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    Default What is the longest running comic book title?

    Without spliting hairs or qualifing too much, what is the longest running monthly comic book? (I'm just curious...)

    Would it be Fantastic Four? 550 issues and counting....

    Action Comics?

    Detective Comics?

    Gold Key?

    Spider-Man?

    X-Men?

    Please give your suggestions and rationale...

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    Currently running? Either Action or Detective.

    All-time? Dell Four Color.
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    Detective (1937) has been around longer. Action (1938) has more issues (it went weekly for a while in the early 90s).

    Dell Four Color ran from '39 to '62, but has produced more than 1,000 issues.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael P View Post
    Currently running? Either Action or Detective.

    All-time? Dell Four Color.

    Four Color had more issues, but started after both Action and Detective. Mulitiple issues of Four Color would come out in any given month.

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    If by "longest" you mean calendar years, Detective Comics has been in continuous publication since January of 1937. Nothing else comes close. Even Action Comics was briefly suspended just before the Byrne reboot (plus its status as a weekly in the late '80s jacked up its numbering).

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    It's either going to be Detective Comics or The Dandy - I'm not sure what month in 1937 the Dandy started though, so probably Detective.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Charles RB View Post
    It's either going to be Detective Comics or The Dandy - I'm not sure what month in 1937 the Dandy started though, so probably Detective.
    December 1937 was when the first issue of The Dandy was released. Wikipedia says Detective Comics started March 1937, so Detective Comics wins by nine months.

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    If you go outside the U.S., Spirou magazine has been weekly since 1938 and is somewhere between issues 3500-4000 right now.

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    Adventure Comics would have likely been where Detective is had DC not cancelled it in 1983. It was at 503 when they ended it.
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    What about Archie Comics?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nick Soapdish View Post
    What about Archie Comics?
    Archie didn't appear until December '41. And that was in Pep Comics.

    If you're looking at continuous publication, it's Detective...at least as far as American comics go.

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    What's the longest that is still running now?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Magneto X View Post
    What's the longest that is still running now?
    Detective Comics.
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    Hmmm.

    What's the longest running Marvel strip? Ever and currently printed?

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