Comics #s 1 - 6 - 1940
I was sitting back, enjoying a recently ebay-purchased
copy of Amazing World of DC Comics #17, the Shazam!
issue. Near the end of the article entitled "The
Fawcett Family of Heroes", I came across this little
tidbit: "Masterman appeared in the first issues
of Master Comics, which were tabloid-sized."
quick trip to the Grand
Comic Book Database confirmed that, yes, indeed,
the first issues of Fawcett's Master Comics were
around 10x14"--making them the bona-fide
treasury comics! As Fawcett's #1 meal-ticket
would say, "Holy Moley!"
anyway, after a little research I found that these issues
would be A)nearly impossible to find, and B)wildly expensive.
#1 is currently lisiting in the guide for around $2,000.00,
and that's in just Good condition. So I had to make
a decision--whether to put a treasury comic(s) up here
that I didn't yet--and in this case, probably never
decided that this site being informational and complete
as possible was more important than one of my silly,
self-imposed guidelines, so here they are. I shamlessly
cribbed these cover scans from the above-mentioned GCDB
(hope they don't mind--no offense intended), and decided
to put them all up on one page since I have so little
info on each of them. Creatively, the only name I recognize
on any of the features is Martin "Green Lantern"
Nodell on #1's "Boy Newsreel Reporter" strip.
I do know is that Fawcett's main superhero for this
title, Master Man, was a little too like Superman for
DC's taste, and they sued. After 6 issues, Fawcett shoved
Master Man into comic book limbo and started work on
their next DC lawsuit-bait, Captain Marvel.
As of the seventh issue, the comic went to standard
format, so I guess Fawcett considered the treasury format
no longer worth pursuing. Kids didn't buy it, even if
it didn't cost any more than any other comic--as you
can see, it went from 15 cents down to 10 with the fourth
issue--what a bargain! What was wrong with these kids??
(Although, on second thought, a book that features a
character named "Morton Murch, The Hillbilly Hero"
maybe wasn't running on all cylinders, creatively)
won't ever completely give up hope I'll possess at least
one of these wonders, to get a first-hand look at them.
They look like a lot of fun. If someone out there reading
this has any one of them, in any condition, and is willing
to trade, please email me immediately. I'd be happy
to swap you one of my extra Barney
Google Giant Comic Album for them, no problem...