Zip Comics

 ZIPC   (M.L.J., 1940-1947)

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Zip Comics was the showcase for Steel Sterling, a typical golden age costumed adventurer whose exploits gained power from the dynamic artwork of Irv Novick. Other MLJ stalwarts including The Web, Nevada Jones and Black Jack also appeared in its pages. Indeed, the standard of art in most MLJ titles was better than average for the 1940s, even down to the backup features. Zip Comics included “The Slap-Happy Applejacks” (hillbilly humor), Señor Banana (racist Mexican humor, though well drawn), Chimpy (funny animals drawn in a Will Eisner style!), and Ginger (girl-oriented teen humor). The Red Rube, a humorous takeoff on Captain Marvel who gained the powers of everyone in history ever named Rueben by uttering the words “Hey Rube!” made his debut in issue #39.

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#1

  2/1/1940
  $0.10
  $3,600.00
No copies available
1st appearance of Steel Sterling (John Sterling); 1st appearance of Scarlet Avenger (Jim Kendall); 1st appearance of Nevada Jones; 1st appearance of Kalthar; 1st appearance of Captain Valor; 1st appearance of Mr. Satan (Dudley Bradshaw); 1st appearance of Zambini the Miracle Man; 1st appearance of Tim Shane; 1st appearance of Tom Shame; Origin of Kalthar; Origin of Steel Sterling (John Sterling); Origin of Scarlet Avenger (Jim Kendall)Harry Shorten, Abner Sundell, Joe BlairCharles Biro, Irv Novick, Lin Streeter, Ed Smalle, Mort Meskin, Edd Ashe, Ed Wexler

#2

  3/1/1940
  $0.10
  $1,600.00
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Steel Sterling; Scarlet Avenger; Nevada Jones; Kalthar; War Eagles; Captain Valor; Mr. Satan; ZambiniHarry Shorten, Abner Sundell, Joe BlairCharles Biro, Irv Novick, Lin Streeter, Ed Smalle, Mort Meskin, Ed Wexler

#3

  4/1/1940
  $0.10
  $1,250.00
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Steel Sterling; Scarlet Avenger; Nevada Jones; Kalthar; War Eagles; Captain Valor; Mr. Satan; ZambiniHarry Shorten, Abner Sundell, Joe BlairCharles Biro, Irv Novick, Lin Streeter, Ed Smalle, Mort Meskin, Ed Wexler

#4

  5/1/1940
  $0.10
  $1,200.00
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Steel Sterling; Scarlet Avenger; Nevada Jones; Kalthar; War Eagles; Captain Valor; Mr. Satan; ZambiniHarry Shorten, Abner Sundell, Edd Ashe, Joe BlairCharles Biro, Irv Novick, Lin Streeter, Ed Wexler, Mort Meskin, Edd Ashe

#5

  6/1/1940
  $0.10
  $975.00
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Steel Sterling; Scarlet Avenger; Nevada Jones; Kalthar; War Eagles; Captain Valor; Mr. Satan; ZambiniAbner Sundell, Harry Shorten, Joe BlairCharles Biro, Irv Novick, Lin Streeter, Ed Smalle, Mort Meskin, Ed Wexler

#6

  7/1/1940
  $0.10
  $1,050.00
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Steel Sterling; Scarlet Avenger; Nevada Jones; Kalthar; War Eagles; Captain Valor; Mr. Satan; ZambiniAbner Sundell, Harry Shorten, Joe BlairCharles Biro, Irv Novick, Lin Streeter, Ed Smalle, Mort Meskin, Ed Wexler

#7

  8/1/1940
  $0.10
  $875.00
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Steel Sterling; Scarlet Avenger; Nevada Jones; Kalthar; War Eagles; Captain Valor; Mr. Satan; ZambiniAbner Sundell, Harry Shorten, Joe BlairCharles Biro, Irv Novick, Lin Streeter, Ed Smalle, Mort Meskin, Edd Ashe, Ed Wexler

