convinces Dick to allow her to photograph the child; What Tracy does not realize is that the photographer plans to kidnap his child. "Part 2," script and art by Chester Gould; Kidnapping turns into murder as Crewy Lou and Sphinx attempt to steal the Knox baby. "Death of a Dog-Lover" text story; A dog helps Lt. McCall solve a murder. Ripley's Believe It or Not house ad. Untitled one-page Girl Friday story; Glenn and Myra solve a murder on a sailboat. "Murder at the Bar X-Y" text story. Dick Tracy house ad. Minit Mystery starring The Count; The Count solves the murder of a dancer. Science-Fiction Book Club ad. 36 pgs., full color. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #34
    Donald Duck (1940 Dell/Gold Key/Whitman/Gladstone) 34

    Cover by Paul Murry. Stories by Carl Fallberg and unknown. Art by Dick Moores. Donald Duck is featured in "Scrooge's Birthday," "Nephews' Show" and "Can Opener Salesman"! Also: 1-pagers "Bumper Sled" and "Cats' Crossing"! Characters in this issue: Donald Duck, Huey, Dewey, Louie, Uncle Scrooge and Daisy Duck. 32 pages, full color. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #28
    Durango Kid (1949 ME) 28

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    Art by Fred Guardineer and others. Cover by Fred Guardineer. Sometimes listed as Charles Starrett as the Durango Kid #28. Western adventure based on the popular masked hero played in the movies by Charles Starrett. Wagon trains are targeted by the outlaw band of Moro, who fancies himself Pirate of the Sands; The Kid races to intercept a stagecoach before a time-bomb on board detonates; Tipi lets himself get captured to save Dan Brand, and winds up in front of a firing squad. The Pirates of the Sands!; The Satchel Full of Death!; Night of Terror; Tipi's Treason; The Lady Loved the Killer! 32 pages, Full Color. Cover price $0.10.

  • Vol. 5 #14
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  • Vol. 5 #15
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  • Vol. 5 #16
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  • Vol. 5 #17
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  • Vol. 5 #18
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  • Issue #15
    Eerie (1951 Avon Series) 15
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    • Interior is complete. 4" cumulative spine split. Ink along all edges of book. Rusty staples.

    Edited by Sol Cohen. Art by Moe Marcus, Rocke Mastroserio, Marty Rose and Fred Kida. Tales of horror from the era just before the Comics Code was introduced. This issue is a reprint of issue #1 with a new cover. Robert Warsham learns about the werewolf that stalks his family through the generations; An American couple learns that a madman is recruiting an undead army in Budapest; A man disposes of his nagging wife with a subway train, but then is haunted by visions and hallucinations. The Werewolf of Warsham Manor; King of the Living Dead; The Subway Horror!; Double Trouble; The Monster from the Pit! 32 pages, Full Color. Cover price $0.10.

  • Vol. 23 #4
    Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine (1941-Present Davis-Dell) Vol. 23 #4

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  • Issue #15
    Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine (1953-1964 Atlas Publishing) UK Edition 15

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  • Vol. 41 #4
    Esquire (1933 Esquire, Inc.) Magazine Vol. 41 #4

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  • Vol. 4 #4
    Eye (1949-1956 Mutual Magazine) 1st Series Vol. 4 #4

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  • Vol. 10 #5
    Eyeful (1943-1955 Eyeful Magazine Inc.) Vol. 10 #5

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  • Vol. 13 #6
    Famous Detective (1949-1956 Columbia Publications) Pulp Vol. 13 #6
  • Vol. 15 #2
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  • Vol. 3 #2
    Fantastic (1952-1980 Ziff-Davis/Ultimate) [Fantastic Science Fiction/Fantastic Stories of Imagination] Vol. 3 #2

    April 1954. Science fiction and fantasy stories by Theodore Sturgeon, William Lindsay Gresham, William P. McGivern, Robert Bloch, Jerome Bixby, Doris E. Kaye, and Naille Wilde. Cover by Augusto Marin. 5.5-in. x 7.75-in.; black and white; 128 newsprint pages. Cover price $0.35.

  • Vol. 7 #1
    Fantastic Story Magazine (1950-1955 Best Books) Pulp Vol. 7 #1
    • Cream to Off-White pages.

    Spring 1954. Cover by Jack Coggins. Stories by Murray Leinster, Arthur Leo Zagat, Tom Wilson, Walter H. Mulstay, R.J. McGregor, Alfred Coppel, and William L. Bade. Virgil Finlay (2) and Alex Schomburg illustrations. 7-in. x 9.75-in.; black and white; 130 pages. Cover price $0.25.

