Super Magician Comics No. 12

Description
Super Magician Comics Vol. 1 No. 12 was published by Street and Smith in April 1943. Jack Binder illustrated the cover that depicts the magician Blackstone and his assistant Rhoda battling Baal. The issue also featured the Marionettes in “The Hindu Rope Trick,” Desperate Ambrose in “Secret Weapon!” Duneen the Spook Buster in “The Hand of Glory,” and Mike Mulaney the Card Dick in “Hot Ice.”
Super Magician Comics was originally published in May of 1941 under the title Super Magic Comics before changing its name for the rest of its five-year run. Super Magician Comics ran in five volumes, with most of the issues featuring fictionalized adventures of the real-life magician, the Great Blackstone (Harry Blackstone, Sr.). Walter B. Gibson (pen name Maxwell Grant) was a friend of Blackstone’s and wrote the comics to be given away at his shows. The issues sold out at newsstands as well, helping Blackstone sell more tickets and increasing the popularity of the comic. Blackstone also starred in a radio drama written by Gibson, as well as the ensuing comic books Master Magician Comics and Blackstone, the Magician Detective.
Object Name
comic book
date made
1943
maker
Dell Publishing Company, Inc.
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 7 1/2 in x 10 1/4 in; 19.05 cm x 26.035 cm
ID Number
2013.0086.097
catalog number
2013.0086.097
accession number
2013.0086
subject
Comics
Comic Books
Popular Entertainment
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Culture and the Arts: Entertainment
Comic Books
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Olivia V. Crisson and Phillip M.S. Crisson in honor of Peter Bozzer

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