#8

  9/1/1940
  $0.10
  $290.00
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Steel Sterling; Scarlet Avenger; Nevada Jones; Kalthar; War Eagles; Captain Valor; Mr. Satan; ZambiniHarry Shorten, Abner Sundell, Joe BlairCharles Biro, Irv Novick, Ed Smalle, Mort Meskin, Lin Streeter, Ed Wexler

#9

  11/1/1940
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  $800.00
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Steel Sterling; Scarlet Avenger; Nevada Jones; Kalthar; War Eagles; Captain Valor; Mr. Satan; ZambiniHarry Shorten, Abner Sundell, Harry CampbellCharles Biro, Irv Novick, Ed Smalle, Mort Meskin, Lin Streeter

#10

  1/1/1941
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  $950.00
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1st appearance of Red ReaganJoe Blair, Abner Sundell, Harry Shorten, Louis GoldenCharles Biro, Louis Golden, Irv Novick, Ed Smalle, Mort Meskin, Lin Streeter

#11

  2/1/1941
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  $600.00
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Steel Sterling; Dicky; Nevada Jones; Red Reagan; War Eagles; Captain Valor; Scarlet Avenger; ZambiniJoe Blair, Harry ShortenCharles Biro, Louis Golden, Sam Cooper, Ed Smalle, Mort Meskin, Irv Novick, Lin Streeter

#12

  3/1/1941
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  $600.00
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Steel Sterling; Dicky; Nevada Jones; Red Reagan; War Eagles; Captain Valor; Scarlet Avenger; ZambiniJoe Blair, Harry ShortenCharles Biro, Louis Golden, Sam Cooper, Ed Smalle, Mort Meskin, Irv Novick, Lin Streeter

#13

  4/1/1941
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  $600.00
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Steel Sterling; Dicky; Nevada Jones; Red Reagan; War Eagles; Captain Valor; Scarlet Avengeer; ZambiniJoe Blair, Harry ShortenCharles Biro, Louis Golden, Sam Cooper, Ed Smalle, Mort Meskin, Carl Hubbell, Lin Streeter

#14

  5/1/1941
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  $600.00
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Steel Sterling; Dicky; Nevada Jones; Red Reagan; War Eagles; Captain Valor; Scarlet Avenger; ZambiniJoe Blair, Harry ShortenCharles Biro, Lewis Golden, Sam Cooper, Ed Smalle, Mort Meskin, Carl Hubbell, Lin Streeter

#15

  6/1/1941
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  $600.00
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Steel Sterling; Dicky; Nevada Jones; Red Reagan; War Eagles; Captain Valor; Scarlet Avenger; ZambiniJoe BlairCharles Biro, Louis Golden, Sam Cooper, Ed Smalle, Mort Meskin, Carl Hubbell, Lin Streeter

#16

  7/1/1941
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  $600.00
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Steel Sterling; Dicky; Nevada Jones; Red Reagan; War Eagles; Captain Valor; Scarlet Avenger; ZambiniJoe Blair, Harry ShortenCharles Biro, Louis Golden, Sam Cooper, Ed Smalle, Mort Meskin, Carl Hubbell, Lin Streeter

#17

  8/1/1941
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  $600.00
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Steel Sterling; Captain Valor; Nevada Jones; Red Reagan; War Eagles; Dicky; Scarlet Avenger; ZambiniJoe Blair, Harry ShortenIrv Novick, Sam Coopeer, Ed Smalle, Louis Golden, Paul Reinman

#18

  9/1/1941
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  $625.00
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1st Appearance of Wilbur; Captain Valor; Nevada Jones; Red Reagan; Dicky; War Eagles; Steel Sterling; ZambiniJoe Blair, Harvey Willard, Harry ShortenIrv Novick, Paul Reinman, Larry Golden, Ed Smalle, Lin Streeter

