Comics #s 1 - 8 - Fiction House - 1938
when I think I've discovered every little treasury-related
piece of comics' history...
doing an ebay search for anyone selling copies of the
treasury-sized issues of Master
saw one described as "like the similarly-over-sized
Jumbo Comics." Uh, what?
quick visit to the Grand
Comic Book Database (wonderfully useful site
they got there) provided me with the info I needed.
Yes, in fact, Fiction House published the appropriately-named
Jumbo Comics in the tabloid-size (10.5x14.5")
for its first eight issues!
guessing, like Fawcett would discover with Master
Comics, that it cost so much more to produce the
magazine at that size, and since it probably wasn't
generating any extra sales, FH decided to change the
comic to the more standard-size with issue #9 (although
they sort of did it grudgingly--#9 was, oddly, 8 1/2
x 11"(?), then with the next issue it shrunk down
to "normal" comic size and stayed that way
until its final issue, #167).
isn't a lot of info on these books other than there
were produced by feature editor Jerry Iger and the art
director was some guy named Will Eisner. One thing we
do know, was that it featured Eisner's Hawks
of the Seas strip (which would later be collected
in its own
treasury many decades later), among lots of
other features like Sheena of the Jungle and Spencer
issue was 64 pages in black and white, and please don't
hold #4's incredibly offensive racial stereotyping against
I've mentioned before, I've generally tried to obtain
a copy of each and every treasury comic on this site;
but for books like this that are incredibly rare and/or
unfathomably expensive, I'm bending that rule (more
of a guideline, really, as a great doctor once said)
for the sake of completeness. I thank the GCBD for the
use of the cover scans (not that I asked).