  • Vol. 7 #4
    Fate Magazine (1948-Present Clark Publishing) Digest/Magazine Vol. 7 #4

    Volume 7 - Issue 4, April 1954. Pulp magazine devoted to exploring the paranormal. This issue features Rasputin; The Strange Powers of the Mad Monk, Ecuador's Moon Mad Slayer, and What's the Truth about Astrology! Softcover, 5 1/2-in. x 7 1/2-in., 130 page, Text (with B&W Illustrations and Photos). Cover price $0.35.

  • Issue #84
    Fawcett's Funny Animals (1943) 84
  • Vol. 20 #3
    Fifteen Detective Stories (1953-1955 Popular Publications) Pulp Vol. 20 #3

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  • Vol. 2 #1
    Fifteen Range Romances (1953-1954 Popular Publications) Pulp Vol. 2 #1

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  • Issue #39
    First Love Illustrated (1949) 39

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    Cover art by Lee Elias. "For Love or Money," art by John Prentice; Alice falls in love with struggling engineer Bill but her wealthy father thinks hes a fortune-hunter; Alice agrees to move to England with her parents for 6 months to prove her love for Bill can stand the separation; Once there, shes courted by penniless aristocrat Matt and wonders if shes falling for him. "Dangerous Escapade" text story. "Intuition" non-fiction page, art by Tom Hickey. "Driven To Ruin," art by Manny Stallman; Sallys boyfriend Steve plays professional football but isnt good enough; He refuses to acknowledge his failure and Sally criticizes him for it; they break up. "My Hidden Heart!", pencils by Warren Kremer, inks by Lee Elias; Ella is engaged to Arnie but finds herself attracted to singer Lance; Despite feeling "cheap and wanton," she has an affair with Lance, even though he freely admits they dont have a future together; Ella loans Lance money to pay his gambling debts, but hes murdered anyway. "Take Care, My Heart" text story. Advice to readers from Nancy Powers. "Love Walked Out," art by Bob Powell; Government worker June falls in love with her boss, Cobb, but his secretary Inez is jealous; June is accused of stealing secret documents and fired. 36 pgs., full color. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #3
    Flat-Top (1953) 3

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    Stories and art by Warren Kremer and others. Teen comedy featuring Mazie and her group of friends, particularly the wacky guy whose haircut gives him his nickname. While studying the Civil War, Flat-Top falls asleep and dreams that he and Stevie are fighting over Mazie during Civil War times. Also featuring profiles of popular TV and radio stars of the era. Flat-top; Mazie; Star Subjects from Radio and TV; Flat-Top's Favorite Jokes; Dixie Doodle Dandy. 32 pages, Full Color. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #1
    Flip (1954) 1
    Published Apr 1954 by Harvey.

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    Cover by Howard Nostrand. Stories and art by Howard Nostrand, Nat Barnett and Bob Powell. After the success of MAD, every comics publisher tried their own version of a satire comic with a one-word title, and this was Harvey's. Bandit chieftain Puncho Villa becomes a legend in his own mind as he creates his south-of-the-border empire. A genie in a magic lamp brings new meaning to "Be careful what you wish for." A vampire with a Balkan accent stalks the night. Plus send-ups of contemporary movies, crime and culture. Cover by Howard Nostrand was later selected for the cover of a 2012 anthology, The Sincerest Form of Parody: The Best 1950s MAD-Inspired Satirical Comics. Puncho Villa; Kwikkie Kwizzeroonie; How To See a Bad Movie; Alladin's Lamp-oon; V...- for Wampire; Phony Crime; For the Love of Mike. 32 pages, Full Color. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #15
    Flippity and Flop (1951) 15

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  • Vol. 7 #2
    Flirt (1947-1955 Flirt Magazine) Vol. 7 #2

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  • Vol. 4 #4
    Focus (1951 Leading Magazine Corp.) Vol. 4 #4

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    Volume 4, Issue 4 - February 17, 1954. Men's interest magazine featuring Athletes, True Crime, Starlets, and Pin-ups. 4-in. x 6-in., 64 pages, B&W Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #28
    Forbidden Worlds (1952) 28

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    Cover by Ken Bald. Edited by Richard E. Hughes. Art by Kenneth Landau, Sheldon Moldoff, George Klein and Dick Beck. An anthology series featuring tales of fantasy, horror, and science fiction from legendary early independent comics publisher ACG. A painters portrait of a beautiful woman brings her back from the grave; A sudden increase in icebergs is tied to the release of a long-frozen monster; A scientists mad experiment turns Bobo the gorilla into something more than ape, but less than human. Portrait of Carlotta; High Tension!; The Beast in the Berg; Everyday Superstitions; The Evil Eye!; The Beginning and the End! 32 pages, Full Color. Cover price $0.10.