Tuesday, August 29, 2006

World's Finest #3

World's Finest Comics was one of the many anthology titles DC put out during the Golden Age Of Comics. These anthologies served as sort of try outs for some of their second tier characters to see if they were popular enough to warrant their own title. This title was published in the wake of the success of the 1939/40 New York World's Fair comics. For a whopping 15 cents (which caused quite a stir among the kids who were used to paying only a dime for their comics), you got 100 pages of thrills featuring the likes of Superman, Batman, Red, White, And Blue, The Crimson Avenger, Johnny Thunder, Young Doc Davis, Zatara, The Sandman, The King, Lando, Man Of Magic, and Drafty #158. All of the covers during this period had Superman, Batman, and Robin appearing together playing games and generally goofing off. They are some of my favorite covers of the Golden Age. I love the innocence of these covers. This is my favorite WF cover. Batman at the bat is a great touch. Cover by Fred Ray, who drew many a beautiful cover during this time period. Autumn, 1941 issue. The Superman and Batman stories are reprinted in Superman: The World's Finest Archives Vol. 1 and Batman: The World's Finest Archives Vol. 1, respectively.

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