Ghosts of Comics’ Past

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Ghosts of Comics’ Past: January in comic history – a dead hero, fake news, inflation, and discrimination

By | Jan 10, 2022 | Columns

Multiversity’s history column kicks off 2022 with topics ripped from today’s headlines, but pulled from the annals of the comic industry. See fake news that divided public discourse. Share the concern about inflationary pressure. Be disheartened at a story of people who are different than the majority being dehumanized. Enjoy this reminder than there’s nothing […]

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Ghosts of Comics’ Past: December in Comic History – A Corpse, a Wolfman, Printing Problems, and WetWorks

By | Dec 6, 2021 | Columns

Multiversity’s history column returns with a smorgasbord of items from comic history related to December. Please consider this recap of dead guys, monstrous credits, printing developments, and last shipping books my gift to you. December 1925 Before comic books existed, cartoonists were developing their skills and technical conventions in newspaper strips. Many of their innovations […]

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Ghosts of Comics’ Past: 2011

By | Nov 15, 2021 | Columns

Multiversity’s history column is back with a look at the comic industry of 2011. Enjoy! Industry overview 2011 started off poorly. The traditional seasonal downturn combined with temporary scheduling troubles to see sales of single issue comics drop to 4.4 million copies, the lowest monthly total since 1933 when comics were invented. That number is […]

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Ghosts of Comics’ Past: November in Comics History – Richie Rich, DC hotline, and library donations

By | Nov 1, 2021 | Columns

Multiversity’s history column returns with three new items plucked from the annals of the comic industry. First, discover the sensation that was Richie Rich. Next, imagine the excitement of a recorded message telling you about upcoming comics! Finally, visit a museum! November 1960 The character of Richie Rich, the poor little rich boy, debuted as […]

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Ghosts of Comics’ Past – 2001

By | Oct 25, 2021 | Columns

Multiversity’s history column returns to the bygone era of 2001, recalling the state of the industry, the seeds of Free Comic Book Day, and Marvel’s experimental renaissance. General events After eight years of recession, the comic industry finally experienced growth again in 2001. There was a variety of sources for the growth, many of which […]

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Ghosts of Comics’ Past: 1991

By | Sep 20, 2021 | Columns

Multiversity’s column of comic history returns with a snapshot of the comic world in 1991. This follows last year’s 1990 column. Industry overview The year was a time of booming growth, excitement, and innovation. New books were arriving in stores every Thursday with an average cover price of $1.60, and annual sales exceeded $475 million. […]

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Ghosts of Comics’ Past: 1981

By | Aug 16, 2021 | Columns

This column’s article on Comic history from 1980 was so popular, it’s back with a sequel: 1981! Industry summary In 1981, comic books were the fourth largest collectible field in the US, behind coins, stamps, and antiques. Bagging and boarding was a standard practice, and the quality of products had greatly improved since their introduction […]

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Ghosts of Comics’ Past: SDCC 1970 – Present

By | Jul 19, 2021 | Columns

The SDCC@Home event is happening this week, so it seems like a good time for Multiversity’s history column to look back at the origin and evolution of the San Diego Comic-Con. Enjoy! Origins The San Diego Comic Convention began in Michigan on May 24, 1964. That was the day of the Detroit Triple Fan Fair, […]

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Ghosts of Comics’ Past: 1971

By | Jul 12, 2021 | Columns

Revisit the comic industry of 1971 with Multiversity’s history column, with a special focus on changes to the CCA and attention from academia. 1971 Overview At the start of 1971, comic prices were a stable and standard fifteen cents. By the close of the year, prices would higher but nonstandard. DC raised prices to twenty […]

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