Alice Reads A Thrilling Comic – #Sepia Saturday 174

This photo comes from my Cleage stash and features Alice, my Uncle Henry’s first wife, reading a Thrilling Comic.  How did she happened to be reading it? Did she enjoy comics? Love thrillers? Was she posing (or posed) for the photo? Was the comic book laying around because that is where Henry got his short story ideas?  Judging by her eyes, she does look mildly thrilled.


Thrilling Comics

“Thrilling Comics was one of the longest runs the publisher had. It ran for eighty issues. The issues themselves featured many different kinds of comic stories like the standard superhero story as well as westerns, detective, stories, comedies, comic strips, short stories and many more.”  The series started in 1940 and ran through 1951. To see all the covers for the 80 issues, click Thrilling Comics.


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32 Responses to Alice Reads A Thrilling Comic – #Sepia Saturday 174

  1. Brett Payne says:

    That’s an excellent photo for this week’s theme :-)

  2. Bob Scotney says:

    She has a look of wide-eyed concentration; super picture.

  3. I love old photos. This one is really charming. I just found your blog:)) Now I plan to look around a bit…

  4. Love the photo and am trying to work out where Alice is sitting? … Is she in a car, bus, tram…or?

  5. She looks totally engrossed. That look would be too hard to pose. You have some great family photos, Kristin.

    • Kristin says:

      Thank you Cindy. I was looking at other photos taken that day, using the same car, and thinking I should have put a few more in. Oh well, I’m sure they will appear eventually.

  6. Kathy Hart says:

    Love the concentration!

  7. shelley says:

    Great shot, you have so many beautiful pictures. Two questions:
    1) who was the shutterbug in the family.
    2)Were they using the old Brownie kodak camera?

    We were always discouraged from reading comic books, you know what they would say about the grammar. My mom would tried to turn our attention to the Golden Legacy Illustrated History Magazine known as Negro comic books. It wasnt half as thrilling but educational I suppose. My favorite past-time reading Archie comics and chewing bazooka bubble gum.

    • Kristin says:

      On my father’s side, my grandfather, my father and his three brothers all took photos. They didn’t use Brownies. Here is a post of them with various cameras

      In my mother’s family, my grandfather, my mother and Uncle Buddy all took photos using a Brownie.

      I remember reading comics and chewing bazooka bubble gum too. Little Lulu was my favorite but during the summer we read a variety – Archie, Little Dot, Richie Rich. Don’t remember reading Thrilling Comics though 😀

  8. Nigel Aspdin (Derby, UK) says:

    Looks like good reading material were I 12 again. I am sure I could have fantasised about chasing that leopard skin clan girl through the jungle !!
    (Follow up comments forbidden !)

  9. Sharon says:

    Maybe she was like me and liked to read on a long trip :)

  10. Ida Chiavaro says:

    I am thrilled to have discovered your blog. I can see from scrolling down the last few that you chose a fabulous theme for your A-Z. I love glimpses at other peoples lives and your history is very different to mine. I can’t begin to fathom the enormity of the task you set yourself, judging from the pictures it looks as though it is very rewarding. This month has been an enormous challenge, and in the coming months I look forward to catching up with yours.

    • Kristin says:

      I’m finding it hard to read as much of the blogs I find that I like during this challenge too. But I don’t see how it can be different unless I do everything beforehand and that would take away half the enjoyment for me. I enjoy writing as I go and getting new inspiration along the way.

  11. Inger says:

    The photos on your blog are wonderful and interesting to me as I found so many long forgotten pictures of my family’s life in Sweden for the A to Z. I decided to post them, the ones from long ago.

  12. Kathy says:

    I like this picture and she does look entertained by the thrilling story. We read a lot of the same comics, but I’ll add Millie the Model. She had a friend whose hair always covered one eye, but I can’t think of her name. And there was a comic in that Bazooka bubblegum, wasn’t there?

  13. That’s a super snap and made better by being inside the confined space of a car. I checked out those fantastic covers and Thrilling Comics were obviously designed for older readers, not unlike the graphic novels today.

  14. Little Nell says:

    Once again Kristin I’m amazed at the pictures you can seemingly pull out of a hat – or album. This is a wonderful answer to the challenge this week.

  15. TICKLEBEAR says:

    Great pic of Alice.
    On the other hand, on those covers,
    that amazon seemed a little quick with the knife…
    Pretty avant-garde for the late ’40s.

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