Four Color #1 - Little Joe [Star Cover Variant]

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1
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Pages
68
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Issue Notes

Little Joe (Table of Contents)

Little Joe / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
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Inks
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Colors
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Genre
western-frontier
Characters
Little Joe; Utah; Ze General
Keywords
bandits; cowboys; Mexican sombreros

Indexer Notes

Original cover by unknown artist. Ze General appears on the cover but does not appear in any of the stories reprinted in the comic itself.

[Don Jose] (Table of Contents: 1)

Little Joe / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Harold Gray
Pencils
Harold Gray; Robert Leffingwell
Inks
Harold Gray; Robert Leffingwell
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
western-frontier
Characters
Little Joe; Utah; Mrs. Oak; Don Jose (villain)
Synopsis
Don Jose builds a hacienda on a mesa and tries to use his band of bandits to force Little Joe and his family off their ranch.
Reprints
  • from Little Joe (Chicago Tribune-N.Y. News Syndicate) Sunday strips from 1937.07.26, 1937.09.20, 1937.11.29-1937.12.20

Indexer Notes

Story is highly edited. Many missing strips were likely left out because of excessive violence. Story begins on inside front cover in black, red, and white. Each Sunday strip is rearranged to fit on the comic page, but no panels are dropped.

[Black Jack Smith] (Table of Contents: 2)

Little Joe / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
Harold Gray
Pencils
Harold Gray; Robert Leffingwell
Inks
Harold Gray; Robert Leffingwell
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
western-frontier
Characters
Little Joe; Utah; Mrs. Oak; Black Jack Smith
Synopsis
An "outlaw with a heart of gold" escapes from a posse by hiding at the Oaks' ranch.
Reprints
  • from Little Joe (Chicago Tribune-N.Y. News Syndicate) Sunday strips from 1937.01.24-1937.02.14, 1937.02.28-1937.03.21

Indexer Notes

Sunday pages are reformated to fit comic book pages, but no panels are dropped.

[The Sheep Herders] (Table of Contents: 3)

Little Joe / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script
Harold Gray
Pencils
Harold Gray; Robert Leffingwell
Inks
Harold Gray; Robert Leffingwell
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
western-frontier
Characters
Little Joe; Utah; Mrs. Oak
Synopsis
Utah and Little Joe run off ornery sheep herders who have brought their sheep to the valley.
Reprints
  • from Little Joe (Chicago Tribune-N.Y. News Syndicate) Sunday strips from 1937.03.28-1937.04.18

Indexer Notes

Each Sunday strip is rearranged to fit on the comic page, but no panels are dropped.

[Farmers, Eutopia, and Dust Storms] (Table of Contents: 4)

Little Joe / comic story / 20 pages (report information)

Script
Harold Gray
Pencils
Harold Gray; Robert Leffingwell
Inks
Harold Gray; Robert Leffingwell
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
western-frontier
Characters
Little Joe; Utah; Mrs. Oak; Judge Blurb (villain)
Synopsis
Conman Blurb sells claims on free range land in the valley to farmers who establish the village of Eutopia. But drought and lack of ground cover cause massive dust storms that ruin both the farmers and their land.
Reprints
  • from Little Joe (Chicago Tribune-N.Y. News Syndicate) Sunday strips from 1937.04.25-1937.09.05

Indexer Notes

Each Sunday strip is rearranged to fit on the comic page, but no panels are dropped. The story is obviously inspired by the Great Plains "Dust Bowl" of the mid-1930s.

[The New Ranch House] (Table of Contents: 5)

Little Joe / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script
Harold Gray
Pencils
Harold Gray; Robert Leffingwell [as Leffingwell] (signed)
Inks
Harold Gray; Robert Leffingwell [as Leffingwell] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
western-frontier
Characters
Little Joe; Utah; Mrs. Oak
Synopsis
Using labor from the destitute farmers and lumber from deserted houses, a new ranch house for the Oaks is built at the end of "Hidden Valley."
Reprints
  • from Little Joe (Chicago Tribune-N.Y. News Syndicate) Sunday strips from 1937.09.12-1937.10.24

Indexer Notes

Each Sunday strip is rearranged to fit on the comic page, but no panels are dropped.

[Utah runs for Sheriff] (Table of Contents: 6)

Little Joe / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
Harold Gray
Pencils
Harold Gray; Robert Leffingwell [as Leffingwell] (signed)
Inks
Harold Gray; Robert Leffingwell [as Leffingwell] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
western-frontier
Characters
Little Joe; Utah; Mrs. Oak; Three-Card Al
Synopsis
After shooting a gang of bank robbers, Utah is elected sheriff. He later wipes out a gang of cattle rustlers.
Reprints
  • from Little Joe (Chicago Tribune-N.Y. News Syndicate) Sunday strips from 1937.10.31-1937.12.19

Indexer Notes

Each Sunday strip is rearranged to fit on the comic page, but no panels are dropped.

[The Power Plant] (Table of Contents: 7)

Little Joe / comic story / 14 pages (report information)

Script
Harold Gray
Pencils
Harold Gray; Robert Leffingwell [as Leffingwell] (signed)
Inks
Harold Gray; Robert Leffingwell [as Leffingwell] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
western-frontier
Characters
Little Joe; Utah; Mrs. Oak; Three-Card Al
Synopsis
Mr. Drill builds a hydro-electric dam on the Oaks' ranch to generate power for an airplane guidance beacon.
Reprints
  • from Little Joe (Chicago Tribune-N.Y. News Syndicate) Sunday strips in this order: 1937.12.16-1938.01.30, 1938.03.06-1938.03.27, 1938.02.06, 1938,02.13, 1938.02.27, 1938.02.20

Indexer Notes

Each Sunday strip is rearranged to fit on the comic page, but no panels are dropped. Strips are printed out of order. 1938.02.27 is the inside back cover and is printed in black, red, and white. 1938.02.20 is the back cover.

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Table of Contents
  1. 0. Little Joe
    Little Joe
  2. 1. [Don Jose]
    Little Joe
  3. 2. [Black Jack Smith]
    Little Joe
  4. 3. [The Sheep Herders]
    Little Joe
  5. 4. [Farmers, Eutopia, and Dust Storms]
    Little Joe
  6. 5. [The New Ranch House]
    Little Joe
  7. 6. [Utah runs for Sheriff]
    Little Joe
  8. 7. [The Power Plant]
    Little Joe
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