(1954)

Dell, 1954 Series
 
Price:
0.25 USD
Pages:
100
On-sale date:
1954
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
Dell Publishing Co., Inc.
Brand:
Giant Dell Comic
Editing:
?
Color:
Color
Dimensions:
Standard Silver Age U. S.
Paper Stock:
Glossy cover; Newsprint interior
Binding:
Squarebound

Issue Notes

George T. Delacorte Jr, President; Helen Meyer, Vice-President; Albert P. Dalacorte, Vice-President. There are three job codes in this issue, each ending in 5411, perhaps suggesting a November on-sale date.

Keywords:
Christmas; Jesus; Santa Claus

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

cover / 1 page (report information)

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

Characters:
Santa Claus; Virgin Mary; Joseph; shepherds; Bob Cratchit; Tiny Tim; Dutch boy; littlest angel; little fir tree; children; carolers
Synopsis:
Contents; montage of Christmas scenes
Keywords:
Christmas; holiday; Jesus; Nativity; Santa Claus

Santa Claus (Table of Contents)

Santa Claus / text article / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Aquino (signed)
Inks:
Aquino (signed)
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
non-fiction
Characters:
Santa Claus; Sinter Klaas; Father Christmas
Synopsis:
What Santa is like in various countries
Keywords:
Christmas; holiday; Santa Claus

Indexer Notes

Indicia this page (inside front cover)

The Christmas Story (Table of Contents)

comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
?
Inks:
?
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset
Job Number:
C.T.A. #1-5411

Characters:
Mary; Joseph; innkeeper; angels; shepherds; King Herod; Gaspar; Melchior; Balthasar
Synopsis:
Retelling of the birth of Jesus, as related in the Gospels of Luke and Matthew
Keywords:
Bible; Christmas; Gospel; Jesus; Nativity; New Testament

Christmas Around the World (Table of Contents)

text article / 1 page (report information)

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

Characters:
Christmas revelers
Synopsis:
Christmas customs around the world
Keywords:
Christmas; holiday

Indexer Notes

Artwork is very much in the style of the signed art in Seq. 2.

Santa and the Angel (Table of Contents)

Santa Claus / text story / 24 pages (report information)

Script:
Oscar Lebeck
Pencils:
Mo Gollub
Inks:
Mo Gollub
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
fantasy
Characters:
Littlest angel; friendly beasts; woodcutter; woodcutter's wife; Santa Claus
Synopsis:
As the angels polish stars on Christmas Eve, the littlest angel falls asleep on a cloud and drifts to earth. Friendly wild animals rescue him from snow and determine to deliver him to kindly woodcutters who are setting up their Christmas tree. Santa arrives with the woodcutters' gifts and returns the littlest angel to Heaven in time for the Christmas party.
Keywords:
angel; Christmas; Santa Claus

Indexer Notes

"'Santa and the Angel' from SANTA AND THE ANGEL, copyright, 1946, by Oscar Lebeck, copyright, 1949, by Western Printing & Lithographing Co."

The Night Before Christmas (Table of Contents)

comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script:
Clement C. Moore
Pencils:
?
Inks:
?
Colors:
?
Letters:
?
Job Number:
C.T.A. #1-5411 (33)

Genre:
fantasy
Characters:
Mama; Papa; children; Saint Nicholas
Synopsis:
The classic Christmas poem, illustrated
Keywords:
Christmas; holiday; poem; poetry; reindeer; Saint Nicholas; Santa Claus

Indexer Notes

The poem is not attributed in this issue, and its authorship has been disputed. It is, however, most generally considered to be the work of Clement C. Moore.

A Delightful Christmas Game (Table of Contents)

Santa Claus / activity / 1 page (report information)

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

Characters:
Santa Claus
Synopsis:
A button-snapping game, based on Santa Claus
Keywords:
game; Santa Claus

["The First Nowell"] (Table of Contents)

text article / 20 pages (report information)

Script:
?; Phillips Brooks; John H. Hopkins; Edmund H. Sears; James Montgomery; Henry Wadsworth Longfellow; Isaac Watts; Cecil Frances Alexander; Martin Luther; Nicolai; Charles Wesley; Joseph Mohr; John M. Neale; Rev. Frederick Oakeley (translator)
Pencils:
?
Inks:
?
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Synopsis:
Twenty well-known Christmas hymns, with words, music, and illustrations.
Keywords:
carol; Christmas; holiday; hymn; music

Indexer Notes

"[R]eprinted by permission: Music for 'How Brightly Beams the Morning Star,' 'Good King Wenseclaus, and 'I Saw Three Ships' reprinted from CHRISTMAS CAROLS by Hendrik Willem Van Loon and Grace Castagnetta, by permission of Simon & Schuster, Inc. publishers. Copyright, 1937, by Hendrik Willem Van Loon." All others "from CHRISTMAS CAROLS, copyright MCMXXXVII, MCMXLII by Western Printing & Lithographing Co."

