1941 - 1953
Country:
Canada
Indicia / Colophon Publishers:
3
Brand Groups:
3
Brand Emblems in Use:
14

Total Number of Series:
211
Total Number of Issues:
825

Notes:
Company known as Commercial Signs of Canada from 1939-1942, though their first comics weren't published until 1941. Canadian Golden-Age publisher of original material and then of reprints of American comics from various publishers.

Bell's output can be divided into 4 time periods.

The first, and arguably the most important, period is from 1941 to early 1946. During this time Bell produced 100% Canadian comics, known popularly as Canadian Whites (even though a few of the early ones were actually in full colour).

The second period is a very short time in 1946 when Bell was producing comics for the British market. These normally had an original Canadian cover with a reprint of a contemporary U.S. comic inside.

After this was the third period where Bell reprinted U.S. comics with covers from the U.S. comics themselves. Comics from Archie, Marvel, Quality and other U.S. publishers were common. Sometimes the comic being reprinted had the correct cover, sometimes it didn't. This period was from approximately 1948 to 1951.

The fourth period is after 1951. Bell continued to reprint U.S. comics but mostly under different titles and covers from the original U.S. comics. Splash pages were modified to serve as covers or illustrations from one company were combined with logos from another and some of the titles and logos from the Canadian Whites were revived.

