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Life.com’s new photo gallery: ‘In Praise of Classic Comics’

A Vietnames child reads a comic bought by Vietnamese soldiers in January 1973 (photo by John Downing)

A Vietnames child reads a comic bought by Vietnamese soldiers in January 1973 (photo by John Downing)

Life.com has just added a gallery called “In Praise of Comic Classics” that spotlights comics, and children reading comics, in photos dating back to the 1930s. Well, not just children: There’s also a photo of a bespectacled young chimp named Kokomo Jr. — I’m not making this up — lounging with a comic in his owner’s New York City apartment. I can’t make out what the title is, but the back cover features a cartoonish ad for Chesterfield King cigarettes. (Hey, kids! Cancer Comics!) It’s a great collection, well worth checking out.

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Thanks for that! I love looking at old pictures. I can’t help but to be reminded of the Little Rascals while looking at these images. These photographs prove just how cherished the comic medium was as a form of entertainment, especially among children, in lieu of the yet-to-be-invented television.

If you click on the Kokomo photo, you get sent to Getty Images, which is where most of these photos are from. Scroll down, and there’s a keyword index.
http://www.gettyimages.com/Search/Search.aspx?assettype=Image&sfkc=Comic%20Book

(Search: 3292663 in Getty Images for a surprise!)

Charming!

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