17 Great Online Resources For Public Domain Comic Book Research

Every now and then, (actually, more often then I should admit!) I pack a lunch and head off into Public Domain comic book land.

Seriously, I could spend a lifetime doing nothing but researching and republishing Public Domain comic books and still not even come close to exhausting all of the possibilities.

I have several websites that I like to visit when I am researching Public Domain comic books or comic books in general. In this article, I would like to share some of my favorites.

17 Great Online Resources For Public Domain Comic Book Research

Wikipedia.org – I am constantly in awe over the sheer amount of information you can uncover at Wikipedia. They’ve got tons of info on golden and silver age comics too. Try searching by publisher, by title, or even by character name and most of the time you can get some really great information.

Mile High Comics – You can buy golden and silver age comics here but most of the time, they’re just too darn expensive. Instead I use Mile High as an excellent source of information. On the home page they have links to their golden and silver age comics sections – click thru and you’ll find massive lists of titles. Click on a title and you’ll find great high-res cover scans and publishing info.

Metropolis Comics and Collectibles – Another dealer like Mile High where you can search by title and see cover scans. Again, you can buy here but it’s pretty pricey. I mostly only use for research purposes.

Atlas Tales – A great information resource for Timely / Atlas / Marvel Comics with cover scans.

Ben Samuels' Classic Golden Age Comic Book Cover Gallery – A wonderful repository of golden age comic cover scans.

Cartoon SNAP! - Animation, Comic Book Scans and How to Draw Cartoons! Storyboard artist Sherm Cohen shares his love of comics, cartooning and drawing funny pictures.

Comic Book DB - The Comic Book Database – A great place to research titles and publishers. ComicBookDB.com is the fastest-growing comic database on the web. The first goal of this project is to catalog every comic, graphic novel, manga, creator, character and anything else that could possibly relate to the field of comics. The second goal of ComicBookDB.com is to make this wealth of information as useful as possible.

CrimeBoss – A great website devoted to the Crime Comic Books of the 40’s and 50’s.

Grand Comic Book Database – cover scans, title, character, and publisher info. This is absolutely the most valuable tool in my comic book research arsenal. You will find tens of thousands of comic books indexed at this site with cover scans and you can search by title or by publisher to discover new titles and issues.

Holey Moley’s Comic Book Cover Quest – Nice cover scans of golden age comics.

Kit's Silver Age Comic Books – Another great collection of cover scans for your research needs.

Mikel Midnight's Golden Age Directory – So much info you could get lost for days!

Pappy's Golden Age Comics Blogzine – great info for research and great high resolution cover and panel scans. A Golden Age comic book blog featuring horror, crime, science fiction, funny animals and some super-heroes!

Scott Saavedra's Comic Book Heaven - Comic Book Heaven began as a modest self-published print fanzine in 1995 and has since had incarnations as a proper magazine, a hardcover book, and live presentations at conventions. The blog features all-new material in addition to selections from the CBH archive.

The Golden Age of Comic Books – All things related to the golden age of comic books. Listen in on discussions about various golden age comics presented via podcast.

The Golden Age of Comic Books Podcast – “Everything about the Golden Age of Comics Books. We'll discuss the superheroes that made an impact on popular culture as well as other types of comic books published during the late 1930's, 1940's and 1950's. From Superman to Batman, from Donald Duck to Captain America, we plan to explore why these pop culture icons have endured. We'll also look at current sources for reading these great old comics, and other helpful information for collectors.”

Golden Age of Comic Books – “Bill Jourdain has been reading comic books since he was 6 years old, and began collecting comics as a hobby over 30 years ago. He has focused on collecting Golden Age Batman related comics, but also has a large collection of other Golden Age and Silver Age titles.”

Have fun!

About The Author:

Logan Andrew is an online entrepreneur, information publisher, and author that has been using Public Domain material to create profitable products and businesses since 2001. He is also co-author of "The Public Domain Treasure Hunter's Survival Kit" available here. For more info Logan, click here.

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  1. Magpie says

    Thank you for this article! You first article on comic books inspired my zazzle store–there’s so much available material I’m actually falling behind in creating products. I love comic books–it’s one of the few opportunities for regular folks to own honest to goodness art.

  2. Juergen says

    Logan, I must say, I am not an investment broker but the few bucks spent on your comics package are peanuts in comparison to what I can do with this knowledge. But: If I WOULD be an investment broker, I would advice you not to sell this stuff too cheap (as you do today). Honestly, I would triple the price for this package you offer. I did an hour of research on the net and found out that the knowledge you share here is almost immeasureably to price. I know pretty well what I can do with your PD Comics package (BTW shame on you again for pricing this so low), I hope other readers can do the same.

  3. says

    Thanks for this, Juergen. Pricing is always a balancing act between what I know a product is worth and actually making it affordable for the people who need it most. I appreciate your comment and it’s been taken to heart.


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