"DC - NATIONAL COMICS" 1950s COMIC BOOK RACK.
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Auction #210 - Part II
Item numbers 1271 through 3109 in auction 210
23.75x54.5x14" deep jigsawed wood and masonite three-tiered rack w/three shelves to each rack. c. mid-1950s. Both sides of rack have large 5.5" dia. "Superman - DC - National Comics" logo in blue/yellow. Front of top rack features smaller logos in red/yellow w/additional text reading "The Line Of Stars - The Best In Comics Reading." Front of middle rack has text reading "All DC Comics Approved By Comics Code Authority." This is noteworthy as the Comics Code Authority was formed in Sept. 1954 in response to a widespread public concern over gory and horrific comic-book content. It allowed comic publishers to self-regulate the content of comic books in the US as an alternative to government regulation. This need arose from the the publication of Fredric Wertham's book "Seduction Of The Innocent" earlier in 1954 and the subsequent congressional hearings it brought about. This rack would work perfectly as a display for your vintage comics books, including easily accommodating newer CGC-graded examples. This is the photo example used in Chip Kidd's 2001 book "Collecting Batman" (on page 41). Rack shows some lt. scattered wear, w/side bottoms having some warping/staining/cracks from moisture w/7/8x6" silver of wood surface missing on left and 1x1.5" and 1x7" pieces off of bottom right side. Fronts of rack show trace of wear but overall, rack still displays VF when viewed from front. Very rare and one of only a few known examples of this specific style rack. From the collection of Chip Kidd, renowned author, graphic designer and pop culture enthusiast extraordinaire.
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