Dilly #1
(May-June 1953)

Lev Gleason, 1953 Series
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Volume
1
Price
0.10 USD
Pages
36
Indicia Frequency
bi-monthly
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Lev Gleason Publications, Inc.
Editing
Charles Biro
Color
Color
Dimensions
Standard Golden Age U. S.
Paper Stock
newsprint with glossy cover
Binding
saddle-stitched
Publishing Format
Was Ongoing Series

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Dilly Duncan / cover / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Charles Biro (signed)
Inks
Charles Biro (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Have some pie, Dilly!
Genre
teen
Characters
Dilly Duncan; Gruesome Jones; Mr. Staple
Keywords
cafeteria; pie

Indexer Notes

Cover scene does not appear in the interior stories.

The Big Dance (Table of Contents: 1)

Dilly Duncan of Dorset High / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Bart Tumey (signed)
Inks
Bart Tumey (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
teen
Characters
Dilly Duncan; Gruesome Jones; Carol; Hoppy Hopkins; Marvin Montmorency; Nancy Duncan; George Duncan; Mrs. Duncan
Synopsis
Dilly tries to find a way to get $5 so he can take Carol to the dance. Dilly gets the $5 from Hoppy by trying to keep Gruesome Jones from taking Dilly's sister Nancy to the dance. (But Gruesome ends up going with Nancy anyway.) Meanwhile, crooked furnace repairmen damage the Duncans' furnace so they'll have to buy a new one from them.
Keywords
con men; dance; furnace; jalopy; tuxedo

Indexer Notes

Feature continued from Boy Comics #71. Story signed in lower right corner of splash panel.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 2)

Dilly Dallies / text story / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
humor

Indexer Notes

A page of statement-response jokes, most accompanied by a spot illustration.

Introducing Betty Campus (Table of Contents: 3)

Betty Campus / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
teen
Characters
Betty Campus; Bob Lewis; Alvin; Buz
Synopsis
Betty runs against Bob Lewis for student council president of Suburban High. The campaign ends up a battle of the sexes.
Keywords
basketball; election

Speed Kings (Table of Contents: 4)

text article / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
non-fiction
Synopsis
Short articles about the fastest race cars, fastest baseball pitch, and fastest electronic computer.
Keywords
baseball; computer; race cars

Indexer Notes

Text with spot illustrations.

Gruesome Gets the Girl (Table of Contents: 5)

Dilly Duncan of Dorset High / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Bart Tumey ?
Inks
Bart Tumey ?
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
teen
Characters
Dilly Duncan; Marvin Montmorency; George Duncan; Mrs. Duncan; Gruesome Jones; Carol; Sue Carter
Synopsis
Dilly and Marvin help the new neighbors move in. Noticing the move-in is supervised by a pretty girl named Sue, Gruesome also volunteers his services. Thinking his work would land him a date with the girl, Dilly calls at the home and gets a date with their daughter Sue, who turns out to be just a little girl. The girl supervising the moving was the family's daughter-in-law, also named Sue. Dilly tricks Gruesome into taking his date with the pre-teen, but ends up with Carol mad at him.
Keywords
moving

Indexer Notes

Story isn't signed, but appears to be the same artist as the first story.

Lockheed F-94A / North American B-45 (Table of Contents: 6)

Lev Gleason Trading Cards / illustration / 0.67 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Al McWilliams ? [as AMcW] (signed)
Inks
Al McWilliams ? [as AMcW] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Keywords
jet planes

Indexer Notes

Two Lev Gleason Trading Cards in the "Famous Fighting Planes Series." A drawing of the plane with a brief description typeset underneath.

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. ["Have some pie, Dilly!"]
    Dilly Duncan
  2. 1. The Big Dance
    Dilly Duncan of Dorset High
  3. 2. [no title indexed]
    Dilly Dallies
  4. 3. Introducing Betty Campus
    Betty Campus
  5. 4. Speed Kings
  6. 5. Gruesome Gets the Girl
    Dilly Duncan of Dorset High
  7. 6. Lockheed F-94A / North American B-45
    Lev Gleason Trading Cards
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  • Gregory Fischer
  • Merlin Haas
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