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(December 1958)

Gilberton, 1955 Series
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Volume:
?
Price:
0.35 USD
Pages:
100
Indicia frequency:
June and December
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
Gilberton Company, Inc.
Brand:
Classics Illustrated Special Issue
Editing:
Roberta Strauss
Color:
Color
Dimensions:
7" w x 10 1/4" h
Paper Stock:
glossy cover, newsprint interior
Binding:
Squarebound
Publishing Format:
Was ongoing

Issue Notes

Indexed with information supplied by Saltarella via the GCD Error Tracker.


Crossing the Rockies (Table of Contents)

cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
? (painting)
Inks:
? (painting)
Colors:
? (painting)
Letters:
?

Characters:
Mountain man; pioneers
Reprints:
Keywords:
Covered wagon

Indexer Notes

The cover painting bears an illegible signature in lower right.

Contents (Table of Contents)

table of contents / 1 page (report information)

Letters:
Typeset

Crossing the Rockies (Table of Contents)

illustration / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Norman Nodel
Inks:
Norman Nodel
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Keywords:
Covered wagon; wagon train

The Oregon Trail (Table of Contents)

comic story / 19 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Don Perlin
Inks:
Don Perlin
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
non-fiction; biography; western-frontier
Characters:
Marcus Whitman; Narcissa Whitman [Narcissa Prentiss]; Henry Spalding; Eliza Spalding; Joe Meek; Squire Ebberts; Tom Fitzpatrick; Jim Bridger; Reverend Samuel Parker; Cayuse Indians
Synopsis:
Dr. Marcus Whitman has a passion to go to the Oregon country as a missionary. With another couple he and his wife make the journey; the wives are reputedly the first white women to cross the Great Divide. Their route becomes the Oregon Trail, and Whitman helps other parties make the trek. Cayuse Indians kill the Whitmans and others, after which the federal government takes steps to police and organize the territory.
Keywords:
American Indian; Amerind; Cayuse; covered wagon; explorer; massacre; missionary; Native American; Oregon Trail; wagon train

Death and the Donners (Table of Contents)

comic story / 8 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
non-fiction; history; western-frontier
Characters:
George Donner; Tamsen Donner; immigrants; mountain man; Charles Stanton; James Reed
Synopsis:
Putting unfounded trust in their guidebooks, the Donner party takes a treacherous route west and squanders a chance to cross the mountains before snow falls. Starvation takes its toll as they are trapped in snow, and only 47 survive out of 89 souls.
Keywords:
Blizzard; covered wagon; Rocky Mountains; snow; wagon train

Indexer Notes

Although cannibalism is a famed aspect of the Donner history, it is not mentioned in this story.

This Is the Place (Table of Contents)

comic story / 3 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Norman Nodel
Inks:
Norman Nodel
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
non-fiction; history; western-frontier
Characters:
Joseph Smith; Brigham Young; Jim Bridger; Sam Brannan; Mormon pioneers
Synopsis:
When Joseph Smith is killed, Brigham Young leads refugee Mormons to the west. He has no destination, but promises he will know the place when he sees it. He approves a site in the Great Salt Lake Valley, and the settlement grows to a rich new community.
Keywords:
Great Salt Lake; L.D.S.; Latter-day Saints; LDS; Mormons; religious persecution; Salt Lake City; Utah

The Gold Rush (Table of Contents)

comic story / 29 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
George Evans
Inks:
Reed Crandall
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Characters:
John Sutter; James Marshall; Juliet Brier; Dan Hill; Lucky Bill Thornton; Rattlesnake Dick Brier; George Skinner; Sam Brannan; John Jenkins; Charles Cora; James P. Casey; James King of William; con men; prospectors; 49ers [Forty-Niners]
Synopsis:
Discovery of gold in California leads to a rush of immigrants, many of whom die from poor preparation, and few of whom actually strike it rich. Sam Brannan and James King of William are among the citizens who fight against the rampant lawlessness. Some of them are killed, but eventually law, order, and democracy prevail. Mining moves to Nevada, and California becomes a peaceful farming state.
Keywords:
49ers; Assassination; California; Forty-Niners; Gold Rush; prospector; vigilante

