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Non-Automotive Comics
Comic books are most associated with the costumed superhero, but almost every conceivable topic has made it into a comic book at some point in time. Crime stories were a popular genre of the "Golden Age," and Dick Tracy was drawn from Chester Gould's studio in Bull Valley, Illinois for 46 years. That's the town just to the east of Woodstock, the hometown of The Crittenden Automotive Library, and Gould was a fixture in Woodstock's downtown for decades.

Hot rods and racing cars were such popular topics with young boys, a primary consumer market for comic books, that it was inevitable that in November 1951 Charlton Comics debuted a comic book with that exact title: Hot Rods and Racing Cars. It was drawn by comic veteran and car dealer Jack Keller, who would go on through multiple Charlton titles to put car culture of the fifties and sixties into the bright pages of the comic world, but HR&RC would be the most popular and longest running, ending in 1973. Jack Keller would even go on to work for DC Comics on the licensed Hot Wheels comic in 1970 as the automotive industry was about to undergo a sea change and the Silver Age ended in the comic book industry.

Comic book series with automotive themes include:
Drag 'n' Wheels, Charlton Comics
Gipsy (French)/Gypsy (English translation), 1993-1997
Grand Prix, Charlton Comics
Hot Rod Comics, 1951-1953, Fawcett Publications
Hot Rod Racers, Charlton Comics
Hot Rods and Racing Cars, 1951-1973, Charlton Comics
Hot Wheels, 1970-1971, DC Comics
Legends of NASCAR, 1990, Vortex Comics
NASCAR Adventures, 1991, Vortex Comics
Speed Demons, 1957-1958
Speed Smith, Spring 1952, Charlton Comics
Surf 'n' Wheels, Charlton Comics
Teenage Hotrodders, Charlton Comics
World of Wheels, Charlton Comics

