(August-October 1955)

Dell, 1951 Series
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Price:
0.10 USD
Pages:
36
Indicia frequency:
Quarterly
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
Dell Publishing Co., Inc.
Brand:
Dell
Editing:
George T. Delacorte, Jr. (president); Helen Meyer (vice-president); Albert P. Delacorte (vice-president)
Color:
color
Dimensions:
standard Golden Age US
Paper Stock:
glossy cover; newsprint interior
Binding:
saddle-stitched
Publishing Format:
was on-going series

Issue Notes

Copyright, 1955, by Gene Autry.
Designed and produced by Western Printing & Lithographing Co.


[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Champion / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Sam Savitt (painting); ? (photo)
Inks:
Sam Savitt (painting); ? (photo)
Colors:
Sam Savitt (painting); ? (photo)

Genre:
animal
Characters:
Champion; Gene Autry (photo, inset)
Synopsis:
In the rodeo ring, Champion in the foreground bucks, lasso about his neck, as the rodeo rider, astride his own horse in the background, pulls the rope tight. The crowd looks on, two in the crowd throw their arms up in cheer.

Indexer Notes

Painted cover

The Flash Flood (Table of Contents)

text article / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
? (illo)
Inks:
? (illo)
Colors:
? (illo)
Letters:
Typeset

Genre:
non-fiction; western-frontier
Synopsis:
The western deserts. Hot and dry. No rain in nearly a year.

The clouds burst! Drench! Creeks become torrents!

Flood. Damage. Subsides. Hot. Dry.

Indexer Notes

Text with illustrations on inside front cover.

Champion in Dangerous Waters (Table of Contents)

Champion / comic story / 17 pages (report information)

Script:
Gaylord Du Bois
Pencils:
Morris Gollub
Inks:
Morris Gollub
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
animal
Characters:
Champion
Synopsis:
Champion and Rebel dog are in the high country, watching over the herd. A mare and her colt stray, and Champ rescues them from a cougar. The colt stumbles into an arroyo, trapped. Coudburst, downpour. Champ leads the colt out of the arroyo. As a flash flood rushes forth, Champ descends again into the arroyo, grabs a fawn by the nape, and leaps to safety. Rancher Tex: his jeep has stalled in floodwater. He rides Champ back to save the ranch from the storm and dam-burst. Rebel herds and pulls the swine from the barn to the wagon. A thunderbolt smashes the barn roof, and Tex is knocked unconscious. Champ and Rebel pull him onto the wagon. Rebel leads the team and wagon to safety. Champ smashes the corral, freeing the horses to escape the coming flood. Back at the hilltop, the rancher tells Champ that the cattle are still trapped. Champ and Rebel return to the ranch, Rebel opens the gate, and the cattle are on their way to safety. Champ turns back, heads for the barn, and rescues a box of mewling kittens floating in the flood waters, by transferring them to a feed bag, in which the mamma cat also crawls.

Indexer Notes

Compare to other stories by Gollub in the series. Gollub's Style and composition are clear in both stories.

Gaylord Du Bois's Account Books Sorted by Title compiled from the original account books by Randall W. Scott states: "Champion in Desert Rescue. 17p. For Champion, November/January issue. Sent December 29, 1954." The story is one rescue after another. The setting is the grassy high country; and the temperate desert or semi-arid climate country of the American West or Southwest, all watered by the dam, and cloudbursts. ~Dave Porta

Champion in Fire Trap (Table of Contents)

Champion / comic story / 17 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Morris Gollub
Inks:
Morris Gollub
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
animal
Characters:
Champion
Synopsis:
Dan Brady Traveling Grocery crashed his wagon during the morning run. Pinned. Axle broken. Ricky and Champ rescue him. They will carry groceries to Sue Hall, Forest Service lookout at Tower Rock, and send a repairman back. On the way, they smell smoke: Mr. Houser and his boys (one a scout) are vacationing, camp-out.

Ricky: "'Drown' that campfire with water before you leave." Houser takes offense.

At the ranger station, Ricky and Sue spot a fire. House didn't douse the campfire with water. Champ rescues Houser and his kids.

Houser: "I've learned my lesson today ... the hard way!"

Indexer Notes

Final panel is "Dell Comics A Pledge to Parents"

Richard Richmond states that the two main stories were illustrated by Morris Gollub.

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    Champion
  2. 1. The Flash Flood
  3. 2. Champion in Dangerous Waters
    Champion
  4. 3. Champion in Fire Trap
    Champion
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Edgar Loftin
  • Dave Porta
  • Richard Richmond
  • Gregory Fischer
  • David Porta
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • David Porta
  • Tony R. Rose