Four Color #653 - Smokey the Bear
(October 1955)

Dell, 1942 Series
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Price
0.10 USD
Pages
36
On-sale Date
1955
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Dell Publishing Co., Inc.
Brand
Dell
Printer
Printed in U.S.A.
Editing
?

Issue Notes

Indicia title is "SMOKEY THE BEAR, No. 653." Code number is S.T.B.O.S #653-5510. Copyright 1955 by Western Printing & Lithographing Co. First of eight Smokey the Bear Four Color issues.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Smokey the Bear / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Morris Gollub ? (painting)
Inks
Morris Gollub ? (painting)
Colors
Morris Gollub ? (painting)

Characters
Smokey the Bear; Little Smokey
Keywords
campfires; forest fire prevention; forest rangers

Indexer Notes

Pencils, inks, and colors credits for this sequence from Alberto Becattini (May 14, 2007). Richard Richmond states: "this is not a Morris Gollub painting as Moe's representation of this conservation icon is more human like and less cartoonish. In my opinion Four Color issues, 653, 708, 754, 818 are all the work of the same artist but not Gollub. 932, 1016, 1119 and 1214 are on the other hand, paintings by Morris Gollub."

Smokey's Album (Table of Contents: 1)

Smokey the Bear / illustration / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
? (photos)
Inks
? (photos)
Letters
?

Genre
animal
Characters
Smokey the Bear (photos)

Indexer Notes

Inside front cover; black and white. Five photos of the real-life Smokey the Bear at various ages.

[Smokey's Story] (Table of Contents: 2)

Smokey the Bear / comic story / 12 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Morris Gollub
Inks
Morris Gollub
Colors
?
Letters
?

Characters
Smokey the Bear (origin); Little Smokey (intro); Specs (intro)
Synopsis
Smokey tells of his being caught in a forest fire as a cub and being rescued by the Forest Service. As an adult he is now a forest ranger. Little Smokey and Specs the raccoon help him organize the forest animals to fight a forest fire.

Indexer Notes

Pencils and inks credits for this sequence from Alberto Becattini (May 14, 2007).

Deer Trouble (Table of Contents: 3)

Smokey the Bear / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Morris Gollub
Inks
Morris Gollub
Colors
?
Letters
?

Characters
Smokey the Bear; Little Smokey; Specs
Synopsis
When an overabundance of deer threaten to consume all the food in the area, leaving nothing for the other animals, Smokey must find another feeding area and convince half the deer to move there.

Indexer Notes

Pencils and inks credits for this sequence from Alberto Becattini (May 14, 2007).

Water Water Everywhere! (Table of Contents: 4)

Smokey the Bear / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Morris Gollub
Inks
Morris Gollub
Colors
?
Letters
?

Characters
Smokey the Bear; Little Smokey; Specs
Synopsis
With the help of some beavers, Smokey and his friends rebuild an eroded watershed.

Indexer Notes

Pencils and inks credits for this sequence from Alberto Becattini (May 14, 2007).

[Night Owl] (Table of Contents: 5)

Smokey the Bear / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Morris Gollub
Inks
Morris Gollub
Letters
?

Characters
Smokey the Bear; Little Smokey; Specs
Synopsis
An owl keeps Smokey awake at night until Smokey decides to keep the owl awake all day so he'll sleep at night, too.

Indexer Notes

Inside back cover; black and white. Pencils and inks credits for this sequence from Alberto Becattini (May 14, 2007).

Thanks to Dell! (Table of Contents: 6) (Expand) /

Smokey the Bear / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

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Table of Contents
  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    Smokey the Bear
  2. 1. Smokey's Album
    Smokey the Bear
  3. 2. [Smokey's Story]
    Smokey the Bear
  4. 3. Deer Trouble
    Smokey the Bear
  5. 4. Water Water Everywhere!
    Smokey the Bear
  6. 5. [Night Owl]
    Smokey the Bear
  7. 6. Thanks to Dell!
    Smokey the Bear
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