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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, The Phantom, The Shadow 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, Lee Falk (with Phantom titles), the House Name Maxwell Grant (with Shadow titles), 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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