Sometimes, happiness is a comic book. (SOLSC 2)

When I was a kid, my aunt gave me a comic book about black history.  I love-love-loved it.  And — bonus! — I learned stuff from reading it.  But I was a kid.  I held onto the comic for years but eventually I just didn’t have it.  Did I lend it to someone and never get it back?  Did it get lost in one of my 400,000 moves?  It was just no longer in my possession.  And I didn’t lose sleep over it, but I was unhappy that that was true.

From time to time I’ve thought about it, and I’ve certainly wished I still had it, but what can you do about something like that? I’ve mentioned it to people, but no one had ever seen or heard of it.

And then last weekend it occurred to me to search for it online. I know: why had I never thought of that before? But I hadn’t. Clearly I wasn’t meant to think of it until my search would be able to bear fruit:


It is as I remember it — Crispus Attucks and Deadwood Dick and Daniel Hale Williams — every story I was so happy to read about when I was a kid, every story that — with the single exception of Harriet Tubman — wasn’t included in any of the history books we studied in school.  (I’ll admit that I definitely didn’t remember “Negro Americans, the Early Years” as the title!  Maybe if I had, I’d have found it before last weekend.)  I purchased it immediately and it arrived on Thursday.  Now I’m searching for a front-opening shadow box to display it in!

Yeah, sometimes happiness really can be a comic book. And sometimes the internets really can be a force for good!

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12 thoughts on “Sometimes, happiness is a comic book. (SOLSC 2)

    1. My comic is still very much in the works — started the final pre-ink drawings of Episode 2 tonight! That’s surely at least part of the adventure for this month. I wonder what else there will be?


  1. So wonderful! I’m glad you tracked it down. What year was it published? 60s, maybe? (I guess I could google it…)

    It is really great the way ideas can be shared through comics, isn’t it? Clearly the content really stuck with you. ((n a way that the title didn’t!)


    1. It was published in 1969, although my clearest memories of it are from 1972 when it featured prominently in my 5th grade life. Maybe I had it all that time?

      The content definitely stuck with me. It’s amazing how clear and deep my memory of that comic is. I must have been very hungry for some history that looked like me.


  2. Ooooh, I love moments like that. I’ve definitely tracked down some of my favorite childhood memories via the internets. I’m glad this one turned out good — none of that “good lord, that’s what I liked at that age?!” business. 🙂


    1. I’ve had that reaction to some of the things I’ve found from my childhood — always so disappointing! I’m really glad this comic was just as fabulous as I remembered!


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