True Comics

Publisher: Parents’ Magazine Press
Publication Dates: April 1941 – August 1950
Number of Issues Published: 84 (#1 – #84)
Color: color
Dimensions: standard Golden Age US
Paper Stock: glossy cover; newsprint interior
Binding: saddle-stitched
Publishing Format: was ongoing series

Information thanks to the Grand Comics Database

True Comics is an educational comic book series published by The Parents’ Institute, whose main publication was Parents’ Magazine. The series ran for 84 issues, from April 1941 until August 1950, when Parents’ cancelled all of their comic book series. True Comics was the most successful, or at least longest-running educational comic book series, and spawned several imitators, including DC Comics’ Real Fact Comics. The series embraced the motto of “truth is stranger than fiction,” and attempted to demonstrate that children would prefer “real fact” stories over fictionalized ones. By its cancellation in 1950, Parents’ had rolled at least 4 of its cancelled solo comics series into True Comics.

True Comics was also one of, if not the first comic book series to have an editorial board overseeing its content. As historian Jill Lepore said in her work The Secret History of Wonder Woman, “…what really set True Comics apart was that it was overseen by an editorial advisory board of experts: professors, especially historians, educators, and even the public-opinion pollster George Gallup.”

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11-16

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17-22

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23-28

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29-32

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33-36

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37-40

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45-50

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51-56

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57-62

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63-68

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75-80

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81-84

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