GOLDEN AGE COMICS VOL. 3
ACE COMICS 1941 - 1956
212 ISSUES - 2 DVD-ROMs
We are pleased to present this fine 2 DVD-ROM collection of over 200 digitized Ace Comics! This collection comes attractively packaged in a shrink-wrapped plastic box and represents a great value for the money when compared to other offerings of digital comics seen on eBay and other internet venues. When it comes to the number of digital issues you get per dollar spent, our collections ROCK! Rather than just package up a few issues of a single title like most vendors, our comics are painstakingly assembled into multi-disk collections by publisher resulting in a comprehensive collectors' library for each publisher whose works we offer. We provide the highest quality product available given the fact that these comics were originally printed - some seventy plus years ago - on pulp paper not meant to last. They all show the effects of age to varying degrees. Any missing covers, pages, etc, are indicated in the titles.
Scanned at ~150 dpi (higher resolution than the graphics in this listing), these comics are in .cbr and .cbz files which are basically .jpg scans with the file extension of cbz (for zip files) or cbr (for rar files) which can be read with the included reader. These files are not e-books as much as they are collections of individual scanned pages giving the reader the ability to effortlessly pull individual pages for printing or further graphic manipulation if so desired.
Aside from being a great value for the money and being a great addition to any digital comic collection, it is attractively packaged and makes a fine gift for any aficinado of Golden Age comic enthusiast!
Ace Comics - Not to be confused with Ace Comics (publishers), Ace Comics (1980s), or A.C.E. Comics (1990s) - was a comic book series published by David McKay Publications between 1937 and 1949 — starting just before the Golden Age era of comics. The title reprinted syndicated newspaper strips owned by King Features Syndicate, following the successful formula of a mix of adventure and humor strips introduced by McKay in their King Comics title in April 1936; some of the strips transferred from King Comics from issue #1. Ace Comics #11, the first appearance of The Phantom, is regarded by many to be a key issue in the history of comics, as it introduced to the comics format one of the first of the costumed heroes, leading to the Golden Age of superheroes in comics
The first issue of Ace Comics was published in April 1937, and included the adventures of hunter Jungle Jim written by Flash Gordon writer Alex Raymond, Chic Young's Blondie, and George Herriman's surreal Krazy Kat strip, all three characters going on to appear in every issue of Ace Comics. Issue #11 (cover date February 1938) is notable as a key Golden Age comic, as it introduced to a wider audience one of the first costumed heroes ever to be featured in a comic book, Lee Falk's The Phantom — pre-dating Superman (Action Comics #1, cover date June 1938). The Phantom daily strip, written by Ray Moore and drawn by Wilson McCoy, then featured in Ace Comics for a 140-issue run, appearing in every issue until the title was cancelled. Initially The Phantom was a four-page story, but from #38 this was increased to eight pages in each issue. Towards the end of the run, the Sunday strips were also included. Many of the strips were edited and cropped from the original newspaper stories, and the text was often rewritten also.
As well as Jungle Jim and The Phantom, which ran throughout the series, Hal Foster's knight's tale of Prince Valiant was also a long running adventure feature, published in issues 26-134. Other adventure strips that appeared included Zane Gray's Western character Tex Thorne in early issues, the adventures of orphan Tim Tyler in Tim Tyler's Luck and Curley Harper at Lakespur both by Blondie writer/artist Chic Young's brother Lyman Young. Tim Tyler's Luck ran in every issue of Ace Comics, while the Curley Harper strip ended with issue 100, although a single strip just called Curley Harper appeared in issue #107. Later issues reprinted the Flash Gordon-like space adventures of Brick Bradford and The Lone Ranger strip, both transferred from the King Comics title.
The Blondie strip also appeared in every issue of Ace Comics, as did classic the humor strip The Katzenjammer Kids by Rudolph Dirks. Other humor strips included Pete the Tramp by Clarence D. Russell, Tillie the Toiler by Russ Westover, Billy DeBeck's Barney Google, Jimmy Hatlo's They'll Do It Every Time and Paul Robinson's Etta Kett were presented throughout the run, although all of these titles missed the odd issue. The strip Seein' Stars which ran in the first 50 issues, was written by Arthur Beeman and was based around the Hollywood film industry — cartoon versions of a number of Hollywood stars, including Fred Astaire, Betty Grable and Judy Garland guested.
Drawn in a similar style to Winsor McCay's work, the fantasy strip The Pussycat Princess (a story originally titled Pussycat Princess, A Fairytale For Boys, Girls And Other Children), by Grace Drayton and Ed Anthony, also featured in early issues of Ace Comics run. Drayton was a well-known and important early cartoonist who died only a year after starting this delightful fairytale series. Another classic Golden Age artist whose work appeared in a number of issues was C.C.Beck (creator of Fawcett's Captain Marvel). Six issues of Ace Comics contained single-page Captain Tootsie strips - advertisements for Tootsie Roll confectionery with a short adventure on the page, with a costume patterned on Captain Marvel's.
As well as syndicated strips, most issues also carried text stories, editorials, and factual pages. Many of the stories, such as White Buffalo in issues #35-36, were written by R. G. Montgomery, who wrote short Western tales in magazines in the 1920s and 1930s. Ruth Plumly Thompson, who wrote a number of the books in the Oz series after Frank L. Baum died in 1919, also wrote a considerable number of editorial pages. Ace Comics also featured single-panel cartoons, probably the best known of which, Private Breger Abroad, was drawn by celebrated World War II cartoonist Dave Breger. The factual strip Ripley's Believe It Or Not! was reprinted in early issues of Ace Comics, while other factual pages, such as Stamp Spotlight, Sports In Pictures and News In Pictures, appeared regularly at various times during the run. Two series in 1941-2 covered the early events of World War II at sea — Battle of the Atlantic and Battle for the Seven Seas. These were written and drawn by Edgar Franklin Wittmack, known for his stylized magazine covers in the 1920s and 1930s.
An unusual feature for the day was the Young Reporters page, which included readers' letters and comments. Competitions and prizes were also advertised in early numbers, and puzzle pages were also featured.
Ace Comics was cancelled with issue #151 (October 1949), although as that issue contained an ad for the next Phantom series, it can be assumed the decision on cancellation was made after #151 left the printer. (from WIkipedia)
This 2 DVD set includes the following Ace Comics issues:
Glamorous Romances 41-00.cbr