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Juke Box Comics (1948) comic books 1938-1955

  • Issue #1
    Juke Box Comics (1948) 1

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    Cover by Alex Toth. "Music Was Never Like This!," art by Alex Toth (as Sandy Toth); Brief history of Spike Jones and the City Slickers. "Tex Beneke Carries On," art by Fred Guardineer; The story of Tex Beneke and his band. "Ac-cent-tchu-ate the Positive"; A very brief account of Johnny Mercer's career. "Serenade starring Woody Herman," art by R. Webster; A crooked promoter tries to pull a bait-and-switch on a high school dance committee. "Paging Mr. Husing" article; Short feature about radio announcer Ted Husing. "King of the Juke Boxes...Perry Como!," art by CAM; The story of Perry Como's rise to fame. "Jammy Sammy"; Jivey meets the daughter of a popular singer. "Serenade with Benny Goodman," art by Sid Greene; Benny and Art expose a phony music school racket. "Duke Ellington," art by A. C. Hollingsworth; Duke Ellington tells how he got his name, oddly enough, from his hobby of collecting clothes. "Buddy Rich Young Man with a Drum," art by R. Johnson; How Buddy Rich became a drummer in Frank Sinatra's band. 52 pgs., full color. $0.10. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #2
    Juke Box Comics (1948) 2

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    Cover by Allen Ulmer. "First Lady of Song Dinah Shore," art by Allen Ulmer; The story of Dinah Shore's career. "Phil Regan the Pluck of the Irish," art by Gil Kane (as Katz); Phil Regan goes from cop to singing star. "Xavier Cugat the Rhumba King," art by Phil Berube; Xavier Cugat goes from caricaturist to band leader. "Guy Lombardo Speedboat Maestro," art by Ed Moore; A story about Guy Lombardo's speedboat hobby. "Isn't He...Scurrummschuss?", pencils by Mike Roy, inks by Sam Burlockoff; Jivey and the gang go swimming. "Elliot Lawrence the Human Dynamo," art by Gil Kane; A brief story about Elliot Lawrence, child prodigy. "Stan Kenton," pencils by Allen Ulmer; Stan Kenton and his band foil the plans of a crooked promoter. "Kate Smith," art by Fred Guardineer; Kate Smith makes "God Bless America" a popular song. "King Cole Trio Monarchs of the Small Combination," art by Sid Greene; Story about the ups and downs of the King Cole Trio. "Mel Torme - There Ain't No Justice," art by Jerry Fasano; Mel's love for racing earns him a speeding ticket. 52 pgs., full color. $0.10. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #3
    Juke Box Comics (1948) 3

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    Cover by Allen Ulmer. "Vaughn Monroe Racing with the Moon," art by Sid Greene; Vaughn fights bad weather to make it to a concert on time. "Count Basie," art by Jimmy Thompson; Count Basie recounts how he saved his trumpet player from drowning. "Jan August and His Piano Magic," art by Ed Moore; The story of how pianist Jan August obtained a recording contract. "Vic Damone," art by Allen Ulmer; The story of how Vic Damone was developed into a recording and performing star. "Eddie Cantor," art by Jerry Fasano; The story of Eddie Cantor's rise to fame. "Johnny Long," art by Ruth Atkinson; Johnny reminisces about some of the odd moments in his career as a band leader. "Ella Fitzgerald the Cinderella of Song," art by Alex Toth; The beginning of Ella's career under the guidance of Chick Webb. "Harry James," art by Jimmy Thompson; The story of Harry James, who went from circus performer to top trumpet player. "Enter the Juke Box Dance Contest," art by Mike Roy; Jivey tries to rig a dance contest by using itching powder on his competition. 52 pgs., full color. $0.10. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #4
    Juke Box Comics (1948) 4

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    Cover art by Jerry Fasano (Jimmy Durante) and Phil Berube (Hal McIntyre). "Miguelito Valdes," art by Ruth Atkinson; Miguelito's career from boxer to singer to bandleader. "Frankie Laine - it Can't Be True But...," art by Gil Kane; Frankie relives some of the rough times he had during his singing career. "Satchmo Louis Armstrong," art by Jerry Fasano; Louis gets sidetracked on the way to receive a music award. "Kay Starr the New Look," art by Jay; A change in Kay's voice results in a complete makeover for the singer. "Jimmy Durante...the Great Schnozzola," art by Ed Moore; The story of how Jimmy went from being a helper in his dad's barber shop to a top-rated piano player and entertainer. "Ted Weems - Fate Takes a Hand," art by Allen Ulmer; How Ted Weems hired a new trumpet player. Untitled Jivey and Groovy story, art by Mike Roy; Groovy's tomboy cousin Hail, causes quite a stir when she goes to the dance with Jivey. "Robert Merrill of the Diamond Horseshoe," art by Fred Guardineer; A brief account of Robert Merrill's various jobs on his way to becoming an opera singer. "Hal McIntyre and the Ghost of IaHuy," art by Jay; Hal and a friend solve the mystery of a ghost at a French castle. 52 pgs., full color. $0.10. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #5
    Juke Box Comics (1948) 5

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    Cover by Ed Moore. "Alvino Rey," art by Ed Moore; Young Alvino Rey applies his knowledge of electronics to music. "Lawrence Welk...The Dance at Wizard's Gulch!," art by Jimmy Thompson; Lawrence finds that his band is booked to play in a ghost town. "Randy Brooks," art by Henry C. Kiefer; Randy is forced to choose between music and basketball. "Carmen Cavallaro The Poet of the Piano," art by Al Thompson; Carmen reminisces about some the wacky things that have happened to him. "Charlie Spivak," art by Jerry Fasano; Charlie honors the woman responsible for his tag of "the man plays the sweetest trumpet in the world." Untitled Jivey and Grovy story, art by Mike Roy; The gang goes skiing and meets an egotistical skiing champ. "Sam Donahue," art by Jimmy Thompson; Sam finds an unexpected fill-in whe he goes on a one night stand. A brief account of Duke Ellington's career. "Morey Amsterdam America's First Josh Dickey," art by Jerry Fasano; Morey interviews a horse on his radio show. 52 pgs., full color. $0.10. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #6
    Juke Box Comics (1948) 6

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    Cover by Ed Moore. "Lionel Hampton Rockin' Rhythm," art by Jimmy Thompson; Lionel goes from soda jerk to bandleader. "Betty Hutton," art by Jerry Fasano; This is the short story of Betty Hutton's rise to fame from a street dancer to movie star and recording artist. "Borrah Minevitch King of the Harmonica," art by Ed Moore; Borrah Minevitch goes from selling papers to playing harmonica solos with an orchestra. "Liltin' Martha Tilton Takes the Cake," art by Chuck Winter; Martha does her best to deliver a cake to a soldier. "The Ranopama Dude Ranch"; Jivey, Groovy and the gang go to a dude ranch for a relaxing vacation. "Desi Arnaz...You Can't Keep a Good Man Down," art by Chu Hing; The Arnaz family is exiled from Cuba during a revolution. "That Genial Irish Gentleman Art Mooney," pencils by Jay; Art's musical career is interrupted when he's drafted. "Dick Haymes Jack of All Trades"; Young Dick Haymes works as an actor, a singer, a band leader and a composer. "Bob Crosby The Edison Complex," pencils by Gil Kane, inks by Mike Roy; Bob interviews a number of people with odd inventions. 52 pgs., full color. $0.10. Cover price $0.10.