Four Color #501 - Francis, the Famous Talking Mule
(October 1953)

Dell, 1942 Series
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Price
0.10 USD
Pages
36
On-sale Date
1953
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Dell Publishing Co., Inc.
Brand
Dell Comic
Printer
Printed in U.S.A.
Editing
?

Issue Notes

Indicia title is "FRANCIS, THE FAMOUS TALKING MULE, No. 501." Code number is FRANCIS O.S. #501-5310. Copyright 1953 by United Feature Syndicate.

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Francis the Famous Talking Mule / cover / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Don Gunn
Inks
Don Gunn
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
You call those zebra stripes?
Genre
fantasy-supernatural
Characters
Francis the Talking Mule; Pete Stirling
Reprints
Keywords
deserts; ghutrah; keffiyeh; mules; shemagh

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Francis the Famous Talking Mule / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Don Gunn
Inks
Don Gunn
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Look, Pete, a farm auction!
Genre
humor; anthropomorphic-funny animals
Characters
Francis the Talking Mule; Pete Stirling
Synopsis
Francis thinks he's bidding on a horse blanket, but ends up with a buggy, instead.

Indexer Notes

Inside front cover; black and white.

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Francis the Famous Talking Mule / comic story / 32 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Don Gunn
Inks
Don Gunn
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Let's take a cruise and see the world, Pete.
Genre
humor; anthropomorphic-funny animals
Characters
Francis the Talking Mule; Pete Stirling; Mike; Sheik Ali Katt; Oompa; Professor Fidget; Smedley; Fred
Synopsis
After hiring on a freighter, Francis and Pete end up in Africa. Francis is sentenced to death by a sheik because he is "full of evil spirits." Pete helps Francis escape by painting stripes on him so that the mule supposedly looks like a zebra.

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Francis / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Don Gunn
Inks
Don Gunn
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
A lot of famous show people eat at this restaurant, Francis.
Genre
humor; anthropomorphic-funny animals
Characters
Francis the Talking Mule; Pete Stirling; Collins; Colby
Synopsis
Francis pretends to be men in a mule costume so he can enter a restaurant.

Indexer Notes

Inside back cover; black and white.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 4)

Francis the Famous Talking Mule / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Don Gunn
Inks
Don Gunn
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
A talking mule? I don't believe it!
Genre
humor; anthropomorphic-funny animals
Characters
Francis the Talking Mule; Pete Stirling
Synopsis
Pete convinces the manager of a theatrical agency to let Francis audition, but Francis has laryngitis and can't talk.

Indexer Notes

Back cover.

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Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. ["You call those zebra stripes?"]
    Francis the Famous Talking Mule
  2. 1. ["Look, Pete, a farm auction!"]
    Francis the Famous Talking Mule
  3. 2. ["Let's take a cruise and see the world, Pete."]
    Francis the Famous Talking Mule
  4. 3. ["A lot of famous show people eat at this restaurant, Francis."]
    Francis
  5. 4. ["A talking mule? I don't believe it!"]
    Francis the Famous Talking Mule
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