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Georgie Comics #1-19 (Spring 1945 - Oct. 1952) continued as Georgie and Judy #20-22 (Jan. 1949 - May 1949) continued as Georgie Comics Vol. 2 #23-39 (June 1949 - Aug. 1957).
The Teen Humor Shakeout by Michelle Nolan from the March 2009 CGC eNewsletter.
Ask any Golden Age comic collector what percentage of the post-Golden Age market in 1951 was taken up by teen humor, and you're sure to get the wrong answer.
Would you believe 4 percent? You can bet your beanie that most collectors, thinking about all the teen humor titles of the late 1940s, would guess more like 10 percent or so. But, there were only 110 teen humor issues published in 1951, spread over 24 titles, among the 2,619 issues produced that year, give or take a couple of issues that may or may not exist. Not a single teen humor title — not even the most popular Archie, DC or Marvel comics — ran more than six issues in 1951. (By the way, lots of col1ectors consider the end of the Golden Age to be the late 1940s, or maybe the last appearance of the Justice Society of America in All Star Comics #57, February–March 1951. But I tend to stretch the Golden Age pretty much to the end of the pre-Comics Code era.)
Teen humor was at something of a low ebb in 1951, even though the remaining titles were still pretty stable, and many of those issues can be tough to find. Comics from the early 1950s can generally be a challenge to locate, but it's a lot easier to find Batman or the EC Comics (even though they're far more expensive) than many teen humor issues.
The romance comic shakeout during the “Love Glut” of 1950 — when more than half the 150 or so romance titles were discontinued or suspended — also left teen humor sales all shook up. In retrospect, it's hard to believe the Archie characters appeared in a grand total of only 31 comic books! There were six each for Laugh, Pep, Archie and Jughead, three apiece for Betty & Veronica and Reggie and one for the second Archie Annual, which appeared before the other annuals. For some reason, Jughead, Reggie and Betty & Veronica were published in only 36-page editions (counting covers), although Archie, Laugh and Pep remained 52 pages. These are all worth collecting, just as all 1940s and 1950s Archie types are among the most fun to collect. But I guarantee you they won't be a cinch to find! By the way, the 1951 quarter-sized Archie Annual #2 isn't seen too often, so snap it up if we get the chance.
Also — think about the fact that Jughead went bimonthly in 1951 — a lot faster than Betty & Veronica, which didn't earn that distinction until 1954. Jughead's wacky antics must have been pretty appealing in the early 1950s. Just imagine — Jughead once apparently outsold Betty & Veronica!
There was only one genuine teen humor first issue in 1951 — Ginger #1 from the Archie publishers (and Ginger didn't operate in the “Archieverse”). Ginger ran 10 issues through 1954, and they're all somewhat tough to find. Archie also continued to publish six issues yearly of Wilbur, another character outside the “Archieverse.”
On the other hand, all the teen humor titles survived in 1952 except, for all intents and purposes, DC's Scribbly, which ran 13 issues in 1948–1950 but for some reason skipped a year to #14 (October–November 1951) and #15 (December 1951–January 1952), the last two issues. One other 1951 teen humor title never appeared again, Betty Betz's Dollface and Her Gang, but that really doesn't count, since its #309 in the Dell Four Color series. Betz, a popular cartoonist and young people's author at the time, was never seen in comic books again, perhaps because Dollface didn't sell well. Today, it's one of the most difficult 1951 issues to find, although the art is an acquired taste. I like it just for its scarcity and unusual nature. On the other hand, Dell started Susie Q. Smith with its Four Color series in 1951 (#323), and three more Four Color issues followed. Even so, Susie Q. Smith wasn't popular enough to graduate into a regular series, the way so many Dell Four Color titles did in the early 1950s.
Scribbly #s 14 and 15 and the Dollface one-shot may be the most difficult of the 1951 teen humor issues, but Standard's Kathy #s 6–9 and Quality's Candy #s 20–25 are all pretty difficult, as well, even though those titles continued well beyond 1951. Kathy and Candy were the only teen humor titles from their publishers in 1951, although both companies produced other teen titles both before and after 1951. Like I said, it was a tough year for teen humor.
Perhaps even more challenging to locate are the unusual 5-cent Nationwide digest-size issues of Mazie #s 2–7, which ran six undated issues in 1951 as a companion to the same publisher's Captain Atom, Lucky Starr and Do-Do 5-cent digests. Mazie went on a short hiatus until Magazine Publishers, which had the same address as Nationwide, picked up Mazie for a regular 10-cent series with #8 in 1952. If you can find the 5-cent Mazies, They're among the best collectible teen humor issues of 1951.
DC, of course, was still going strong with the bimonthly Buzzy, Leave It to Binky and A Date with Judy, none of which are nearly as hard to find as most other teen titles. (I've always wondered if the folks who created Leave It to Beaver for television in 1957 had ever seen Leave It to Binky, which started in 1948.) These titles are all a hoot and really fun to read. In general, the early 1950s issues are easier to find than the post-Comics Code issues in the final years of teen humor success at DC.
Likewise, Marvel still had a strong franchise with the bimonthly Patsy Walker and Miss America, which starred Patsy Walker and by this time had given up trying to be anything other than a comic book. Perhaps because of Archie's popularity, Marvel also kept Georgie — its only remaining teen boy title — going for six issues in 1951, but Georgie expired a year later with #39 (Oct. 1952). I've always felt the 1951–1952 issues of Patsy Walker, Miss America and Georgie are all fairly tough. Lots of collectors love anything pre-Code Marvel if it's under $5 or $10 in lower guide, and that includes teen humor.
Some people like ACG's Cookie and Kilroys titles, but I've always felt they were probably the weakest of all 1951-style teen humor. ACG did a wonderful job with numerous off-the-wall titles, and it had some of the quirkiest of all story types, but teen humor was not its strength.
The big teen humor mystery of the early 1940s is why Dell waited so long to adapt a comic book from the long-running Henry Aldrich radio character. Still, good old Henry must have sold pretty well; the Dell title went from a quarterly to a bimonthly in 1951 and ran 22 issues through 1954. They're a lot of fun, too.