The Little Fir Tree (Table of Contents)

comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
?
Inks:
?
Colors:
?
Letters:
?
Job Number:
C.T.A. #1-5411 (65)

Genre:
fantasy
Characters:
fir tree; forest animals; woodsman; servants; children; mice; grandfather
Synopsis:
A young fir tree sees other trees chosen and cut, and longs for their adventures. At length the fir is selected for a Christmas tree. A dislodged candle sets the tree afire, terrifying the children, but servants soon quench the flames. "The fir tree is happy because he has brought happiness to others and in doing so, has won it for himself."
Keywords:
Christmas; Christmas tree; holiday

["Eye Tricks!"] (Table of Contents)

activity / 4 pages (report information)

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

Synopsis:
Three activities: optical illusions; rebus; mystery picture

A Christmas Carol (Table of Contents)

comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script:
?; original story by Charles Dickens
Pencils:
Alberto Gioletti ?
Inks:
Alberto Gioletti ?
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Characters:
Ebenezer Scrooge; Jacob Marley's ghost; Ghost of Christmas Past; Ghost of Christmas Present; Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come; Bob Cratchit; Tiny Tim; nephew Fred
Synopsis:
Retelling of the Dickens Christmas classic
Keywords:
Christmas; ghost; holiday; London; Victorian

Indexer Notes

Resembles Gioletti's work in other Dell/Western titles.

Hansy and the Spirit of Christmas (Table of Contents)

comic story / 10 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
fantasy
Characters:
Hansy; Tyl; Spirit of Christmas
Synopsis:
The Spirit of Christmas changes Hansy to a snowbird, so he can see if the villagers have the Christmas spirit. Alas, Hansy learns that they are all self-centered and greedy. Changed back to a boy, Hansy and his dog Tyl start home but are soon trapped in a snowstorm. The villagers search for the missing boy, nurse him back to health, and give up what they've gained from Christmas to help and encourage him.
Keywords:
Christmas; dog; holiday; Netherlands

The Christmas Mouse (Table of Contents)

Santa Claus / comic story / 5.75 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
fantasy
Characters:
Santa Claus; Cheddar mouse; Cheddar's nephews; juncos
Synopsis:
Santa Claus gives Cheddar a tiny sleigh and Santa Suit, so Cheddar can help him by being Santa to the mice. Juncos pull Cheddar's sleigh, but Cheddar's nephews won't take him seriously until Santa Claus confirms that Cheddar is in fact Santa for the mice.
Keywords:
Christmas; holiday; mouse; North Pole; Santa Claus

["Two of your favorites back again!"] (Table of Contents)

Santa Claus; Frosty the Snowman / promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.25 page (report information)

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

Characters:
Santa Claus; Frosty the Snowman
Synopsis:
Promo for Santa Claus Funnies and Frosty The Snowman from Dell Comics
Keywords:
Christmas; holiday; Santa Claus; snowman

How children all over the world say "Merry Christmas" (Table of Contents)

text article / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Aquino ?
Inks:
Aquino ?
Letters:
typeset

Synopsis:
"Merry Christmas" in various languages; border illustration
Keywords:
Christmas; holiday

Indexer Notes

Looks like Aquino's signed work from Seq. 2.

["Christmas is for cookies all sugary sweet."] (Table of Contents)

text article / 1 page (report information)

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

Characters:
Santa Claus
Synopsis:
Poem about Christmas
Keywords:
Christmas; holiday; Santa Claus

Indexer Notes

Border illustration looks like Aquino's signed work from Seq. 2.

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. [no title indexed]
  2. 1. Santa Claus
    Santa Claus
  3. 2. The Christmas Story
  4. 3. Christmas Around the World
  5. 4. Santa and the Angel
    Santa Claus
  6. 5. The Night Before Christmas
  7. 6. A Delightful Christmas Game
    Santa Claus
  8. 7. ["The First Nowell"]
  9. 8. The Little Fir Tree
  10. 9. ["Eye Tricks!"]
  11. 10. A Christmas Carol
  12. 11. Hansy and the Spirit of Christmas
  13. 12. The Christmas Mouse
    Santa Claus
  14. 13. ["Two of your favorites back again!"]
    Santa Claus; Frosty the Snowman
  15. 14. How children all over the world say "Merry Christmas"
  16. 15. ["Christmas is for cookies all sugary sweet."]
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