Famous Fiction

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Famous Fiction by Chad Grothkopf (0505-) 1st Appearance 1942 - Adaptations of classic literature sporadically appeared on the newspaper comics pages since the 1920's, perhaps even earlier.  Beginning in 1942, Chad Grothkopf,  the head of a fledgling art studio,  saw profit in following suit.  The sunday strip started under the title "Famous Fiction', although that title would shrink and finally disappear.    The adaptations were simplified to usually last 2-3 months each.     The artwork by Grothkopf was very clean.  Paper Dolls were added   in 1943 to boost subscriptions.  Unfortunately, that only helped for awhile and the strip ended in 1946.   The market for Famous Fiction is good.  The more popular the book that was being adapted,  the better the strips sell. 

Sunday Comics

Item # Date-#-size* Condition* Price Notes
S0505-0001 1942 - 2T, 3H G/G/G $25.00 by Chad Grothkopf, 'Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves', On reverse Dixie Dugan(1H), Nebbs(2H) (7/12-8/2, 8/19)
S0505-0002 1942 - 3H G/G/G $18.00 by Chad Grothkopf, 'Under Two Flags', On reverse Dixie Dugan(3H) (9/20, 10/4, 11/15)
S0505-0003 1942 - 2H G/G/G $10.00 by Chad Grothkopf, 'The Night Before Christmas', No reverse (11/26, 12/6)
S0505-0004 1943 - 8H G/FR-G/G $37.00 by Chad Grothkopf, 'Robin Hood', On reverse Nancy(1H), Gasoline Alley(2H), Dixie Dugan(3H) (1/17, 2/15, 3/21, 3/28, 4/18, 5/2, 5/16, 5/30)
S0505-0005 1943/08/01 - H G/G/G $6.00 by Chad Grothkopf, 'Robin Hood' w/Paper Doll, on reverse Dan Dunn(H- topcut)
S0505-0006 1943/08/22 - H G/G/G $6.00 by Chad Grothkopf, 'Robin Hood' w/Paper Doll, on reverse Chief Wahoo(H- topcut)
S0505-0007 1943/08/22 - H BWRY G/G/G $4.00 by Chad Grothkopf, 'Robin Hood' w/Paper Doll, No reverse
S0505-0008 1943/08/29 - H G/G/G $6.00 by Chad Grothkopf, 'Ben-Hur' w/Paper Doll, No reverse
S0505-0009 1943/09/05 - H G/G/G $6.00 by Chad Grothkopf, 'Ben-Hur' w/Paper Doll, No reverse
S0505-0010 1943/10/10 - H G/G/G $6.00 by Chad Grothkopf, 'Ben-Hur' w/Paper Doll, No reverse
S0505-0011 1943/10/24 - H G/G/G $6.00 by Chad Grothkopf, 'Ben-Hur' w/Paper Doll, No reverse
S0505-0012 1943/10 - 5TH FR-G/FR-G/G $13.00 by Chad Grothkopf, 'Ben-Hur', No reverse
S0505-0013 1943/12/05 - H BWRY FR/FR/G $2.00 by Chad Grothkopf, 'A Christmas Carol', w/Paper Doll, No reverse
S0505-0014 1944/01 - 2TH G/G/G $6.00 by Chad Grothkopf, 'Ivanhoe', On reverse Ella Cinders(2TH) (1/2, 1/9)
S0505-0015 1944/02/13 - H G/G/G $6.00 by Chad Grothkopf, 'Ivanhoe', w/Paper Doll, No reverse
S0505-0016 1944/03/19 - H G/G/G $6.00 by Chad Grothkopf, 'Ivanhoe', w/Paper Doll, No reverse
S0505-0017 1944/05 - 2TH G/G/G $6.00 by Chad Grothkopf, 'The Three Musketeers', On reverse Captain Yank(1TH) (5/7, 5/14)
S0505-0018 1944/04/09 - H FR-P/FR-P/G $1.00 Top-cut, by Chad Grothkopf, 'The Three Musketeers', w/Paper Doll, No reverse
S0505-0019 1944/04/16 - H FR/FR-P/G $2.00 by Chad Grothkopf, 'The Three Musketeers', w/Paper Doll, No reverse
S0505-0020 1944/05/07 - H BWR G/G/G $3.00 by Chad Grothkopf, 'The Three Musketeers', w/Paper Doll, No reverse
S0505-0021 1944/05/28 - H G/G/G $6.00 by Chad Grothkopf, 'The Three Musketeers', w/Paper Doll, On reverse Terry & the Pirates(H)
S0505-0022 1944/06/04 - H G/G/G $6.00 by Chad Grothkopf, 'The Three Musketeers', w/Paper Doll, On reverse Terry & the Pirates(H)
S0505-0023 1944/07/02 - H G/G/G $6.00 by Chad Grothkopf, 'The Three Musketeers', w/Paper Doll, On reverse Grin & Bear It(H)
S0505-0024 1944/07/09 - H G/G/G $6.00 by Chad Grothkopf, 'The Three Musketeers', w/Paper Doll, No reverse
S0505-0025 1946/03/03 - H BWRY G/G/G $3.00 by Chad Grothkopf,  'King Arthur'  w/Paper Doll, No reverse
S0505-0026 1946/03/24 - H VG/VG/VG $6.00 by Chad Grothkopf,  'King Arthur'  w/Paper Doll, No reverse
S0505-0027 1946/04/07 - H VG/VG/VG $6.00 by Chad Grothkopf,  'King Arthur'  w/Paper Doll, No reverse

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