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Old 11-02-23, 12:50 AM
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Re: Movies that feature actual comic books

Thanks! I grabbed some pics. Plus, I have a new (to me) movie to watch.
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Fantastic Four #121 at 39m39s into Chameleon Street (1989)...


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...with hundreds more on the floor...

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... and a couple more being read as they talk briefly about Kirby, Ditko, Thor, Spider-man, Nick Fury, etc.


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Old 11-07-23, 10:52 PM
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Re: Movies that feature actual comic books

There's a coverless comic being read by the deaf brother of the main villain in the Widmark/Poitier/Darnell film No Way Out (1950).

Seen between 1h35m02 to 1h35m29, with the latter probably being the best view.
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Re: Movies that feature actual comic books

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There's a coverless comic being read by the deaf brother of the main villain in the Widmark/Poitier/Darnell film No Way Out (1950).

Seen between 1h35m02 to 1h35m29, with the latter probably being the best view.
Thanks, but it was already posted in this thread.
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I saw the trailer for No Way Out (1950) earlier, and this shot pops up...


Well, I didn't think I could stay awake to watch the entire movie, so I scanned through it to see if I could tell what comic he's reading.

In that scene, he takes a folded up, coverless comic out of his hip pocket and sits down to read.


While the camera is behind him, we get a pretty good look at a couple of pages from what I believe to be Archie Comics #41 (Nov.-Dec., 1949).


We see another page from the same comic when the camera angle changes to the one used in the trailer.


I saw another comic book in an earlier scene, but nothing looked familiar in it. Maybe I'll have better luck after I watch the movie.
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It dawned on me later that I should've just taken the easy path and looked for a match in the same comic book for the comic in the other scene. Sure enough the comic behind Richard Widmark, on the table next to the bed, appears to also be Archie Comics #41.


I forgot to post the cover last night, so here it is.


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Old 11-08-23, 02:42 PM
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Re: Movies that feature actual comic books

Ah, well done. There should be an updatable list..
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Ah, well done. There should be an updatable list..
Keeping a list seems labor intensive. Why not just use the Search This Thread link at the top of the page to see if the film has already been mentioned? Or just post it when you see one. It's nice to see someone other than me posting in this thread.
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Re: Movies that feature actual comic books

There's a brief shot of a comic book being read in 2008's Deadgirl but even freezing the frame I couldn't make it out. It did not look like a Marvel or DC book, I know that much.
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There's a brief shot of a comic book being read in 2008's Deadgirl but even freezing the frame I couldn't make it out. It did not look like a Marvel or DC book, I know that much.
Yeah, I didn't recognize it either.

But, thanks to an HD copy, it's clear he's reading Return of the Super Pimps #1 (July, 2006), and yeah, apparently that was an actual comic book.

And since I'm posting rare, independent comics nobody has heard of, I'll post this one I've been sitting on for a few months:

The main villain in Spyfall (2014) is reading Jack of Spades #1, which I think was written by the director of the movie.




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Re: Movies that feature actual comic books

Wow, I have no idea how you figured out the Deadgirl comic.
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Old 11-09-23, 09:46 PM
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Re: Movies that feature actual comic books

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Wow, I have no idea how you figured out the Deadgirl comic.
It wasn't difficult, after I was able to obtain a good screenshot from an HD source. Then I was able to zoom in and clearly read "Super Pimps" on the cover (before that, I had no idea what it was). A quick image search for "Super Pimps" turned up the cover seen in the movie, so I figured it must be a real comic (which a little more reading confirmed).
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Old 11-16-23, 11:37 PM
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Re: Movies that feature actual comic books

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Keeping a list seems labor intensive. Why not just use the Search This Thread link at the top of the page to see if the film has already been mentioned? Or just post it when you see one. It's nice to see someone other than me posting in this thread.
Ha. Hadn't noticed that before...

5m45s into Watchmen (Ultimate Cut) in the first scene of the superb opening credits scene-setting has a wall full of Batman comics before the reality of this universe pushed superhero comics out of vogue.
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5m45s into Watchmen (Ultimate Cut) in the first scene of the superb opening credits scene-setting has a wall full of Batman comics before the reality of this universe pushed superhero comics out of vogue.

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Re: Movies that feature actual comic books

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Thanks! I grabbed some pics. Plus, I have a new (to me) movie to watch.


That is one of my favorite issues of the FF. Fantastic cover, outstanding story. The interior art was elite as well (Big John Buscema and Joltin' Joe Sinnott).
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OK... this'll be a tricky one. And not 'comic book' per se, but comic strips. In the original Scarface, 46m in, a mobster is machine-gunned in theblobby of the Hotel Cambridge while reading a newspaper - specifically he seems to be reading the funny pages, but they were too blurry and brief for me to begin to hazard a guess at which.
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A magazine rack with some comic books is visible in the background during a few shots in the Johnson & Johnson short, Sell as Customers Like it (1949), a film designed to teach Drugstore owners how increase sales. The best view is during a scene when a teenage girl comes into the store looking for a new shampoo, and she walks past the magazines. The comics are all in the front, on the top row, and would have all been on sale during the same period in early 1949.


Of the thirteen comics on that shelf, I believe I have identified twelve of them.


Tex Taylor #4 (March, 1949), Batman 51 (Feb/Mar, 1949), Superboy #1 (Mar/Apr, 1949), Wanted #19 (March, 1949), Ernie Comics #25 (March, 1949)...


