About this project
All covers in these limited edition collector's editions shot from the original photostats and other materials used to produce the comic books over 50 years ago!
From the collection of famed artist and editor, Dick Giordano, who drew many covers in these collections. Featuring Charlton Comics' top genres: LOVE, WAR, WESTERN and just plain WEIRD, as illustrated by some of the world’s top comic creators! The cover stats were provided by Giordano's assistant Rob Jones and each volume includes entertaining trivia about the comic books and their creators, with help from comic historian Nick Caputo. The eight releases have 2 volumes each of different themes. The majority of these covers have never been reprinted before and certainly not from their original sources like this! The digital editions will allow you to use the covers for screensavers, share on the web, print out and frame... and we imagine some rock bands will use them for posters!
Charlton had a long successful run of romance comics… here’s why!
Volume One features beautiful covers from BRIDES IN LOVE, CAREER GIRL ROMANCES, FIRST KISS, I LOVE YOU, JUST MARRIED, LOVE DIARY and ROMANTIC SECRETS. Including art by Matt Baker, Vince Colletta, Luis Dominguez, Dick, Giordano, Charles Nicholas and Joe Sinnott. Over 72 pages.
Volume Two showcases soap-opera covers from ROMANTIC STORY, SECRETS OF YOUNG BRIDES, SWEETHEARTS, TEEN-AGE CONFIDENTIAL CONFESSIONS, TEEN-AGE LOVE and TEEN CONFESSIONS. Including art by Matt Baker, Vince Colletta, Dick Giordano and Joe Sinnott. Over 68 pages.
Charlton took it to the land and the sea and the air in their fightin' war titles!
Volume One has furious covers from ARMY WAR HEROES, BATTLEFIELD ACTION, FIGHTIN’ AIR FORCE, FIGHTIN’ ARMY, FIGHTIN’ 5 and FIGHTIN’ MARINES. Including art by Jack Abel, Vince Alascia, Ernie Bache, Luis Dominguez, Dick Giordano, Sam Glanzman, Bill Montes and Charles Nicholas. Over 48 pages.
VOLUME TWO celebrates covers from FIGHTIN’ NAVY, MARINE WAR HEROES, NAVY WAR HEROES, SUBMARINE ATTACK, U.S. AIR FORCE COMICS and WAR HEROES. Including art by Jack Abel, Vince Alascia, Ernie Bache, Dick Giordano, Ernie Hart, Bill Montes and Charles Nicholas. Over 52 pages.
The wild west was popular in the 1960s and Charlton made it even wilder!
Volume One presents rip-snortin' covers from BILLY THE KID, BLACK FURY, CHEYENNE KID and MONTANA KID. Including art by Jack Abel, Vince Alascia, Ernie Bache, Luis Dominguez, Dick Giordano, Sam Glanzman, Bill Montes and Charles Nicholas. Over 48 pages.
Volume Two has triggering covers from OUTLAWS OF THE WEST, SIX-GUN HEROES, TEXAS RANGERS IN ACTION and WYATT EARP. Including art by Vince Alascia, Luis Dominguez, Dick Giordano, Rocke Mastroserio, Frank McLaughlin, Bill Molno and Charles Nicholas. Over 52 pages.
Some of the weirdest covers put out by Charlton Comics in the 1960s!
Strange Space Mysteries #1 showcases stunning covers from MYSTERIES OF UNEXPLORED WORLDS, SPACE ADVENTURES, SPACE WAR, STRANGE SUSPENSE STORIES and UNUSUAL TALES. Including art by Vince Alascia, Ernie Bache, Dick Giordano, Rocke Mastroserio, Bill Molno, Bill Montes and Charles Nicholas. Over 52 pages.
Nurses, Monsters and Hotrodders #1 overdoses on amazing covers from BLUE BEETLE, CYNTHIA DOYLE NURSE IN LOVE, DOCTOR TOM BRENT YOUNG INTERN, DRAG-STRIP HOTRODDERS, GORGO, HOT RODS AND RACING CARS, KONGA, KONGA’S REVENGE, NURSE BETSY CRANE, THREE NURSES and THE YOUNG DOCTORS. Including art by Vince Colletta, Steve Ditko, Dick Giordano, Bill Fraccio, Jack Keller and Charles Nicholas. Over 52 pages.
Not only we offering this incredible collection of vintage comic book covers, you can also own a piece of comics history as we are making the original cover stats available for rewards! These stats, silver prints and proofs were used to originally print these comics over 50 years ago and some are even stamped on the back with the Comics Code Authority's approval, along with the agent's initials and date accepted! These are one of a kind artifacts, incredibly rarer than any mass-produced comic book. Accordingly, some of these stats are a bit aged and stressed and have been cleaned up for publication, while some are in fairly pristine condition... but they are the only ones in existence! All these stats were from the personal collection of Charlton and DC Comics illustrator and editor Dick Giordano, who bequeathed them his assistant Rob Jones. Each stat will come with a Certificate of Authenticity signed by Rob Jones and Editor/Publisher Mort Todd.
Taste the flavor of Charlton Comics! The publisher had a long association with Bonomo's Turkish Taffy, often having contests with the Taffy as one of the prizes. Many of the covers in these collection are from October 1963 when there was a Turkish Taffy promotion. To honor that tradition, our rewards include a bar of Turkish Taffy! (Note: The United States Postal Service may not allow shipment to some countries outside the U.S. Not affiliated or endorsed by Bonomo.)
NOTE: These books will not be available in stores and are Kickstarter Limited Editions (very limited) that will have your name in our Charlton Comics Collector Hall of Fame printed in each volume!
Risks and challenges
Charlton Neo has done two successful Kickstarters before, so we've gotten more aware of potential risks and challenges. Our Kickstarter campaign for the MONSTERS ATTACK horror comics collection publication was delayed due to our adding even more content from our contributors (though we got all the other rewards out immediately). Our CHARLTON COMICS SILVER AGE COVER GALLERY is already scanned and completed (just needs some proof-reading and adding the Hall of Fame page with your name on it after the campaign is over) and we gave ourselves a little more elbow room with the ship date so we don't foresee any delay in getting these books out by late November/ early December.
They say print is dead, but we beg to differ! Comic properties are all the rage on film, TV, with toys and other merchandise, but comics sales are much lower than they used to be. Our current business model involves print on demand, which isn't very profitable in the short or long run. These releases are a lot of work and no one's getting rich off it (yet)! It is our aim to raise enough capital to print our books thousands at a time, instead of one at a time, and get wider distribution. We have set a modest goal which will cover printing expenses for the Charlton Comics Silver Age Cover Gallery and the rewards, but it'd be nice if we got overfunded! That way we can honor our creators and pay some royalties to the contributors. Regardless, we will continue to put out fun, entertaining comics and hope you will join us on our ride!
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