In this issue:
Yank & Doodle
and the Black Owl
The Magnetic Man
featuring Kid Tyrant
Links, Letters, etc.
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Welcome to the first issue of Pure
Excitement Comics, your source for original Golden Age comic book stories on the Web!
I've been a comic book reader for about 15 years, which, I admit, isn't so long, but it's long enough that I still have an appreciation for a style of comic book story which isn't really too popular with many of today's publishers.
I read comics for the fun of it. I enjoy everything from well-written multi-part stories to short, simplistic ones. I'll read anything as long as it maintains the sense of fun and wonder which is missing in so many of today's comic books.
I consider myself less of a collector and more of a reader. I buy the low-grade copies of Golden Age books that many dealers won't even bring to conventions. Coverless is fine, too, so long as the contents are complete. I own the Photo-Journal Guide to Comic Books -- I can find out what the cover looks like if I care to.
It's what's between the covers that's important.
I know how hard it is for Golden Age fans to find affordable reading material. That's the impetus behind this web 'zine. My inspiration is Golden Age Men of Mystery and the other fine books published by Bill Black at AC Comics.
I will be presenting several authentic Golden Age stories in each "issue" of Pure Excitement Comics. The stories I plan to showcase are from defunct publishers and believed to be in the public domain.* You will not be seeing stories published or owned by DC, Marvel or Archie Comics (MLJ), who maintain active ownership of their stables of characters. Also, Bill Black does a good job with several of my favorite characters, including the Fighting Yank and the Black Terror, so I will make an effort to stay away from reprinting certain stories featuring them.
Pure Excitement Comics will feature the even more obscure characters. I like being able to pick up a miscellaneous Golden Age book, read a story featuring a character I have never heard of and know nothing about, and still enjoy it. That is the type of story I plan to feature here.
I plan to stick mainly to costumed heroes, but I will include other stories which I have enjoyed. This month's stories feature Yank & Doodle with the Black Owl, Magno the Magnetic Man, and The Chameleon featuring Kid Tyrant. Future editions (bi-monthly at first) will feature such classic characters at War Nurse, the Face, Whiz Wilson, and many others.
Also, I have made an effort to keep the images on this site as small (in terms of file size) as possible, yet retain their readablity. My goal is to keep the image for each page at 100K or less, but as you will find with the third story this issue, that may not be possible at times, based on the source material. I apologize if the individual pages are slow to load -- but they are worth the wait!
Now, on with the show...click on the links in the column to the left to get started.
* All stories are over 50 years old and believed to be in the public domain. Should a story appear which is not in the public domain and the holder of the copyright is opposed to its inclusion in Pure Excitement Comics, it will be immediately removed from this site upon notification. Pure Excitement Comics is a non-profit operation and does not claim the copyright to any of these stories or characters.