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LOCATING A PANEL or PAGE
Although Chick tract pages are not numbered, they are easy to count because there are usually only 24 pages per tract (counting both covers).
Since there are so few pages, Chick collectors count the outside cover as page one, the inside cover as page two, etc etc. Page 24 would be the outside back cover. This is different from regular comics which don't count the covers as pages. But then again, comic books don't usually start the story on the inside cover either!
Sometimes one panel covers the entire page, but otherwise, we designated the first panel as "A" and the second one as "B." So if a viewer opens the cover of a tract, the first panel they see on the inside cover to the left is page 2A, then 2B (if there's another panel on the same inside cover). The opposing page on the right (normally considered page one in comic books) is actually PAGE THREE. If there are two images on that page, the first one would be page 3A, the second would be page 3B.
Chick Publications started numbering the pages of their tracts using this same system in April of 2012. If you see an older 24 page tract with numbers on each page, it's a reprint from March 2012 or beyond. (Unless it's something we haven't encountered before.) However, older oversized tracts with more than 24 pages usually numbered them as well (like The Beast).
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