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Dell Comics was the comic book publishing arm of Dell Publishing, which got its start in pulp magazines. It published comics from 1929 to 1973. At its peak, it was the most prominent and successful American company in the medium.

Its first title was The Funnies, which was the first comic book to feature original material, but since it was published in the tabloid format as opposed to the standard one, it is normally not recognized as such.

The company formed a partnership in 1938 with Western Publishing, in which Dell would finance and distribute publications that Western would produce. While this diverged from the regular practice in the medium of one company handling finance and production and outsourcing distribution, it was a highly successful enterprise with titles selling in the millions.

Dell Comics was best known for its licensed material, most notably the animated characters from Walt Disney Productions, Warner Bros., Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and Walter Lantz Studio along with many movie and television properties such as Tarzan and the Lone Ranger. Writer/artists Walt Kelly and Carl Barks are the most noted talents associated with the company. Other prolific scripters were Gaylord DuBois, Paul S. Newman, Don "Arr" Christensen, John Stanley, Bob Gregory, Robert Schaefer and Eric Freiwald, Lloyd Turner and Carl Fallberg. Artists who worked on comics published by Dell included Fred Harman, Alex Toth, Russ Manning, Jesse Marsh, Paul Murry, Tony Strobl, Harvey Eisenberg, Ken Hultgren, Dick Moores, Jack Bradbury, Fred Fredericks, Roger Armstrong, Jack Manning, Bill Wright, Pete Alvarado, Dan Spiegle, Paul Norris, Frank Bolle, Artie Saaf, Dan Noonan and John Buscema. Famed fantasy writer Charles Beaumont contributed a handful of stories for Dell's funny animal comics early in his career, all done in collaboration with William F. Nolan.

From 1939 to 1962, Dell's most notable and prolific title was the anthology Four Color. Published several times a month, the title (which primarily consisted of standalone issues featuring various licensed properties) saw more than 1,300 issues published in its 23-year history. It often served as a try-out title (much like DC's Showcase) and thus the launching pad for many long-running series.

In 1948, Dell refused an invitation of membership in the nascent Association of Comics Magazine Publishers. The association had been formed to pre-empt government intervention in the face of mounting public criticism of comic books. Dell vice-president Helen Meyer told Congress that Dell had opted out of the association because they didn't want their less controversial offerings to serve as "an umbrella for the crime comic publishers". When the Comics Code was formed in 1954 in reaction to Wertham's Seduction of the Innocent, Dell again refused to join and instead began publishing in its comics a Pledge to Parents that promised their editorial process "eliminates, rather than regulates, objectional material" and concluded with the now classic credo Dell Comics Are Good Comics.

Bart Beaty in his book Fredric Wertham and the Critique of Mass Culture describes a concerted campaign by Dell against publication of Wertham's Seduction of the Innocent to the extent of recruiting several of the companies that it licensed characters from (including Warner Brother Cartoons, the Lone Ranger Inc. and Edgar Rice Burroughs Inc.) to send letters of protest to publisher Stanley Rinehart.

Dell in this period even burnished its image by taking out full-page ads in the Saturday Evening Post in late 1952 and early 1953 that emphasized the wholesomeness of its comics.

From mid-1950 to Spring 1959 Dell promoted subscriptions to its non-Disney titles with what it called the Dell Comics Club. Membership was automatic with any one year subscription to such titles and came with a certificate of membership plus a group portait of the most prominent non-Disney characters published by Dell. Dell also offered various subscription premiums during the 1940s and 1950s (in some cases these were prints of covers or other character artwork and in one instance a cel from a Warner Brothers cartoon) and offered the option of an illustrated note or card be sent to the recipients of a gift subscription for birthdays or Christmas. Multi-year subscriptions were also available (in the case of Walt Disney's Comics and Stories, at one point in the 1940's subscriptions for up to 5 years were offered).

The end of Four Color in 1962 coincided with the end of the partnership with Western, which took most of its licensed properties and its original material and created its own imprint, Gold Key Comics.

