Welcome to our boxing and martial arts category. Maybe it is a lightweight amongst
our categories, but it certainly packs a punch.
The undisputed boxing champion of comics is Joe Palooka.
The creation of cartoonist Ham Fisher, at his height Joe was syndicated to 900 newspapers.
Based on a real life boxer, Pete Latzo, Joe Palooka is a good-guy who really doesn't
like to hurt people. We have a collection of the original comics strips and a large
amount of Joe Palooka comic books. Plus, we also have a title that was created
for his sidekick Humphrey.
The real life legend Joe Louis makes an appearance with his very sort running title.
He performed much better in the ring as proved by the fact he was
World Heavyweight Champion from 1937 to 1949 and is consistently ranked amongst the
greatest boxers ever. Outside of the ring he was one of the
first African-Americans to become a national hero.
An interesting oddity is Judo Joe. Published back in 1953 he
predates the current interest in martial arts and remember there is 'a complete JUDO
lesson in each issue!'
We have 10 titles and 138 issues in our 'Boxing/Martial Arts Category' for you to enjoy.