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Ace Comics was the banner under which pulp magazine publisher Aaron A. Wyn and his wife Rose Wyn produced comic books between 1940 and the end of 1956. The Wyns had been publishing pulp fiction under the Periodical House and Magazine Publishers names since 1928. Like many comic book publishers of the day, Ace Comics earlier series included costumed superheroes, although as trends in the comic book market changed by the 1950s the focus shifted more to other genres, such as crime, horror, romance, and later, Westerns.

Their most successful, and longest-running, superhero title was Super-Mystery Comics featuring Magno the Magnetic Man and his boy partner Davey, who appeared in 28 issues of the title's 48-issue run. Horror titles included Baffling Mysteries, Hand of Fate and Web of Mystery, while their contribution to the crime comics genre was Crime Must Pay the Penalty (the title later shortened to Penalty for the final two issues). Their longest running series were the company's Romance titles Glamorous Romances, Love At First Sight, Love Experiences and Real Love, which began in the late 1940s as the superhero books faded away, and continued until the company ceased publishing comic books in 1956 as a result of the introduction of the Comics Code Authority. Other long running Romance titles such as Complete Love Magazine and Ten Story Love began as pulp romance titles before switching to comics format in the early 1950s.

A number of Ace stories were used as examples of violent and gruesome imagery in the 1950s U.S Congressional inquiries into the influence of comic books on juvenile delinquency that led to the Comics Code Authority, namely Challenge of the Unknown #6, Crime Must Pay the Penalty #3 and Web of Mystery #19. Western Adventures Comics #3 was used as an example in Fredric Wertham's Seduction of the Innocent, and in the United Kingdom Atomic War #4, Beyond #18 and World War III #2 were cited as examples by Geoffrey Wagner's 1954 book on the same subject, Parade of Pleasure — A Study of Popular Iconography in the U.S.A.

Although characters with the same names as Ace Comics characters have appeared elsewhere (most notably Jack Kirby's Captain Victory in an early 1980s series, and several DC Comics villains called the Black Spider), after the early 1950s all their characters remained unused until 2008, when Lash Lightning and Lightning Girl appeared in flashback in Dynamite Entertainment’s Project Superpowers. In the one-shot Project Superpowers: Chapter Two Prelude, it was stated that the two of them will appear in this line as part of a team called The Super-Mysterymen (presumably named after the Ace title Super-Mystery Comics).


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Ace Comics was the banner under which pulp magazine publisher Aaron A. Wyn and his wife Rose Wyn produced comic books between 1940 and the end of 1956. The Wyns had been publishing pulp fiction under the Periodical House and Magazine Publishers names since 1928. Like many comic book publishers of the day, Ace Comics earlier series included costumed superheroes, although as trends in the comic book market changed by the 1950s the focus shifted more to other genres, such as crime, horror,...
Super Mystery Comics
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Super-Mystery Comics, published by Ace Magazines, was in print for nine years from July 1940 to July 1949, never really maintaining a consistent publishing rate. Although the series was entitled "Super-Mystery", the Super and Mystery seemed to be pushed during separate eras with the first twenty-nine issues featuring Magno, the Magnetic Man on the covers and containing various other superhero tales while the later issues featured such characters as Bert and Sue, Mack Martin and The...
Four Favorites Comics
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From Comic Vine: Four Favorites was an inconsistently published anthology comic series that primarily focused on four specific characters per issue (the "four favorites"). The original line-up was all superheroes with "Magno (and Davey)", "Lash Lightning", "Vulcan" and "The Raven". With the fourth issue, Vulcan was switched out for Unknown Soldier (predates the DC character of the same name) and in the following issue The Raven was replaced by...
Crime Must Pay the Penalty! (Ace Comics)
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Ace Comics was the banner under which pulp magazine publisher Aaron A. Wyn and his wife Rose Wyn produced comic books between 1940 and the end of 1956. The Wyns had been publishing pulp fiction under the Periodical House and Magazine Publishers names since 1928. Like many comic book publishers of the day, Ace Comics earlier series included costumed superheroes, although as trends in the comic book market changed by the 1950s the focus shifted more to other genres, such as crime, horror,...
Ace Comics Collection
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Topics: edwards, russian, colonel, motioned, recon, soldier, defense, bonds, field, savings, savings bonds,...
Web of Mystery Comics
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Topics: lemay, ann, fob, reducer, afteb, spot, youb, anp, abe, hurled, spot reducer, fair maid
Ace Comics Collection
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Topics: parn, raspa, thaldo, bonds, lasim, landar, thaido, planet, jon, trath, spray gun, savings bonds,...
