Friday, November 16, 2012
COMICBOOK CANDY 1
long forgotten by its aging accumulator. Most recently, I found a
series of eight tiny “secret origin” comics of Aquaman, Batman, the
Flash, Green Lantern, Hawkman, Justice League of America, Superman
and Wonder Woman. These 16-page booklets consisted of a cover, 14
pages of story and a back cover advertisement for a DC Super Heroes
Collector Album. The miniature comics are 4-1/4" tall and 2-3/4"
wide. I couldn’t remember anything about the booklets or how they
came into my possession. That’s why we have the Internet, my
Facebook page, and the comics mailing lists of which I am a member.
The Leaf Candy Company, one of several names the company has used
in its long history, produced “Comicbook Candy” in the early 1980s.
Each package of candy was wrapped with one of these secret origins
comics. I had a set because I sold this item in my Cosmic Comics
store in 1981. Alas, I didn’t keep an entire box or even an empty
box. Just the comic books.
Where did I get this item? Unique among the other comics shops in
the Cleveland area, I had accounts with distributors other than the
usual direct market outfits. While it’s possible I got the candy
from one of those direct market outfits, it’s also possible I got
it from one of those other distributors. Sadly, I don’t remember
which vendor supplied me with the candy, its retail price or what
kind of candy came with this comics. In my defense, it was 30 years
ago and, over the decade-plus I owned and ran Cosmic Comics, I
carried tens of thousands of comic books and other products.
The Grand Comics Database has indexed these “secret origin” comic
books, though some credits are less than certain. Since I plan to
sell my set - as a set - and since there was some interest in the
books on my Facebook page and elsewhere, I’ll be writing about them
over the next couple weeks. Look for the next entry tomorrow and
new ones as I can squeeze them into the mix.
© 2012 Tony Isabella