Dime Action Books®: Fawcett Publishing Co.

The Fawcett Publishing Company of Greenwich, Connecticut entered the BLB-type book field briefly in 1941 with four titles. The characters for the titles were taken from Fawcett comic book heroes—Captain Marvel, Bulletman, Minute-Man, and Spy Smasher. All were soft covered with glued binding. Because they sold for 10¢, they were called Dime Action Books®.

The Bulletman and Minute Man titles were reproduced from Fawcett's "Master Comics". Spy Smahser and Captain Marvel came from "Whiz Comics". Captain Marvel appeared for the first time in "Whiz Comics #2, February 1940 but was put out of business in 1953 by a lawsuit. Captain Marvel was considered to be an infringement on D.C.'s Superman copyright. Fawcett's Dime Action Books® resemble BLBs. They are relatively hard to find.


BULLETMAN AND BULLETGIRL

Dime Action Book® 1941; soft cover; glued binding. Tall size, 4" x 5 1/2" x 5/8"; 192 pages. Author/Artist: Unknown.

COLLECTOR'S NOTES: The storyline is adapted from "Master Comics". The cover title is different than the title on the title page ("Bulletman and the Return of Mr. Murder")


CAPTAIN MARVEL AND THE RETURN OF THE SCORPION

Dime Action Book® 1941; soft cover; glued binding. Tall size, 4" x 5 1/2" x 5/8"; 192 pages. Author: Bill Parker. Artist: C. C. Beck.

COLLECTOR'S NOTES: The storyline is adapted from "Whiz Comics". Captain Marvel appeared for the first time in "Whiz Comics #2", February 1940.


MINUTE MAN AND THE MYSTERY OF THE SPY RING

Dime Action Book® 1941; soft cover; glued binding. Tall size, 4" x 5 1/2" x 5/8"; 192 pages. Author/Artist: Unknown.

COLLECTOR'S NOTES: The storyline is adapted from "Master Comics".


SPY SMASHER AND THE RED DEATH

Dime Action Book® 1941; soft cover; glued binding. Tall size, 4" x 5 1/2" x 5/8"; 192 pages. Author/Artist: Unknown.

COLLECTOR'S NOTES: The storyline is adapted from "Whiz Comics".


Fawcett also published 36-page booklets (including covers) called "Mighty Midget Comics". The latter were published by the Samuel Lowe Publishing Company of Kenosha, Wisconsin. Lowe had worked for Whitman during the period the first BLBs were developed and subsequently headed his own company. Most of the "Mighty Midget Comics" contained popular Fawcett comic characters. Because of their size, about 4" x 5", the books qualify as a peripheral BLB collector's item.


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