Free Comics! Slightly Scanned.

For comic fans, history fans, and comics history fans, the Digital Comics Museum is offering downloads and scans of public domain comic books from the 1940s and ’50s. There are a massive amount of titles and issues available, from Captain Science to Sherlock Holmes to Frisky Fairy Tales to the chaste Sweet Sixteen Magazine, and many, many more. You can also find the very same horror comics that led to the creation of the Comics Code Authority.

Clear some space on your hardrive and dive in. Entertainment from decades gone by can be an amazingly personal window into societal norms of the past that we’ve since rejected, and these comics personify that to a detail you can’t quite find in movies, radio, or television from that era. It’s also fascinating to read these comics knowing that the maturation of the comic book as a storytelling device is just around the corner…

Chris Greenland thinks “Captain Science” is a swell nickname but probably not a swell occupation. Who wants to be in charge of all that science, anyway?


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