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Author Topic: The Early Archie: Classic Comics Library #321  (Read 1327 times)

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The Early Archie: Classic Comics Library #321
« on: March 05, 2017, 08:25:05 PM »
I had a slow day at work recently and discovered my library system owned a copy of The Early Archie: Classic Comics Library #321 His Adventures From Pep Comics and Jackpot Comics.  The book is strange.The book is 396 pages long.  There is no identification of what comic books these stories originally appeared in, or even the year of their release.  I think all the stories were written in the 1940s.  Many of them are in the Dark Horse collections, but some were not.  The book claims not to have any ads on the back cover, but actually there are several ads for the Archie Radio Show in it. 
[/size]   Has anyone else here seen this book?

DeCarlo Rules

Re: The Early Archie: Classic Comics Library #321
« Reply #1 on: March 06, 2017, 10:38:05 AM »
What was in Classic Comics Library volumes #1 through 320? When was volume #321 published and by whom? Pictures are nice, and very helpful.

Interesting that all the stories are taken from early PEP and JACKPOT issues, since public domain scans of all those issues have been available for some time now at sites like Digital Comic Museum. If you really want to identify the source of individual stories, that's where I'd go to look.

Just for laughs, here's a good one from PEP #39 (1943).

« Last Edit: March 06, 2017, 05:10:09 PM by DeCarlo Rules »

steveinthecity

Re: The Early Archie: Classic Comics Library #321
« Reply #2 on: March 06, 2017, 03:13:21 PM »
What was in Classic Comics Library volumes #1 through 320? When was volume #321 published and by whom? Pictures are nice, and very helpful.

Interesting that all the stories are taken from early PEP and JACKPOT issues, since public domain scans of all those issues have been available for some time now at sites like Digital Comic Museum. If you really want to identify the source of individual stories, that's where I'd go to look.

Just for laughs, here's a good one from PEP #39 (1943).


?    ???

I don't see anything.
Comics!

DeCarlo Rules

Re: The Early Archie: Classic Comics Library #321
« Reply #3 on: March 06, 2017, 05:11:34 PM »
What was in Classic Comics Library volumes #1 through 320? When was volume #321 published and by whom? Pictures are nice, and very helpful.

Interesting that all the stories are taken from early PEP and JACKPOT issues, since public domain scans of all those issues have been available for some time now at sites like Digital Comic Museum. If you really want to identify the source of individual stories, that's where I'd go to look.

Just for laughs, here's a good one from PEP #39 (1943).


?    ???

I don't see anything.

I think the phraseology you're looking for here is "I see nothing! I know nothing!!"  ;)

steveinthecity

Re: The Early Archie: Classic Comics Library #321
« Reply #4 on: March 06, 2017, 06:20:59 PM »
What was in Classic Comics Library volumes #1 through 320? When was volume #321 published and by whom? Pictures are nice, and very helpful.

Interesting that all the stories are taken from early PEP and JACKPOT issues, since public domain scans of all those issues have been available for some time now at sites like Digital Comic Museum. If you really want to identify the source of individual stories, that's where I'd go to look.

Just for laughs, here's a good one from PEP #39 (1943).


?    ???

I don't see anything.

I think the phraseology you're looking for here is "I see nothing! I know nothing!!"  ;)
No.  The image shows up now. Love it!  I'm a huge Hogan's Heroes fan anyhoo.   
Comics!

Re: The Early Archie: Classic Comics Library #321
« Reply #5 on: March 06, 2017, 10:11:34 PM »
When was volume #321 published and by whom?


  The book was published in 2016.

DeCarlo Rules

Re: The Early Archie: Classic Comics Library #321
« Reply #6 on: March 07, 2017, 02:37:45 PM »
When was volume #321 published and by whom?


  The book was published in 2016.

All of the Archie stories that appeared in PEP and JACKPOT that first appeared in the early 1940s issues are public domain now because copyrights were not renewed by ACP at the proper time. The scans on Digital Comic Museum are downloadable and can easily be saved and converted to PDFs, and there are ways of having a PDF-formatted book printed and bound in limited quantities. I've seen people use these PD comics and sell them as Print-On-Demand books using Amazon's CreateSpacepublishing service. You can even print the JPGs yourself on standard 8.5" x 11" copy paper on a color-printer and take the pages to a bindery to have them bound into a hardcover book.

It seems like you have found just such an example of this. Perhaps someone realized that libraries would be potential buyers of a book like that, and has produced at least 321 volumes of these classic (public domain) comics. No mention on the book's indicia page of the publisher's name (or business name) or address?

 


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