Also, that horrible imp will get you while you’re sleeping if you don’t turn in your comics.

§ June 6th, 2012 § Filed under found art § 6 Comments

So Rob, of Rob’s Movie Vault, found this bookplate in a old book donated to his library, and sent along a scan of it to me to share with all of you:

As Rob says, “How’s about that? Swap ten disgusting, depraved (*blecch*) comic books at your library and you can get one GOOD book, kids!”

I realize this is from the ’50s, back when we were all worried about the evils of comic books, Communism, and other things beginning with “com,” but I’m hoping the next time I swing by New Bedford, the offer is still standing. I have a bunch of old, crummy Swamp Thing and Love and Rockets and American Splendor comics I want to unload so I can get a real book that’s worthwhile and live-affirming to read.

…I’m not shore…er, sure which book just yet, but I’ll think of something.

6 Responses to “Also, that horrible imp will get you while you’re sleeping if you don’t turn in your comics.”

  • That imp is positively frightening.

    Oh…and the illustrated creature on the bookplate is scary too.

    Cheap joke, but someone had to do it …

  • ExistentialMan says:

    Looks like one of the creatures from del Toro’s “Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark”.

  • Snark Shark says:


  • Lawrence Fechtenberger says:

    Ten comics had a collective cover price of one dollar in the 1950s. Swapping them from a hardcover book, which probably had an equivalent or greater value, was actually a reasonable deal.

    But enough of that. Who else thinks that Miley Cyrus becoming Chris Hemsworth’s sister-in-law makes probable a Hannah Montana/Thor team-up (they are both Disney properties, after all)?

  • MrJM says:

    I was introduced to the DC’s Earth-Two via an 80-Page Giant carried by our public library.

    (God bless you, Mrs. Orr. I promise I’m gonna find and return all those books real soon.)

    — MrJM

  • Rob says:

    Funny thing is, New Bedford probably has sections devoted to graphic novels and manga these days. I know we do. We even have little-kid-reading-level comics to hook ’em early! “Groo” is always popular.