#19

  10/1/1941
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  $600.00
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Steel Sterling; Captain Valor; Nevada Jones; Red Reagan; Dicky; War Eagles; Wilbur; ZambiniJoe Blair, Harvey Willard, Harry ShortenIrv Novick, Paul Reinman, Louis Golden, Ed Smalle, Lin Streeter

#20

  11/1/1941
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  $900.00
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1st appearance of Black Jack (Jack Jones); Origin of Black Jack (Jack Jones)Joe Blair, Harry ShortenIrv Novick, Lin Streeter, Ed Smalle, Louis Golden, Bob Montana

#21

  12/1/1941
  $0.10
  $540.00
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Steel Sterling; Black Jack; Wilbur; Captain Valor; Nevada Jones; War Eagles; Dicky; ZambiniJoe Blair, Harry ShortenIrv Novick, Lin Streeter, Ed Smalle, Louis Golden, Paul Reinman

#22

  1/1/1942
  $0.10
  $540.00
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Steel Sterling; Black Jack; Wilbur; Captain Valor; Nevada Jones; War Eagles; Dicky; ZambiniJoe Blair, Harry ShortenIrv Novick, Lin Streeter, Ed Smalle, Louis Golden, Paul Reinman

#23

  2/1/1942
  $0.10
  $540.00
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Steel Sterling; Black Jack; Wilbur; Captain Valor; Nevada Jones; War Eagles; Dicky; ZambiniJoe BlairIrv Novick, Lin Streeter, Ed Smalle

#24

  3/1/1942
  $0.10
  $540.00
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Steel Sterling; Black Jack; Wilbur; Captain Valor; Nevada Jones; War Eagles; Dicky; ZambiniJoe Blair, Harry ShortenIrv Novick, Lin Streeter, Ed Smalle, Jim Phillips

#25

  4/1/1942
  $0.10
  $540.00
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Steel Sterling; Black Jack; Wilbur; Captain Valor; Nevada Jones; War Eagles; Dicky; ZambiniJoe Blair, Harry ShortenIrv Novick, Lin Streeter, Ed Smalle

#26

  5/1/1942
  $0.10
  $540.00
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Steel Sterling; Black Jack; Wilbur; Captain Valor; Black Witch (continued from Witches Cauldron in Bue Ribbon Comics #22); War Eagles; Dicky; ZambiniJoe BlairIrv Novick, Lin Streeter, Ed Smalle

#27

  7/1/1942
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  $800.00
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1st appearance of Web (John Raymond)Joe BlairJohn Cassone, Irv Novick, Lin Streeter, Ed Smalle, Jim Phillips

#28

  8/1/1942
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  $540.00
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Origin of Web (John Raymond)Joe Blair, Gerald KeanIrv Novick, Lin Streeter, Paul Reinman

#29

  9/1/1942
  $0.10
  $540.00
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Web; Steel Sterling; Black Jack; Zambini; Wilbur; Hall of Fame; Black WitchJoe BlairIrv Novick, Lin Streeter

#30

  10/1/1942
  $0.10
  $540.00
No copies available
1st appearance of Zoom O’DayJoe Blair, Harry ShortenIrv Novick, Lin Streeter, Paul Reinman

#31

  11/1/1942
  $0.10
  $380.00
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Web; Steel Sterling; Black Jack; Wilbur; Zoom O’Day; Hall of Fame; ZambiniJoe Blair, Scott FeldmanIrv Novick, Red Holmdale, Bob Montana, Paul Reinman

#32

  12/1/1942
  $0.10
  $380.00
No copies available
Web; Steel Sterling; Black Jack; Wilbur; Zoom O’Day; Hall of Fame; ZambiniJoe Blair, Harry ShortenIrv Novick, Red Holmdale, Bob Montana, Paul Reinman

#33

  1/1/1943
  $0.10
  $380.00
No copies available
Steel Sterling; Web; Black Jack; Wilbur; Hall of Shame; Hall of Fame; ZambiniScott FeldmanIrv Novick, Sam Burlockoff, John Cassone, Red Holmdale, Paul Reinman

