Free Comics: The Untold Story of the Giveaways that Fought Commies, Sold Cars and Cigars, Showed How to Buy a TV and Avoid VD—and Now are Saving Lives!
From before Superman to today, there have been many thousands of bizarro, rare, and fascinating FREE comic books given out at gas stations, schools, state fairs, clinics, political rallies, churches, shoe stores, and in cereal boxes. At last, the unknown and astonishing story of promotional comics is told in this full-color coffee table book featuring a plethora of incredible covers and absorbing full stories. Besides teaching the public to love corn and hate commies, these lost treasures sold cars and cigars, elected and defeated politicians, were both for and against smoking and drinking, saved souls, taught people how to milk cows and repair tractors, fought for civil rights, and told the public how to buy a TV and avoid VD. And are now saving lives! These rare giveaway comics feature cool, out of the left field artists, but also top creators! You’ll see Kirby, Eisner, Ditko, Wood, Crandall, Everett, DeCarlo, Kurtzman, Kubert, Stan Lee, and more! PLUS Neal Adams and Charles Schulz’ very first work! You’ll also see familiar characters like Batman, Charlie Brown, Captain Marvel, Flash Gordon, Bugs Bunny, and Spider-Man! But your jaw will drop at the comics’ wacky spokestoons: talking weiners, shoes, cigars, transistors, milk machines, fuses, barbwire and condoms! And there’s the NRA’s attempt to appeal to kids with a comic featuring a half puppy/half gun named Blooie!