Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Newsstand Photos

So you're traipsing around the Internet and at a loss for something to look up. Try this as a challenge for your comic book sensibilities...

Find an old photograph of a newsstand...
Then, see if you can figure out when it might have been taken based on the comic books displayed. In the above photo, for example, one can discern More Fun Comics #48 and All-American Comics #8, cover dated October and November 1939 respectively...


Here's another shot of the store's interior...
Hanging up and clearly visible are: Hit Comics #11 (May 1941), Big 3 #2 (Spring 1941), Champ Comics #13 (May 1941), All-American Comics #25 (April 1941), World's Best Comics #1 (Spring 1941), Superman #10 (May/June 1941), Action Comics #35 (April 1941), All-Star Comics #4 (March/April 1941), Master Comics #13 (April 1941), and Blue Beetle #6 (March/April 1941)...

Curiously, it appears that hiding behind the gumball machine is Batman #4 (Winter 1941) instead of #5 (Spring 1941)...

6 comments:

Pj Perez said...

If I got my time machine working, I would totally bypass going back and saving JFK or MLK or RFK or killing Hitler or whatever and go directly for those newsstands ...

Dom Sutton said...

what a great idea! I am now going to spend the next few hours looking for pics of old newsstands.

Chuck Minsker said...

And equally mind-boggling - to buy one copy of each comic hanging from that line would cost you a dollar (or $1.05, if you want to be picky). Them was the days!

magscanner said...

Wow, where did you find the pictures?
They're great!

Can I put them on the magazineart.org site? (I could just link to them here, if you'd prefer.)

DMAN said...

Brilliant, just brilliant. Well done for such a fascinating nostalgic concept. Why should a news-stand be more evocative than scenes of a more conventional historical 'importance' - and yet it is ....

Anonymous said...

Next to Batman is Green Hornet 3
The three identifiable issues above Batman are Worlds Best 1, Action 35 and Champ 13 already shown.

http://www.comics.org/details.lasso?id=1359