(May June 1944)

Dell, 1942 Series
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Price
0.10 USD
Pages
52
Indicia frequency
Bi-Monthly
On-sale date
1944-04-14
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
K. K. Publications, Inc.
Editing
?
Color
Color cover
Dimensions
Standard Golden Age U. S.
Paper Stock
Glossy cover; Newsprint interior
Binding
Saddle-stitched
Publishing Format
Was Ongoing Series

Issue Notes

The on-sale date is the copyright date, as per Catalog of Copyright Entries 1944 Periodicals, page 209. (The preface defines the copyright registration date as "the date of publication.")


Red Ryder Comics (Table of Contents)

cover / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Fred Harman
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
western-frontier

[Harp Lessons] (Table of Contents: 1)

Herky / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Letters
?

Genre
children

[Sent to Maverick for Supplies by the Duchess...] (Table of Contents: 2)

Red Ryder / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Fred Harman
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
western-frontier
Characters
Little Beaver

[Dawn, The Bristol Channel Below, A Transport..] (Table of Contents: 3)

Captain Easy / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Roy Crane
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
war

[Easter Outfit] (Table of Contents: 4)

Boots / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

[King Has Finally Caught Up With the Murderess...] (Table of Contents: 5)

Zane Grey's King of the Royal Mounted / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Jim Gary [as Gary] (signed)
Inks
Jim Gary [as Gary] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
adventure

Indexer Notes

Signed Gary on page 4, panel 3, and page 6 and 7.

[Having Gained the Outer Wall of their Amazon...] (Table of Contents: 6)

Alley Oop / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
adventure; historical

Attu Caverns (Table of Contents: 7)

The Fighting Yanks / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Gaylord Du Bois
Pencils
Jim Chambers
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Trapped by an explosion in the cavern stronghold of their Jap prisoners, the Fighting Yanks search for a way out...
Genre
war
Characters
Pal Peyton (a Fighting Yank, leader of the three, their Captain, the [not at all] "Old Man"); Buck Banning (a Fighting Yank, trapped with Pal in the cavern); Snorky York (the other Fighting Yank of the trio, generally absent from this episode's action, believing his two comrades had perished when a mountain fell on them in the previous episode); Yamoshiro (Jap prisoner of Pal and Buck, who soon escapes into the depths with his fellows); Togoya (another Jap below, he appears to Yamoshiro with news, and they fade); mummified Aleutian Indians; a blue fox; three other Japs; other Yanks
Synopsis
Trapped in Attu's volcanic caverns, stalked by Japs, Pal and Buck are trying to survive and win through! Danger stalks them at every turn, but Providence smiles down upon them as they strive to persevere. A blue fox points the way.
Keywords
Aleutian Islands; Attu; blue fox; Native Americans; volcanic caverns; World War II

Indexer Notes

Writer credit as per Du Bois Account Books.

The previous episode last issue was 8 pages, 6 panels per page. This issue's episode is only just 6 pages, but with an increase to 8 panels per page! Editorial machinations.

The Battle of Attu Island in the Aleutians of the Pacific off of Alaska, the only land battle of the war fought on U.S. territorial soil, was May 11-30, 1943. October 15, 1943, Red Ryder Comics #16 went on-sale, and we find The Fighting Yanks, now transferred from Tunisia, North Africa, to the Aleutians! By now (issue #19), having made their way to Attu, wounded Snorky off-scene, Pal and Buck are trapped in Attu's caverns...

Bob Jenny, illustrator of other aviation strips for Western Printing ≫ Dell (including his previous colaboration with Fighting Yanks chronicler Gaylord Du Bois on their Sky Ranger strip which they produced under the pseudonym Bob Gaylord), concluded his run on The Fighting Yanks with issue #16. By #17, with The Fighting Yanks now in the Pacific, illustration was assigned Jim Chambers, longtime illustrator of Western's Pacific island strip, The Hurricane Kids in the lost islands (a strip also assigned to writer Du Bois).

The presence of animals is a hallmark of Du Bois stories. Here, the blue fox, by appearing to Pal, bespeaks salvation!

[Message for You Biff] (Table of Contents: 8)

Biff Baker / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Henry Lee
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

Many Arrows (Table of Contents: 9)

Little Beaver / text story / 3 pages (report information)

Script
Gaylord Du Bois
Pencils
Fred Harman
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
western-frontier
Characters
Red Ryder (a cowboy); Red's horse (implied); Little Beaver (a small Navajo boy); Many Arrows (a 20-lb porcupine, or quill pig); Po-ko (a small Navajo girl); Tom Raven Beak (a Navajo thief); Little Beaver's horse; two Indian ponies; Rockwell (the trader at Little Forks)
Synopsis
Red leaves in Little Beaver's care the cashbox and porcupine, a species foreign to the terrain. Raven Beak catches quills stealing cash, which helps the young warrior find and subdue the thief.
Keywords
animal; children; hogan; Native American; Navajo; porcupine; quill pig

Indexer Notes

Story title and writer credit as per Du Bois Account Books.

The story is set in a Navaho village and environs. Little Beaver's domicile is referred to variably as hogan, hut, and house, with a curtained door. Po-ko's domicile is described as a log-and-bark house. Tom lives in an old tumbled-down hogan at the end of the village. Other domiciles are hogans.

Characteristic of Du Bois stories, a central character is an animal. In this case it is title character.

[The Transfusion for Which Freckles Volunteered,,,] (Table of Contents: 10)

Freckles and His Friends / comic story / 3 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
teen

[Laffin] (Table of Contents: 11)

Herky / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
children

[Be Your Age] (Table of Contents: 12)

Boots / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
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Pencils
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Inks
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Colors
?
Letters
?
Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. Red Ryder Comics
  2. 1. [Harp Lessons]
    Herky
  3. 2. [Sent to Maverick for Supplies by the Duchess...]
    Red Ryder
  4. 3. [Dawn, The Bristol Channel Below, A Transport..]
    Captain Easy
  5. 4. [Easter Outfit]
    Boots
  6. 5. [King Has Finally Caught Up With the Murderess...]
    Zane Grey's King of the Royal Mounted
  7. 6. [Having Gained the Outer Wall of their Amazon...]
    Alley Oop
  8. 7. Attu Caverns
    The Fighting Yanks
  9. 8. [Message for You Biff]
    Biff Baker
  10. 9. Many Arrows
    Little Beaver
  11. 10. [The Transfusion for Which Freckles Volunteered,,,]
    Freckles and His Friends
  12. 11. [Laffin]
    Herky
  13. 12. [Be Your Age]
    Boots
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