Dell

1929 - 1988
Country:
United States
Indicia / Colophon Publishers:
9
Brand Groups:
4
Brand Emblems in Use:
38

Total Number of Series:
520
Total Number of Issues:
6774
Show covers by month:
using on-sale date or using publication date

Notes:
Info for Dell in the early years:
Dell Publishing Co. 100 Fifth Avenue, New York NY;
Harry Steeger (editor);
Abril Lamarque (comic art editor);
Edythe Seims (assistant editor);
George T. Delacorte, Jr. (managing editor).
(Information from "The American Comic Book: The Evolutionary Era, 1884-1939" by Denis Gifford.)

Dell was founded in 1921 and first published comics with the original 1929-30 run of "The Funnies", which looked like a newspaper insert but was distributed on newsstands. Eastern Color Printing Company was involved with several of Dell's earliest comic book ventures, although the exact nature of each partnership is not always clear. Later Dell worked closely with Western to produce a line a comics before Dell produced a line of comics wholly on their own for about a decade. The company's comic book division folded in 1973, although Dell continued to publish the occasional book with comics content, including newspaper strip collections. Dell became part of Bantam Doubleday Dell (http://www.comics.org/publisher/5554/) in 1988, ceasing to exist as an independent company.

Dell's first three regular titles -- Popular Comics (February 1936), The Funnies (October 1936), and The Comics (March 1937) -- were packaged and printed by M.C. Gaines at the McClure Syndicate offices. These followed Gaines' early format for Famous Funnies by using newspaper-strip reprints.

Around 1936, Dell started to work with Western (also known as Western Printing and Lithographing Company, a Racine, Wisconsin firm), first using Western's plant in Poughkeepsie, New York as their printer. Dell turned over production duties on Popular Comics and The Funnies to Western in 1939. In 1944 they formalized their arrangement, with Dell financing the comics and Western providing the editorial work and the printing. Western retained complete control over select titles such as Red Ryder and Walt Disney's Comics and Stories, though even those titles carried the Dell emblem after 1948.

(Some of the information for the above from Funnybooks: The Improbable Glories of the Best American Comic Books by Michael Barrier and Mark Evanier's "News from Me" blog [http://www.newsfromme.com/iaq/iaq07/])


******* "© Robert S. Callender" Explained *******

When Western Printing produced comic book content that was not a licensed property, it was copyrighted in the name of Robert S. Callender (or, sometimes, Oscar Lebeck, e.g. Animal Comics, a Lebeck project). Callender was not the writer. He was Western Printing's copyright holder.

Robert S. (Bob) Callender, b. 1913, youngest child of Gene Callender of Racine, Wisconsin society, was an executive at Western Printing. On Oct. 9, 1937 Mr. Callender married Wynnefred Wadewitz, b. 1916, daughter of Edward H. Wadewitz.

Robert S. Callender's father-in-law, Edward H. Wadewitz, had risen by initiative to be the secretary, treasurer and general manager of the Western Printing & Lithographing Company: he was a moving spirit in the development, enlargement and control of that undertaking.

