GOLDEN AGE COMICS VOLUME 4:
We are pleased to present this fine 3 DVD-ROM collection of Fox Features 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.
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Fox Feature Syndicate (also known as Fox Comics and Fox Publications) was a comic book publisher during the early Golden Age of comic books. Founded by entrepreneur Victor A. Fox, it produced such titles as Blue Beetle, Fantastic Comics and Mystery Men Comics.
Victor A. Fox and business associate Bob Farrell launched Fox Feature Syndicate at 480 Lexington Avenue in New York City in the late 1930s. For content, Fox contracted with comics packager Eisner & Iger, one of a handful of companies creating comic books on demand for publishers entering the field. Writer-artist Will Eisner, at Victor Fox's request for a hero to mimic the newly created hit Superman, created the superhero Wonder Man for Fox's first publication, Wonder Comics #1 (May 1939), signing his work "Willis". Superman owner National Periodical Publications, the company that would evolve into DC Comics, cited copyright infringement and quickly obtained a permanent injunction. Wonder Man did not reappear.
Throughout the 1940s, Fox produced comics in a typically wide variety of genres, but was best known for superheroes and humor. With the post-war decline in superheroes' popularity, Fox, like other publishers, concentrated on horror and crime comics, including some of the most notorious of the latter. Following the establishment of Comics Code Authority in the mid-1950s, Fox went out of business, selling the rights to the Blue Beetle to Charlton Comics.
Jack Kirby: "Victor Fox was a character. He'd look up at the ceiling with a big cigar, this little fellow, very broad, going back and forth with his hands behind his back saying, 'I'm the King of Comics! I'm the King of Comics!' and we would watch him and, of course, smile a little because he was a genuine type".
Joe Simon on Victor Fox : "He was an accountant for DC Comics. He was doing the sales figures and he liked what he saw. So, he moved downstairs and started his own company.... I happened to get a job; I went over to Fox and became editor there, which was just an impossible job, because ... there were no artists, no writers, no editors, no letterers — nothing there. Everything came out of the Eisner and Iger shop. ... He was a very strange character. He had kind of a British accent; he was like 5'2", told us he was a former ballroom dancer. He was very loud, menacing, and really a scary little guy. He used to say, 'I'm the King of the Comics. I'm the King of the Comics. I'm the King of the Comics.' We couldn't stop him".
Nicky Wright: "Competing well in the 'most sexy, sadistic, and violent' category, Victor Fox’s Murder Incorporated and Blue Beetle are noteworthy.... When historians describe sleaze, sex, and violence as Fox’s obsession, they are masters of understatement. His best artists, Jack Kamen and Matt Baker, are much revered and collected for their good girl art. (Of special note is the company’s breasty crime-fighter-in-bedroom-lingerie, Phantom Lady...along with the wild and scantily attired Rulah, Jungle Goddess.)"
Boyd Magers: "Never one to overlook a secondary sale, Fox often repackaged four remaindered (unsold) comics into a 25¢ Giant with a new cover, hence Hoot Gibson's Western Roundup, 132 pages dated 1950. However, since Fox always started their stories on the inside front cover (where other publishers ran an ad), these repackaged comics are always missing the first page of story content. Also, since Fox used remaindered issues, contents will vary from copy to copy of Hoot Gibson's Western Roundup." (source: Wikipedia)
This 3 DVD-ROM set includes the following:
FOX DISK 01
FOX DISK 02
FOX DISK 03
These comics are all in the public domain. While the individual titles are in the public domain, this compilation is © 2009 The Curio and Whatnot Shop and may not be copied or resold.