cannonball comics Publisher Rural Home Publications seemed to cause a stir in the closing days of World War II. The publisher released no less than a dozen titles over an 8-month period between late 1944 and early 1945. Many of these titles are memorable to serious Golden Age comic book collectors. for various reasons. comic mask and eagle comics stand out LB Cole blankets, for example. Flamboyant comics The hero, the Blue Turtle, is considered by many to be the first Asian-American superhero. Rural Home Publications Lindsey L. Baird must have been delighted when Humphrey Bogartone of the biggest movie stars of the era, was photographed reading a copy of Blue Circle Comics #3. Cannonball Comics #1 is another fascinating example of Rural Home’s ambitious foray into comic book publishing, with a remarkable skeleton cover purchased from an unknown artist. Interiors feature a dizzying array of material from Superman and Bugs Bunny parodies, and Archie-style teen drama, superheroes, and a touch of horror. There is a solid copy of Cannonball Comics #1 (Rural House, 1945) Condition: GD+ Up for auction today as part of the Sunday & Monday Comics Auction May 8-9, 2022, select Heritage Auctions auction #122219.
But then, just as Baird sent Cannonball Comics #2 to press, it all fell apart for Rural Home. The government’s War Production Board, an entity responsible for allocating paper rations to publishers during the World War II era, began cracking down on comic book publishers who abused paper allowances. A modification of the WPB order of February 6, 1945, further made printers and distributors responsible for performing services for comic books or magazines they suspected of violating WPB guidelines. This turned out to be the downfall of several little-known publishers of that era, including Rural Home. Lindsey L. Baird, title editor whose Flamboyant comics, Blue Circle Comics, eagle comicsand cannonball comics was sentenced to 60 days in jail and fined $20,000 for misusing 600 tons of newsprint, effectively ending his Rural Home comic book line.
Nonetheless, many issues in the Rural Home line remain prized by serious collectors today, and Cannonball Comics #1 is one of them. An eye-catching example of a strange moment in Golden Age comics history, there is a Cannonball Comics #1 (Rural House, 1945) Condition: GD+ Up for auction today as part of the Sunday & Monday Comics Auction May 8-9, 2022, select Heritage Auctions auction #122219.