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Comic books May 1954

  • Issue #40
    First Love Illustrated (1949) 40

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    Cover pencils by Warren Kremer, inks by Al Avison. "Prisoner of Passion," art by Bill Draut; Noras immigrant father insists she date brutish steel plant foreman Rusk, although she prefers newcomer Cam; Rusk threatens Noras father, brothers, and Cam with harm unless she breaks up with Cam. "Chance of a Lifetime" text story. "Second Date-Bait!" one-page story, art by Bob Powell. "The Barrier," pencils by Manny Stallman, inks by John Giunta; Renees fiancé Dan is killed in an airplane crash on his way home from Korea; Renee gets an office job but withdraws from social activities until her friend Peg insists that she attend a party; Renee meets Air Corps officer Alan, Pegs cousin, and they fall in love. "Trial by Fire," art by Bob Powell; After graduating from college, Carrie intends to marry Hurd but learns he had an affair while she was away; Carrie decides to visit her uncles ranch to "think things through"; She is courted by ranch foreman Wade and responds to his advances but upon reflection decides Hurd is the man for her. "Love's Decision" text story. Advice to readers from Nancy Powers. "Love Was My Sin," art by John Prentice; Frances is released from reform school after serving 4 years for theft; Her boyfriend Lou had asked her to steal, but denied everything when she was caught; Frances takes a factory job but cynically refuses to date anyone, until she meets new worker Johnny; She tries to resist but eventually they fall in love. 36 pgs., full color. Cover price $0.10.

  • Vol. 1 #3
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  • Issue #3
    Flying Models (1954) 3

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    Promotional. Rare. Features two comic-format stories accompanied by charts and how-to pages. "The Third Attempt!": A model airplane delivers delicate cargo (4 pages). "Bill Wright": Bill presents a variety of model airplanes kits (2 pages). 16 pages. Full-color. 5 cent cover price. Cover price $0.05.

  • Vol. 4 #5
    Focus (1951 Leading Magazine Corp.) Vol. 4 #5

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    Volume 4, Issue 5 - April, 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.

  • Vol. 1 #1
    For Men Only Magazine (1954-1977) Vol. 1 #1

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  • Issue #29
    Forbidden Worlds (1952) 29

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    Cover by Ken Bald. Edited by Richard E. Hughes. Art by Lin Streeter, Sheldon Moldoff, Al Camy, Kenneth Landau and Bob Forgione. An anthology series featuring tales of fantasy, horror, and science fiction from legendary early independent comics publisher ACG. A hideous froglike creature stalks the depths of the lake; A woman taking a bus tour of New York City with her boyfriend is visited by the spirits of her boyfriends murder victims; Thieves discover the hideous secret of the firewalkers. The Frogman; Journeys End ; Terror in the Sky; Tour of Horror; The Firewalkers Revenge!; Rivals Unto Death! 32 pages, Full Color. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #556
    Four Color (1942-1962 Dell Series 2) 556
    • Paper: Off white
    • Label #0321083014

    Indicia title is "DOUBLE TROUBLE with GOOBER, No. 556." Cover art by Bill MacLean. Guardsmen; Goober and the twins go into the private detective business. Goober Meets a Funny Man; Goober's mother sends him to grocery store to get a dozen eggs. Food for Thought; Jeannie and Johnnie try to avoid Mrs. McMeany, who always has them run errands in return for stale ginger cookies. Measles Makes a Friend for Life; Measles is tied up while the kids go fishing; He breaks free, but is chased by the dog-catcher. Scripts and art by Bill MacLean. 36 pgs. $0.10. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #560
    Four Color (1942-1962 Dell Series 2) 560
    • 3 3/4" Cumulative spine split. Staples added (not manufacturing).

    Indicia title is "Walt Disney's DUCK ALBUM, featuring 5 Complete Duck Stories, No. 560." Cover art by Paul Murry. Duck Album activity page, art by Tony Strobl. The Sloop Fake, art by Phil de Lara; Donald trades his car for a yacht; The yacht turns out to be phony, but he is able to sell it to a movie crew. Mixed Orders, art by Phil de Lara; Grandma Duck orders a tractor for the farm, but the company delivers an airplane by mistake. The Poor Hobo, art by Phil de Lara; In an effort to forget about money for a while, Scrooge trades his clothes with a hobo. The Flower Show, art by Phil de Lara. 36 pgs. $0.10. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #30
    Frankenstein Comics (1945) 30

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    Stories and art by Dick Briefer and Marvin Stein. Cover by Dick Briefer. Prize Comics revives Dick Briefer's Frankenstein series in line with the horror trends of the Pre-Code 1950s A mad sculptor decides to make a statue by encasing the Frankenstein Monster in molten bronze. A computer scientist builds an intelligent supercomputer, and is surprised when it runs amuck and builds a robot army. A mad doctor ill-advisedly enlists the Frankenstein Monster to secure fresh bodies for his experiments. Frankenstein; Tiger Fangs; Electronic Brain; The Hitchhiker; Half Alive; The Mark of the Skull. 32 pages, Full Color. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #58
    Frisky Animals (1951) 58
    Published May 1954 by Star.

