Comic Cavalcade

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Comic Cavalcade
Green Lantern, Wonder Woman and the Flash do their bit for the war: Comic Cavalcade #6 (Spring 1944), cover art by Paul Reinman.
Publication information
Publisher DC Comics
Schedule Quarterly:
#1-13
Bi-monthly:
#14-63
Format Ongoing series
Genre
Publication date Winter 1942 – Jun/Jul 1954
Number of issues 109
Main character(s) Flash
Green Lantern
Wonder Woman
Creative team
Writer(s) Bill Finger
Gardner Fox
Sheldon Mayer
William Moulton Marston
Artist(s) Sheldon Mayer
Irwin Hasen
H.G. Peter
Martin Nodell

Most American comic book publishers in the 1930s and '40s Golden Age of comic books published anthology titles that showcased a variety of characters, usually with one star—such as Green Lantern in All-American Comics or Wonder Woman in Sensation Comics. Comic Cavalcade, however, featured both those star characters as well as the Flash, a star in his own namesake title as well as the spin-off All-Flash.

At 96 pages initially, Comic Cavalcade was about one-and-one-half-times the length of the average comic book of the time. It was priced at 15 cents, when the average comic cost a dime. Many stories in Comic Cavalcade were scripted by other than the characters regular writers, for deadline reasons. Batman writer Bill Finger, for example, would occasionally write Flash stories for Comic Cavalcade when regular Flash writer Gardner Fox was preoccupied with other projects.

Initially published quarterly, the title went bi-monthly beginning with #14 (April-May 1946). It was revamped completely with #30 (December-January 1948), becoming a funny-animal humor book when superheroes faded from popularity in the post-war era. Featured were animator Frank Tashlin's movie-cartoon duo The Fox and the Crow, along with cartoonist Woody Gelman's creations, The Dodo and the Frog and Nutsy Squirrel. The book's length by this time had been reduced to 76 pages.

The title would later be referenced with DC's 1970s Cancelled Comic Cavalcade series.

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