Thunder Cave: The Thrilling Adventures of Giant Wigwah and the Two Little Colored Boys, Jasper and Zebbie
Stokes, Jeremiah , Jack Sears(illus.)
Place Published: New York
Publisher: Thunder Cave Corporation
Date Published: 1932
Edition: First edition
Book Id: 33009
278pp. Small quarto [24 cm] Light blue cloth with an illustrated paper label mounted to the front board. Illustrated endsheets. Fair only. The extremities are rubbed, and the boards are very subtly concave. The spine is rolled and has large areas of discoloration. There is a small loss from the bottom edge of the spine that measure under 1/4 inch deep. There is a light moisture stain on the bottom edge of the text block that is 1 inch long by 1/2 of an inch tall. The endsheets are cracked along the hinges and the hinges are going. Browned pages. There are sporadic light moisture stains in the bottom edges of the pages. The dust jacket is in poor condition, with multiple losses from the edges and many very large tape repairs. The largest losses are from the paper at the spine ends. In addition to the large amount of tape, there is a large tape stain on the rear panel. Previous owner's name on the verso of the jacket. Also rubbed, creased and age-toned. The spine of the jacket is subtly moisture stained. As is.
Thunder Cave has been described as "The Wizard of Oz meets Little Black Sambo" Black face, savage Indians and racial stereotypes were the order of the day. Fantastically illustrated by Jack Sears. First serialized in Grandma Betty's Kiddie Rhymes. Stokes and Sears founded the Thunder Cave Corp. to make their fortune and envisioned an empire of merchandising spinoffs and coast to coast marketing The reality was that, other than the book, and for a time, a local radio show, nothing else ever materialized.