Batman Family "Dollar comic" back covers|
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The relentless stagflation of the 70's was not kind to comics. 50 cents for a 100 page super-spectacular became 60 cents, then became 60 cents for a 64 page giant, and finally 60 cents for a 48 page "giant." (back then, comic companies were actually reluctant to raise cover prices, you see). Then came the "Dollar Comic," at 80 pages for a dollar, with all-new content. But 80 pages was just too much paper to be affordable, so after only a few months of 80 page dollar comics, the page count was cut back to 64 pages.
But again, this was an era when comic publishers felt a responsibility to deliver value for your dollar, so DC eliminated all advertising from the 64 page dollar comics. 64 pages with no ads was nearly the same number of story pages as 80 pages with ads, so they could tell readers that nothing had changed except a lower printing bill for DC. And it gave the artists the opportunity to create pinups for the back cover.( Read more... )
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Tags: char: alfred pennyworth, char: bat-mite, char: batgirl/oracle/barbara gordon, char: batman/bruce wayne, char: catwoman/selina kyle, char: etrigan/jason blood, char: jim gordon, char: joker, char: man-bat/kirk langstrom, char: penguin/oswald cobblepot, char: ra's al ghul, char: riddler/edward nigma, char: robin/nightwing/dick grayson, char: scarecrow/jonathan crane, char: two-face/harvey dent, publisher: dc comics, title: batman family