Every Wednesday morning the big blue "Kawartha News" truck from Peterborough arrived in town bearing the latest magazines, comic books and weekly newspapers such as the "Toronto Star Weekly," "Montreal Standard" and a variety of other publications that was distributed to dealers throughout the area by a young Polish chap who was Kawartha's distributor and, I believe, owner.
Many were the citizens in the town who would ask their local newsstand dealer to reserve a copy of their favorite week-end paper. In our home, Father insisted that our "Montreal Standard" (that we picked up on Saturday night at "Rube's") be left untouched until Sunday when, finally, we'd get our hands on the paper's most important section namely; the Comics! Of course the most popular position to read comics was on our stomach on the floor, legs bent at the knees, elbows touching the floor and head cupped in the hands. That position has never changed as I see my grandchildren take up that same similar post even for TV viewing.
When it came to passing on the newspaper there was one thing Dad would never stand for and that was handing back a paper with the pages turned inside out. When you finished a section it had to be returned the way you found it and that was with the pages in their proper numerical order.(Sound familiar?)
Recently I was visiting my sister and her husband, Mildred and Bob White who reside in Dwight, Ont. and we started talking about the comics we used to enjoy when Mildred got up and left the room for a short period of time and returned with the comic section of the Toronto "Star Weekly" boasting in its' banner "28 pages Of Comics." The date was August 8, 1942 and the entire paper sold for 10 cents!
The following is a list of the comics it contained at that time:
Tarzan, Napoleon, Invisible Scarlet O'Neil, Grin and Bear It, Brick Bradford, The Lone Ranger, Moon Mullins, Kitty Higgins, King of the Royal Mounted, Off The Record, Abby and Slats, Buck Rogers, Li'l Abner, Broncho Bill, Ella Cinders, Jane Arden, Thimble Theater (Popeye), Dick Tracy, Rosie's Beau, Bringing Up Father (Maggie & Jiggs), Winnie Winkle, Mandrake the Magician, Looie, Captain and the Kids, Tillie the Toiler, Vignettes of Life, Flash Gordon and Superman.