No cover means no false allusions as to what takes place in the book itself. Most of the scenes on comic book covers never happened in the interior anyway.
No cover means you jump right into the action, no wasted time flipping the cover page.
No cover means no worries if you spill chocolate milk on it.
No cover means I have no problems leaving them in the bathroom hoping my kids will latch onto one and become a fan.
Usually, the first splash page acts as a second cover, reiterating what happens (or doesn't happen) within the comic.
You still get to enjoy art by some of the greats including Don Heck, Stan Goldberg, and Dick Ayers.
And as always, there's the ads.
Convenient placement of seaweed there, Jimmy.
Uh, perhaps you shouldn't be exposing a guided missile to an open flame, Jim.
Tough break, Supes.
Well, Jimmy, at least you didn't get into the "Ron Jeremy" Serum.
Millie the Model with art by Stan Goldberg.
Man, Betty is totally strung out in that first panel.
Betty has a bit of the "thumb toe" going here.
Apparently, Archie capitalized (and acronymed) on the "Man from U.N.C.L.E." craze of the mid '60's. "Let's get Pop Tate!" Sorry, Archie, looks like somebody already "got" him.
Given the style of the Archie art above, I'm guessing this Bendix ad had been running since the '50's.
I remember ordering one of those comic book back issue lists when I was a kid. Not having a comic shop around me, the prospect of access to old comics was intriguing. I never did order anything though.
I always wanted this record when I was a kid. As it turns out, the ad was cooler than the record.
Fall 1969 CBS Saturday Morning Lineup
I guess they were showing "Monkees" reruns and promoting them as something new. I wonder what the "new" songs were.
I'm guessing the "bippie" was riding on the popular "Laugh In" expression, "You bet your sweet bippie!"
"Big Jim" was Mattel's answer to "G.I. Joe" because "Ken" sure wasn't.