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Big Little Booksfirst published by the Whitman Publishing Company in Racine, Wisconsin in 1932, were small, compact books designed with a captioned illustration opposite each page of text. Other publishers, notably Saalfield, adopted this format after Whitman scored a success with its early titles, initially priced at 10¢ (later 15¢).

A Big Little Book was typically 3⅝" wide and 4½" high, with 212 to 432 pages making an approximate thickness of 1½". The interior book design usually displayed full-page black-and-white illustrations on the right side, facing the pages of text on the left. Stories were often tie-ins with radio programs, comic strips, children's books, pulp novels and movies. Later books in the series had interior color illustrations.

Whitman published a series of Big Little Books collecting Alex Raymond's original Template:Comic comic strips. The books reprinted almost every panel from the strips; multiple-panel pictures are divided onto individual pages.

Titles

Cover Title Published Strips BLB number
Biglittlebook1
"Flash Gordon on the Planet Mongo" 1934 Jan 7, 1934
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Apr 8, 1934
GW64-1110
Blbmonstersofmongo
"Flash Gordon and the Monsters of Mongo" 1935 Apr 8, 1934
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Nov 8, 1934
GW103-1166
Blbtournaments
"Flash Gordon and the Tournaments of Mongo" 1935 Dec 2, 1934
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Apr 21, 1935
GW108-1171
Blbwitchqueen
"Flash Gordon and the Witch Queen of Mongo" 1936 Apr 21, 1935
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Oct 13, 1935
GW127-1190
Blbvsemperor
"Flash Gordon vs. the Emperor of Mongo" 1936 Oct 20, 1935
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Feb 9, 1936
GD2
Blbwaterworld
"Flash Gordon in the Water World of Mongo" 1937 Apr 12, 1936
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Oct 11, 1936
GW190-1407
Blbforestkingdom
"Flash Gordon in the Forest Kingdom of Mongo" 1938 Oct 18, 1936
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Aug 8, 1937
SW36-1492
Blbperils
"Flash Gordon and the Perils of Mongo" 1940 Oct 24, 1937
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July 31, 1938
SW61-1423
Noimage
"Flash Gordon and the Tyrant of Mongo" 1941 Aug 14, 1938
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May 7, 1939
SW175-1484
Blbiceworld
"Flash Gordon and the Ice World of Mongo" 1942 May 14, 1939
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Jan 21, 1940
SW149-1443
Blbapemen
"Flash Gordon and the Ape Men of Mor" 1942 May 27, 1940
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August 21, 1941
Blbpowermen
"Flash Gordon and the Power Men of Mongo" 1943 Apr 14, 1940
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Dec 8, 1940
SW210-1469
Noimage
"Flash Gordon and the Red Sword Invaders" 1945 Apr 20, 1941
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Jan 4, 1942
SW217-1479
Noimage
"Flash Gordon in the Jungles of Mongo" 1947 Jan 4, 1942
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Nov 22, 1942
SW255-1424
Noimage
"Flash Gordon and the Fiery Desert of Mongo" 1948 Jan 3, 1943
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June 20, 1943
SW275-1447

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