Barney Google and Snuffy Smith - Giant Comic Album - 1972

One of nine all-black and white treasury-sized comics featuring classic newspaper strip characters. I never read Barney Google as a kid, but obviously the strip was very popular for a very long time.

I originally had my doubts these were actual newspaper strips reprinted. But upon further research, I have learned these are strip reprints.

Indicia says "Published by Modern Promotions", copyright 1972 King Features Syndicate.

52 pages.

Beetle Bailey - Giant Comic Album - 1972

One of nine all-black and white treasury-sized comics featuring classic newspaper strip characters. Time passes; wars start, wars end; but there will always be Beetle Bailey.

Two things about the cover--I guess the gun is falling out of Sarge's hand, and we're seeing it mid-drop. In any case, it looks weird. Also, from an artistic point, that this a really cool texture pattern on Beetle's helmet!

Indicia says "Published by Modern Promotions", copyright 1972 King Features Syndicate.

52 pages.

Blondie - Giant Comic Album - 1972

One of nine all-black and white treasury-sized comics featuring classic newspaper strip characters. I never read the Blondie strip much as a kid, but boy, did I love those live-action films (all three hundred of them).

Y'know, I've never noticed before, but Blondie and Dagwood look like they're from two different species.

Indicia says "Published by Modern Promotions", copyright 1972 King Features Syndicate.

52 pages.

Flash Gordon - Giant Comic Album - 1972

This was one of nine all-black and white treasury-sized comics featuring classic newspaper strip characters. I've always liked Flash Gordon, and this is a solid, fun adventure--Flash and Dale land on a planet of...space vikings!!

These are strip reprints, I think, though the layouts don't look like daily strips. Perhaps they are color Sundays witout the color. Any Flash experts out there know?

Obviously the dealer had problems moving it for 59 cents, so I wonder how it did at 30 cents?

Indicia says "Published by Modern Promotions", copyright 1972 King Features Syndicate.

52 pages.

Henry - Giant Comic Album - 1972

This is the only issue of Modern Promotions' Giant Comic Album that I do not yet possess. None of these issues have any numbers on them, so let's just go alphabetically and call this GCA #5, ok?

I found this cover scan from an expired Ebay auction. Now that I know to look for it, I'm hoping I can find another one so the set is complete.

Like the rest, I'm sure the indicia says "Published by Modern Promotions", copyright 1972 King Features Syndicate.

52 pages.

Update 3/19/07 - Yes, there is actually an update on the Henry Giant Comic Album (I couldn't believe it, either). Until recently, this was the only one of the Giant Comics Albums that I had never found on ebay. I had managed to find a bad scan of the cover from an expired ebay auction, so I used that for the sake of completeness. Then I pretty much forgot about it, as I'm sure everyone else did.

Then on a whim, I did another ebay search and--lo and behold!--there was someone selling one. When the end of the auction came, I made sure to overbid since the only thing worse than searching out and buying a musty old Henry Giant Comic Album would be to lose trying to buy an old Henry Giant Comic Album. Needless to say, I was the only and winning bidder. So here it is, in all its high-quality-scan goodness.

I like that smiley horse.

Katzenjammer Kids - Giant Comic Album - 1972

This was one of nine all-black and white treasury-sized comics featuring classic newspaper strip characters. I've never really seen the Katzenjammer Kids...they were pretty much gone from any comics page I saw as a kid.

And I think this cover indicates why--not knowing who these characters are, I'm assuming the bearded guy is their Dad or Uncle or something. So, he's asleep, dreaming about beating his kids. This strip is fun for the whole family!

Of course, the kids are planning on throwing a barrel over his head, so maybe they deserve it.

Indicia says "Published by Modern Promotions", copyright 1972 King Features Syndicate.

52 pages.

Little Iodine - Giant Comic Album - 1972

This was one of nine all-black and white treasury-sized comics featuring classic newspaper strip characters. I have no real idea who "Little Iodine" is. I'm guessing she's your proto-typical, little scamp type kid character.

And while the cover is certainly well drawn and constructed, I can't get past the fact that Little Iodine herself looks like a fifty-year old jockey dressed as an eleven-year-old girl.

Great logo.

Indicia says "Published by Modern Promotions", copyright 1972 King Features Syndicate.

52 pages.

Mandrake - Giant Comic Album - 1972

This was one of nine all-black and white treasury-sized comics featuring classic newspaper strip characters. This time it's Mandrake the Magician, courtesy of Lee "The Phantom" Falk!

Anyway, I always thought Mandrake was kinda cool, and probably could be brought back for today's generation. No, really.

I generally don't like to goof on things out of context, but this is too good to pass up--the cover. Of course, Mandrake is performing the classic levitating-woman bit, but without the background or a set-up, it kinda just looks like this is a glimpse into Mandrake's private life. I mean, who comes to a magic show dressed in a bikini?

Before Rufies, there was...magic!

Indicia says "Published by Modern Promotions", copyright 1972 King Features Syndicate.

52 pages.

Popeye - Giant Comic Album - 1972

This was one of nine all black and white treasury-sized comics featuring classic newspaper strip characters. I never read Popeye comics much, but I liked the cartoon. Through lots of different mediums, Popeye has managed to stick around. Good for him!

As you can see, the seller eventually marked this down to 10 cents. Poor Popeye.

Indicia says "Published by Modern Promotions", copyright 1972 King Features Syndicate.

52 pages.

 
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