1929 - 1988
Country:
United States
Indicia / Colophon Publishers:
9
Brand Groups:
2
Brand Emblems in Use:
30

Total Number of Series:
519
Total Number of Issues:
6861

Notes:
Info for Dell in the early years:
Dell Publishing Co. 100 Fifth Avenue, New York NY;
Harry Steeger (editor);
Abril Lamarque (comic art editor);
Edythe Seims (assistant editor);
George T. Delacorte, Jr. (managing editor).
(Information from "The American Comic Book: The Evolutionary Era, 1884-1939" by Denis Gifford.)

Dell was founded in 1921 and first published comics with 1929's "The Funnies", which looked like a newspaper insert but was distributed on newsstands. Eastern Color Printing Company was involved with several of Dell's earliest comic book ventures, although the exact nature of each partnership is not always clear. The company's comic book division folded in 1973, although Dell continued to publish the occasional book with comics content, including newspaper strip collections. Dell became part of Bantam Doubleday Dell ( http://www.comics.org/publisher/5554/ ) in 1988, ceasing to exist as an independent company.


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Western Publishing, also known as Western Printing and Lithographing Company, was a Racine, Wisconsin firm.

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In 1934 Western established an eastern printing plant in Poughkeepsie, New York. The facility became a major preparation and production source for Dell's comic books and paperbacks over the course of its first year of operation.

As per http://www.fundinguniverse.com/company-histories/western-publishing-grou...

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Dells first three regular titles -- Popular Comics (February 1936), The Funnies (October 1936), and The Comics (March 1937) -- were packaged and printed by M.C. Gaines at the McClure Syndicate offices. These followed Gaines' early format for Famous Funnies by using newspaper-strip reprints.

In 1938, Dell Publishing contracted with Western Printing and Lithography to prepare original material for its comic book line. These comics now were printed by Western's Whitman division in Poughkeepsie, New York, and packaged under the direction of Oskar Lebeck. These books were Super Comics (May 1938) and Crackajack (June 1938).

As per http://home.comcast.net/~sthompson021/features_dellgoldkey.htm

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******* "© Robert S. Callender" Explained *******

When Western Printing produced comic book content that was not a licensed property, it was copyrighted in the name of Robert S. Callender (or, sometimes, Oscar Lebeck, e.g. Animal Comics, a Lebeck project).

Callender was not the writer. He was Western Printing's copyright holder.

Robert S. (Bob) Callender, b. 1913, youngest child of Gene Callender of Racine, Wisconsin society, was an executive at Western Printing. On Oct. 9, 1937 Mr. Callender married Wynnefred Wadewitz, b. 1916, daughter of Edward H. Wadewitz.

Robert S. Callender's father-in-law, Edward H. Wadewitz, had risen by initiative to be the secretary, treasurer and general manager of the Western Printing & Lithographing Company: he was a moving spirit in the development, enlargement and control of that undertaking.

Robert S. Callender (Mr. Wadewitz's son-in-law) was the Managing Editor and Business Manager for Whitman Publishing Co., Poughkeepsie, N.Y., owned by Western Printing and Lithographing Company of Poughkeepsie, N.Y.

