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  1. Aug. 1961: Mandatory Two Pages of Text

    August 27, 2011 by The Belated Nerd

    An odd feature of early comic books was the mandatory two pages of text required for publications to take advantage of second class mail rates. Until someone stumbled upon the clever substitution of a letters page, every comic book published until the early Sixties had one of these text stories. I’m uncertain what difference it made to the post office. If a comic book without pages of text wasn’t a magazine, what was it? Art? Think of the prestige comic book publishers could have garnered if they’d just spent a few pennies more on stamps!

    This month’s mandatory two pages of text comes from Tales of Suspense # 21.  Author unknown.