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Graph showing the Flesch Kincaid Reading Level of 101 stories in a 23-book sample from the Stephen Cooper Comic Book Collection. The Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level Test calculates at what minimum grade level the passage is most likely to be understood…

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Histogram visualizing the Flesch Reading Ease of 101 stories in a 23-book sample from the Stephen Cooper Comic Book Collection. The Flesch Reading Ease score spans 0-100 and carries an inverse proportion, so a higher score indicates a passage is…

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Cover of a Popeye comic used to demonstrate an approach to color remastering, in which IDW likely used digital tools such as Photoshop to clean up and regrade a scan of the original comic. While this technique produces a more pleasing result for the…

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These two pie charts represent the contemporary availability of series and issues from the 1956 Stephen Cooper Comic Book Collection in 2019. The first pie chart represents the availability of series: 46 series were available (23%) and 123 series…

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Aggregate costume of male protagonist in sample of comic books in the Stephen Cooper Comic Book Collection. Creator Sally Boniecki analyzed primary and secondary color use in costumes for male protagonists and generated this compilation.

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Aggregate costume of female protagonist in sample of comic books in the Stephen Cooper Comic Book Collection. Creator Sally Boniecki analyzed primary and secondary color use in costumes for female protagonists and generated this compilation.

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Replacing Charlton’s Charlie Chan title with issue #10, Zaza the Mystic would only run for two issues before it was replaced with the horror and suspense title This Magazine Is Haunted. While her title was short lived, Zaza the Mystic did have a…

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Wonder Woman was created by the psychologist William Moulton Marston (using the pen name Charles Moulton) and artist Harry G. Peter. Though Marston died in 1947, “Charles Moulton” is still credited as the author of this issue’s Wonder Woman stories,…

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The cover of this war comic was drawn by Jack Kirby, one of the most celebrated comic book artists of the twentieth century. With its striking composition and sense of motion, the illustration demonstrates what would make Kirby a remarkable superhero…

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This comic features Disney's duck family: Donald Duck, Daisy Duck, Scrooge McDuck, Grandma Duck, and the kids Huey, Dewey, and Louie. Notably, the publisher Dell Comics did not print the Comics Code Authority stamp of approval on its comic book…

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With its striking blue-toned figure, this Two-Gun Kid cover encapsulates what made Atlas Comics artist Joe Maneely the "absolute favorite" of editor and writer Stan Lee. As Sean Howe details, Maneely "was speedy and astonishingly versatile, handling…

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This long-running series blends humor and adventure, as the well-meaning but somewhat inept reporter Jimmy Olsen stumbles into situations, many involving the help of Superman, that lead to stories in Metropolis’ Daily Planet newspaper. As Jonathan…

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A science fiction anthology comic, Strange Adventures features a cover penciled and inked by renowned artists Gil Kane and Joe Giella. The cover telegraphs the issue's opening story, written by John Broome and drawn by the same artistic team, in…

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The first issue of DC's Showcase introduces "Fireman Farrell" in three stories written by Arnold Drake and drawn by John Prentice. While Fireman Farrell would appear periodically in later DC Comics titles, Showcase is today best remembered for its…

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Secret Hearts was published by National Comics, better known today as DC Comics, through its Arleigh romance imprint. As Michelle Nolan remarks, "National Comics is well respected by romance collectors for being one of the slickest purveyors of love…

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In the Cooper Collection, there are three Robin Hood series: Charlton's Robin Hood and His Merry Men, Quality's Robin Hood Tales, and this title, Magazine Enterprises' Robin Hood. Along with these titles, Robin Hood also appears on the cover of Brave…

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While the original Rin Tin Tin appeared in over two dozen films in the 1920s and early 1930s, the war hero dog’s legacy continued in the 1950s in the television show The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin and in this Dell Comics series. In this issue, Rin Tin…

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Dale Evans was the co-star (and real-life wife) of Roy Rogers on The Roy Rogers Show, and as Raymond E. White has claimed, Evans and Rogers presented "an American West that was optimistic, lighthearted, and musical" (3). This was Evans's second comic…

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Quality Comics' Plastic Man series would only last for three more issues. In late 1956, the publisher would go out of business and sell its characters and titles to DC Comics. This issue contains all reprinted stories, from earlier issues of the…

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Paul Terry created Mighty Mouse as one of the many characters in his Terrytoons Studio. Mighty Mouse stories featured the caped hero saving the day and foiling the plans of diabolical villains. Those stories are accompanied in this comic by other …
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