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Here’s the second part of my look at F.B.I. comics of the Golden and Silver Ages.
While the F.B.I. is heavily featured on the cover to Real Fact Comics #11 (November-December, 1947), it is only given 6 pages on the insides. It’s a quick overview of FBI procedure drawn by George Roussos.
Four Color #1069 (November, 1959) features an adaptation of the 1950 Jimmy Stewart film, The F.B.I. Story. If you’ve seen the movie, you know that it covers a lot of cases over a number of years. It’s a nicely paced story and it is a real must have for fans of Alex Toth, as this contains 32 pages of his glorious artwork.
While it was purely a biography style comic in the early years, True Comics became a strange Crime/Sports hybrid during the late 40s. A number of issues even ran with the subheading ‘Featuring True F.B.I. Adventures’, and each of these featured at least one F.B.I. related story running 5 to 7 pages in length.
Special Agent Steve Saunders must have been a real hit in True Comics, as he was given his own short-lived series by Parents’ Magazines entitled Special Agent. It ran a mere 8 issues.
Someone at Parents’ Magazine must have been a member of the Hoover family as they also published Calling All Boys, which featured a Hoover cover and gave him the biographical treatment in Real Heroes #2 (December, 1941). I have not actually seen a copy of this and would love to know how many pages are dedicated to his story.
I’ll end with one of the more obscure series with an F.B.I. themed issue; Street and Smith’s Top Secrets #1. This series featured a number of true crime adaptations by Bob Powell and Thornton Fisher. I’m not sure that I’ve ever owned a Street and Smith comic book. That’s strange as they had a decent output over a number of years and I have certainly owned my fair share of obscure books.
That wraps up this look at F.B.I. comics. For more funnybook chat, stop by my blog at Seduction of the Indifferent
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