Gangbusters #8 (Feb/Mar, 1949), something I haven't been able to identify, see below, Joe Palooka #30 (March, 1949), Superman #57 (Mar/Apr, 1949), Magic Comics #115 (Feb, 1949), A Date With Judy #97 (Feb/Mar, 1949)...



Action Comics #130 (March, 1949), and Crime and Punishment #12 (March, 1949).

Edit: Hell, I couldn't let one comic go unidentified, so I went and looked at 1949 comic covers again. I'm pretty sure the comic I couldn't identify yesterday was in fact Li'l Abner #69 (Feb, 1949). I remember thinking that was it, but deciding against it for whatever reason.


Comparing it to the blurred B&W copy above on the right makes me even more certain.

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Old 12-05-23, 02:43 AM
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I'm reasonably confident that the SOV necrophilia opus GOROTICA hasn't been featured in this thread, but I noticed a couple of nights ago that the, uhh, heroine flips through a comic book at one point, Blood Of Dracula (#14, according do a quick web search). All three of Hugh Gallagher's films in this trilogy are super low-budget, so I assumed he would not have had the money to mock something up, and it certainly looked like a real comic as she flips through it. It's only one brief shot, and you don't really see much more of the cover (at least with as legible title) than you do in this frame.



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Old 12-07-23, 11:30 PM
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Re: Movies that feature actual comic books

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OK... this'll be a tricky one. And not 'comic book' per se, but comic strips. In the original Scarface, 46m in, a mobster is machine-gunned in theblobby of the Hotel Cambridge while reading a newspaper - specifically he seems to be reading the funny pages, but they were too blurry and brief for me to begin to hazard a guess at which.
Another strip mystery.. in Tim Burton's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Charlie's family gifts him his birthday Wonka bar in a wrapper comprised of old newspaper strips... could be created for the film, and blink-an-miss-it brief, but still..
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Another short. In New Tools For Learning (1951), a short lauding the use of films in modern education (a cynic might call it an ad for Encyclopędia Britannica Films), two boys are seen checking out some comics as the narrator says "It is a world of new sensations, new excitements, new distractions..."



The kid on the left picks out what I believe to be Jesse James #4 (July, 1951).



A few others I think I see on the rack are....




Patsy Walker #36 (September, 1951), Krazy Kat #1 (May/June, 1951), Four Color #326 (1951), and Space Detective #1 (July, 1951).

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Re: Movies that feature actual comic books

Pretty sure that's Captain Video #4 in the second row down from the top all the way to the right.
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Lars of Mars #11

Lars of Mars #11 (top row)
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Pretty sure that's Captain Video #4 in the second row down from the top all the way to the right.

Thanks. I thought I had seen Captain Video up there somewhere when I watched the film, but by the time I had grabbed screenshots and was looking at covers, I had forgotten where it was, so I missed it.

I think there's another copy under the Jesse James comic, but it's really blurry, so it's hard to be certain.
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Lars of Mars #11 (top row)
This one I did see, and have a copy of the cover in my file (yes, I keep a file of all these), but I had already posted the pictures by the time I identified it and I didn't want to go back and add it.

Here's another one from my file that wasn't in my original post.


Frisky Animals #46 (July, 1951)

EDIT: I wonder why there are so many duplicate books on that display. Perhaps the filmmakers moved more innocuous books like Andy Panda and Krazy Kat to cover up Crime and Horror comics, or maybe it was just because kids had left it disorganized.

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Re: Movies that feature actual comic books

Kid in The Mitt (1977) reading a copy of Action Comics #437 (July,1974).


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EDIT: I wonder why there are so many duplicate books on that display. Perhaps the filmmakers moved more innocuous books like Andy Panda and Krazy Kat to cover up Crime and Horror comics, or maybe it was just because kids had left it disorganized.
I would bet it was the filmmakers that just spread them around to cover up all the other magazines and comics. I doubt they would have let it get that disorganized. We had racks like that in the IGA near us in the 70s and the manager would chase us away if we lingered there too long - "This isn't a library!" My guess is they pulled out the detective magazines and other unsavory stuff and spread out the others to cover the gaps.
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I would bet it was the filmmakers that just spread them around to cover up all the other magazines and comics. I doubt they would have let it get that disorganized. We had racks like that in the IGA near us in the 70s and the manager would chase us away if we lingered there too long - "This isn't a library!" My guess is they pulled out the detective magazines and other unsavory stuff and spread out the others to cover the gaps.
In one scene in the one I posted the other day, I noticed that someone had moved a couple of books around, seemingly to cover up the copy of Crime and Punishment #12 which would have been in the center of the background of the shot (frankly, I was a little surprised to see it at all in the film).

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When Strangers Marry (1944)

Are those comics along the top row of this newsstand in When Strangers Marry (1944) at 37m 54s...?
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When Strangers Marry (1944)

Are those comics along the top row of this newsstand in When Strangers Marry (1944) at 37m 54s...?
I have a copy of that under it's re-release title, Betrayed, so I took a look. Between sourcing a better copy, and going a few seconds past your shot, it became obvious that there was a Superman comic up there (plus I could read the full Black Hood title).



I think it's Superman #28 (May/June, 1944) and Black Hood #10 (Spring, 1944). I didn't identify any others yet, and I have somewhere to go soon, so I don't have time to look right now. Maybe someone else will do it.

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