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Editing
Series Year # Issues Covers
100 Pages of Comics 1937 1 issue (0 indexed) Gallery
1000 Jokes 1939 116 issues (0 indexed) Have 95 (Need 39)
1000 New Jokes 1934 0 issues (0 indexed) No Covers
12 O'Clock High 1965 2 issues (2 indexed) Gallery
3-D-ell 1953 2 issues (2 indexed) Gallery
77 Sunset Strip 1962 1 issue (1 indexed) Gallery
87th Precinct 1962 1 issue (1 indexed) Gallery
Abraham Lincoln Life Story 1958 1 issue (1 indexed) Gallery
Adlai Stevenson 1966 1 issue (1 indexed) Gallery
The Adventures of M. G. M.'s Lassie 1949 1 issue (0 indexed) Gallery
The Adventures of Little Orphan Annie 1941 3 issues (3 indexed) Gallery
Adventures of Mighty Mouse 1959 12 issues (12 indexed) Gallery
Air War Stories 1964 8 issues (8 indexed) Gallery
Alice in Wonderland 1950 1 issue (0 indexed) Gallery
Alley Oop 1962 2 issues (2 indexed) Gallery
Alvin 1962 28 issues (7 indexed) Gallery
Alvin and His Pals in Merry Christmas with Clyde Crashcup and Leonardo 1963 1 issue (1 indexed) Gallery
Alvin and His Pals in Merry Christmas with Clyde Crashcup and Leonardo 1966 1 issue (1 indexed) Gallery
Alvin for President 1964 1 issue (1 indexed) Gallery
Andy Hardy 1954 2 issues (2 indexed) Gallery
Andy Panda 1952 41 issues (41 indexed) Gallery
Angel 1954 15 issues (15 indexed) Gallery
Animal Comics 1942 30 issues (30 indexed) Gallery
Annie Oakley and Tagg 1955 15 issues (15 indexed) Gallery
Around the Block with Dunc & Loo 1962 2 issues (2 indexed) Gallery
Around the Block [with Dunc & Loo] 1961 1 issue (1 indexed) Gallery
Around the World Under the Sea 1966 1 issue (1 indexed) Gallery
Bachelor Father 1962 1 issue (1 indexed) Gallery
Backfield In Motion 1974 1 issue (0 indexed) Add
Ballyhoo 1948 6 issues (0 indexed) Have 4 (Need 2)
Ballyhoo 1931 67 issues (0 indexed) Have 55 (Need 17)
Bambi 1956 1 issue (1 indexed) Gallery
Barbie and Ken 1962 5 issues (5 indexed) Gallery
Barry M. Goldwater 1965 1 issue (1 indexed) Gallery
Bat Masterson 1960 8 issues (8 indexed) Have 9 (Need 1)
Battle of the Bulge 1966 1 issue (1 indexed) Gallery
Beach Blanket Bingo 1965 1 issue (1 indexed) Gallery
Beany and Cecil 1962 5 issues (5 indexed) Gallery
The Beatles 1964 1 issue (1 indexed) Gallery
Beep Beep 1960 11 issues (11 indexed) Gallery
Beetle Bailey 1956 34 issues (1 indexed) Gallery
Beetle Bailey and Sarge 1958 1 issue (1 indexed) Gallery
Ben Bowie and His Mountain Men 1956 11 issues (11 indexed) Gallery
Ben Casey 1962 10 issues (10 indexed) Gallery
Best Cartoons of the Year 1968 1 issue (1 indexed) Add
Beverly Hillbillies 1963 21 issues (21 indexed) Gallery
Bewitched 1965 14 issues (14 indexed) Gallery
The Big Valley 1966 6 issues (6 indexed) Gallery
The Blue Phantom 1962 1 issue (1 indexed) Gallery
Bodé's Cartoon Concert 1973 1 issue (0 indexed) Gallery
Bonanza 1962 2 issues (2 indexed) Gallery
Boys Love Girls...More or Less 1970 1 issue (1 indexed) Have 1 (Need 1)
Bozo 1952 4 issues (0 indexed) Gallery
Bozo the Clown 1951 2 issues (2 indexed) Gallery
Bozo the Clown 1962 4 issues (1 indexed) Gallery
The Brady Bunch 1970 2 issues (2 indexed) Gallery
Brain Boy 1962 5 issues (5 indexed) Gallery
Brenda Lee Life Story 1962 1 issue (1 indexed) Gallery
Brenda Starr 1963 1 issue (1 indexed) Gallery
Buck Jones 1951 7 issues (7 indexed) Gallery
Buffalo Bill Jr. 1958 7 issues (7 indexed) Gallery
Bug Movies 1931 1 issue (0 indexed) Gallery
Bugs Bunny 1952 58 issues (58 indexed) Gallery
Bugs Bunny's Christmas Funnies 1950 8 issues (8 indexed) Gallery
Bugs Bunny's Christmas Party 1955 1 issue (1 indexed) Gallery
Bugs Bunny's County Fair 1957 1 issue (1 indexed) Gallery
Bugs Bunny's Halloween Parade 1953 2 issues (2 indexed) Gallery
Bugs Bunny's Trick 'n' Treat Halloween Fun 1955 2 issues (2 indexed) Gallery
Bugs Bunny's Vacation Funnies 1951 9 issues (9 indexed) Have 12 (Need 1)
Bullwinkle 1962 1 issue (1 indexed) Gallery
The Bullwinkle Mother Moose Nursery Pomes 1962 1 issue (1 indexed) Gallery
Burke's Law 1964 3 issues (3 indexed) Gallery
Butterfly Comics 1936 4 issues (0 indexed) Gallery
Cadet Gray of West Point 1958 1 issue (1 indexed) Gallery
Cain's Hundred 1962 2 issues (2 indexed) Gallery
Calvin and the Colonel 1962 1 issue (1 indexed) Gallery
Camp Comics 1942 3 issues (3 indexed) Gallery
Camp Runamuck 1966 1 issue (1 indexed) Gallery
Car 54, Where Are You? 1962 6 issues (6 indexed) Gallery
Car 54, Where Are You? [2nd Printing] 1964 2 issues (1 indexed) Gallery
The Castilian 1964 1 issue (1 indexed) Gallery
The Cat 1966 1 issue (1 indexed) Gallery
Charlie Chan 1965 2 issues (2 indexed) Gallery
Charlie McCarthy 1949 9 issues (9 indexed) Gallery
Cheyenne 1957 22 issues (22 indexed) Gallery
Cheyenne Autumn 1965 1 issue (1 indexed) Gallery
The Chief 1951 1 issue (1 indexed) Gallery
Chip 'n' Dale 1955 27 issues (27 indexed) Gallery
Christmas In Disneyland 1957 1 issue (1 indexed) Gallery
A Christmas Treasury 1954 1 issue (1 indexed) Gallery
Cicero's Cat 1959 2 issues (2 indexed) Gallery
Cimarron Strip 1968 1 issue (1 indexed) Gallery
Circus World 1964 1 issue (1 indexed) Gallery
The Cisco Kid 1951 40 issues (40 indexed) Gallery
Clancy the Cop 1930 2 issues (0 indexed) Gallery
Clementina, the Flying Pig 1950 1 issue (0 indexed) Have 1 (Need 1)
Clyde Crashcup 1963 5 issues (2 indexed) Gallery
Colt .45 1960 6 issues (6 indexed) Gallery
Combat 1961 40 issues (38 indexed) Gallery
Comic Album 1958 18 issues (18 indexed) Have 19 (Need 1)