Four Color #1036 - The Big Circus
([August-October] 1959)

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Price
0.10 USD
Pages
36
On-sale Date
1959-06-30
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Dell Publishing Co., Inc.
Brand
Dell Movie Classic
Printer
Printed in U.S.A.
Editing
Bill Harris (editor)

Issue Notes

Harris confirmed as editor per his biblio in Robin Snyder's The Comics!, Vol 29, No.5, May 2018.

Indicia title is "THE BIG CIRCUS, No. 1036." Code number is B.C.O.S. #1036-598. Copyright 1959 by Saratoga Productions.

"Movie Classic" on cover. Adapted from the 1959 movie "The Big Circus".

No month is given on the cover or in the indicia. Based on the copyright dates of this issue and others in the series released around the same time, one can determine that this issue was published with other Four Color issues bearing an "August-October 1959" cover date.

On sale date is Library of Congress copyright record publication date.

The Biggest Show in the World! (Table of Contents)

The Big Circus / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
? (photos)
Inks
? (photos)
Colors
? (photos)
Letters
typeset

Characters
Victor Mature (photo of Hank Whirling); Rhonda Fleming (photo of Helen Harrison); Red Buttons (photo of Randy Sherman); Vincent Price (photo of Hans Hagerfeld); David Nelson (photo of Tommy Gordon); Peter Lorre (photo of Skeeter); Kathryn Grant (photo of Jeannie Whirling); Gilbert Roland (photo of Zach Colino)
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[The Big Circus] (Table of Contents: 1)

foreword, introduction, preface, afterword / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
? (photos)
Inks
? (photos)
Letters
typeset

Characters
Hank Whirling (photo of Victor Mature); Helen Harrison (photo of Rhonda Fleming); Randy Sherman (photo of Red Buttons)
Synopsis
Preview of story.

Indexer Notes

Inside front cover; black and white. Five photos from the movie with typeset text. Partial cast and credits are listed.

The Big Circus (Table of Contents: 2)

comic story / 32 pages (report information)

Script
Eric Freiwald; Robert Schaefer
Pencils
Jesse Marsh
Inks
Jesse Marsh
Colors
?
Letters
?

Characters
Hank Whirling; Randy Sherman; Helen Harrison; Zach Colino; Mama Colino; Tommy Gordon; Hans Hagenfeld; Skeeter the clown; Jeannie Whirling
Synopsis
When Hank Whirling wants to borrow $500,000 to operate his circus, the bank approves on the condition that their loan officer accompanies the circus on tour to oversee spending. The loan officer also hired a pretty female press agent over Whirling's objection. The show is plagued by disasters and everyone in the show becomes a suspect.

Indexer Notes

Adapted from the 1959 movie "The Big Circus."

Circus Chow (Table of Contents: 3)

text article / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Jesse Marsh
Inks
Jesse Marsh
Letters
typeset

Genre
non-fiction
Synopsis
Facts about how food is served at a circus.

Indexer Notes

Inside back cover; black and white. Panels with typeset text underneath.

Big-Top Buffoonery (Table of Contents: 4)

text article / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Jesse Marsh
Inks
Jesse Marsh
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
non-fiction
Synopsis
Facts about circus clowns.

Indexer Notes

Back cover. Panels with typeset text underneath.

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Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. The Biggest Show in the World!
    The Big Circus
  2. 1. [The Big Circus]
  3. 2. The Big Circus
  4. 3. Circus Chow
  5. 4. Big-Top Buffoonery
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