Welcome to my gallery of classic comic covers. I've been collecting comic books for over 25 years and made this web site to share some of my favorite covers. All of the covers, with a very few exceptions, are (or were) from my personal collection. Have a question or a comment? E-mail me, my name's Ben.

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Batman and Robin super-hero and war comics Feldstein Junior comics good girl and romance comics Crime Suspenstories 22 crime and horror comics
super-hero and war comics good girl and romance comics crime and horror comics
Current Scan Count
Super-Hero & War: 72 Covers
Good Girl & Romance: 69 Covers
Crime & Horror: 75 Covers

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Annie Oakley #1, 1948

Annie Oakley, 1948

Here is the first issue of Marvel/Atlas’s Annie Oakley, in the typical style of their other “girl” books starring the likes of Tessie the Typist and Hedy Devine. A slightly more historically-accurate version of the lady sharpshooter was published contemporaneously by Dell/Gold Key: “Annie Oakley and Tagg”. Marvel’s cute-n-perky cartoon version lasted 11 issues through 1956, and seem much scarcer than their Dell cousins.

R.I.P. Ed Cartier

This is several days late, but a great artist recently passed away. He was most know for his pulp illustrations, but he also drew for comic books; mostly comics published by Street & Smith. I really liked his work, and think it bore a great resemblence to the art of Bob Powell (or vise-versa). The Jan. 3, 2009 edition of the Dallas Morning News published this nice obituary:

Ed Cartier obituary

San Jose Ink Stamp

Ink stamps on comic covers are sometimes interesting, a mark of history of some kind or another. One of the most commonly seen ink stamps is from Bonnett’s book shop in Dayton, Ohio who must have ink-stamped thousands of comics over many decades. My copy of Green Lama #6 sports a Bonnett’s ink stamp; one of my friends even made a pilgimage to Bonnett’s, and discovered that the current owners still have the old rubber stamp!

One of my old romance comics has an ink stamp I’m not familiar with, from the “San Jose Book Shop”. I am curious if anyone knows anything about the shop… is it still in business? Did it sell many old comics from the 1950s? Do other collectors have comics with the same ink stamp? Inquiring minds want to know.

San Jose Book Shop ink stamp

True Brides Experiences #11

Man Comics’ Cover Artist?

Today I got an interesting e-mail from Tom Ripson, who speculates that the cover art below is by John Romita Sr.

Tom writes: “I’ve seen some work credited to John Romita on some Captain America stories from the early 50’s that looked very similar to the art on those covers. His 50’s work was apparently quite different than his 60’s art when he was encouraged to draw in the more Kirby-esque Marvel house style of that period.”

Man Comics 19, 1952
Man Comics 19

I checked the always informative Grand Comics Database Project to see what data they had to offer, but no cover art credits were listed for this issue.

Digging a little deeper, I pulled the comic out of storage, and paging through it I noticed the cover art looks a lot like the interior artwork for the title story “Bring Back a Red”. While the Grand Comics Database Project had no data for the cover art, it did credit Bill Savage for the story art on “Bring Back a Red”.

Upon reflection, I think Bill Savage probably did the cover art, as well as the interior story spotlighted on the cover.

I welcome comments from anyone with an opinion on the subject.

EC Original Art

I think I have something very special for today… the original art for a complete pre-Code EC crime story, with strong horror overtones. This seven page story is from War Against Crime #11, an issue which features EC’s very first “pure” horror cover, and the second appearance of the Vault Keeper (see cover scan below).

The artwork is by Harry Harrison, a talented artist who later gave up drawing to focus on writing exclusively, becoming a top science-fiction author — most famous for his character The Stainless Steel Rat. This complete story is available for purchase, $3,500. If interested, please e-mail me.

Cover for War Against Crime #11

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