Camera-Themed Comic Books from the 1940s


posted Monday, June 25, 2012 at 2:08 PM EST

Camera-comics-no-1-logoIf the camera industry was smart and forward thinking, it might do well to take a page from the past and make an updated version of these camera-themed comic books from the 1940s.

Published between 1944 and 1946 by the U.S. Camera Publishing Company, the Camera Comics series was a fun, marketing gimmick to try to inspire more people to take up photography as a hobby.

Characters in the series included "Kid Click" and the proto-feminist "Linda Lens," a female professional photographer at a time when few female pro shooters existed.

Along with the cartoons, the Camera Comics series featured articles that might not look out of place on some DIY photography blogs, including stories on how to build a pinhole camera or how to make a wooden "pistol grip" for your camera to "shoot" photos more quickly. Get it?


While printed comic books are still in style (will they ever go out of style?), maybe Canon, Nikon, and other big names in the photo industry could join together and create a campy, interactive Camera Comics series for the iPad or iPhone.

It certainly might help sell a few more cameras in a still troubled economy.

(From Accidental Mysteries via BoingBoing)