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Big Little Book   (1932)
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Publisher: Whitman

Publication Date: 1932 - 1938

Country: United States

Language: English

Notes:
Big Little Books are hard for a comics enthusiast to classify. The line wasn't, strictly speaking, one that devoted itself to sequential art. Most, but not an overwhelming majority, were illustrated prose books. Some contained at least some pages of comic strips, and a sizable minority were entirely comprised of sequential art.

Due to their age, however, it can be exceedingly difficult to find hard evidence as to which really contained comics and which didn't.

There will therefore be some amount of guesswork involved in cataloguing this title. Note, too, that it is not our intention to catalogue every issue of this title, but merely those which contain (or, in some instances, might contain) genuine sequential art.

Big vs. Better
For comics, one of the big temporal distinctions is that between the Golden and Silver Ages. A precise definition is illusive, but each era gives off a distinctive vibe to the keen collector. There is likewise a distinction between the Golden and Silver Ages of Big Little Books, but the line between the two is a bit clearer than that present in, say, DC Comics.

One of the most obvious distinctions is that of the the copyright. Larry Lowery, a noted scholar of BLBs, suggests that the Golden Age came between 1932 and mid 1938 when they were called Big Little Books. From the second half of 1938 until 1949 was the Silver Age, when they were known as Better Little Books.

Format
As the name implies, these were little books that were big. Though there was some variability prior to 1935, the general dimensions of a Big Little Book were 3.625" x 4 .5" x 1.5". In other words, they were the size of a scrap piece of two-by-four.

Numbering
There is no such thing as Big Little Book #1. The numbers assigned to these books came in one of two main sequences: 7xx (roughly, those issues prior to 1935), and 11xx (roughly, those issues from 1935-1938). A small number of Big Little Books were in the range of 14xxóbut the vast majority of these were actually Better Little Books.

Contributors should be wary of putting any issue with the number 14xx into this title, although valid examples exist.

Note, too, that the phrase "numerical sequence" is used advisedly here. There wasn't anything necessarily sequential about the numbering system.

Number of issues cataloged: 29



Issue   Title   Story Arc   Cover Date
5799
  Spider-Man Zaps Mr. Zodiac
 
  1976
5782-2
  The Incredible Hulk: Lost in Time
 
  1980
5780-2
  Superman in the Phantom Zone Connection
 
  1980
5778
  Grimm's Ghost Stories
 
  1976
5776
  The Pink Panther: Adventures in Z-Land
 
  1976
5775
  Fantastic Four in The House of Horrors
 
  1975
5774
  The Lone Ranger Outwits Crazy Cougar
 
  1968
5773-1
  Walt Disney's Donald Duck: The Lost Jungle City
 
  1975
5772-2
  Bugs Bunny: The Last Crusader
 
  1975
5771
  Batman and Robin in the Cheetah Caper
 
  1975
5768-1
  Popeye: Danger, Ahoy!
 
  1969
5766
  Bugs Bunny and Klondike Gold
 
  1974
5764-1
  Luck of the Ducks
 
  1969
5764
  Walt Disney's Donald Duck: Luck of the Ducks
 
  1969
5763
  Woody Woodpecker: The Sinister Signal
 
  1969
5755
  Popeye: Ghost Ship to Treasure Island
 
  1967
5754
  Lassie: Adventure in Alaska
 
  1967
5751
  Goofy in Giant Trouble
 
  1968
2031
  Batman and Robin in The Cheetah Caper
 
  1969
2019
  The Fantastic Four in The House of Horrors
 
  1968
2018
  Ivan Tors' Daktari: Night of Terror
 
  1968
2017
  Aquaman Scourge of the Sea
 
  1968
2010
  Woody Woodpecker and the Meteor Menace
 
  1967
1452
  King of the Royal Mounted Gets His Man
 
  1938
1179
  King of the Royal Mounted and the Northern Treasure
 
  1937
1103
  King of the Royal Mounted
 
  1936
1100
  The Phantom
  The Singh Brotherhood
  1936







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