Ace Comics Collection
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Topics: soviet, military, civilian, sane, experimental, alert, comparatively, reds
Ace Comics Collection
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Topics: willy, rodriguez, mike, ano, otto, fight, maloney, kelly, arena, grave, mike kelly, boxing gloves,...
Topics: julio, sedan, candy, foe, nug, man, doll, voice, buster, funeral
Super Mystery Comics
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Topics: roche, prink, vou, icur, murper, earnep, causep, suffekep, elp, scop
Web of Mystery Comics
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Topics: vane, dolen, gassner, fob, girdle, vou, jowett, lola, hebe, fbom, physical training, magic panel
Web of Mystery Comics
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Topics: varsko, lorenz, keraplex, talisman, reducing, thc, vou, anp, reducing cocktail, statuette
Four Favorites Comics
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Topics: clancy, churchill, harkins, anil, morion, llie, skillet, ilia, killer, giuseppe
Web of Mystery Comics
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Topics: gordi, manuelo, collins, witch, kelpidine, ano, ond, maya, twenty years, coupon, chewing gum,...
Ace Comics Collection
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Topics: lieutenant, bonds, russian, reducer, spot, fleet, defense, colonel, spot reducer, ond
Ace Comics Collection
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Topics: atomic, bonds, defense, america, bein, free, magnitogorsk, lieutenant, master art, illustrated
Ace Comics Collection
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Topics: murphy, coney, pilot, plane, waved, guards, alaska, russian, lew, fhe, three guards
Web of Mystery Comics
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Topics: eli, janine, roderick, schultz, mountain, nephew, squire, reducing, anp, arnold, reducing cocktail
Ace Comics Collection
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Topics: rammer, interceptors, jeffers, colonel, commies, enooeh, equipped, hew, readied, cwokenedfo
Ace Comics Collection
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Topics: adam, earth, cruiser, reducer, asteroid, alien, ship, planet, spot reducer, bonds, hit parade, hill...
Web of Mystery Comics
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Topics: samuel, laura, squire, ano, hadley, grave, hao, gabe, vest, cemetery
Web of Mystery Comics
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Topics: dudley, dusanne, kelpidine, curse, gum, ace, vampires, chewing, carpathian, loutrec, chewing gum,...
Web of Mystery Comics
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Topics: wrists, gritted, hemp, thai, rocker, acid, alice, ind, black blood, externally
Topics: sheriff, rhe, mckeefe, murderer, kansas, sot, anp, rufus, hammer, hired
Web of Mystery Comics
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Topics: randy, cliff, fenshaw, marvello, kelpidine, chewing, phillips, mask, banged, magic, randy fenshaw,...
Web of Mystery Comics
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Topics: zarate, rod, jenks, stfior, clay, glimpsed, thongs, bonds, mounds, winged, sefior rod, savings bonds
Web of Mystery Comics
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Topics: maitland, blaine, doctor, spook, jeffrey, savings, sammy, headless, vorger, subconscious, jeffrey...
Web of Mystery Comics
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Topics: ragy, trascu, baron, castle, gypsies, frank, curse, gloria, turned, elena, baron trascu
Web of Mystery Comics
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Topics: hartley, ronald, trophy, temple, draw, worthless, murderers, room, cellini, lord, trophy room, lord...
Super Mystery Comics
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Topics: brander, grady, dillon, waa, hli, grinned, thai, ihr, sergeant grady, thev, joe brander
Web of Mystery Comics
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Topics: kearney, milbank, ano, gelden, robe, began, vou, jayson, vacutex, pierre
Web of Mystery Comics
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Topics: snake, bayou, human, strange, defense, lieutenant, sacrifices, pamela, zolfukar, cult, human...
Web of Mystery Comics
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Topics: dirk, matt, purdy, barkham, ano, gentry, sheriff, danedu, evil, savings, matt gentry, dirk barkham,...
Ace Comics Collection
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Topics: snarn, xandu, space, zorka, earth, savings, cosmo, bonds, ishtar, meteorites, payroll savings, time...
Web of Mystery Comics
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Topics: diva, faraday, statue, neal, eyes, coaster, evil, mauser, merovingian, yowl, roller coaster
Web of Mystery Comics
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Topics: laramie, cord, statues, lorna, dresser, lay, turok, coiled, villa, sank, laramie brown
Web of Mystery Comics
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Topics: nelson, savings, sating, raven, tou, threshold, necklace, bonds, silver, vampire, savings bonds
Ace Comics Collection
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Topics: hair, vou, shampoos, rhonda, ano, reducer, hap, muir, anp, scalp, crescent village, spot reducer,...