The Apache Wars (Table of Contents)

comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Joe Orlando
Inks:
Joe Orlando
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
non-fiction; history; war; western-frontier
Characters:
Cochise; Lieutenant Bascom; cavalry troopers; Apaches
Synopsis:
An arrogant cavalry officer falsely accuses Cochise of kidnapping and tries to arrest him, touching off 25 years of war.
Keywords:
American Indian; Amerind; Apache; cavalry; Native American; New Mexico

The Overland Mail (Table of Contents)

comic story / 11 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Joe Orlando
Inks:
Joe Orlando
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
non-fiction; history; western-frontier
Characters:
Samuel H. Woodson; George Chorpenning; John Butterfield; Waterman Lily Ormsby; Indians; travelers; stagecoach drivers
Synopsis:
After several fitful starts, a true transcontinental mail route is established by John Butterfield. He sets up way stations all along the route, while his drivers fight off Indians and contend with the elements.
Keywords:
American Indian; Amerind; mail; Native American; stagecoach

The Pony Express (Table of Contents)

comic story / 16 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Joe Orlando
Inks:
Joe Orlando
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
non-fiction; history; western-frontier
Characters:
William Russell; Billy Richardson; Major Howard Egan; Warren Upson; Bill Hamilton; Pony Bob Haslam; Jack Keetley; Billy Fisher; Johnnie Frey; Jules Reni; Captain Jack Slade; McCanless; James Butler Hickok [Wild Bill Hickok]; Ben Holliday; Paiute Indians
Synopsis:
For eighteen months, through punishing conditions and sometimes under Indian attack, Pony Express riders carry rapid mail across the west. They help keep the nation together as the Civil War approaches, but are soon superseded by the transcontinental telegraph.
Keywords:
Mail; Paiute; Pony Express; telegraph

Bound by Rails (Table of Contents)

comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Joe Orlando
Inks:
Joe Orlando
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
non-fiction; history; western-frontier
Characters:
Railroad construction workers; Sioux Indians; General Grenville Dodge; Leland Stanford; Thomas C. Durant
Synopsis:
Crews working from both sides of the country complete a transcontinental rail line in 1869.
Keywords:
Railroad; Sioux; train

Meanwhile, Back in the East… (Table of Contents)

text article / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
non-fiction; history
Synopsis:
Even as white population is expanding in the west, New York State and New York City are growing and maturing.
Keywords:
New York City; New York State

The Magic Wire (Table of Contents)

text article / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Alex Blum ?
Inks:
Alex Blum ?
Colors:
?
Letters:
Typeset

Genre:
non-fiction; biography
Characters:
Linemen; Samuel F. B. Morse
Synopsis:
Samuel F. B. Morse travels widely. He develops the Morse Code and a system for sending it via telegraph.
Keywords:
Morse Code; telegraph

["Special Introductory Offer"] (Table of Contents) (Expand) /

promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

["Read the best in the world's finest juvenile publication"] (Table of Contents) (Expand) /

promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. Crossing the Rockies
  2. 1. Contents
  3. 2. Crossing the Rockies
  4. 3. The Oregon Trail
  5. 4. Death and the Donners
  6. 5. This Is the Place
  7. 6. The Gold Rush
  8. 7. The Apache Wars
  9. 8. The Overland Mail
  10. 9. The Pony Express
  11. 10. Bound by Rails
  12. 11. Meanwhile, Back in the East…
  13. 12. The Magic Wire
  14. 13. ["Special Introductory Offer"]
  15. 14. ["Read the best in the world's finest juvenile publication"]
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Kirk House
  • Merlin Haas
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Lou Mougin