Drawing from History: Revisiting Topps Baseball Card Back Comics from the 1950s-1980s


For those who grew up in the 20th century, that heyday of ink and paper, funnies and strips, the news in July that Mad magazine would no longer appear on newsstands or offer original content must have felt like the last brushstroke on an epitaph. The nearly 70-year-old humor magazine with comic book beginnings arrived in 1952 and stood at the forefront of the comic world’s golden age, which influenced a wide spectrum of absurdly drawn characters on printed pages, from newspaper comics to movie posters to, yes, the backs of baseball cards. Both the magazine and baseball cards appealed…

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