    Cover by L. B. Cole. Stories and art by Mickey Klar Marks, Jim Adams and Al Fago. Funny-animal hijinks from Star Publications. Super Cat receives a message for help, but someone is interfering with his radio signal. Dopsy Durvy uses his gift to enter fairy tales and gets a little too close to the Big Bad Wolf. Canaries Bill and Koo are playing pirates when they encounter the real thing. Super Cat; Dopsy Durvy; The Mad Artist!; Diggy The Derrick; Bill and Koo; Sniffy. Final issue of the series. 32 pages, Full Color. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #195405
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    May 1954 - "Kill Crazy for Girls-Girls-Girls." Cover price $0.25.

  • Vol. 5 #1
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  • Vol. 8 #2
    Galaxy Science Fiction (1950-1980 World/Galaxy/Universal) Vol. 8 #2

    Volume 8, Issue 2 - May 1954. Cover by Emsh. Science Fiction and Adventure Pulp magazine. Stories include "Granny Won't Knit" by Theodore Sturgeon, "Mate in Two Moves" by Winston Marks, "Open Warfare" by James E. Gunn, "Bedside Manner" by William Morrison, and "Back to Julie" by Richard Wilson. 5.25-in. x 7.5-in.; 160 Pages, B&W. Cover price $0.35.

  • Issue #14
    Galaxy Science Fiction (1953-1958 Digest) UK Edition 14

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  • Issue #39
    Gang Busters (1948) 39
    Published May 1954 by DC.
    • 6" Cumulative spine split.Staple rust. Cover detached. Water damage. Writing on back. Mold.

    Cover art by Leonard Starr. The Great Ocean Liner Robbery, pencils by Curt Swan. They Trace the Poison-Pen Men, art by Ray Bailey. The Counterfeit Co-Pilot, art by Bill Ely. The 12 Faces of Crime, art by Leonard Starr. 36 pgs. $0.10. Cover price $0.10.

  • Vol. 12 #6
    Gay Love Stories (1942-1960 Columbia Publications) Pulp Vol. 12 #6

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  • Issue #87
    Gene Autry Comics (1946-1959 Dell) 87

    Photo Cover. Stories by unknown. Art by Nicholas Firfires and unknown. Gene Autry in "Bandit Bait" and "Gene Autry and the Haunted Spiderweb"! Plus: 6-page story "An Almost Fatal Nap" drawn by Tony Sgroi, and the 2-page text story "The Stranger"! 52 pages, full color. Blank interior covers. NOTE: Dell published several issues dated May 1954 with no content on the inside covers. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #2
    Get Lost (1954) 2
    • Centerfold detached at one staple.

    April-May issue. This issue was reprinted in 1987 by New Comics. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #7
    GI Jane (1953) 7
    Published May 1954 by Stanhall.

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  • Issue #31
    GI Joe (1951 Ziff Davis) 31

    Painted cover art by Clarence Doore. G.I. Gags humor story by Vic Martin. The Weight of the Bar starring G.I. Joe, pencils by Irv Novick; Sgt. Mulvaney is promoted to Lieutenant, but is reluctant to accept the new bars. The Oof Girl starring The Yardbirds, pencils by Dan DeCarlo; The Colonel's wife wants to make it as a movie star. The Ugly Gigolo starring G.I. Joe, pencils by Irv Novick; Ugly Otis buys a ring for Miss Eileen. Reserved- G.I.'s Only humor page by B. Schneider. Look At His Teeth! starring G.I. Joe, pencils by Irv Novick. 36 pgs. $0.10. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #95
    Giggle Comics (1943) 95

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  • Issue #3
    Girls' Life (1954) 3
    Published May 1954 by Atlas.

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  • Issue #26
    Girls' Romances (1950) 26
    Published May 1954 by DC.

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    Featuring: 8 page story "One Chance to Choose"; 6 page story "Runaway Love"; 2 page Julia Roberts' Romance Report letters page; 1 page Oddities in Romance filler; 7 page story "My Angry Heart" pencilled by John Forte; 8 page story "Beware of Love." Cover price $0.10.

  • Vol. 1 #4
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  • Issue #95
    Ha Ha Comics (1943) 95
    Published May 1954 by ACG.

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  • Vol. 1 #10
    He (1953-1959) Vol. 1 #10
    He (1953-1959) Vol. 1 #10
    Published May 1954 by UNKNOWN.

