This is the twenty-sixth in a series of examinations of comic book urban legends and whether they are true or false. Click here for an archive of the previous twenty-five.
COMIC URBAN LEGEND: US Postal Laws made for some interesting comic title transitions.
My pal MacQuarrie reminded me of this fact recently (it is funny the stuff you have in your brain that you forgot you knew!) in his post here.
You see, postal service laws require (or at least they did require at the time) that, whenever a publication begins a new volume, that is reapply for a new postal code for subscriptions, and, naturally, pay a new fee.
Magazines generally could afford such a fee, so they were fine with starting a new volume each year.
Comic companies, however, did NOT like to pay this fee, so they would not start a new volume, but rather simply change the title of the book to the new feature (as a "#1 issue" did not have the same panache back then) when the book changed features.
The most infamous example of this frugality HAS to be EC Comics and their Moon Girl character.
Moon Girl began in the late 40s as a new superheroine.
But this was when the superhero fad was drawing to a close, so EC quickly picked up on the new CRIME comic angle, and changed the name of the book to Moon Girl Fights Crime.
Two issues later, they decided to make the move to ROMANCE comics, and the best name change ever occured, as Moon Girl Fights Crime became.... A Moon, A Girl...Romance.