Four Color #319 - Gene Autry's Champion in The Trail to Danger
(March 1951)

Dell, 1942 Series
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Price
0.10 USD
Pages
52
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Dell Publishing Co., Inc.
Brand
A Dell Comic
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 "GENE AUTRY'S CHAMPION in THE TRAIL TO DANGER, No. 319." Code number is C.O.S. #319-513. Copyright 1951 by Gene Autry. Second of two Champion Four Colors. Continues as "Gene Autry's Champion" (Dell, 1951 series) #3 (August-October 1951). The small photo of Gene Autry in the corner of the cover is his only appearance in the comic.


The Trail to Danger (Table of Contents)

Gene Autry's Champion / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Morris Gollub (painting); ? (photo)
Inks
Morris Gollub (painting); ? (photo)
Colors
Morris Gollub (painting); ? (photo)
Letters
typeset

Genre
animal; western-frontier
Characters
Champion (horse); Gene Autry (photo, cameo)

[Champion Rearing] (Table of Contents: 1)

Champion / illustration / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
? (photo)
Inks
? (photo)

Genre
animal; western-frontier
Characters
Champion (horse, photo)
Synopsis
Mid-range shot of Champion rearing. (Only horse is shown, not the rider.)

Indexer Notes

Inside front cover; black and white. Full-page photograph.

The Trail to Danger (Table of Contents: 2)

Champion / comic story / 22 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
western-frontier
Characters
Champion (horse); Rickey West; Rebel (dog); Smoky Ashton; Baldy; Bud
Synopsis
While on a train, a conman switches a briefcase full of cash for one filled with cut paper, then jumps from the train with the cash. Rickey West sees him jump and the conman pretends to have a broken leg to get him to leave to get help.

Indexer Notes

Champion lives on Smoky Ashton's Flying A ranch and is ridden by the boy Rickey West. There are no references to Gene Autry in the issue, other than the cover photo.

El Lobo the Killer (Table of Contents: 3)

Champion / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
western-frontier
Characters
Champion (horse; Ricky West; Rebel (dog); Smoky Ashton
Synopsis
Rickey takes Champion and Rebel to hunt for the colt Starlight in the snow in the mountains. Champion saves the colt from an attack by a wolf.

Bad Man's Vengence (Table of Contents: 4)

Champion / comic story / 16 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
western-frontier
Characters
Champion (horse); Ricky West; Rebel (dog); Smoky Ashton; Hop Kee
Synopsis
Hicks, a rough ranchhand tries to ride Champion and his cruel tactics get him fired. Hicks hires two men to get his revenge by setting fire to the barn on the Flying A, but their plot is broken up by Rebel and Smoky Ashton. Later the three kidnap Ricky West and hold him for ransom.

[Down a Dusty Incline] (Table of Contents: 5)

Champion / illustration / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
? (photo)
Inks
? (photo)

Genre
western-frontier
Characters
Champion (horse)
Synopsis
Photo of Champion going down a dusty incline (riverbank?).

Indexer Notes

Inside back cover; black and white. Full-page photograph.

On Gene Autry's Ranch (Table of Contents: 6)

Champion / illustration / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Morris Gollub (painting)
Inks
Morris Gollub (painting)
Colors
Morris Gollub (painting)
Letters
typeset

Genre
western-frontier
Characters
Champion (horse)
Synopsis
Champion with a colt and calf.

Indexer Notes

Back cover; color. Same artist as front cover. The hills and cliffs in the background are rendered in the same fashion in both paintings and there are many other similarities.

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Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. The Trail to Danger
    Gene Autry's Champion
  2. 1. [Champion Rearing]
    Champion
  3. 2. The Trail to Danger
    Champion
  4. 3. El Lobo the Killer
    Champion
  5. 4. Bad Man's Vengence
    Champion
  6. 5. [Down a Dusty Incline]
    Champion
  7. 6. On Gene Autry's Ranch
    Champion
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