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  • Vol. 1 #10
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    Volume 1, Issue 10 - May 1954. Vintage Men's interest magazine focusing on sports, music, hunting, celebrities, models, and showgirls. 4-in. x 6-in., 68 pages, B&W. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #1
    He-Man (1954 Toby) 1

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    Painted cover by B. Safran Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #1
    Heart and Soul (1954) 1

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  • Issue #28
    Heart Throbs (1949 Quality/DC) 28
    • Staple rust.

    Stories by unknown. Art by unknown. Barry was tired of sneaking around corners to meet with Donna! He wanted to tell their families the truth! But Donna was worried about what her mother would do if she found out! Read..."We Dared to Kiss" starring Donna Goodwin, Barry Simms, Mrs. Goodwin, Mr. Goodwin and Clara Simms. Also featuring: "My Past Came Between Us" starring Betty Edmond, Roger Fleming, Dr. Brent and Tom Yates; "Don't Give Me Sympathy" starring Jean, Rick Davies, Al Stewart, Louise, Mr. Simms and Mrs. Stewart; and "I Should Marry Another" starring Wendy Glenn, George Falter, Howard Kingsley, Teddie and Mr. Bentley. Plus: Advice on Love Problems letters page by Marilyn Minton. 32 pages, full color. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #17
    Heckle and Jeckle (1952 St. John/Pines) 17

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  • Issue #20
    Henry Aldrich (1950 Dell) 20
  • Issue #89
    Hopalong Cassidy (1943 Fawcett/DC) 89

    "One-Day Boom Town," "The Jail-Crazy Outlaw," and "The Talking Cave!" Gene Colan art. Photo cover. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #102
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    UK Edition. black and white; 24 pages.

  • Issue #11
    Horrific (1952) 11

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    Cover art by Don Heck. "Horn of Horror," art by Marty Elkin; Rudy Gletz comes into possession of a magic trumpet and becomes the world's most famed musician; There's a price to pay, though; He has to kill to keep the magic going, driven by the ghostly apparition of the trumpet's former owner. "The Green Ones" starring Walter Werewolf, art by Marty Elkin; The "green ones," lizard-like beings, haunt the southern swamp country; Two sisters and a man they both love get drawn into a deadly triangle of intrigue and two of them will be claimed to join the ranks of the "green ones." "The Deadly Doll," art by Steve Kirkel (as "Kirk"); Helen is presented a devilish gift—a life-sized doll of herself commanding her to kill her husband; When she complies a strange transformation comes over her. "The King's Warning!" text story. "The Tree of Life and Death," art by Rudy Palais; A scientist wants to inspire sentient life in a tree growing in front of his house; His rival poisons the formula, though, and the maddened tree runs amuck tearing down the house. 36 pgs., full color. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #26
    House of Mystery (1951-1983 1st Series) 26

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    Cover art by Ruben Moreira. "The Man With The Magic Ears," pencils by Curt Swan, inks by Ray Burnley; Pioneering engineer Alfred Jarvis builds a machine with which he can hear the sounds plants make; Their cries, their sobs, their dying sighs; He goes on a rampage to stop people from cutting flowers, but is suspected to be a madman. "Written in the Sands," art by George Papp. "The Ship From The Past," pencils by Howard Purcell, inks by Ray Burnley; A "spectral ship" pursues a modern freighter; Its all a ruse, though, for a wanted criminal uses this set-up to flee the country. Untitled Can You Explain It? story, art by Bill Ely. "The Dress of Doom," art by George Papp; The bride is wearing a supposedly cursed wedding dress. "The Human Target," art by Ruben Moreira; A knife-throwers unrequited love for his assistent ends in jealousy and death. 36 pgs., full color. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #28
    Howdy Doody (1950) 28
    Published May 1954 by Dell.

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  • Vol. 15 #1
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  • Vol. 3 #3
    If Worlds of Science Fiction (1952 Pulp Digest) Vol. 3 #3

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    May 1954. Science fiction stories by Philip K. Dick, Winston Marks, Walter Miller Jr., Con Pederson, Richard Stockham, Charles E. Fritch, Arthur Dekker Savage, and Richard Matheson. Four Kelly Freas illustrations. Wrap-around cover by Ed Valigursky. 5.25-in. x 7.5-in.; black and white; 120 newsprint pages. Cover price $0.35.

  • Vol. 5 #5
    Imagination (1950-1958 Greenleaf) Stories of Science and Fantasy/Science Fiction Vol. 5 #5

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    May, 1954 Volume 5, Issue 5. Cover by H. W. McCauley. "The Giants from Outer Space" by Geoff St. Reynard, "Off-Limites Planet" by Robert Sheckley, "Cosmic Santa Claus" by Daniel F. Galouye, "Prelude to Space" by Robert W. Haseltine, "Cancer World" by Harry Warner Jr, and "Spies Die Hard!" by Arnold Mormor. 5-3/8 in. x 7-5/8 in; black and white; 162 pages. Cover price $0.35.

