More Vintage Electronics Themed Comics
March 1948 Radio-Craft

March 1948 Radio-Craft

March 1948 Radio Craft Cover - RF Cafe[Table of Contents]

Wax nostalgic about and learn from the history of early electronics. See articles from Radio-Craft, published 1929 - 1953. All copyrights are hereby acknowledged.

Here are a four more technology-related comics from magazines of the days of yore, this time from a 1948 edition of Radio-Craft magazine. Readers would submit ideas for funnies and then artist Frank Beaven would draw the comics. The page 37 comic is an example. Evidently E.R. Donohue, of Walla Walla, Washington, had issues with his phonograph featuring a record changer mechanism. My interest in rockets makes me really appreciate the page 82 comic with the missile's flight being affected by the musical "interference." In the early days of remote control, audio tones modulated onto a carrier commanded tuning-fork-like (tuned) "reeds," which acted as channel filters for separating and directing signals, in the airborne receiver section to control surface actuators (see video below). I added the color to the original B&W drawings. It is rare to find a comic in a technical or hobby magazine these days. I don't know why that is. Enjoy.

Electronics Themed Comics

Electronics-themed comic (p37) from Radio-Craft - RF Cafe

"There, see? ... I put the records on and it throws them right back at me!"
(Page 37)

Vintage Radio Control System with Tuned Reed Receiver. Note audio tones.

Electronics-themed comic (p82) from Radio-Craft - RF Cafe

"It's Elmer again, playing jive over the control system!
(Page 82)

Electronics-themed comic (p52) from Radio-Craft - RF Cafe

"Have I been getting too many cigarette commercials?"
(Page 52)

Electronics-themed comic (p84) from Radio-Craft - RF Cafe

"Don't you have one with a better-looking announcer?"
(Page 84)



Posted March 22, 2023
(updated from original post on 4/7/2015)

These Technically−Themed Comics Appeared in Vintage Electronics Magazines. I personally scanned and posted every one from copies I own (and even colorized some).