Casper, Wendy, and Richie Rich, in baseball gear, with their usual disproportionately large heads

For a good while now, I’ve been stockpiling material to share on the blog. Perhaps because other stuff has felt more timely, I haven’t posted much about comics — but if I were a tag cloud that would probably be the biggest label on me.

Western, a company you may know from Little Golden Books or comics, puzzles, and more released under the Whitman name, published a series called March of Comics with a rotating cast of such features as Donald Duck, Roy Rogers, Bugs Bunny, Little Lulu, and Woody Woodpecker — not all of them alliterative — over nearly 40 years beginning in 1946. I’m going to do my best to make this month a “March of Comics” here. Almost every day should bring a review; anecdotes from my time spent reading comics, studying the art form, and working in the industry; or at least a gallery of favorite covers.

Since yesterday’s first installment of what hopefully will be a slate of essays on my relationship to comics is focused on DC and Marvel, above I’ve run the cover of a Harvey one-shot that celebrated the centennial of the National League — dated June but published in March 1976, per the Newsstand at Mike’s Amazing World of Comics, a special issue sporting a variety of covers spotlighting different NL teams. With spring training underway and my Phillies looking to repeat a World Series win, it’s especially apt, on top of being another personal golden oldie that I hadn’t seen for decades before tracking it down via The Grand Comics Database.

Cover to Richie Rich, Casper, and Wendy — National League © 1976 Harvey Comics. National
League icons ® Major League Baseball. Harvey characters and logos ® Harvey Comics.

Related: DC in ’76 Finding It Comics of March

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