  • Vol. 8 #52A
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    May 1954 - "Murdered Poet of Greenwich Village!" Cover price $0.25.

  • Issue #54
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  • Issue #17
    Jesse James (1950 Avon) 17

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    Art by Mo Marcus, Rocke Mastroserio, Frank R. Sieminsky, Manny Stallman, Mike Becker, and Howard Larsen. Cover by Everett Raymond Kinstler. True tales (some slightly embellished) of Old West outlaws, focusing on the James brothers and other real-life figures from history. Rival outlaws set a trap for Frank and Jesse in Carson City, Nevada; Curly Bill the murdering cattle rustler gets whats coming to him; A guitar-playing greenhorn tries to prove his worth on the frontier, but hes better with a six-string than a six-gun. Includes reprints from Badmen of Tombstone (1950) #0. The Trap of Terror!; Hot Lead for a Cold Killer!; 20 Seconds - 30 Deadly Shots!; The Song That Saved Their Scalps; Smoking Fists! 32 pages, Full Color. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #83
    Joe Palooka (1945 Harvey) 83

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    Cover by Ham Fisher. Stories and art by Ham Fisher. The amiable boxer strip resumes its focus on boxing as the Korean conflict winds down. During his fight with Phantom Dill, Joe is targeted by a sniper somewhere in the stands. But Dill is hit instead, sending Joe on the track of the man with the beard. Top Secret; Athlete's Feat; In This Corner. 32 pages, Full Color. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #26
    John Wayne Adventure Comics (1949-1955 Toby Press) 26

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    John Wayne photo cover. Hounds and Hares, art by Jack Sparling; John Wayne in Africa, facing a bull elephant. Not So Jolly, Roger, art by Jack Sparling; John Wayne in the South Seas. Tall Man in Hong Kong starring John Wayne, art by Jack Sparling; John Wayne adventuring in Hong Kong. Devil's Canyon text story by Benton Rice. About Horses fact page, art by Fran Matera. 36 pgs. $0.10. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #87
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  • Vol. 13 #3
    Journal of the British Interplanetary Society (1934-Present British Interplanetary Society) Vol. 13 #3

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    Volume 13, Issue 3 - May, 1954. Peer-reviewed scientific journal that was established in 1934. The journal covers research on astronautics and space science and technology, including spacecraft design, nozzle theory, launch vehicle design, mission architecture, space stations, lunar exploration, spacecraft propulsion, robotic and manned exploration of the solar system, interstellar travel, interstellar communications, extraterrestrial intelligence, philosophy, and cosmology. Softcover, 6" x 9", 62 pages, B&W

  • Issue #19
    Journey into Fear (1951) 19

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    Doorway to Death; Art collector Guy Stevens buys a large painting of a castle and discovers that he can open the door in the painting; He begins murdering people and hiding their bodies in the painting. Assignment Horror; Harold goes to an ad agency to promote a movie about giant frogs that conquer the world. Sacrifice to Kaste text story. This Body is Mine! The Flat Man; A man becomes the Flat Man by being run over by a bulldozer. 36 pgs. $0.10. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #27
    Journey into Unknown Worlds (1951 2nd Series) 27

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    Cover art by Harry Anderson. Somewhere Waits the Vampire!, art by Paul Reinman; A man's heart gives out when he finds he has unintentionally killed his daughter because he used silver in traps set for her vampire lover and the vampire had already infused vampire blood into her veins. Another Lifetime text story. Man Alone, art by Edmond Good; In the year 2534 a human expedition to Uranus rescues the sole survivor of an attack that destroyed his civilization. Man in the Wall!, art by Ed Winiarski; A future murderer escapes his sealed execution chamber into the past where a contemporary murderer takes his place. House ad for Human Torch #36, Captain America #76, and Sub-mariner #36. So Long, Sam!, art by John Rosenberger; A postal worker steals people's packages until he intercepts a bomb meant for a local ganglord. Who Am I?, art by Sid Check. 36 pgs. $0.10. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #62
    Justice Traps the Guilty (1947) 62

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    Cover by Marvin Stein. Art by Marvin Stein and Mort Meskin. Pioneering crime comic Justice Traps the Guilty was produced by the studio of comics legends Joe Simon and Jack Kirby, creators of Captain America. A fugitive joins a hobo camp and turns them into an army of crime. A safecracker with a photographic memory forgets one important detail. A former circus acrobat uses his skills to elude the cops after his crimes. King of the Beggars!; Ricochet!; The Last Leap!; Closeups; Case of the Double Identity!; The Fall Guy! 32 pages, Full Color. Cover price $0.10.