Four Color #876 - Tales of Wells Fargo
(February 1958)

Dell, 1942 Series
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Price
0.10 USD
Pages
36
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Dell Publishing Co., Inc.
Brand
Dell
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

This issue has variants.

First of seven Tales of Wells Fargo Four Color issues. Based on the 1957-62 NBC TV series.


[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Tales of Wells Fargo / cover / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
? (photograph)
Inks
? (photograph)
Colors
? (photograph)
Letters
typeset

First Line of Dialogue or Text
I've got a six-gun cure for strong box fever.
Genre
western-frontier
Characters
Jim Hardie (photo of Dale Robertson)
Reprints

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 1)

Tales of Wells Fargo / photo story / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
? (photographs)
Inks
? (photographs)
Letters
typeset

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Some men get strongbox fever.
Genre
western-frontier
Characters
Jim Hardie (photos of Dale Robertson)
Synopsis
Jim Hardie tracks down a robber that robs a train of a strong box.
Keywords
train robbery

Indexer Notes

Printed in black-and-white on inside front cover. Six stills from the TV series that tell a story. This is not a preview of an interior story, as is usually the case with these sequences.

Alder Gulch (Table of Contents: 2)

Tales of Wells Fargo / comic story / 16 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Gil Kane
Inks
Frank Giacoia; Joe Giella (see notes)
Colors
?
Letters
John Duffy

Genre
western-frontier
Characters
Jim Hardie; Boone Helm
Synopsis
Hardie investigates a series of stagecoach robberies in a remote area called "Alder Gulch." The sheriff in Virginia City doesn't seem very interested in solving the thefts, which makes Hardie suspicious.
Keywords
robbery; stagecoach; undercover agent; vigilantes

Indexer Notes

Pencils credit by Jim Vadeboncoeur, Jr., Alan Hutchinson, and several others (2013-03-04). Giacoia Inks per Jim Vadeboncoeur, Jr. and Alberto Becattini (2013-03-05). Giella inks per Nick Caputo. Nick believes that Giella assisted Giacoia on this story.

Manuel (Table of Contents: 3)

Tales of Wells Fargo / comic story / 16 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Gil Kane
Inks
Frank Giacoia (pp 1-7); Joe Giella ? (pp 8-16, see notes)
Colors
?
Letters
John Duffy

Genre
western-frontier
Characters
Jim Hardie; Pablo Diaz; Manuel Diaz
Synopsis
A Basque immigrant sheepherder is accused of kidnapping a little girl and stealing a valuable diamond brooch and Hardie has to prevent a lynching.
Keywords
Basque; diamond; lynching; sheepherder

Indexer Notes

Pencils credit by Jim Vadeboncoeur, Jr., Alan Hutchinson, and several others (2013-03-04). Inks credit by Alberto Becattini (2013-03-05), who says "Pages 1-7 were inked by Giacoia. I believe there's a different inker on pages 8-16 (although Giacoia might have inked some of the faces), but I can't identify him." Giella inks per Nick Caputo, who believes he assisted Giacoia throughout most of the story.

Famous Road Agents (Table of Contents: 4)

comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Gil Kane
Inks
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
non-fiction; western-frontier
Characters
Henry Plummer; Bill Miner; Black Bart
Synopsis
Brief summaries of three famous stage-coach robbers.
Keywords
robbery; stagecoach

Indexer Notes

Printed in black-and-white on inside back cover. Panels with text underneath. Pencils credit by Jim Vadeboncoeur, Jr., Alan Hutchinson, and several others (2013-03-04).

Wells Fargo (Table of Contents: 5)

comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Gil Kane
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
non-fiction; western-frontier
Synopsis
A rival of Wells Fargo builds an office in San Francisco in the 1850s, using Chinese labor. However the Chinese believe the location is "evil" and after the building is finished, Chinese merchants refuse to enter the building and give Wells Fargo, located across the street, their business.
Keywords
1850s; Chinese; San Francisco

Indexer Notes

On back cover. Panels with text underneath. Last panel is Dell's "A Pledge to Parents." Pencils credit by Jim Vadeboncoeur, Jr., Alan Hutchinson, and several others (2013-03-04).

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Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. ["I've got a six-gun cure for strong box fever."]
    Tales of Wells Fargo
  2. 1. ["Some men get strongbox fever."]
    Tales of Wells Fargo
  3. 2. Alder Gulch
    Tales of Wells Fargo
  4. 3. Manuel
    Tales of Wells Fargo
  5. 4. Famous Road Agents
  6. 5. Wells Fargo
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