Americana October 2001
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Your Guide Publications was one of the more successful of the 1940's superhero publishers, but most collectors don't recognize the name. Lev Gleason, one of the partners in the beginning, lent his name to be used as the company's title in 1941, and the name Your Guide Publications (along with the next three they used before changing to Lev Gleason) faded into the lost land of comic book trivia. In the very beginning, the company was purchasing their art and story packages from the Chesler shop, a shop full of raw young talent. Their roster was like a who's who of comics' early days, featuring names like Rico, the Binders, Everett, Biro, Kubert, Bob Wood, Fine, Raboy, Gustavson, Guardineer, Simon and others like the great Jack Cole! Their first work for Your Guide Publs. was to produce a package of superhero and adventure work called Silver Streak Comics. The magazine really started to cook around issue #6 when the company's most successful superhero, The Daredevil, was introduced. Nine months later, Captain Battle made his first appearance in the same magazine, and was an immediate hit, or so they thought at first. On several occasions the publishers tried to launch titles tied in with his name. They failed quickly. Captain Battle continued to be featured until the end of Silver Streak Comics first incarnation, ending with issue #21, dated May, 1942. It's funny that the company backed the wrong character in the premium department, overlooking their character Daredevil to pick Captain Battle, but they were both good strips, and in the days before market surveys and tests, it was probably a coin toss as to which one they picked. They obviously picked wrong. The scarcity of items from the "Captain Battle's Boys Brigade" membership kit seems to support this conclusion as well! Rarely turning up, the Captain Battle items are only in the possession of a select few advanced collectors. Here's your chance to get the best two items of the three that came in the membership kit! What is offered here is a wonderful presentation framing of the membership pin and card. The collector who had these two took a thin piece of foam board and mounted to it a slightly-enlarged (8" x 10") color xerox of the colorful club ad. Then the pictures of the membership card and pin were neatly removed, providing places for the originals to be mounted. He even went so far as to allow the reverse side of the card to be seen through the rear of the framing materials! The 2-1/2" x 4" membership card has the original owner's name penned in neatly, and it is very sharp otherwise, grading Excellent in condition. The pin is a beauty, with no dings, fading, or scratching in evidence, grading Excellent to Mint condition. All of it is mounted in an attractive wooden frame. This is one sharp piece, and its scarcity makes it a great centerpiece for a comic pin display!
Very Scarce 1941 Captain Battle Boy's Brigade Club Pinback and Card
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