Readers in 1964 were no doubt pleased as punch to learn of the wide variety of words available to them to describe the repair of their play-damaged clothes. Had Roget been a comics fan, he’d have lapped up this stuff.

These educational mini-features were a common sight in comics edited by Julie Schwartz. In others the mysteries of science were revealed to young minds — a concept that ran all the way back to the dawn of super-hero comics, when Superman #1 offered a scientific explanation of the Man of Steel’s powers.

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