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Rick Senger
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As a rule, with newsstand distribution, the comics (as with magazines) that went unsold at the retail level were returned to the distributor to be destroyed. Eventually, for reasons of costs involved in shipping back unsold copies, distributors required only that the covers be returned as proof the comics were not being reported sold, yet still out on the shelf to be sold. Later still, distributors would require that only the top portion of a comic, the part with the logo, be returned to reduce the costs of returns even more.

The stripped comics are called remaindered copies. They are not supposed to be sold once remaindered, since those copies were reported unsold and the retailer didn't have to pay for them. In fact, while the retailer was required, typically, to strip the comic, the retailer was also supposed to destroy the remaining part of the publication. If you ever saw a book (returns weren't just for comics and magazines) with a notice on an inside page that warned if you are buying the book without a cover, it is being sold illegally, that is why the notice is there.

But many retailer would still sell the comics, reduced in price. Some may have given them away, it depends. If you see a coverless comic from back in the day, chances are it was a remaindered comic. It is also possible a kid just tore the comic, or whatever, too. But if you see copies where only the logo was stripped, it almost certainly is a remaindered copy (kids are less likely to precisely tear away the logo to a comic, after all).

But, Rick, while I am not sure of the exact stats for how many comics were returned, I do know that a lot of unsold comics were definitely destroyed, recycled, or (during WWII) used for paper drives. Heck, as far as the paper drives go, a lot of SOLD comics were given for the cause.

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Matt Hawes
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Rick, you are really doing an awesome job on finding those covers!! Same goes to all of you who have located them so far. I know I mentioned it before, but it's worth repeating.

If someone doesn't beat me to it, when I have the time I will have to match them up to the photo. 'Course, if anyone else feels like tackling that, I won't fight them for it. ;-)
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 Rick Senger wrote:
The Action issue took a little more effort because it turns out to be from Aug 1945 (I think this is the right issue...) so this shop carried some back issues, too.  Pretty sweet.


I don't see what you're getting at here.  Most of the comics on the stand are from August 1945. The Action issue is no older than the others.

Good eye on identifying it from the limited portion viewable, btw...
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Rick Senger
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15 big cents for Black Mask

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Rick Senger
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I don't see what you're getting at here.  Most of the comics on the stand are from August 1945. The Action issue is no older than the others.
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That's me being an idiot.  For some reason I had it in my head initially that we were looking for 1946 comics, not 1945.  Amazingly, I still found a bunch using that criterion (apparently I got lucky). 
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Rick Senger
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This copy looks like he rode with a cowboy for a while?

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Everything you'd want in a comic!

"Adventure
Humor
Spies
Flying"

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Second cover featuring airplanes and an airplane hangar by LB Cole (the first is at the top of the page)...

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Dime Mystery Magazine... for $0.15.



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Rick Senger
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Pretty sure this is the cover on the third shelf from the right, second rack (it's at an angle but looks right).


However, there's also this very similar blonder cover apparently used on a Canadian version. 

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Not quite complete, but it is 72 years old...

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It's great that you guys are able to locate the pulp magazines, as well as the comics. nice!
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These next two are both tucked away behind the piles of Witty Comics:


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Here is a challenge, find and post a colour image of the following. it is located at the top right of the picture from the original post.



The pictured character is Billy the Kid and was featured in a comic published by Fawcett in 1945. It ran 3 issues, but this is not the same title. I suspect it was not a comic book given it's size.

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Matt Hawes
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 Steve Coates wrote:
...A guaranteed No-Prize is your reward....


That No-Prize is mine! LOL!



It took a bit, but when I realized the second word of the title was "thrills" I was able to search for it with more accuracy. Billy the "kid" Hah! Punny!

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Matt Hawes
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BTW, I wonder if that entire "Billy The Kid" comic was published sideways? If so, it's probably the earliest example of that sideways comic thing.

Edit to note: Then again, reading the cover. it might have been a paper doll kind of thing, though published by Fawcett.



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