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Artist and writer Ham Fisher created pugilistic hero Joe Palooka in 1930 and the Joe Palooka comic strip ran until 1984. The character was so popular that Hollywood even created a series of "B" movies. At its peak the comic strip was carried in 900 newspapers. In the 1950's, the Comics Novelty Candy Corporation in New York City issued a 12 card Joe Palooka set of actual boxers, plus a series of cards devoted to the comic strip characters. One card comprised the back panel of a box of candy and toys (called Joe Palooka Candy & Toy), and the card, set to be cut along perforations, featured a color drawing of the boxer, plus a brief biography. Burdick designated the cards as R427. The complete boxes are rarely found intact with candy and trinkets, as is the case with the content of this lot. The boxes all feature Joe Palooka on the front with a boxing pose. The 4 of the 5 backs feature real life boxing champions and a short biography of them, the boxers include: Jack Johnson, Battling Nelson, Stanley Ketchel and Benny Leonard. The fifth box back is of Joe Palooka. Being unopened boxes you can still hear the contents inside.
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