Four Color #542 - Super Circus featuring Mary Hartline
(March 1954)

Dell, 1942 Series
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0.10 USD
Pages
36
Indicia Frequency
?
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Dell Publishing Co., Inc.
Brand
Dell Comic
Editing
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Issue Notes

Indicia title is "SUPER CIRCUS featuring Mary Hartline, No. 542." Code number is S.CIRCUS O.S. #542-543. Copyright 1954 by Western Printing & Lithographing Company. First of three Super Circus Four Colors. Based on the 1952-55 version of the ABC TV series "Super Circus."

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Super Circus / cover / 1 page (report information)

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

Characters
Mary Hartline (photo); Claude Kirchner (photo); Cliffy the Clown (photo of Clifford Soubier); Nicky the Clown (photo of Nicky Francis); Scampy the Clown (photo of Sandy Dobritsch)

Indexer Notes

Cover is collage of black and white photos and painting.

[Feeding the Giraffe] (Table of Contents: 1)

Super Circus / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Vernon Greene; H. R. McBride; ? (assist) (see notes)
Inks
Vernon Greene; H. R. McBride; ? (assist) (see notes)
Colors
?

Characters
Claude Kirchner; Mary Hartline; Cliffy; Scampy; Nicky
Synopsis
The clowns perform an acrobatic act to feed a giraffe.

Indexer Notes

Inside front cover; black and white; pantomime story. Hames Ware and Michael Barrier say that this appears to be shop work with the figures of Mary Hartline and others by Vernon Greene; animals are by H.R. McBride; and additional art by an unknown artist. (March 2011).

[Cyril the One-Man Circus] (Table of Contents: 2)

Super Circus / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Vernon Greene; H. R. McBride; ? (assist) (see notes)
Inks
Vernon Greene; H. R. McBride; ? (assist) (see notes)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Characters
Claude Kirchner; Mary Hartline; Cliffy; Nicky; Scampy; Alfootzo; the De Sotos
Synopsis
Looking for new acts, Claude puts a super-intelligent young boy, Cyril Scatterwit, on the bill. Cryil reads from a book on how to do the acts, then performs them to perfection.

Indexer Notes

Hames Ware and Michael Barrier say that this appears to be shop work with the figures of Mary Hartline and others by Vernon Greene; animals are by H.R. McBride; and additional art by an unknown artist. (March 2011).

[Leo the Lion] (Table of Contents: 3)

Super Circus Menagerie / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Vernon Greene; H. R. McBride; ? (assist) (see notes)
Inks
Vernon Greene; H. R. McBride; ? (assist) (see notes)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
animal
Characters
Claude Kirchner; Bernie the Trainer; Leo the Lion
Synopsis
Leo the Lion's bad disposition is causing problems. A monkey takes him out of his cage and shows him how the other animals are working to make the circus better.

Indexer Notes

The animals can talk to each other in this story; though not to humans. Hames Ware and Michael Barrier say that this appears to be shop work with the figures of Mary Hartline and others by Vernon Greene; animals are by H.R. McBride; and additional art by an unknown artist. (March 2011).

[The Circus Performers Foil a Robbery] (Table of Contents: 4)

Super Circus Sideshow / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Vernon Greene; H. R. McBride; ? (assist) (see notes)
Inks
Vernon Greene; H. R. McBride; ? (assist) (see notes)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Characters
Mary Hartline; Fatima; Claude Kirchner
Synopsis
The circus performers join forces to capture four crooks who try to steal the circus payroll.

Indexer Notes

Hames Ware and Michael Barrier say that this appears to be shop work with the figures of Mary Hartline and others by Vernon Greene; animals are by H.R. McBride; and additional art by an unknown artist. (March 2011).

[The Clowns Repair Mary's New House] (Table of Contents: 5)

Super Circus Clown Alley / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Vernon Greene; H. R. McBride; ? (assist) (see notes)
Inks
Vernon Greene; H. R. McBride; ? (assist) (see notes)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Characters
Mary Hartline; Cliffy; Scampy; Nicky
Synopsis
The clowns try to do some repairs in Mary's new cottage, with disastrous results.

Indexer Notes

Hames Ware and Michael Barrier say that this appears to be shop work with the figures of Mary Hartline and others by Vernon Greene; animals are by H.R. McBride; and additional art by an unknown artist. (March 2011).

[Trick Tightrope] (Table of Contents: 6)

Super Circus / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Vernon Greene; H. R. McBride; ? (assist) (see notes)
Inks
Vernon Greene; H. R. McBride; ? (assist) (see notes)

Characters
Cliffy; Scampy; Nicky
Synopsis
Nicky does an act on a trick tightrope.

Indexer Notes

Inside back cover; black and white; pantomime story. Hames Ware and Michael Barrier say that this appears to be shop work with the figures of Mary Hartline and others by Vernon Greene; animals are by H.R. McBride; and additional art by an unknown artist. (March 2011).

[False Alarm] (Table of Contents: 7)

Super Circus / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Vernon Greene; H. R. McBride; ? (assist)
Inks
Vernon Greene; H. R. McBride; ? (assist)
Colors
?

Characters
Mary Hartline (cameo); Claude Kirchner; Cliffy; Scampy; Nicky
Synopsis
The clowns race to a fire in their fire engine to enjoy a wiener roast.

Indexer Notes

Back cover. Initials VVG appear on the back cover on a crate in the lower left corner. Hames Ware and Michael Barrier say that this appears to be shop work with the figures of Mary Hartline and others by Vernon Greene; animals are by H.R. McBride; and additional art by an unknown artist. (March 2011).

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Table of Contents
  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    Super Circus
  2. 1. [Feeding the Giraffe]
    Super Circus
  3. 2. [Cyril the One-Man Circus]
    Super Circus
  4. 3. [Leo the Lion]
    Super Circus Menagerie
  5. 4. [The Circus Performers Foil a Robbery]
    Super Circus Sideshow
  6. 5. [The Clowns Repair Mary's New House]
    Super Circus Clown Alley
  7. 6. [Trick Tightrope]
    Super Circus
  8. 7. [False Alarm]
    Super Circus
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