Robert S. Callender (Mr. Wadewitz's son-in-law) was the Managing Editor and Business Manager for Whitman Publishing Co., Poughkeepsie, N.Y., owned by Western Printing and Lithographing Company of Poughkeepsie, N.Y.
Series Year # Issues Covers Published
100 Pages of Comics 1937 1 issues (1 indexed) Gallery 1937
1000 Jokes 1939 116 issues (1 indexed) Have 114 (Need 6) 1938 - March-May 1969
1000 New Jokes 1934 0 issues (0 indexed) No Covers 1934
12 O'Clock High 1965 2 issues (2 indexed) Gallery January -March 1965 - April-June 1965
3-D-ell 1953 2 issues (2 indexed) Gallery [1953] - [1953]
77 Sunset Strip 1962 1 issues (1 indexed) Gallery July-September 1962
87th Precinct 1962 1 issues (1 indexed) Gallery July-September 1962
Abraham Lincoln Life Story 1958 1 issues (1 indexed) Gallery [March] 1958
Adlai Stevenson 1966 1 issues (1 indexed) Gallery [December] 1966
The Adventures of Little Orphan Annie 1941 3 issues (3 indexed) Gallery 1941 - 1942
The Adventures of M. G. M.'s Lassie. Presented by Red Heart Dog Food. 1949 1 issues (0 indexed) Gallery [February 1950]
Adventures of Mighty Mouse 1959 12 issues (12 indexed) Gallery October-December 1959 - July-September 1962
Air War Stories 1964 8 issues (8 indexed) Gallery September - November 1964 - August 1966
Alice in Wonderland 1950 1 issues (0 indexed) Gallery 1950
Alley Oop 1962 2 issues (2 indexed) Gallery December 1962-February 1963 - September-November 1963
Alvin 1962 28 issues (28 indexed) Gallery October - December 1962 - October 1973
Alvin and His Pals in Merry Christmas with Clyde Crashcup and Leonardo 1963 1 issues (1 indexed) Gallery December 1963-February 1964
Alvin and His Pals in Merry Christmas with Clyde Crashcup and Leonardo 1966 1 issues (1 indexed) Gallery April 1966
Alvin for President 1964 1 issues (1 indexed) Gallery August-October 1964
Andy Hardy 1954 2 issues (2 indexed) Gallery February-April 1954 - September-November 1954
Angel 1954 15 issues (15 indexed) Gallery May-July 1955 - November 1958-January 1959
Animal Comics 1942 30 issues (30 indexed) Gallery 1942 [September 8] - December 1947-January 1948
Annie Oakley and Tagg 1955 15 issues (15 indexed) Gallery July-September 1955 - January - March 1959
Around the Block with Dunc & Loo 1962 2 issues (2 indexed) Gallery January-March 1962 - April-June 1962
Around the Block [with Dunc & Loo] 1961 1 issues (1 indexed) Gallery October-December 1961
Around the World Under the Sea 1966 1 issues (1 indexed) Gallery December 1966
Bachelor Father 1962 1 issues (1 indexed) Gallery September-November 1962
Backfield in Motion 1974 1 issues (0 indexed) Add 1974
Ballyhoo 1931 86 issues (0 indexed) Have 88 (Need 12) August 1931 - February 1939
Ballyhoo 1948 6 issues (0 indexed) Gallery 1948 - Spring 1954
Barbie and Ken 1962 5 issues (5 indexed) Gallery May-July 1962 - November 1963-January 1964
Barry M. Goldwater 1965 1 issues (1 indexed) Gallery [March 1965]
Bat Masterson 1960 8 issues (8 indexed) Have 10 (Need 1) February-April 1960 - November 1961-January 1962
Battle of the Bulge 1966 1 issues (1 indexed) Gallery June 1966
Beach Blanket Bingo 1965 1 issues (1 indexed) Gallery July-September 1965
Beany and Cecil 1962 5 issues (5 indexed) Gallery July-September 1962 - July-September 1963
The Beatles 1964 1 issues (1 indexed) Have 2 (Need 1) September-November 1964
Beep Beep 1960 11 issues (11 indexed) Gallery February-April 1960 - August-October 1962
Beetle Bailey 1956 34 issues (34 indexed) Gallery February-April 1956 - May-July 1962
Beetle Bailey and Sarge 1958 1 issues (1 indexed) Gallery December 1958
Ben Bowie and His Mountain Men 1956 11 issues (11 indexed) Gallery May-July 1956 - November 1958-January 1959
Ben Casey 1962 10 issues (10 indexed) Gallery June-July 1962 - June-August 1965
Best Cartoons of the Year 1968 1 issues (1 indexed) Add April 1968
Beverly Hillbillies 1963 21 issues (21 indexed) Gallery April-June 1963 - October 1971
Bewitched 1965 14 issues (14 indexed) Gallery April-June 1965 - October 1969
The Big Valley 1966 6 issues (6 indexed) Gallery June 1966 - October 1969
The Blazing Forest 1962 1 issues (0 indexed) Gallery 1962
