Story: Comics and graphic novels

Boy reading Jack and Jill magazine, 1959

Comics were hugely popular with children and young people in the 1950s. This young boy in school uniform is reading the British children's magazine Jack and Jill, which included comics. The back page is devoted to the Tiny tales comic strip. 

Cowboys had long been a popular subject for comics. Listen to this reading of a 'Catapult cowboy' comic, which was broadcast on the radio in 1974.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Evening Post Collection (PAColl-0614)
Reference: EP/1959/0664-F

Permission of the Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand, Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa, must be obtained before any re-use of this image.

Sound file from Radio New Zealand Sound Archives Nga Taonga Korero. Any re-use of this audio is a breach of copyright. To request a copy of the recording, contact Sound Archives Nga Taonga Korero (Spectrum 96 When Tuppence Bought The World/ Reference number ID 32662)

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How to cite this page:

Tim Bollinger, 'Comics and graphic novels - Comics mini-boom, 1940s to 1950s', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 23 July 2024)

Story by Tim Bollinger, published 22 Oct 2014