Superhero Comics In 1970s Newsstand Photograph Finally Revealed

Yeah, finally — because it took me nearly a decade to get around to doing this.

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“A Newsstand in 1975”

Curiosity Killed the Cat

It actually made me curious, though, as to whether the photo was really taken in ’75 or if someone just guessed. Using even what’s partially visible from one of the covers, I thought that I could fairly easily narrow down not only the year, but maybe also the time of year that the photo was taken.

Satisfaction Brought Me Back

Based on the list of 42 books that I was ultimately able to make out from the photo (as well as the publication dates for each), and then with a little extra help from a fellow comic book collector who saw my first draft, I narrowed down the time frame that the photograph was taken between February and March 1975.

Closing Notes To The Reader

The Spirit (top right corner) was not included due to its being a comic magazine. Otherwise, the order of the comic book covers follows their placement in the photo. Also, Defenders #22 appears twice in the image, the first having been misplaced in front of Werewolf by Night #29. So the latter is shown in its proper spot.

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Giant-Size Defenders #4 (Marvel Comics) • Giant-Size Werewolf #4 (Marvel Comics) • Giant-Size Dracula #4 (Marvel Comics)
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Giant-Size Chillers #1 (Marvel Comics) • Giant-Size Marvel Triple Action #1 (Marvel Comics) • Targitt #1 (Atlas Comics)
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Sgt. Strykers Death Squad #1 (DC Comics) • Star Spangled War Stories #186 (DC Comics) • GI Combat #177 (DC Comics)
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Our Fighting Forces #154 (DC Comics) • Iron Jaw #2 (Atlas Comics) • Wulf the Barbarian #2 (Atlas Comics)
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Morlock 2001 #1 (Atlas Comics) • Planet of Vampires #1 (Atlas Comics) • Destructor #2 (Atlas Comics)
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Phoenix #2 (Atlas Comics) • Adventure Into Fear #26 (Marvel Comics) • Supernatural Thrillers #12 (Marvel Comics)
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Frankenstein’s Monster #16 (Marvel Comics) • Werewolf By Night #29 (Marvel Comics) • Tomb of Dracula #32 (Marvel Comics)
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Police Action #1 (Atlas Comics) • Scorpion #1 (Atlas Comics) • Grim Ghost #2 (Atlas Comics)
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Tiger-Man #1 (Atlas Comics) • Amazing Spider-Man #143 (Marvel Comics) • Doctor Strange 7 (Marvel Comics)
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Conan #49 (Marvel Comics)• Defenders #22 (Marvel Comics) • Marvel Team-Up #32 (Marvel Comics)
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Marvel Two-In-One #8 (Marvel Comics) • Strange Tales #179 (Marvel Comics) • Ka-Zar #8 (Marvel Comics)
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Jungle Action #14 (Marvel Comics) • Marvel Double Feature #9 (Marvel Comics) • Where Monsters Dwell #35 (Marvel Comics)
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Dead of Night #9 (Marvel Comics) • Astonishing Tales #29 (Marvel Comics) • Marvel Premiere #21 (Marvel Comics)
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Master of Kung-Fu #27 (Marvel Comics) • Amazing Adventures #29 (Marvel Comics) • Man-Thing #16 (Marvel Comics)

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