Big Little Books

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Compact children's book format inaugurated in late 1932 by the Whitman Publishing Company (Racine, Wisconsin) with The Adventures of Dick Tracy (graph 1932) and widely imitated by other publishers. A typical Big Little Book had a width of 3 5/8 inches and a height of 4½ inches, with 432 pages making a fat little volume 1½ inches thick (roughly 9.2 cm x 11.4 cm x 3.8cm). Every page of text was faced by a full-page captioned picture. Many Juvenile Series appeared in Big Little Book format, initially selling for 10¢ and later for 15¢.

Comics in this encyclopedia which are recorded as having been novelized in this format are: Alley Oop, Brick Bradford, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, Flash Gordon and Superman. Included authors and artists of Big Little Books are: Gerald Breckenridge, Edgar Rice Burroughs (with Tarzan titles), John Coleman Burroughs (with John Carter of Mars), Irving Crump (with Og), Gaylord Du Bois, V T Hamlin (with Alley Oop), Philip Francis Nowlan (with Flash Gordon), William Ritt (with Brick Bradford), Roy J Snell, Wallace West and Russ Winterbotham. [DRL]


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