Thursday, November 28, 2019

Leaf Comicbook Candy Secret Origins Mini-Comics

Sometime around 1981 or so when I was about 10 years old I headed down to the local drugstore with some change burning a hole in my pocket... Our local drugstore had a full comics rack, lots of candy, cheap toys, and a soda fountain. But there was something new among the candy selections on this day!

It was Leaf Comicbook Candy! The 6 x 8 x 7 ¼" cardboard counter top display contained 36 mini comics, each 2 ¾ x 4 ¼" featuring the secret origins of eight different DC Comics characters including Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Flash, Green Lantern, Aquaman, Hawkman, and the Justice League of America. Each box contained at least two of each title as well as several assorted duplicates. The comics came sealed in original bags with "Leaf Comic Book Candy Tart N' Tangy" candies that were sealed in separate bags so as not to come in contact with comics. For only 35¢ apiece, I simply had to have them all!

The candy ended up being pretty nasty, but all I really wanted were the comics! Each 16-page booklet features a cover, 14 pages of story, and a back cover advertisement for a DC Super Heroes Collector Album! Although preceeding them by about 3 years, these comics were the exact same size as those included with the Kenner Super-Powers Collection action figures.

For a $1.50 you could send off and get a album to keep your secret origins comics in!

Do you remember Leaf Comicbook Candy? Did you ever have any of these or similar items? Sound off in the comments below:


  1. Very cool post, good Sir....
    am not familiar with these small collector's comics

  2. Had all of these as a kid. Would love to see them reissue these for this generation. Great article!

    1. We all knew how Superman and Batman came to be, but what about Hawkman or Green Lantern? In these cases these little comics told me those secret origins for the very first time!

  3. These comics were my introduction to super hero origin stories. I happened to remember them today and did a quick search that sent me here. Thanks for a very cool post!!

  4. I put some of these up to hide from my child and would only give him one when he was good. I cleaned out my cabinet recently and found 1 superman, 3 green lantern, 4 hawkman, and 1 flash never opened. He's 45 wonder if he still wants them.


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