Post by beccabear67 on May 15, 2019 11:41:56 GMT -5
I have an interest in World's fairs and Expositions... perhaps the most famous comic book tie-in is the comic that led to the World's Best/Finest title with this special edition World's Fair comic in 1939 featuring the iconic Perisphere and Trylon exhibit prominently...
Here's an ad promoting it as 'official' in other DC books...
Around the same time another publisher put out their own special edition of their regular Jumbo Comics...
The Fair was still open the following year, 1940 for a second, though lower key, season which when this next DC team-up special would've been been released and was then followed by World's Best/Finest Comics on a regular basis...
I know of some comics tied-in to later Fairs/Expos, but I thought before moving on to them I would open this up now for additional commentary and if anyone else knows of any 1939-1940 New York tie-ins? I thought maybe there was another Jumbo or something by Fawcett, but if so can't find them. I would love to learn more. Also if there are any cartoon strip or cartoon books with any connection to earlier affairs this would be the best time to include them. Did any newspaper strip characters travel to San Francisco?
Obviously this was done some 55 years later, but Sandman Mystery Theater had a 4-issue arc that took place at the 1939 World's Fair:
Interesting! I read a non-fiction book not too many years ago centered on the two policemen who were killed on the grounds of the fair by a bomb. It would've made a solid real source for a fictional mystery story.
Post by codystarbuck on May 15, 2019 14:02:25 GMT -5
Roy Thomas tied Wesley Dodd's birth, as Sandman, to the 1939 World's Fair and the Fantom of the Fair, which was a Paul Gustavson character, for Centaur Comics.
In the story, Wesley witness the Fantom in action, at the World's Fair, then is inspired into his own identity. There was also a link to the Crimson Avenger, as the earliest masked mystery men, in DC, in the post-Crisis world, without the GA Superman.
Along the lines is Dean Motter and Michael Lark's excellent Terminal City.
Terminal City is a mystery story, set in a flawed futurist city, which had been the site of the Brave New World's Fair. Among its features are the Colossus of Roads, which was supposed to symbolize the progress of the age. the was the Steel Beach, an artificial beach, created for tourists. Mysterious events scandalized the fair and the city fell on hard economic times, which sets the background for the main story, involving a murdered courier, a mysterious Woman in Red, an ex-Human Fly daredevil-turned-window cleaner, a high steel construction worker, a character filled old hotel, and an Abbott & Costello-inspired shady duo.
Post by Crimebuster on May 15, 2019 15:27:48 GMT -5
If we're ready to start talking about the '64 World's fair, Life with Archie #31 takes place at the fair, and in a very unusual move for Archie, it crosses over with Josie #9, which also takes place at the fair.