Four Color

Dell, 1942 Series
Published in English (United States) United States
Random Cover from Series #632 - Zane Grey's Fighting Caravans
June-August 1955
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Publication Dates:
1942 - April-June 1962
Number of Issues Published:
1332 (#1 - Little Joe - #1354 - Calvin and the Colonel)
standard Golden Age U.S.; standard Silver Age U.S.
Paper Stock:
glossy cover; newsprint interior
Publishing Format:
was ongoing series
Publication Type:
Series Details:
Publisher's Brands:
Dell usually published multiple issues of this series per month, with different features in each issue. As a series, it was held together mostly by its numbering--only the early 1940s issues carried the continuing title "Four Color"; preceding and successive issues changed titles every issue to match their contents. By convention, the entire series is referred to as "Four Color" or "Four Color comics".

For unknown reasons Dell restarted the numbering on the Series in 1942, leading fans to refer to the "first series" and "second series" or "Series I" (see Four Color (Dell, 1939 series)) and "Series II" (this series). Early issues have "Four Color Comic" on the cover. Last with this notation is #101.

The following issues were apparently never published: 1217, 1228, 1277, 1292, 1314-1327, 1329, 1331, 1334, 1338-1340, 1342-1347, 1351-1353.

There are advertisement and non-advertisement versions for many issues from #693 to the end.

Index Status

Indexed Partially Indexed Pending Approval Reserved Skeleton Data Only

Cover Status

Scan available Needs Replacement No Scan available

Image Resources Status

SoO and Indicia Indicia SoO No Scans