(April-June 1960)

Dell, 1942 Series
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Price:
0.10 USD
Pages:
36
Indicia frequency:
?
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
Dell Publishing Co., Inc.
Brand:
Dell
Editing:
?
Color:
Color
Dimensions:
Standard Golden Age U.S.; Standard Silver Age U.S.
Paper Stock:
Glossy Cover; Newsprint Interior
Binding:
Saddle-stitched
Publishing Format:
Was Ongoing Series

Issue Notes

Indicia title is "FRANCIS, THE FAMOUS TALKING MULE, No. 1090." Code number is FRANCIS O.S. #1090-604. Copyright 1960 by David Stern. Last of seventeen Francis the Talking Mule Four Colors. Based on the "Francis the Talking Mule" movie series.


["How can I draw with my boots on?"] (Table of Contents)

Francis the Famous Talking Mule / cover / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
David Gantz
Inks:
David Gantz
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
humor
Characters:
Francis, the talking mule; Peter Stirling
Keywords:
cowboys

The Camera Hog (Table of Contents)

Francis / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
David Gantz
Inks:
David Gantz
Letters:
?

Genre:
humor
Characters:
Francis, the talking mule; Peter Stirling
Synopsis:
Pete gets interviewed on a "man on the street" TV show, but Francis does all the talking.

Indexer Notes

Inside front cover; black and white.

Mule Train (Table of Contents)

Francis / comic story / 12 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
David Gantz
Inks:
David Gantz
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
humor
Characters:
Francis, the talking mule; Peter Stirling
Synopsis:
Pete and Francis are part of a covered wagon mule train that is to travel across the country. Among the travelers is a gang of bank robbers, who plan on pulling jobs in each city the mule train stops at. After they rob the bank in the first town the train stops in, Francis finds the stolen money and ends the scheme.

Francis In Orbit (Table of Contents)

Francis / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
David Gantz
Inks:
David Gantz
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
humor
Characters:
Francis, the talking mule; Peter Stirling
Synopsis:
Two government scientists hire Francis to take part in some top-secret space flight tests. Pete is also part of the tests, but neither knows why they are being tested. Francis then overhears the scientists talk about sending him aboard a rocket into orbit where he'll be able to report conditions because of his ability to talk.

Oil and Troubled Waters (Table of Contents)

Francis / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
David Gantz
Inks:
David Gantz
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
humor
Characters:
Francis, the talking mule; Peter Stirling
Synopsis:
An sheik is the ruler of the only Arab land that doesn't have oil. He is told by his soothsayer that his problems will be solved if he can find a "man who speaks like a jackass". One of the sheik's agents in America encounters Francis, and thinking the search is for a "jackass that speaks like a man", takes Francis and Peter back to his country. Francis is given an ultimatum--find oil in three days or Peter will die. Francis doesn't find oil, but Peter does, as he's digging his own grave!

Indexer Notes

Peter's last name is spelled "Sterling" in this story. In all the movie references it is spelled "Stirling". Last panel is Dell's "A Pledge to Parents".

Triple Threat Mule (Table of Contents)

Francis / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
David Gantz
Inks:
David Gantz
Letters:
?

Genre:
humor; sports
Characters:
Francis, the talking mule; Peter Stirling
Synopsis:
Francis tries out for the football team, but is rejected because he can't fit into the uniform.

Indexer Notes

Inside back cover; black and white.

"Visit" Hawaii for only 10¢ (Table of Contents)

advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
?
Inks:
?
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Indexer Notes

Back cover; color. Illustrated ad for Know Your America album and sticker set. American Geographical Society, Garden City, N.Y.

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. ["How can I draw with my boots on?"]
    Francis the Famous Talking Mule
  2. 1. The Camera Hog
    Francis
  3. 2. Mule Train
    Francis
  4. 3. Francis In Orbit
    Francis
  5. 4. Oil and Troubled Waters
    Francis
  6. 5. Triple Threat Mule
    Francis
  7. 6. "Visit" Hawaii for only 10¢
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