Four Color #455 - Johnny Mack Brown Comics
(March 1953)

Dell, 1942 Series
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Price
0.10 USD
Pages
36
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Dell Publishing Co., Inc.
Brand
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 "JOHNNY MACK BROWN COMICS", No. 455." Code number is J.M.B.O.S. #455-533. Copyright 1953 by Johnny Mack Brown. First Four Color issue after regular Johnny Mack Brown (Dell, 1950) series ends with #10 (September-November 1952).


Johnny Mack Brown Comics (Table of Contents)

Johnny Mack Brown / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
? (photo); ? (background)
Inks
? (photo); ? (background)
Colors
? (photo); ? (background)

Genre
western-frontier
Characters
Johnny Mack Brown (photo)

Indexer Notes

Cover is an edited photo with a hand-drawn background illustration.

California's Desert Posse (Table of Contents: 1)

text article / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
August Lenox [as Lenox] (signed)
Inks
August Lenox [as Lenox] (signed)
Letters
typeset

Genre
non-fiction; western-frontier
Synopsis
Short article about the modern-day California desert posse, based in the San Bernadino Sheriff's office.

Indexer Notes

Inside front cover; black and white. Two illustrations with typeset text.

The Race Track Trick (Table of Contents: 2)

Johnny Mack Brown / comic story / 16 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Sparky Moore
Inks
Sparky Moore
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
western-frontier
Characters
Johnny Mack Brown; Rebel (horse)
Synopsis
Johnny happens upon an accident when a horse falls down a hill and the rider's leg is broken. He takes the man to his nearby ranch, where he finds that this is one of a number of "accidents" that have befallen the rancher and his men recently.

Indexer Notes

Faces with rather big ears and horses often moving as if flying are points to notice on Sparky Moore art, and later the many closeup faces in sideview. He had most of the stories in Dell's Rin Tin Tin, and also several on Mack Brown and other westerns. He is credited on Johnny Mack Brown by Jerry Bails' Who's Who

The Border Trail (Table of Contents: 3)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
western-frontier
Synopsis
A taciturn prospector refuses to give directions to a pair of men on the run after a murder, leaving them to pick their own way at a fork in the trail. One way leads to the border, the other to a deathtrap in quicksand.

Indexer Notes

Text story with two 1/4 page illustrations.

Johnny Mack Brown and the Glass Scavenger (Table of Contents: 4)

Johnny Mack Brown / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

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

Genre
western-frontier
Characters
Johnny Mack Brown; Mule Beardsley
Synopsis
A hotel guest hides a map to his dead brother's gold mine in a bottle and lowers it to a pile of bottles below the window of his room. The next morning two crooks rough him up looking for the map before Johnny interrupts them. After telling Johnny his story, the man finds that the pile of bottles has been taken by a junk man who's building a bottle house in the desert five miles out of town. The house builder turns out to be Mule Beardsley, an old friend of Johnny's.

Indexer Notes

Most probably this is the work of Marsh, and the faces on page 3 have some of his characteristic protuding lips. The horses are clearly his, as the face of the old man with strawhat. He is credited on Mack Brown by Jerry bails's Who's Who, and had most of the early ones.

Murder in the Dark (Table of Contents: 5)

comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
western-frontier
Characters
Sheriff Walt Morrison
Synopsis
A stranger rides into Red Rock just before midnight to report a murder. The next morning the stranger rides with the sheriff back to the murder site, but the stranger's story arouses suspicion.

Indexer Notes

A generic western story, not Johnny Mack Brown.

The Prospector's Burro (Table of Contents: 6)

text article / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Till Goodan (signed)
Inks
Till Goodan (signed)
Letters
Till Goodan

Genre
non-fiction; western-frontier
Synopsis
Facts about burros.

Indexer Notes

Inside back cover; black and white. Two illustrations and hand-lettered text.

[Johnny lighting a lantern] (Table of Contents: 7)

Johnny Mack Brown / illustration / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
? (photo)
Inks
? (photo)
Colors
? (photo)

Genre
western-frontier
Characters
Johnny Mack Brown (photo)
Synopsis
Johnny Mack Brown lighting an old-fashioned kerosene lantern.

Indexer Notes

Back cover. Color photo.

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Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. Johnny Mack Brown Comics
    Johnny Mack Brown
  2. 1. California's Desert Posse
  3. 2. The Race Track Trick
    Johnny Mack Brown
  4. 3. The Border Trail
  5. 4. Johnny Mack Brown and the Glass Scavenger
    Johnny Mack Brown
  6. 5. Murder in the Dark
  7. 6. The Prospector's Burro
  8. 7. [Johnny lighting a lantern]
    Johnny Mack Brown
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