Comedy Comics

Timely // April 1942 - Fall 1946
Issue count: 26

A rare "funny book" from Timely, featured some hero stories (CITIZEN V, THE FIN). Stan Lee wrote lots of stories for this rare, rare title! Not many on the market, which could drive prices up!

Comedy Comics

In the era of the 2nd World War, youngsters and teens alike sought comfort in the entertainment in the form of comic books which portrayed superheroes fighting evil, in general, and more specifically the scourge of the Axis powers that were storming through Europe and Asia.

But America needed to laugh, also. Many publishing houses filled the gap with humor and funny animal titles to some degree of success. However, Timely Comics (Marvel) had not been as well versed in this genre as some others; they knew that their “bread and butter” was with the costumed heroes. But, following fashion and taking a cue from their competitors, Timely felt the need to enter this potentially lucrative market.

Taking over the issue numbering from one of their cancelled hero books, Daring Mystery Comics - which only lasted 8 issues, Timely debuted the 68-page Comedy Comics #9 in April 1942, a scant few months after America entered the war.

Not being a company to waste material, the first two issues of Comedy Comics contain some superhero stories leftover from the previous title (The Silver Scorpion, Citizen V, The Fin by Bill Everett, captain Dash - formerly Captain Daring - ) along with some fairly generic humor strips featuring characters such as Tubby N’ Tack, Trinket, The Comedy Kids, and L’il Professor and Rudy the robot. The second issue carried more generic humor pieces starring Otto, Daffy and Duffy, and Wheezy, along with the last-gasp of leftover hero stories (The Victory Boys, The Fourth Musketeer by Don Rico,and Monstro the Mighty).

Clearly, Comedy had not settled into a set roster as of yet - but despite that fact, there were a number of notable contributors to the book from the start, including a 21-year old Stan Lee, who not only wrote some pieces, but was appointed as Editor of the book. And  impressive artists, some of which were not known to work in this genre - Mike Sekowsky, Al Gabriele,Charles Nicholas, Sol Brodsky, Chic Stone, Basil Wolverton ( who had a hit with his character Powerhouse Pepper for Timely), and Al Jaffee, of later Mad Magazine stardom.

Very shortly, Comedy Comics settled into a set group of characters that would star in each issue, most of them, like Puffy Pig, Super Rabbit, Waldo Wolf, and Korny Kat and Monty Mouse, were generic knock-offs of other companies hit characters.

With issue #15, log-time staffer Vince Fago took over the editing chores, as Stan Lee had been conscripted into the Army to help the war effort. And as the series progressed, all of the “name” talent disappeared - in fact credits for the stories and artwork for most of the material are unknown to this day! In fact Fago was gone as editor after issue #18, and it is not even known who was responsible for that duty until the end of the run.

Surprisingly, Comedy Comics ran for quite a while, until issue #34, dated Fall 1946. The war was over, and audiences were now preferring different things from comic books; one of them being beautiful young women in the “Betty and Veronica” mold, and in general, books geared to the tastes of the burgeoning “Teenage” culture. Comedy relented with that last issue( #34), which did not feature any anthropomorphic funny animals, but now starred characters Margie and Nellie the Nurse - sexy but sweet career-girl types. 

Furthermore, when Timely resurrected the series in 1948, the stars of the Comedy Comics re-boot were Hedy, Millie the Model, and Tessie.

Comedy Comics is a collectible title if only because of its obscurity, and that it is such an anomaly in the Timely Comics canon. Check our online price guide to see if any issues are floating around on the collectors market!

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Issue #9

What's Comedy Comics #9 worth in 2022?

The mint condition value of Comedy Comics #9 is $3,884. This value is based on the highest-rated copy to sell publicly, which is an unretouched 9.4 NM. That July 2012 price is a decrease from its peak May 2009 value of $4,780. An unretouched 9.2 has an April 2012 value of $2,655, and an unretouched 7.5 has a value of $1,560 as of August 2019.

Why is this comic book valuable?

The Comedy Kids make their first appearance in Comedy Comics #9, published in April 1942 by Timely Comics. The Fin, Citizen V, Silver Scorpion, and Captain Dash also star in this comic. The Comedy Kids take on Mayor Powers and Crunch in “The Haunted House Hassle.” ?

Price Guide Report

GD 2.0 VG 4.0 FN 6.0 VF 8.0 NM 9.4 RECORD SALE!
$200 $500 $1,025 $1,800 $4,400 $4,775

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Issue #10

What's Comedy Comics #10 worth in 2022?

