Saturday, January 24, 2015

Trick-or-Treat Treasure Chest

Ghost costume kid and boy with Jack O'Lantern head runs thru streets on vintage 1948 comic panel.

If you look beyond catalogs (like Dennison's Bogie Books), there exist a ton of wonderful vintage imagery appearing in magazines, early readers, and comics, etc., receiving little attention for valuation. I'm guessing this is because the content of these various publications is not completely devoted to the holiday, nor tied to the decor that people love to collect and display. So a beginning budget-conscious collector can find some real gems!  

One of my favorite vintage covers is this single panel scene of sight-gags created by Graham Hunter for Treasure Chest (of Fun and Fact) Comic Book Vol 4 No. 4. October 19, 1948. A search engine will lead you to a number of his covers (and for other holidays) that are just as much fun! There's so many brilliant details inside of this one piece, that you don't mind the lack of any Halloween content in the rest of this Catholic comic book series.

Wouldn't it be fantastic if one day someone gathered all the smaller, less-noticed Halloween works together in one volume for us?

Sight gags with ghosts, bats, witches, and Jack O'lanterns on vintage collectible comic book cover for Halloween 1940s

Links of interest: Halloween Books on Pinterest.

1 comment:

  1. I'm so happy to know that other people take notice of the unmentioned items! I have the book in your photo (found at a Goodwill) and the small cut outs in the prior post. My family likes all kinds of Halloween related items! Thanks for sharing!