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Robbie Moubert
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Last week I found myself sitting in a darkened conference room in Madrid babysitting some projectors for three days. Once I'd read the internet I began to get bored - really bored - so I decided to see if I could find the comics on sale in the Comic Land photo JB has posted here.

The cover dates are June/July/August 1948 with a few having September. Obviously the ones at the top and bottom of the picture were easiest to find but some of the others have just enough detail visible to make a definite identification. For a lot of issues I've had to make a best guess based on cover date and factors such as whether the logo is light or dark. The fact that a lot weren't monthly helps as well.

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These are the ones I'm pretty sure are correct:

 

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The rest are the best guesses:

 

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The issue of Jing-Pals was tricky because GCD has it as 1946 but I've also seen it dated '48 so I thought I'd include it here.

 

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And that's it! There were some comics where I just couldn't make out what the logo was. Although the issues of Classics Illustrated and Classic Comics can be seen, I couldn't find those particular issues.

A request before I go; If someone has already done this please don't tell me. I might just have to kill myself!

 

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Well, the comicbook industry in 1948 was sure not stingy with the cheesecake ...wow!
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Wow!  Thanks Robbie!

Striking what a small fraction of the offerings are anything even approaching the superhero genre!  So many obviously aimed at girls as well! 
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Kind of intrigued by that "Seven Dead Men" comic...
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Rather eye opening how much is not dominated by super heroes.
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So much variety.
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Those covers are beautiful! Somebody please give me a pocketful of dimes and send me back in time!
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I have the Fighting Yank one. Some gorgeous Jerry Robinson and Mort Meskin artwork on the interiors though their drawings of the hero were a little off model compared to the cover.
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"You should have been here at 9 a.m.!"
"Why?  Did something happen?"

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Some awesome books right there. A little bit for everyone.
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Thoughts:

1)  Wow, a lot of Archie knock-offs!

2)  There's something wrong with all of these covers.  They make the comics look fun.  Aren't covers supposed to make the contents look like a grim, painful slog?
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"Well, the comicbook industry in 1948 was sure not stingy with the cheesecake"

Thanks to a certain Frederick Wertham, they would be in a few years.

 

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Wow great job, and man that "Planet Comics" cover is awesome.
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Most of those comics look fun and interesting! Wow. How times have
changed...
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Thanks, Robbie- very interesting to clearly see the variety!
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I would love to read those PLANET COMICS and SMILIN' JACK
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I see a lot of covers that make me want to pick up the comics to read. Fun stuff!
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