Sunday, June 28, 2009
In an earlier post I told how Target comics had the first letters page in comic book history. Well recently I saw a 1944 copy of one of the books from that series by Novelty Press. As you can see it was sub-titled the editors page. Later it would be known more as the letters page or the fans page. Look at the signatures of the six letters on this page. Two of them, one third of the fans on this page, seem to be from female fans. Now it is rare to find a female fan. I know they are out there but they are even harder to find now. But read the letters on this page and enjoy this rare look at one of the first letters page.
Saturday, June 27, 2009
Finally here is the official title for the letters page of Ragman. However, the book only lasted 5 issues. It was a victim of the infamous DC Implosion. It wasn't the end of Ragman. The character has been kept alive with mini-series and team-ups over the years.
Friday, June 26, 2009
Thursday, June 25, 2009
In 1976 DC Comics was exploding with new ideas and books. One of those was called Ragman. The above text page is what would eventually become that books letters page.
Come back tomorrow to see another title for the text page before it became an official letters page.
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
From museum Benefactor Luke and his El Jacone Collection comes this letter page letterhead. He says...well let me have him tell you in his own words.
It comes from the short-lived DC sword & sorcery title Stalker! The adventures of The Man With The Stolen Soul ran for four issues in 1975, and featured the talents of Paul Levitz, Steve Ditko, and Wally Wood... that's a heck of a team, huh?
That is quite a team of talent Luke. You can see Luke's blogs at El Jacone's Comic Book Bunker and his Hawkman blog Being Carter Hall. If you too would like to become a museum benefactor just e-mail me a copy of a letter page letterhead that you don't see on this site. If I can use it I will and post a link to your site if it is a "G" rated family friendly site.
Friday, June 12, 2009
As anyone who has read my blogs should know I was a fan of the letters pages in the comic books. Not too many carey them now thanks to the internet and e-mail and blogs like this were fans and comic book pros communicate. I think that is a mistake. How many of us go to all the popular sites? Does anyone have that kind of time that it would take? I know I don't.
If you liked the letters pages then you should go to the new site Tribute to the Letter Column.It's new so there isn't much there but what is there is good. Robert talks about the letter pages and includes some social commentary. Take a look and I hope you will enjoy it.