The Blue Phantom 1962 1 issues (1 indexed) Gallery June-August 1962
Boatniks 1961 1 issues (1 indexed) Have 1 (Need 1) June 1961
Bodé's Cartoon Concert 1973 1 issues (0 indexed) Gallery September 1973
Bonanza 1962 2 issues (2 indexed) Gallery May-July 1962 - August-October 1962
Boys Love Girls...More or Less 1970 1 issues (1 indexed) Have 1 (Need 1) November 1970
Bozo 1952 4 issues (4 indexed) Gallery January-March 1952 - October-December 1952
Bozo the Clown 1951 2 issues (2 indexed) Gallery July-September 1951 - October-November 1951
Bozo the Clown 1962 4 issues (1 indexed) Gallery May-July 1962 - October-December 1963
The Brady Bunch 1970 2 issues (2 indexed) Gallery February 1970 - May 1970
Brain Boy 1962 5 issues (5 indexed) Gallery July-September 1962 - September - November 1963
Brenda Lee Life Story 1962 1 issues (1 indexed) Gallery July-September 1962
Brenda Starr 1963 1 issues (1 indexed) Gallery October-December 1963
Buck Jones 1951 7 issues (7 indexed) Gallery April-June 1951 - October-December 1952
Buffalo Bill Jr. 1958 7 issues (7 indexed) Gallery February-April 1958 - August - October 1959
Bug Movies 1931 1 issues (0 indexed) Gallery 1931
Bugs Bunny 1952 58 issues (58 indexed) Gallery December 1952-January 1953 - July-September 1962
Bugs Bunny's Christmas Funnies 1950 8 issues (8 indexed) Gallery November 1950 - December 1958
Bugs Bunny's Christmas Party 1955 1 issues (1 indexed) Gallery November 1955
Bugs Bunny's County Fair 1957 1 issues (1 indexed) Gallery September 1957
Bugs Bunny's Halloween Parade 1953 2 issues (2 indexed) Gallery October 1953 - October 1954
Bugs Bunny's Trick 'n' Treat Halloween Fun 1955 2 issues (2 indexed) Gallery [October] 1955 - 1956
Bugs Bunny's Vacation Funnies 1951 9 issues (9 indexed) Have 12 (Need 1) July 1951 - June 1959
Bullwinkle 1962 1 issues (1 indexed) Gallery July-September 1962
The Bullwinkle Mother Moose Nursery Pomes 1962 1 issues (1 indexed) Gallery May - July 1962
Burke's Law 1964 3 issues (3 indexed) Gallery January-March 1964 - March-May 1965
Butterfly Comics 1936 4 issues (0 indexed) Gallery 1936 - 1936
Cadet Gray of West Point 1958 1 issues (1 indexed) Gallery April 1958
Cain's Hundred 1962 2 issues (2 indexed) Gallery May-July 1962 - September-November 1962
Calling Nurse Nellie! 1961 1 issues (0 indexed) Gallery May 1961
Calvin and the Colonel 1962 1 issues (1 indexed) Gallery July-September 1962
Camp Runamuck 1966 1 issues (1 indexed) Gallery April 1966
Car 54, Where Are You? 1962 6 issues (6 indexed) Gallery June-August 1962 - September-November 1963
Car 54, Where Are You? [2nd Printing] 1964 2 issues (1 indexed) Gallery October-December 1964 - January-March 1965
The Castilian 1964 1 issues (1 indexed) Gallery January 1964
The Cat 1966 1 issues (1 indexed) Gallery December 1966
Charlie Chan 1965 2 issues (2 indexed) Gallery October-December 1965 - March 1966
Charlie McCarthy 1949 9 issues (9 indexed) Gallery March-May 1949 - [July] 1952
Cheyenne 1957 22 issues (22 indexed) Gallery August-October 1957 - December 1961-January 1962
Cheyenne Autumn 1965 1 issues (1 indexed) Gallery April-June 1965
The Chief 1951 1 issues (1 indexed) Gallery [April-June] 1951
Chip 'n' Dale 1955 27 issues (27 indexed) Gallery December [1955] - February 1956 - June 1962
Christmas In Disneyland 1957 1 issues (1 indexed) Gallery December 1957
A Christmas Treasury 1954 1 issues (1 indexed) Gallery 1954
Cicero's Cat 1959 2 issues (2 indexed) Gallery July-August 1959 - September-October 1959
Cimarron Strip 1968 1 issues (1 indexed) Gallery January 1968
Circus World 1964 1 issues (1 indexed) Gallery September-November 1964
The Cisco Kid 1951 40 issues (40 indexed) Gallery January 1951 - October-December [1958]
Clancy the Cop 1930 2 issues (0 indexed) Gallery 1930 - 1930
Clementina, the Flying Pig 1950 1 issues (0 indexed) Have 1 (Need 1) 1950
Clyde Crashcup 1963 5 issues (5 indexed) Gallery August -October 1963 - September-November 1964
Colt .45 1960 6 issues (6 indexed) Have 10 (Need 2) February-April 1960 - 1961
Combat 1961 40 issues (39 indexed) Gallery October-November 1961 - October 1973
Comic Album 1958 18 issues (18 indexed) Have 19 (Need 1) March-May 1958 - June-August 1962