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Action stories of the Mounties
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 p. : ill. ; 28 cm.
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Montreal: Educational Projects, 1944
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Compiled by George M. Rae. On cover: "True action stories from official records of the R.C.M.P."
Contents: "The case of Star Child"; "The case of the Idaho Kid"; "The case of Ephraim and Peter"; "Prairie justice: The case of Ernest Cashel"; "The case of Crow's Dance"; "The case of Arthur Jones"; "The case of 'Charcoal'"; "The O'Brien murders"; "The case of the Pie-A-Pot blockade"; "The case of the hand-car trail"; "The Kromhout case"; and "The case of the foreign consul."
Educational Projects, as its name implied, sought to present more serious content than some of its Canadian competitors. The publisher tended to focus "on more wholesome and edifying fare like profiles of Canadian prime ministers and governors general, historical pieces, and R.C.M.P. cases." (John Bell, "A history: English Canadian comic books" in John Bell, ed., Canuck Comics, Montreal: Matrix Books, c1986).
One of the series produced by Educational Projects was Canadian heroes. The Lund Comics Collection holds an issue of this publication, and it is described separately in the finding aid.
The appearance of Action stories of the Mounties - and other works issued by Educational Projects - marked a significant milestone in the evolution of a Canadian comics industry. The development of Canadian comics had traditionally been inhibited by the domination of American products in the domestic marketplace. During the Second World War, this dynamic changed. The war effort placed pressure on the government to address the growing trade imbalance with the United States, and, in December 1940, restrictions were placed on the importation of non-essential American goods. Among the banned items were comic books, and Educational Projects - as well as several other companies - came forward to fill the void. (Information taken from John Bell, "A history: English Canadian comic books.")
These competitors included Anglo-American Publishing Company and Bell Features and Publishing Company. The Lund Comics Collection holds issues of several of their publications - Three aces comics, Robin Hood comics, Active comics, Comic crimes, and Crimefighters comics - and they are described separately in the finding aid.