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ComicMix Six – Missing Golden Agers!

Luana Haygen

Luana is an animated movie and superhero enthusiast with an eye for detail. She has been drawing and creating fashions since she was a child. She has been routinely helping here at ComicMix since 2009.

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  1. Raphael Sutton says:

    This is probably a silly question, but why would the Post Office care about a comic's numbering (re: All-American Comics)? Did it have something to do with subscriptions? And is this still an issue today, now that series seem to change numbering almost as often as creators?

  2. Mike Gold says:

    Good question. Time for a mini-history lesson.The only way magazine publishers could afford to sell subscriptions was by acquiring second-class mailing privileges. But filing the paperwork required paying a filing fee and, because the rules and regulations were written in some obscure dialect of Esperanto Pig-Latin, chances were pretty good that you'd have to refile a zillion times until you found a post office clerk who didn't care or was made to care (that'll get me a nasty letter from the postal workers union). So for the smaller and/or cheaper publishers, it made a lot of sense to try to roll your second class permit over to another magazine by keeping the numbering the same. EC Comics and Charlton turned this into a science, but just about everybody did it……until the post office caught on. An order went out that said keeping the numbering and part of the title consistent wasn't enough if the magazine in question was substantially different from the one that got the original permit. So numbering had to be rolled back to the first altered issue — All-American Men of War #127 became the de facto first and second issues, and the SECOND second issue was numbered #2.Why the SECOND second issue? Because the post office screwed up. Or DC did. Or both. There was an All-American Men of War #128, which should have been the de facto #2. So, in fact, there were 118 issues of All-American Men of War even though the last issue was numbered 117. And the title no longer could be regarded as the linear descendant of All-American Comics.Yes, Raphael, I keep this crap in my brain for a living. Just don't get me started on "news holes."

  3. Miles Vorkosigan says:

    News holes, Mike? And hey, my brain's fulla useless crapola, too…