The Golden Age Of The Comics

The Golden Age of the Comics is a series published by the Pacific Comics Club in USA in 1976. The comic book series contains 5 editions, reprinting Phantom comic strip stories from Italy, resulting in the Phantom appearing in his red costume throughout the series.

The Pacific Comics Club was established by Tony Raiola, launching in both France and Italy in the middle of the 1960s. In 1975, Tony relocated to the US.

Publications produced by the Pacific Comics Club are mainly newspaper comic strips appearing in the Golden Age of comics period, originally published in Italy and France, however translated to English for the US market.

The Pacific Comics Club is still in existence today, now mainly as a reseller of comics and books produced by a variety of publishers, including Fantagraphics Books, IDW, and Kitchen Sink Press.

The Golden Age of the Comics is one of the first series published by the Pacific Comics Club. The series contains 5 softcover books published in full color, ranging from 48 to 72 pages, measuring 35cm x 24.5cm in landscape format.

Each edition contains a complete daily Phantom story, originally published in newspapers between 1938 to 1942, stories written by Lee Falk and illustrated by Ray Moore. An edition number isn’t printed, however the story title is published on the cover.

All 5 editions can be seen below.

We also see the profile image of a variety of comic book characters on the front cover, as other series in a similar format were published by Pacific Comics Club featuring Mandrake the Magician, Flash Gordon, Rip Kirby and others.

The back cover for all 5 editions is the same, which can be seen below.

A sample of internal pages can be seen below.