Issues

IssuesDocument Name & DetailsDocuments
Issue 1
November 1951
Hot Rods and Racing Cars
Charlton Comics
Issue Page - 33MB - 36 pages
Issue 2
January 1952
Hot Rods and Racing Cars
Charlton Comics
Issue Page - 34.1MB - 36 pages
Issue 1
February 1952
Hot Rod and Speedway Comics
Hillman Periodicals
Issue Page - 35.3MB - 36 pages
Issue 3
March 1952
Hot Rods and Racing Cars
Charlton Comics
Issue Page - 34.5MB - 36 pages
Spring 1952Speed Smith
Ziff-Davis
Issue Page - 20.6MB - 36 pages
Issue 4
May 1952
Hot Rods and Racing Cars
Charlton Comics
Issue Page - 35.3MB - 36 pages
Issue 4
August 1952
Hot Rod Comics
Fawcett
Issue Page - 17.9MB - 36 pages
Issue 1
Fall 1952
Hot Rod King
Ziff-Davis
Issue Page - 21.8MB - 36 pages
Issue 6
September 1952
Hot Rods and Racing Cars
Charlton Comics
Issue Page - 32.5MB - 36 pages
Issue 2
September 1952
Hot Rod and Speedway Comics
Hillman Periodicals
Issue Page - 13.0MB - 36 pages
Issue 3
December 1952
Hot Rod and Speedway Comics
Hillman Periodicals
Issue Page - 35.1MB - 36 pages
Issue 6
December 1952
Hot Rod Comics
Fawcett
Issue Page - 35.1MB - 36 pages
Issue 8
February 1953
Hot Rods and Racing Cars
Charlton Comics
Issue Page - 18.4MB - 36 pages
Issue 7
February 1953
Hot Rod Comics
Fawcett
Issue Page - 38.9MB - 36 pages
Issue 5
April 1953
Hot Rod and Speedway Comics
Hillman Periodicals
Issue Page - 32.8MB - 36 pages
Issue 10
June 1953
Hot Rods and Racing Cars
Charlton Comics
Issue Page - 31.8MB - 35 pages
Issue 11
August 1953
Hot Rods and Racing Cars
Charlton Comics
Issue Page - 22.9MB - 36 pages
Issue 22
May 1955
Hot Rods and Racing Cars
Charlton Comics
Issue Page - 34.0MB - 36 pages
Issue 24
September 1955
Hot Rods and Racing Cars
Charlton Comics
Issue Page - 26.9MB - 36 pages
Issue 5
February 1957
Speed Demons
Charlton Comics
Issue Page - 34.8MB - 36 pages
Issue 6
May 1957
Speed Demons
Charlton Comics
Issue Page - 33.6MB - 36 pages
Issue 7
August 1957
Speed Demons
Charlton Comics
Issue Page - 33.8MB - 36 pages
Issue 33
November 1957
Hot Rods and Racing Cars
Charlton Comics
Issue Page - 57.7MB - 36 pages
Issue 8
November 1957
Speed Demons
Charlton Comics
Issue Page - 34.1MB - 36 pages
Issue 9
January 1958
Speed Demons
Charlton Comics
Issue Page - 34.5MB - 36 pages
Issue 10
March 1958
Speed Demons
Charlton Comics
Issue Page - 34.8MB - 36 pages
Issue 37
October 1958
Hot Rods and Racing Cars
Charlton Comics
Issue Page - 34.3MB - 36 pages
Issue 60
November 1962
Hot Rods and Racing Cars
Charlton Comics
Issue Page - 11.8MB - 36 pages
Issue 2
June 1963
Teenage Hotrodders
Charlton Comics
Issue Page - 9.6MB - 36 pages
Issue 64
July 1963
Hot Rods and Racing Cars
Charlton Comics
Issue Page - 20.7MB - 36 pages
Issue 4
October 1963
Teenage Hotrodders
Charlton Comics
Issue Page - 10.0MB - 36 pages
Issue 6
February 1964
Teenage Hotrodders
Charlton Comics
Issue Page - 11.1MB - 36 pages
Issue 68
March 1964
Hot Rods and Racing Cars
Charlton Comics
Issue Page - 9.3MB - 36 pages
Issue 7
May 1964
Teenage Hotrodders
Charlton Comics
Issue Page - 9.1MB - 36 pages
Issue 8
July 1964
Teenage Hotrodders
Charlton Comics
Issue Page - 40.4MB - 36 pages
Issue 70
September 1964
Hot Rods and Racing Cars
Charlton Comics
Issue Page - 29.8MB - 36 pages
Issue 11
February 1965
Teenage Hotrodders
Charlton Comics
Issue Page - 12.7MB - 32 pages
Issue 13
July 1965
Teenage Hotrodders
Charlton Comics
Issue Page - 13.1MB - 33 pages
Issue 5
September 1965
Hot Rod Racers
Charlton Comics
Issue Page - 29.2MB - 36 pages
Issue 17
March 1966
Teenage Hotrodders
Charlton Comics
Issue Page - 13.2MB - 36 pages
Issue 8
April 1966
Hot Rod Racers
Charlton Comics
Issue Page - 25.2MB - 36 pages
Issue 79
May 1966
Hot Rods and Racing Cars
Charlton Comics
Issue Page - 30.5MB - 36 pages
Issue 9
July 1966
Hot Rod Racers
Charlton Comics
Issue Page - 20.1MB - 36 pages
Issue 19
August 1966
Teenage Hotrodders
Charlton Comics
Issue Page - 16.6MB - 36 pages
Issue 21
December 1966
Teenage Hotrodders
Charlton Comics
Issue Page - 9.3MB - 36 pages
Issue 14
May 1967
Hot Rod Racers
Charlton Comics
Issue Page - 20.3MB - 36 pages
Issue 85
June 1967
Hot Rods and Racing Cars
Charlton Comics
Issue Page - 26.4MB - 36 pages


Stories

Excerpts from comic books that aren't entirely about cars or racing.

IssuesDocument Name & DetailsDocuments
Issue 4 Excerpt
October 1953
Teenage Temptations: Flirtation on Wheels
St. John
Story Page - 9.2MB - 8 pages


Non-Automotive Comics

The following are covers and stories featuring cars that appear in comics that are not primarily about cars.

All-Time Sports, April-May 1949 All-Time Sports, April-May 1949
View cover of All-Time Sports, April-May 1949 - 260KB




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