(April 1942)

Dell, 1942 Series
Volume:
1
Price:
0.10 USD
Pages:
68
Indicia frequency:
monthly
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
K. K. Publications, Inc.
Editing:
?
Color:
Color
Dimensions:
Standard Golden Age U. S.
Paper Stock:
Glossy cover; Newsprint interior
Binding:
Saddle-stitched

["I wonder what he meant when he said he liked my form!"] (Table of Contents)

cover / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
? (photograph)
Inks:
? (photograph)
Colors:
? (photograph)
Letters:
typeset

["In this issue"] (Table of Contents)

table of contents / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
?; Walt Kelly ?
Inks:
?; Walt Kelly ?
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
humor; erotica
Characters:
A beautiful girl; three servicemen

Indexer Notes

Inside front cover. Printed in black and red.
The girl is in her slip wearing billboards announcing part of the contents. The billboards seem to be see-through and she attracts the undivided attention of the three servicemen.
Art credits uncertain, but the three servicemen do show some similarity to Walt Kelly's artwork in the "Seaman Sy Wheeler" story.

["This is the place we're raiding..."] (Table of Contents)

Rusty O'Reilly / comic story / 12 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
adventure
Characters:
Rusty O'Reilly; Major Keene; Brune (spy); Donner (spy)
Synopsis:
Rusty, Brune and Donner escape Keene's raid of the spys' hotel in Panama City, Rusty posing as spy queen Madam Q. Their plane crashes in the Brazilian jungle, and the spies and Rusty are captured by indians. Brune and Donner escape the indian camp, but are killed by curare darts.

Indexer Notes

Last appearance. Many violent actions throughout - a pilot being thrown out of a flying plane, an indian being shot in the back, and the two villains being shot to death by curare darts. Derogatory description of the Amazon indians throughout: "Head hunters".

["Ice on wings - losing altitude -"] (Table of Contents)

Pepsi and Pete, the Pepsi-Cola Cops / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Rube Goldberg (credited)
Inks:
Rube Goldberg (credited)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
humor
Characters:
Pepsi; Pete; Waldo
Synopsis:
The two Pepsi-Cola cops melt the ice off of an airplane's wings with toasted bread.

Indexer Notes

Advertisement for Pepsi Cola in comic story form.

The Setting of the Rising Sun (Table of Contents)

Hank and Lank / comic story / 9 pages (report information)

Script:
Frank Thomas
Pencils:
Frank Thomas (signed)
Inks:
Frank Thomas (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
humor; superhero
Characters:
Hank; Lank; Bubbles; Lord High Mucki-Muck; General Fanny-Hang-Low
Synopsis:
The Japanese have dug a tunnel beneath the Pacific all the way to New York, planning an invasion. The protagonists by accident discover the plan and conquer the entire Japanese army.

Indexer Notes

Very violent ending: The Japanese emperor and the entire army are thrown into garbage trucks and being cremated at the Municipal Incinerator.

["We're in the Army Now!!"] (Table of Contents)

advertisement / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
humor
Synopsis:
Lifebuoy soap makes a private ready for a date even after an entire day of K.P.

Indexer Notes

Advertisement in comic strip form for Lifebuoy Health Soap.

Red-Bearded Fakir of Ipi (Table of Contents)

True Spy Stories / text story / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
spy

Sherman Was Right, Especially When You're Dealing With the Weaker Sex (Table of Contents)

Seaman Sy Wheeler / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script:
Walt Kelly
Pencils:
Walt Kelly
Inks:
Walt Kelly
Colors:
?
Letters:
Typeset (?)

Genre:
humor
Characters:
Syclops "Sy" Wheeler; Clarence; Kitty; Tootsie; a young lady on the train; the young lady's boychild
Synopsis:
Sy and Clarence ride to a weekend in the country on a train, but women keep falling into Sy's arms whenever his fiancée Kitty appears.

Indexer Notes

Last appearance. Kelly draws a caricature of himself as a ticket seller on pg. 2. The young lady's boychild is a caricature of Disney animator Ward Kimball.

["He's in the signal corps and can he string a line!"] (Table of Contents)

Party Line / cartoon / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
? [signed dm]
Inks:
? [signed dm]
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
humor; erotica

Indexer Notes

Six more or less scantily clad young women delivering double entendres about servicemen on the phone.

