Thursday, October 22, 2009

Vintage Thingies Thursday: Little Lulu Comics

I've been sorting through photos lately, and discovered some shots of my comic book collection. It's mostly in storage right now, but I thought I'd share a few pix, since these books are definitely "vintage thingies."

One of my first literary heroines was Lulu Moppet. Created and initially drawn by Marjorie Henderson Buell (who signed herself "Marge"), Little Lulu first appeared in the 1930s as a single-frame cartoon in the back pages of the Saturday Evening Post Magazine. Well, I'm old – but that was just a bit before my time. I first met Little Lulu in the 1950s, in the comic books produced by the Dell Publishing Company. I've always thought of Lulu as one of the first feminists in children's literature. She was a tough little lady – plucky, resourceful, and imaginative. She was also very funny.

I loved the stories and the artwork. And the covers were always one of the greatest attractions – many of them with wonderful seasonal illustrations such as these (click on photos to enlarge):

But my favorites were always the Dell Giants issued several times a year, especially at Halloween time. They were bigger than the regular monthly comics, and more costly – a whole 25 cents as opposed to the regular 10 cents I usually had to pay. And they also had great covers, as you can see. (Sorry about the quality of the photos – most of these were taken years ago, before I went digital.)

Vintage Thingies Thursday is hosted by Suzanne at Coloradolady, and as she says, "Thursday is the day to showcase your vintage treasures and to share your special things with everyone." Please visit her blog to find out more about VTT or to participate yourself.


  1. What a wonderful collection of comics!

  2. These are great and I remember little LuLu well. There was a little corner store by my grandma's house and every weekend we visited, she always had to run to the store for something and took me with her, there was a rack of small toys, candy cigarettes, and comic books. She always let me pick was a fond memory of those days for sure looking at these comic books...

    Have a great fall weekend and a wonderful VTT!

  3.! Little Lulu! What a blast from the past! I haven't seen her in forever, Thanks for bringing her out of hiding!

  4. Oh, I did love me some Little Lulu! Of course, I don't have any of mine anymore but I have been tempted to buy them on ebay along with 1960's vintage Seventeen Magazine!

  5. I remember Lulu from when I was a little girl, and one of my daughter's favorite videos was her Lulu tape! Great covers on those comic books. Thanks for the memories!
    Happy VTT!

  6. I love your comic book covers. Ten cents was such a reasonable price even 50 years ago. I can't understand why comic books are so expensive now, and they even seem thinner.

  7. What a wonderful collection! I'm afraid that I don't remember Little LuLu. Makes me feel a little young today! Thanks! As I'm 40+ and feeling old! hehehe

    Vintage Thingie Thursday!

  8. I had forgotten about Lulu, the Halloween covers are great!

  9. ooohh i LOVE little've got some lovely treasures in those comics!

  10. Great collection!


  11. Thanks for the wonderful memories. I remember Little Lulu -- it was one of my favorites.


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