Web of Mystery Comics
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Topics: coupon, mail, tunes, records, brand, resistant, parade, vinylite, popular, newest, hit parade
Web of Mystery Comics
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Topics: hengely, glauchen, bonds, ulrik, defense, stranger, nolte, evil, secret, von, hengely felt, bruce...
Web of Mystery Comics
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Topics: hugh, kennedy, kelna, creatures, ond, glacial, vacutex, gray, hugh kennedy, cursed
Topics: britt, walter, jake, roy, killer, carr, reducing, mike, baxter, lieutenant, walter carr, explosive...
Web of Mystery Comics
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Topics: cesare, patrice, poniard, portrait, fowler, niche, ricky, vasari, ancestor, mail, hit parade
Web of Mystery Comics
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Topics: hei, thai, sabre, gregory, mound, robe, scar, wis, cemetery, eyes
Web of Mystery Comics
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Topics: dudley, blyth, tomkins, major, yogi, bells, mayan, cobra, hooded, kublai, rush coupon, major...
Super Mystery Comics
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Topics: derringer, frame, gun, magno, bullet, seldom, uill, comics, sky, miner
Web of Mystery Comics
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Topics: frobisher, stanley, silk, krishna, leaned, youe, drummond, terry, slave, supernatural, tall man
Web of Mystery Comics
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Topics: ptililutn, rrudly, mwu, outbnei, hinh, itinsvlfdjce, ijie, hao, jicte, bii
Ace Comics Collection
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Topics: marchant, lorna, beast, whatley, defense, strange, bonds, bower, payroll savings, ano, marchant...
Topics: farber, detective, allistair, thai, loot, simon, stones, jeweler, farbei, diamonds, detective...
Ace Comics Collection
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Topics: mold, anp, wireless, marconi, apple, science, penicillin, judith, bulletins, experimented, thought...
Web of Mystery Comics
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Topics: pierre, comte, georges, mask, suddenly, jan, jud, talbot, moment pierre, death
Super Mystery Comics
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Topics: svm, yelled, ears, prize, dough, thinks, inpenpep
Ace Comics Collection
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Topics: danny, savings, rescue, moore, bonds, approves, tank, tecumseh, ano, saving
Super Mystery Comics
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Topics: guv, cornee, reetfl, ccvld, besti, jokestees, sleuths, alu, tqmv, outwit
Ace Comics Collection
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Topics: thorwald, abudi, lyman, golden, breastplate, cass, scarab, mahmud, ano, ancient, mahmud abudi
Topics: hickey, lorenz, munson, anderson, anp, treasure, por, vou, mighty, midget, mighty midget, treasure...
Topics: crackle, stasi, adams, elevator, bill, kelpidine, phillips, blackie, gum, chewing, john crackle,...
Four Favorites Comics
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Topics: cooley, clegg, moore, oldster, courageous, stared, kill, fred, tom, placer, fred cooley, tom moore,...
Topics: rhe, mckeefe, sheriff, ind, check, rufus, chirlie
Super Mystery Comics
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Topics: conners, vou, joe, anp, stanton, serpent, safe, saltpeter, black powder
Super Mystery Comics
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Topics: witirrly, ooddej, jwdiiiiiored, toonl, maurn, sjm, jlbi, oik, epsbin, tudud
Super Mystery Comics
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Topics: curse, lighthouse, pame, hap, master, voufz
Four Favorites Comics
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Topics: charley, pete, toad, gold, gulch, magno, pont, anp, speech, unknown, skeleton gulch
Topics: jerry, mitts, len, fleming, wreck, leaped, draw, tyson, mitts brown, peered
Topics: sladen, kildrick, lanson, vou, spot, bosk, reducer, hap, fob, savings, spot reducer, savings bonds
Four Favorites Comics
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Topics: voris, sam, black, tule, vou, comics, bronc, steve, dog, rode, black sam, steve voris, sam kicked
Topics: flannery, dan, madigan, kid, eugene, knew, headquarters, jeweler, trixie, genius
Topics: himiloff, durand, everton, bonds, loot, yon, aho, draw, ross everton, gun
Ace Comics Collection
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Topics: anp, amd, futuroscope, doom, jackson, lightning, thugs
Super Mystery Comics
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Topics: ben, dirk, stribbler, peewee, hardy, comics, kid, plovers, gents, hackamore, bill hardy, ben...
Ace Comics Collection
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Topics: thai, nickles, lor, anp, comics, inquired, dime, hul, vicky comics, ami
Super Mystery Comics
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Topics: sot, mustanger, magno, davey, ganns, keesan, mustangers, wild, captain, herd
Topics: doyle, rhe, stratton, sedan, sheriff, tom, troopers, killer, coroner, green, green sedan