Indicia title is "SMOKEY THE BEAR NATURE STORIES, No. 1214." Code number is SMOKEY T.B. O.S. #1214-618. Copyright 1961 by Western Printing & Lithographing Co.
No month is given on the cover or in the indicia. Based on the copyright dates of this issue and others in the series released around the same time, one can determine that this issue was published with other Four Color issues bearing a "September-November 1961" cover date.
On sale date is Library of Congress copyright record publication date.