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Sir Grenfell - Comic Book Hero
Ever wonder how Sir Wilfred Grenfell's harrowing tale of survival in northern Newfoundland would translate into comic book form?
Wonder no longer... The good doctor already made his debut in Issue #10 of "True Comics" (1941)..
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Note: The very last word, "St. Anthony", printed at the end of the story, on page 6 (above)..
Here is the original cover of Issue #10......
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"True Comics was begun in 1941 to 'counteract the wild, rowdy superhero comics,' according to comics historian Ron Goulart (The Comic Book Reader's Companion, HarperPerennial, 1993). The editors were David Marke, a historian, and later Elliot Caplin, a prolific comics writer. True Comics, it could be said, sparked a small genre of non-fiction newsstand comics.
You can actually order the "Grenfell Issue #10 " for as low as $36 US dollars.. Expect to pay $200 US for a copy in mint-condition. See http://www.milehighcomics.com
The original book "Adrift on an Ice Pan", by Wilfred Thomason Grenfell, was first published in 1909 by Houghton Mifflin Company. The unabridged audio edition of Adrift on an Ice Pan, narrated by Chris Brookes, Jay Roberts and Janis Spence, is available from Rattling Books.
Learn more about Sir Wilfred Grenfell.
Visit the Grenfell Interpretation Centre, which offers a large museum dedicated to Dr. Grenfell & his contributions to the ultimate success of St. Anthony ...
Time Magazine Article
marks Grenfell's Passing (1940)