Besides a few of the very early Canadian Whites, a few of the British exports and a couple of the earliest U.S. reprints, Bell did not include dates in the comics. The estimated dates are based, primarily, on the earliest possible date based on what is being reprinted. The estimated dates of other issues in the series are also taken into account as well as the existence of date stamps. It is quite possible that some comics were actually published months or even a year or two after our estimated date.
Editing
Series Year # Issues Covers
Active Comics 1942 37 issues (9 indexed) Have 35 (Need 5)
Adventures of the Dover Boys [Archie Series] 1950 1 issue (0 indexed) Gallery
All Great 1949? 1 issue (0 indexed) Gallery
All Top 1952 2 issues (2 indexed) Gallery
All True Crime Cases Comics 1948 11 issues (1 indexed) Have 7 (Need 5)
Amazing Animals 1951? 3 issues (0 indexed) Have 1 (Need 3)
Amazing Mysteries 1949 3 issues (0 indexed) Have 1 (Need 2)
Amazing Spy Adventures 1951 2 issues (1 indexed) Gallery
Amazing Western Adventures 1952? 2 issues (0 indexed) Gallery
Animal Toons 1948 1 issue (0 indexed) Gallery
Annie Oakley Comics 1948 2 issues (1 indexed) Have 2 (Need 1)
Archie Comics 1948 16 issues (0 indexed) Have 11 (Need 6)
Archie's Girls, Betty and Veronica 1950 2 issues (0 indexed) Have 1 (Need 1)
Archie's Pal Jughead Comics 1949 2 issues (0 indexed) Gallery
Archie's Rival Reggie 1950 2 issues (1 indexed) Gallery
Asia 1948 2 issues (0 indexed) Gallery
Astonishing 1951 2 issues (0 indexed) Gallery
Astounding Jungle Adventures 1950 1 issue (0 indexed) Gallery
Best Love 1951 3 issues (1 indexed) Gallery
Best Western 1949 3 issues (0 indexed) Have 1 (Need 2)
Black Rider 1950? 6 issues (0 indexed) Have 3 (Need 4)
Blackhawk 1949 7 issues (2 indexed) Have 3 (Need 4)
Blonde Phantom Comics 1948 6 issues (1 indexed) Gallery
Boots & Saddle 1951 5 issues (0 indexed) Have 4 (Need 1)
Boy's Adventures 1950 2 issues (0 indexed) Add
Broadway Romances 1950 1 issue (0 indexed) Add
Bronco Busters 1950 3 issues (1 indexed) Gallery
Buccaneers 1950 5 issues (1 indexed) Have 4 (Need 1)
Campus Comics 1950 3 issues (1 indexed) Have 3 (Need 1)
Candy 1949? 1 issue (0 indexed) Gallery
Captain Science 1950 1 issue (0 indexed) Gallery
Cartoon Funnies 1948? 1 issue (0 indexed) Add
Casey - Crime Photographer 1949 2 issues (0 indexed) Gallery
Colossal Comics 1945 3 issues (0 indexed) Have 3 (Need 1)
Comedy 1950 3 issues (2 indexed) Have 2 (Need 2)
Comic Crimes 1946 2 issues (1 indexed) Gallery
Comic Toons 1949 1 issue (0 indexed) Add
Commando Comics 1942 22 issues (1 indexed) Have 22 (Need 1)
Congo 1949? 3 issues (0 indexed) Gallery
Corral Comics 1948 4 issues (1 indexed) Have 2 (Need 3)
Cowboy 'Ventures 1951 1 issue (0 indexed) Gallery
Cowboy Trails 1949 3 issues (0 indexed) Gallery
Crack Adventures 1952? 4 issues (1 indexed) Gallery
Crack Western 1950 6 issues (0 indexed) Have 2 (Need 4)
Crimefighters Comics 1948 7 issues (1 indexed) Have 7 (Need 1)
Darling Love 1950 3 issues (0 indexed) Have 2 (Need 3)
Darling Romance 1950 4 issues (0 indexed) Have 3 (Need 3)
Diary Loves 1950 4 issues (0 indexed) Have 3 (Need 1)
Dime Comics 1942 34 issues (4 indexed) Have 32 (Need 3)
Doll Man 1949 9 issues (0 indexed) Have 9 (Need 1)
Egbert 1949 1 issue (1 indexed) Gallery
Elsie the Cow Comics 1950 3 issues (0 indexed) Have 2 (Need 2)
Feature Comics 1949 10 issues (2 indexed) Have 7 (Need 3)
Frankie and Lana Comics 1949 1 issue (0 indexed) Gallery
Frankie Comics 1948 2 issues (0 indexed) Have 1 (Need 1)
Frankie Fuddle 1949? 1 issue (0 indexed) Gallery
The Frontier Marshal 1951 4 issues (1 indexed) Have 4 (Need 1)
Fun Parade 1952? 2 issues (1 indexed) Gallery
Fun Parade Comics 1952? 1 issue (0 indexed) Gallery
The Funny Comics 1942 20 issues (1 indexed) Have 20 (Need 1)
Gallant 1951? 5 issues (0 indexed) Gallery
Georgie Comics 1950 6 issues (0 indexed) Have 2 (Need 5)
Girl Comics 1949 3 issues (0 indexed) Gallery
The Gunhawk 1950 4 issues (0 indexed) Gallery
Heart Throbs 1949 2 issues (1 indexed) Gallery
Henry 1953 1 issue (0 indexed) Have 1 (Need 1)
Hi-Comics 1951 3 issues (2 indexed) Gallery
Hickory 1950 1 issue (0 indexed) Add
Hit Comics 1950 4 issues (0 indexed) Have 4 (Need 2)
Hollywood Diary 1950 1 issue (0 indexed) Add
Hollywood Secrets 1950 2 issues (1 indexed) Gallery
Honeymoon Romances 1952? 2 issues (0 indexed) Have 1 (Need 1)
Humdinger 1950 1 issue (1 indexed) Gallery
Indian Fighter 1951 1 issue (0 indexed) Gallery
Jet-Man Comics 1946 1 issue (1 indexed) Have 1 (Need 1)
Jetman 1951? 4 issues (1 indexed) Gallery
Jo-Jo 1949? 2 issues (1 indexed) Gallery
Johnny Canuck 1946 2 issues (0 indexed) Have 1 (Need 1)
Joke Comics 1942 28 issues (0 indexed) Have 25 (Need 7)
Joker Comics 1948 2 issues (0 indexed) Have 2 (Need 1)
Journey Into Unknown Worlds 1950 6 issues (4 indexed) Have 6 (Need 1)
Jubilee 1947 1 issue (0 indexed) Gallery
Jungle Drums 1949 3 issues (1 indexed) Have 3 (Need 1)
Junior Miss 1948 4 issues (0 indexed) Have 4 (Need 2)
Justice Comics 1948? 7 issues (1 indexed) Have 7 (Need 2)
Katy Keene Comics [Archie Series] 1949? 2 issues (0 indexed) Gallery
Ken Shannon 1952 1 issue (0 indexed) Gallery
Kent Blake Secret Agent 1951 3 issues (0 indexed) Have 1 (Need 2)
Kid Colt Outlaw 1950 2 issues (0 indexed) Gallery
Lady Luck 1950 4 issues (0 indexed) Have 4 (Need 1)
Lash LaRue Western 1949 6 issues (0 indexed) Gallery
Laugh Comics 1948 7 issues (0 indexed) Have 7 (Need 1)
Lawbreakers Always Lose 1948 9 issues (0 indexed) Have 8 (Need 2)
Love Confessions 1949 3 issues (0 indexed) Have 1 (Need 2)
Love Confidences 1949 2 issues (0 indexed) Gallery
Love Letters 1950 1 issue (0 indexed) Gallery
Love Romances 1949 3 issues (0 indexed) Have 1 (Need 2)
Love Scandals 1950 2 issues (1 indexed) Gallery
Love Tales 1950 2 issues (1 indexed) Have 1 (Need 1)
Lovers 1949 2 issues (0 indexed) Have 2 (Need 1)