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Electronics-Themed Comics
October 1945 & April 1946 Radio News

October 1945 Radio News
October 1945 Radio News Cover - RF Cafe[Table of Contents]

Wax nostalgic about and learn from the history of early electronics. See articles from Radio & Television News, published 1919-1959. All copyrights hereby acknowledged.

April 1946 Radio News
April 1946 Radio News Cover - RF Cafe[Table of Contents]

Wax nostalgic about and learn from the history of early electronics. See articles from Radio & Television News, published 1919-1959. All copyrights hereby acknowledged.

Have you had a rough week? If so - and even if not - take a few minutes to get a laugh from these electronics-themed comics from the pages of vintage Radio News magazines. Beginning sometime in the late 1930s and early 1940s, single-panel topical comics began appearing frequently in many hobby and even professional magazines. Sure, comics showed up in magazine before that time, but they generally did not necessarily have to do with the main subject of the publication. The Saturday Evening Post, for example, had many single-panel comics, but they were on any random theme. I can't go without commenting on the April 1946 comic since it reminds me of a situation while in tech school at Keesler AFB in Biloxi, Mississippi, in 1979. I can't recall exactly what the circuit was that the instructor was covering, but it involved tuning to achieve a waveform with a null in the center of two bandpass regions similar to this:  ∩∩ . He and everyone I worked with in the field after tech school referred to it as the "Dolly Parton waveform." Such a scenario would never pass muster with the overly sensitive politically environment of today. Being a big-time lover of comics (I read them daily in the newspaper), I am happy to take the trouble of scanning and posting these for RF Cafe readers.

Electronics Themed Comics

Electronics Comic, October 1945 Radio News, Page 56 - RF Cafe

"Aw shucks, there goes our broadcasting tower!"

(October 1945, Page 56)

Electronics Comic, October 1945 Radio News, Page 82 - RF Cafe

"Tell Alvin to keep up the chatter - I think we're getting to the root of the trouble."

(October 1945, Page 82)

Electronics Comic, April 1946 Radio News, Page 49 - RF Cafe

"And now, gentlemen, we shall commence the study of a most interesting subject - waveforms.

(April 1946, Page 49)

These Technically-Themed Comics Appeared in Vintage Electronics Magazines:



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