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Hmmm... this is very interesting. I wasn't aware of All-Negro Comics, until I read the below article about its auction.

All-Negro Comics was America’s first-ever comic book, written, illustrated and published entirely by African-Americans, aimed primarily at African American readers. This was in the late 1940s, by the way.

My brief research revealed that there have been relatively few mainstream comic books published by and intended primarily for black audiences. These include Negro Romance (1950) Negro Heroes (1947 - 1948), the venereal disease educational Little Willie (1949), Fast Willie Jackson (1976 – 1977), and a line of comics published by DC Comics in the 1990s (including Blood Syndicate, Hardware, Icon, Kobalt, Shadow Cabinet and others).

According to the AP, the single issue of All-Negro Comics is up for auction.

A copy of All-Negro Comics No. 1, as it was called, is up for sale by comics entrepreneur Stephen Fishler. He says the comic is very rare - lasting one issue in 1947.

All-Negro Comics sold for 15 cents and was the brainchild of a black Philadelphia journalist, Orrin C. Evans.

The comic book, featuring such characters as detective Ace Harlem and Hep Chicks on Parade, is for sale as part of the online ComicConnect Event Auction. It began Feb. 27 and continues March 13, 14 and 15.

Apparently, within the pages of this single issue you'll find: a violent detective story; followed by a fairytale for little children; then an adventure about a Tarzan-like African hero; and finally, a sex-comedy about two opportunistic tramps.

I'd love to get my hands on this!

Anyone familiar? Read the comic book? I'd love to get some first-hand opinions.

Check out more images from its pages below... including the inside-front-cover which details the career of publisher, writer and president of All-Negro Comics, Inc., Orrin. C. Evans: “Former reporter and editor in the Negro newspaper field. Over a period of more than 25 years, he served with the Afro-American newspapers, the Chicago Defender, the Philadelphia Tribune, the Philadelphia Independent, the Public Journal and the American and Musician and Sportsman’s Magazine. He also has been a contributor to the Crisis, official organ of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.”

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  1. Qadree said...

    You may have already posted about this, but it's something I've had bookmarked for a long time:

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