Four Color #61 - Santa Claus Funnies
(December 1944)

Dell, 1942 Series
< Previous Issue |
| Next Issue >
Price
0.10 USD
Pages
52
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Dell Publishing Co., Inc.
Brand
A Dell Book
Editing
?
Color
Color
Dimensions
Standard Golden Age U.S.; Standard Silver Age U.S.
Paper Stock
Glossy Cover; Newsprint Interior
Binding
Saddle-stitched
Publishing Format
Was Ongoing Series

Issue Notes

Indicia title is "SANTA CLAUS FUNNIES, No. 61." Code number is S.C.F. 61-4412. Copyright 1944 by Oskar Lebeck.


Santa Claus Funnies (Table of Contents)

cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Arthur Jameson
Inks
Arthur Jameson
Colors
?

Genre
children
Characters
Santa Claus
Reprints
Keywords
Christmas

Indexer Notes

Pencils and inks credits for this sequence from Alberto Becattini (May 14, 2007).

O Christmas Tree (Table of Contents: 1)

text story / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Arthur Jameson
Inks
Arthur Jameson
Colors
?
Letters
?

Characters
Santa Claus
Synopsis
Poem about Christmas trees. Words do not match the lyrics of the traditional Christmas carol "O Christmas Tree [O Tannenbaum]."
Keywords
Christmas

Indexer Notes

Inside front cover; black, red, and white. Text and illustrations.

How Santa Got His Red Suit (Table of Contents: 2)

comic story / 11 pages (report information)

Script
Walt Kelly
Pencils
Walt Kelly
Inks
Walt Kelly
Colors
?
Letters
?

Characters
Santa Claus; Jack Frost; Bundle-Crunch; Pinkywink; Timbertop the Giant
Synopsis
Years ago, Santa did not always wear a red suit. One Christmas eve, Jack Frost steals his sleigh and toys and leaves Santa stranded. He finds refuge at a tiny house full of elves. The elves make toys for the children of the forest and Santa tries to make clothes for the elves from his own garments. The elves convince a passing giant to let them cut out an outfit for Santa from the giant's red coat.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Script, pencils and inks credits for this sequence from Alberto Becattini (May 14, 2007).

The Night Before Christmas (Table of Contents: 3)

comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Clement Clark Moore
Pencils
Arthur Jameson
Inks
Arthur Jameson
Colors
?
Letters
?

Characters
Santa Claus
Synopsis
The poem "A Visit from St. Nicholas."

Indexer Notes

Text and illustrations.

Away in a Manger (Table of Contents: 4)

activity / 2 pages (report information)

Script
[Traditional]
Pencils
Arthur Jameson
Inks
Arthur Jameson
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Characters
Joseph; Mary; the Christ child
Synopsis
Illustrated sheet music for the Christmas hymn "Away in a Manger."

Indexer Notes

Text, music, and illustrations.

Miracle in the Wildwood (Table of Contents: 5)

comic story / 12 pages (report information)

Script
Gaylord Du Bois
Pencils
Arthur Jameson
Inks
Arthur Jameson
Colors
?
Letters
?

Characters
Sir Boris; Sir Karl; Brother Francis
Synopsis
Two quarrelsome knights divide the village of Benn in half. As time goes by the village falls away from the Christian religion and becomes a cruel, violent place. One Christmas a strange boy appears, who stops all the aggression in the children and leads them to the Chapel in the Wildwood. Their parents come looking for them and find the children singing hymns together. The villagers vow to change their ways and return to the church.

Indexer Notes

Pencils and inks credits for this sequence from Alberto Becattini (May 14, 2007). Script paid on March 1, 1944. Script credit provided by David Porta from "Gaylord Du Bois's Account Books Sorted by Title / compiled from the original account books by Randall W. Scott" (1985).

The Little Fir Tree (Table of Contents: 6)

text story / 4 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Arthur Jameson
Inks
Arthur Jameson
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
fantasy-supernatural; historical
Synopsis
A little fir tree is taken from the forest to become a Christmas tree.

Indexer Notes

Text story with 13 illustrations. Pencils and inks credits for this sequence from Alberto Becattini (May 14, 2007).

Silent Night (Table of Contents: 7)

activity / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Joseph Mohr (original lyrics)
Pencils
Arthur Jameson
Inks
Arthur Jameson
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Characters
Mary; Joseph, the Christ Child
Synopsis
Illustrated sheet music for the Christmas hymn "Silent Night."

Indexer Notes

Text, music, and illustrations. Pencils and inks credits for this sequence from Alberto Becattini (May 14, 2007).

The Wonderful Journey of Little Chris Kyro (Table of Contents: 8)

comic story / 11 pages (report information)

Script
Gaylord Du Bois
Pencils
George Kerr ?; L. Bing ?
Inks
George Kerr ?; L. Bing ?
Colors
?
Letters
?

Characters
Santa Claus; Chris Kyro; Joki (reindeer); Vixen (reindeer)
Synopsis
A little boy in Lappland, Chris Kyo, lends his reindeer to Santa when Vixen is injured and goes with Santa on his trip around the world.

Indexer Notes

Pencils and inks credits for this sequence from Alberto Becattini (May 14, 2007). Script paid March 8, 1944. Script credit provided by David Porta from "Gaylord Du Bois's Account Books Sorted by Title / compiled from the original account books by Randall W. Scott" (1985).

Why Do the Bells of Christmas Ring? (Table of Contents: 9)

text story / 1 page (report information)

Script
Lydia Avery Coonley Ward
Pencils
Arthur Jameson
Inks
Arthur Jameson
Colors
?
Letters
?

Characters
Mary; the Christ Child
Synopsis
Illustrated Christmas hymn "Why Do the Bells of Christmas Ring?"

Indexer Notes

Inside back cover; black, red, and white. Text and illustrations.

Jingle Bells (Table of Contents: 10)

text story / 1 page (report information)

Script
James Lord Pierpont (original song]
Pencils
Arthur Jameson
Inks
Arthur Jameson
Colors
?
Letters
?

Synopsis
The first verse of the song "Jingle Bells."

Indexer Notes

Back cover. Text and illustrations. Pencils and inks credits for this sequence from Alberto Becattini (May 14, 2007).

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. Santa Claus Funnies
  2. 1. O Christmas Tree
  3. 2. How Santa Got His Red Suit
  4. 3. The Night Before Christmas
  5. 4. Away in a Manger
  6. 5. Miracle in the Wildwood
  7. 6. The Little Fir Tree
  8. 7. Silent Night
  9. 8. The Wonderful Journey of Little Chris Kyro
  10. 9. Why Do the Bells of Christmas Ring?
  11. 10. Jingle Bells
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Claus Simonsen
  • Tony R. Rose
  • Jerry Hillegas
  • Jean-Francois Masse
  • Merlin Haas
  • Michael Hoskin
  • Denys Howard
  • Peter Croome
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Gene Reed
  • Roger A. Budnick
  • John P. Selegue
  • Merlin Haas
  • Ken Lemons
  • Chris Launder
  • Jim Walls
  • Terry Vraspir
  • Gary Perlman
  • Jerry Hillegas
  • Craig Delich
  • James Ludwig
  • Ray Bottorff Jr
  • Kenneth Blair
  • Mike Nielsen
  • David Porta
  • Matthew Torrance
  • Ken Kwilinski
  • Gary L. Watson
  • Gregg Whitmore
  • Max Capp
  • Tony R. Rose
  • Lou Mazzella
  • Rodney Hinkle
  • Jan Roar Hansen
  • Donald Dale Milne
  • Karl Wilcox
  • Darrel McCann
  • Peter Croome