The Saturday Comics: Lyndon B. Johnson

17 Mar

March 17, 2012

Back in 1964, comics were in their heyday. It was the height of The Silver Age and take a look at the variety of titles you could have found at your local newsstand.

So with such great comics- Cary Bates working on Superman, Lee and Kirby on Fantastic Four- would you have bought this if you found it nestled between Sgt. Fury and The Flash?

Batman! Spider-Man! LBJ! Doesn’t he just scream super hero?

I know that today some low-rent publishers eke out a small profit making comics featuring political figures, and even Marvel shamelessly jumped on the bandwagon by putting President Obama on the cover of an issue of Spider-Man, but at least it was Spider-Man’s book! And this is no low-rent publisher, this was Dell! They were huge in their day.

None other than the legendary Dick Giordano worked on that book.

So if you were a young comic buyer, and saw that on the spinner rack, would you have spared a single second for that, let alone shelled out 12 cents for it?

 

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3 Responses to “The Saturday Comics: Lyndon B. Johnson”

  1. Thomas Stazyk March 18, 2012 at 2:06 am #

    To answer your question, no. Not only that, in 1962 he was still VP.

    • bmj2k March 18, 2012 at 4:49 pm #

      Very good point. I went to another site which I trust more and found this info:

      No date in comic. Cover code is 12-445-503 which indicates March 1965. It seems likely the comics was first distributed before the November 1964 election.

      Life story of President Lyndon B. Johnson, from his boyhood in Texas through his rise in national politics and eventual ascent to President after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in 1963.

      I’m updating the post to 1964. Gracias!

  2. Mac of BIOnighT March 18, 2012 at 11:59 am #

    Oh, I want a copy!!! More than one! I want all the ones that didn’t sell at the time (all of them, that is…)! I’ll throw out all of my other comic books and manga to make room for this!!

    (Dick Giordano???? Really??? Oh, boy…)

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