(1953)

Ziff-Davis, 1953 Series
Published in English (United States) United States
 
Price
0.25 USD
Pages
100
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Ziff-Davis Publishing Company
Brand
A Ziff-Davis Comic
Editing
Herbert W. Rogoff (credited)
Color
Color
Dimensions
Standard Golden Age U.S.
Paper Stock
Glossy cover; Newsprint interior
Binding
Squarebound
Publishing Format
One-shot

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
?; ? (photo)
Inks
?; ? (photo)
Colors
?; ? (photo)
Letters
typeset

Characters
Hans Christian Andersen (photo of Danny Kaye)
Synopsis
Hans is sitting on a tree stump telling a story to a crowd of children.

Indexer Notes

Also has vignettes of stories "The Ugly Duckling", The King's New Clothes", and "The Little Match Girl". These are not by the same artists as any of the interior stories.

Something Wonderful Happens When You See... (Table of Contents: 1) (Expand) /

advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Hans Christian Andersen Starring Danny Kaye (Table of Contents: 2)

comic story / 49 pages (report information)

Script
Moss Hart (movie script); Hans Christian Andersen (stories); ? (comic adaptation)
Pencils
Irv Novick [as Irving Novick] (signed)
Inks
Bob Stuart [as Stuart] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
Ben Oda [as Oda] (signed)

Genre
drama
Characters
Hans Christian Andersen; Peter; Neils Johanssen; Doro Johanssen; Lars; Lars' father; Celine
Synopsis
Hans is sent away from the town of Odense because his story-telling interferes with the childrens' schooling. He and his apprentice Peter go to Copenhagen, where he writes stories, selling some to a newspaper and one to a ballet company before returning to Odense with a broken heart.

Indexer Notes

This is the main plot of the movie, and serves as a framing sequence for the other stories in this issue. The other stories are related as if told by Hans during the events of his life.
Faces miscolored yellow in two panels on page 29 of story.
Credits are given by last names only for Stuart and Oda, in the lower right of the largest panel on the last page. Irving Novick signed his name in full on the first page (splash page) above sleeve on lower right side of page.

The King's New Clothes (Table of Contents: 3)

comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
Hans Christian Andersen; ? (adaptation)
Pencils
Vic Martin (signed)
Inks
Vic Martin (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
drama
Characters
a King; two swindlers
Synopsis
A vain king is disgusted with his tailors and falls prey to two swindlers who promise invisible clothes.

Indexer Notes

Between pages 2-3 of main story.
Signed in next-to-last panel.
First page is drawn over a musical score noted as Copyright 1951 by Frank Loesser. This was sung in the movie.
Frank Loesser is quoted as changing the story's title from The Emperor's New Clothes to song's title The King's New Clothes because of the difficulty of rhyming "emperor".

The Nightingale (Table of Contents: 4)

comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script
Hans Christian Andersen; ? (adaptation)
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
drama
Characters
an Emperor; the Emperor's Lord-In-Waiting; a nightingale; Death
Synopsis
A nightingale sings so sweetly that Death stops his work and spares the Emperor.

Indexer Notes

Between pages 7-8 of main story.

Thumbelina (Table of Contents: 5)

comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Hans Christian Andersen; Marv Levy (adaptation)
Pencils
Marv Levy
Inks
Marv Levy
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
drama; anthropomorphic-funny animals
Characters
Thumbelina; a witch; an old lady; Mrs. Toad; Mrs. Mouse; Mr. Mole; a sparrow; a Prince
Synopsis
An old lady wishes for a tiny child and a witch grants her wish, but Mrs. Toad steals Thumbelina away. After nearly being forced to marry Mr. Mole, a sparrow she has nursed to health takes Thumbelina to a prince and she marries him instead.

Indexer Notes

Between pages 11-12 of main story.

First page is drawn over a musical score noted as Copyright 1951 by Frank Loesser. This was sung in the movie.

Credits suggested by Who's Who of American Comic Books.

The Steadfast Tin Soldier (Table of Contents: 6)

comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Hans Christian Andersen; ? (adaptation)
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
drama
Characters
tin soldier; ballerina; Tommy; Tommy's mother
Synopsis
One of the tin soldiers that Tommy receives for his birthday is missing a leg and as a consequence he is blown off a windowsill. After some adventures, he arrives back at Tommy's house, but is deemed ruined and tossed in the fireplace. A wind blows a toy ballerina into the fireplace also, and the two melt together.

Indexer Notes

Between pages 16-17 of the main story.

The Ugly Duckling (Table of Contents: 7)

comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Hans Christian Andersen; ? (adaptation)
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
drama
Characters
The Ugly Duckling
Synopsis
A swan is hatched from his egg in error by a duck but doesn't fit into her family. He doesn't fit in anywhere and nearly dies over winter before discovering he belongs with other swans.

Indexer Notes

Between pages 24-25 of main story.
First page is drawn over a musical score noted as Copyright 1951 by Frank Loesser. This was sung in the movie.

The Little Match Girl (Table of Contents: 8)

comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Hans Christian Andersen; Marv Levy (adaptation)
Pencils
Marv Levy
Inks
Marv Levy
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
drama
Characters
match girl
Synopsis
A destitute girl cannot sell her matches and freezes to death on a snowy night while dreaming of warm places.

Indexer Notes

Between pages 28-29 of main story.

Credits suggested by Who's Who of American Comic Books.

The Little Mermaid (Table of Contents: 9)

comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script
Hans Christian Andersen; Marv Levy (adaptation)
Pencils
Marv Levy
Inks
Marv Levy
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
drama
Characters
The Little Mermaid; The Witch of the Sea; a prince
Synopsis
A mermaid falls in love with a prince and goes to a witch so she can be transformed into a human and win the prince's love. However the prince doesn't love her in return and she drowns herself in the sea.

Indexer Notes

Between pages 39-40 of main story.
Writer and art credits from Who's Who of American Comic Books.

The Stars of Hans Christian Andersen (Table of Contents: 10)

text article / 4 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Irv Novick
Inks
Bob Stuart
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
non-fiction
Characters
Danny Kaye; Samuel Goldwyn; Jeanmaire; Farley Granger; Joey Walsh
Synopsis
Biographies of the movie's stars and producer, and some background on how the movie was cast.

Indexer Notes

About 2.3 pages about Danny Kaye, 0.7 page about Samuel Goldwyn, 0.3 page about Jeanmaire, 0.3 page about Farley Granger, and 0.3 page about Joey Walsh.

Play and Sing (Table of Contents: 11) (Expand) /

The Music Market / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Hans Christian Andersen's Greatest Fair Tales (Table of Contents: 12)

illustration / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Marv Levy [as Lev] (signed)
Inks
Marv Levy [as Lev] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Characters
Thumbelina; a sparrow; a king; a toy soldier; a ballerina; Ugly Duckling; a match girl; emperor; The Little Mermaid; a nightingale

Indexer Notes

Images of the characters of the stories presented in this issue, on the back cover.

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Table of Contents
  1. 0. [no title indexed]
  2. 1. Something Wonderful Happens When You See...
  3. 2. Hans Christian Andersen Starring Danny Kaye
  4. 3. The King's New Clothes
  5. 4. The Nightingale
  6. 5. Thumbelina
  7. 6. The Steadfast Tin Soldier
  8. 7. The Ugly Duckling
  9. 8. The Little Match Girl
  10. 9. The Little Mermaid
  11. 10. The Stars of Hans Christian Andersen
  12. 11. Play and Sing
    The Music Market
  13. 12. Hans Christian Andersen's Greatest Fair Tales
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