The mint condition value of Comedy Comics #10 is unknown. There has been only one grade of #10 to sell at auction - an unretouched 9.0 that sold for the price of $1,852 in May 2009. That is a decrease from its peak August 2007 value of $2,032, but an increase from its November 2008 price of $1,673.

Why is this comic book valuable?

The first appearance and origin of the Fourth Musketeer is told in Comedy Comics #10, published by Timely Comics in June 1942. In “The Coming of the Fourth Musketeer,” a fourth Musketeer arises from France and travels across the sea to America to help fight the Nazis.

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GD 2.0 VG 4.0 FN 6.0 VF 8.0 NM 9.4 RECORD SALE!
$75 $175 $400 $1,000 $2,500 $2,025

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Issue #11

What's Comedy Comics #11 worth in 2022?

The mint condition value of Comedy Comics #11 is unknown. The highest CGC rated copy to sell at auction is an unretouched 9.0 that sold for the price of $575 in December 2009. That value is an increase from its May 2009 price of $448. An unretouched 8.0 has a June 2017 value of $415, and an unretouched 4.5 has a value of $75 as of May 2016.

Why is this comic book valuable?

The Vagabond and Stuporman star in Comedy Comics #11, published in August 1942 by Timely Comics. The Vagabond last appeared in Young Allies #4, but in Comedy Comics, he has a new humorous tone. Here, he takes on the villainous Creeper.

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GD 2.0 VG 4.0 FN 6.0 VF 8.0 NM 9.4 RECORD SALE!
$30 $65 $150 $375 $1,200 $575

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Issue #12

What's Comedy Comics #12 worth in 2022?

The mint condition value of Comedy Comics #12 is $717. This value is based on the highest CGC rated copy to sell at auction, which is an unretouched 9.6 NM+ that sold in May 2009. An unretouched 6.0 has a July 2005 value of $57, and an unretouched 5.0 has a value of $350 as of March 2020.

Why is this comic book valuable?

Stan Lee is the editor of a comic full of funny tales in Comedy Comics #12, published by Timely Comics in December 1942. This issue has an anthropomorphic theme, with funny animals taking on human traits. Featured are Skip O'Hare, Lester the Lion, Gus the Gnome, Montague Pigeon, and more.

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GD 2.0 VG 4.0 FN 6.0 VF 8.0 NM 9.4 RECORD SALE!
$20 $40 $80 $200 $800 $725

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Issue #13

What's Comedy Comics #13 worth in 2022?

The mint condition value of Comedy Comics #13 is unknown. There has been only one copy to be sold at auction: an unretouched 4.5 VG+ that sold for the price of $132 in September 2018 at Heritage Auction.

Why is this comic book valuable?

Super baby, Skilly Boo, and Floop make their first appearances in Comedy Comics #13, published in January 1943 by Timely Comics. In Super Baby’s first appearance, he takes on the Prince of Wails as his origin story is told. Floop and Skilly Boo are rabbits who get into humorous adventures!

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GD 2.0 VG 4.0 FN 6.0 VF 8.0 NM 9.4 RECORD SALE!
$50 $100 $200 $450 $1,350 $0

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Issue #14

What's Comedy Comics #14 worth in 2022?

The mint condition value of Comedy Comics #14 is unknown. The highest CGC rated copy to sell at auction is an unretouched 7.5 that sold for the price of $448 in November 2012. The only other copy to ever sell publicly is an unretouched 4.5 that has a December 2018 value of $412.

Why is this comic book valuable?

The first appearance of and the origin story of Super Rabbit is told in Comedy Comics #14, published by Timely Comics in March 1943. Vince Fargo steps in as the interim editor while Stan Lee serves in the military. Widjit Witch stars in “New Years Resolutions.”

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GD 2.0 VG 4.0 FN 6.0 VF 8.0 NM 9.4 RECORD SALE!
$50 $100 $200 $450 $1,350 $450

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Issue #15

What's Comedy Comics #15 worth in 2022?

The mint condition value of Comedy Comics #15 is unknown. There have been only two copies to sell publicly. The highest-rated copy to sell at auction is an unretouched 7.5 that sold for the price of $160 in August 2003. An unretouched 4.5 has a value of $51 as of October 2016.

Why is this comic book valuable?

In this issue, Skilly Boo is now known as Skillyboo in Comedy Comics #15, published in May 1943 by Timely Comics. Floop and Skillyboo hop their way to the land of Guffy the Goblin. Puffy Pig comes into the possession of Aladdin’s lamp, and Widjit Witch enters into a broom race.

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GD 2.0 VG 4.0 FN 6.0 VF 8.0 NM 9.4 RECORD SALE!
$25 $50 $100 $225 $700 $160

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