#34

  2/1/1943
  $0.10
  $380.00
No copies available
Steel Sterling; Web; Black Jack; Wilbur; Black Witch; Hall of Fame; ZambiniFlynn V. LivingstonIrv Novick, Sam Burlockoff, Sam Cooper

#35

  3/1/1943
  $0.10
  $380.00
No copies available
Steel Sterling; Web; Black Jack; Wilbur; Ginger; Hall of Fame; ZambiniFlynn V. LivingstonIrv Novick, Sam Cooper, Harry Sahle

#36

  4/1/1943
  $0.10
  $380.00
No copies available
1st appearance of Senor BananaGrant BosworthIrv Novick, Harry Sahle, Joe Edwards, Sam Cooper

#37

  5/1/1943
  $0.10
  $380.00
No copies available
Steel Sterling; Applejacks; Ginger; Chimpy; Senor Banana; Woody the Woodpecker; Wilbur; WebViv Janicet, Joe Edwards, Harry SahleIrv Novick, Harry Sahle, Joe Edwards

#38

  7/1/1943
  $0.10
  $380.00
No copies available
Steel Sterling; Applejacks; Ginger; Hall of Fame; Senor Banana; Wilbur; WebHarry SahleIrv Novick, Harry Sahle

#39

  8/1/1943
  $0.10
  $380.00
No copies available
1st appearance of Red Rube (Reuben Reuben)Harry Sahle, Zenith Gray, Joe Edwards, Ed GrogginIrv Novick, Harry Sahle, Ed Robbins, Joe Edwards

#40

  10/1/1943
  $0.10
  $725.00
No copies available
Steel Sterling; Red Rube; Senor Banana; Applejacks; Chimpy; Ginger; WilburEd GogginIrv Novick, Harry Sahle, Joe Edwards, Claire Moe, Bob Montana

#41

  11/1/1943
  $0.10
  $280.00
No copies available
Steel Sterling; Senor Banana; Applejacks; Red Rube; Chimpy; Ginger; WilburEd Goggin, George WellingtonIrv Novick, Harry Sahle, Robin King, Joe Edwards, Claire Moe, Lin Streeter

#42

  12/1/1943
  $0.10
  $300.00
1 copy available for $300.00
WilburEd Goggin, Maurice HowardHarry Sahle, Claire Moe, Bill Vigoda, Joe Edwards, Betty Hershey

#43

  1/1/1944
  $0.10
  $280.00
No copies available
Steel Sterling; Red Rube; Senor Banana; Applejacks; Chimpy; Ginger; WilburEd Goggin, Tommy TomkinsBill Vigoda, Harry Sahle, Joe Edwards, Claire Moe

#44

  2/1/1944
  $0.10
  $280.00
No copies available
Steel Sterling; Senor Banana; Applejacks; Ginger; Red Rube; Chimpy; WilburOtto Binder, Ed Goggin, James HarrisonHarry Sahle, Janice Valleau, Bob Vigoda, Joe Edwards

#45

  4/1/1944
  $0.10
  $280.00
No copies available
Steel Sterling; Senor Banana; Applejacks; Ginger; Chimpy; WilburEd Goggin, Clem Weisbecker, Pen ShumakerBob Vigoda, Harry Sahle, Janice Valleau, Joe Edwards

#46

  5/1/1944
  $0.10
  $280.00
No copies available
Steel Sterling; Senor Banana; Applejacks; Ginger; Red Rube; Flying DragonsOtto Binder, Ed Goggin, Harry RoseIrv Novick, Harry Sahle, Janice Valleau, Bill Vigoda

#47

  6/1/1944
  $0.10
  $280.00
No copies available
Summer 1944; Final IssueClem Weisbecker, Ed GogginIrv Novick, Bill Vigoda, Janice Valleau