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American Library (1943) comic books

  • Issue #1
    American Library (1943) 1

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    Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo. Story by Captain Ted. W. Lawson. Art by Don Komisarow. Cover by Clayton Knight. Pioneering comics publisher David McKay presents illustrated versions of bestselling books, an early version of Classics Illustrated and the like. This issue is based on the best-seller about Jimmy Doolittle's then-recent bombing run over Tokyo, a reprisal for the Pearl Harbor attack that also inspired the film Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo. An illustrated text version of the story, rather than straight comics. 64 pages, B&W. Cover price $0.15.

  • Issue #2
    American Library (1943) 2

    Guadalcanal Diary. Story by Richard Tregaskis. Art and painted cover by Franklin Wittmack. Pioneering comics publisher David McKay presents illustrated versions of bestselling books, an early version of Classics Illustrated and the like. This issue is based on the memoir Guadalcanal Diary by war correspondent Richard Tregaskis, inspired by his time with the U.S. Marine Corps during the months-long Guadalcanal Campaign in World War II. An illustrated text version of the story, rather than straight comics. 68 pages, B&W. Cover price $0.10.

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  • Issue #3
    American Library (1943) 3

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    Look to the Mountain. Story by Le Grand Cannon, Jr. Pioneering comics publisher David McKay presents illustrated versions of bestselling books, an early version of Classics Illustrated and the like. This issue is based on the historical novel by LeGrand Cannon, Jr., an epic of the pioneers who settled the New England wilderness, which was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. An illustrated text version of the story, rather than straight comics. 64 pages, B&W. Cover price $0.15.

  • Issue #4
    American Library (1943) 4

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    The Case of the Crooked Candle. Story by Earl Stanley Gardner. Pioneering comics publisher David McKay presents illustrated versions of bestselling books, an early version of Classics Illustrated and the like. This issue is an adaptation of the 24th Perry Mason mystery novel by Erle Stanley Gardner. A corpse is found in a boat grounded at low tide. But a candle that stands at a steep angle may hold the key to revealing the murderer. An illustrated text version of the story, rather than straight comics. 64 pages, B&W. Cover price $0.15.

  • Issue #5
    American Library (1943) 5

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    Duel in the Sun. Story by Niven Busch. Cover by Franklin Wittmack. Pioneering comics publisher David McKay presents illustrated versions of bestselling books, an early version of Classics Illustrated and the like. This issue is an adaptation of the epic tale of a Mestiza (half-Native American) woman who goes to live with her white relatives, encountering prejudice and forbidden love. The novel also inspired a classic 1946 film with Jennifer Jones and Gregory Peck. Also featuring an illustrated biography of author Niven Busch. An illustrated text version of the story, rather than straight comics. 48 pages, B&W. Cover price $0.15.

  • Issue #6
    American Library (1943) 6

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    Wingate's Raiders. Story by Charles J Rolo. Pioneering comics publisher David McKay presents illustrated versions of bestselling books, an early version of Classics Illustrated and the like. This issue tells the true story of Orde Wingate, the controversial British commander who pioneered guerrilla warfare against Japanese forces in Burma. By cutting supply and communication lines and leading his troops on dangerous treks through the jungle, he paralyzed Japanese forces that otherwise could have been deployed in Burma and India. An illustrated text version of the story, rather than straight comics. Final issue of the series. 48 pages, B&W. Cover price $0.15.