The Chicago Express Mystery (Table of Contents)

Philo Vance / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
detective-mystery
Characters:
Philo Vance; Skittles; Mary Doval; Charles Foster; miss Barkley; Dr. Bradley
Synopsis:
The heiress to a big fortune becomes cataleptic on a train, and Philo - accidentally present on board the same train - solves the mystery.

Indexer Notes

Last appearance.

The Ordeal of Edith Cavell (Table of Contents)

True Spy Stories / text story / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
spy

["Cripes what a swell shave!"] (Table of Contents)

Mollé Mike / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
"Butch" (credited)
Inks:
"Butch" (credited)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
humor
Characters:
Mollé Mike; two high ranking army officers

Indexer Notes

Advertisement for Mollé shaving cream in comic strip form.

Haile Selassie's Native Girl-Spy (Table of Contents)

True Spy Stories / text story / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
spy

["He says he's smoother now that he shaves ..."] (Table of Contents)

advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
? (spot illustration)
Inks:
? (spot illustration)
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Indexer Notes

Advertisement for GEM Clog-pruf [sic!] razor and blades.

["Sorry, general, but tonight I've got a 'private' engagement!"] (Table of Contents)

Party Line / cartoon / 0.5 page (report information)

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

Genre:
humor; erotica

Indexer Notes

No title, but clearly same setup as feature no. 9.

Three Wishes (Table of Contents)

comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script:
David Berg (credited)
Pencils:
David Berg (credited)
Inks:
David Berg (credited)
Colors:
?
Letters:
David Berg

Genre:
humor
Synopsis:
If granted three wishes the protagonist would wish for opportunities to murder Hitler, and hurt Mussolini and Hirohito.

Indexer Notes

Pre-war reference: mentioning Hitler, Mussolini and Hirohito.

["Gee! Ain't dose flowers gorgeous!"] (Table of Contents)

cartoon / 0.5 page (report information)

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

Genre:
humor

Indexer Notes

No title, and not using telephones as props, but otherwise similar in setup to feature no. 9, and possibly same artist.

["Our signals tell a story"] (Table of Contents)

advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

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

Indexer Notes

Advertisement for Friends smoking tobacco. Printed in black and red.

Dear Ethel (Table of Contents)

text story / 3 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
? (spot illustrations)
Inks:
? (spot illustrations)
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
humor
Characters:
W.B. Bingle; Gilligan; Major Brewster
Synopsis:
Bingle and his pal, Corporal Gilligan visit Gilligan's grandfather, Major Brewster, who was in the Spanish-American war.

Indexer Notes

War reference: Fear of Nazi invasion to the US.

Winners in Camp Comics $100 Contest (Table of Contents)

filler / 0.5 page (report information)

Script:
?
Letters:
typeset

Indexer Notes

Winners of the contest in issue #1.

[Absence Makes the Heart Grow Fonder ..."] (Table of Contents)

advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
? (spot illustrations)
Inks:
? (spot illustrations)
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Indexer Notes

Printed in black and red. Advertisement for Barbasol Service Special shaving cream.

["You write Junior a good sharp letter ..."] (Table of Contents)

Grin and Bear It / cartoon / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Lichty (credited)
Inks:
Lichty (credited)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
humor

Indexer Notes

Four cartoons.

["Mr. Fergusen [sic], please tell the jury..."] (Table of Contents)

Rimfire Ferguson / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
John Hampton (signed)
Inks:
John Hampton (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
western-frontier
Characters:
Rimfire Ferguson; Elizabeth Hardy; Broder (cow herder, villain); Honest Sam Steele; Sheriff Boyle; Mike Gorrel (sheep herder, villain)
Synopsis:
During the court case of the five cow herders trying to kill Rimfire [ref. Camp Comics #2], sheep herders drive a huge flock of sheep through cow country, and the sheep/cattle war breaks out again.

Indexer Notes

Last appearance. Signature on last page.

["I'm your neighbor, Dr. Truffle ..."] (Table of Contents)

Grin and Bear It / cartoon / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Lichty (credited)
Inks:
Lichty (credited)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
humor

Indexer Notes

Inside back cover, printed in black and red. Four cartoons.

28% Less Nicotine (Table of Contents)

advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
? (photographs)
Inks:
? (photographs)
Colors:
? (photographs)
Letters:
typeset

Characters:
Test pilot Marshall Headle

Indexer Notes

Back cover. Advertisement for Camel cigarettes.