Dell Comics continued for another 11 years with licensed television and motion picture adaptations (including Mission: Impossible, Ben Casey, Burke's Law, Doctor Kildare, Beach Blanket Bingo) and a few generally poorly received original titles. Among the few long lasting series from this time include the teen-comic Thirteen Going on Eighteen (29 issues, written by John Stanley), Ghost Stories (37 issues, #1 only written by John Stanley), Combat (40 issues), Ponytail (20 issues), Kona Monarch of Monster Isle (20 issues), Toka the Jungle King (10 issues), and Naza Stone Age Warrior (9 issues). Dell additionally attempted to do superhero titles, including Nukla, Fab 4, Brain Boy, and a critically-ridiculed trio of titles based on the Universal Pictures monsters Frankenstein, Dracula and Werewolf that recast the characters as superheroes.

Dell Comics finally ceased publication in 1973, with a few of its former titles moving to Gold Key.

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1000 Jokes (1939)
12 O'Clock High (1965)
3-D-Ell (1953)
77 Sunset Strip (1962)
87th Precinct (1962)

Abraham Lincoln Life Story (1958)
Adlai Stevenson (1966)
Adventures of Mighty Mouse (1959)
Air War Stories (1964)
Alley Oop (1962)
Alvin (1962)
Alvin and His Pals in Merry Christmas with Clyde Crashcup and Leonardo (1963)
Alvin for President (1964)
Andy Hardy (1954)
Angel (1954)
Animal Comics (1942)
Annie Oakley and Tagg (1955)

Bachelor Father (1962)
Bambi (1956)
Barbie and Ken (1962)
Barry M. Goldwater (1964)
Bat Masterson (1960)
Beany and Cecil (1962)
The Beatles (1964)
Beep Beep (1960)
Beetle Bailey (1956)
Ben Bowie and his Mountain Men (1956)
Ben Casey (1962)
The Beverly Hillbillies (1963)
Bewitched (1965)
The Big Valley (1966)
Bill Elliott Comics (1950)
The Blue Phantom (1962)
Bon Voyage (1962)
Bonanza (1962)
Bozo (1952)
Bozo the Clown (1951)
Bozo the Clown (1962)
The Brady Bunch (1970)
Brain Boy (1962)
Brenda Lee's Life Story (1962)
Brenda Starr Reporter (1963)
Buck Jones (1951)
Buffalo Bill Jr. (1958)
Bugs Bunny (1953)
Bugs Bunny's Christmas Funnies (1950)
Bugs Bunny's Vacation Funnies (1951)
The Bullwinkle Mother Moose Nursery Poems (1962)
Burke's Law (1964)

Cain's Hundred (1962)
Calvin and the Colonel (1962)
Camp Comics (1942)
Camp Runamuck (1966)
Car 54, Where are You? (1962)
Carl Anderson's Henry (1948)
Charlie Chan (1965)
Cheyenne (1956)
The Chief (1951)
A Christmas Treasury (1954)
Cimarron Strip (1968)
Circus Boy (1957)
Cisco Kid (1951)
Clyde Crashcup (1963)
Colt .45 (1960)
Combat (1961)
Comic Album (1958)
The Comics (1937)
The Courtship of Eddie's Father (1970)
Crackajack Funnies (1938)

Daffy (1956)
Daffy Duck (1959)
Daktari (1967)
Dazey's Diary (1962)
The Defenders (1962)
Dell Giant (1959)
Dell Giant Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse Summer Fun (1958)
Dell Junior Treasury (1955)
Dell Movie Classic (1955)
Dick Tracy Monthly (1948)
Die, Monster, Die! (1966)
Diver Dan (1962)
Donald Duck Beach Party (1954)
Dr. Kildare (1962)
Dracula (1962)
Drift Marlo (1962)
Dunc and Loo (1961)
Dwight D. Eisenhower (1969)

Edgar Rice Burroughs' Tarzan's Jungle Annual (1952)
Ensign O' Toole (1963)
Espionage (1964)

F-Troop (1966)
The F.B.I. (1965)
Fairy Tale Parade (1942)
Felix the Cat (1943)
Felix the Cat (1962)
Flash Gordon (1953)
The Flintstones on the Rocks (1961)
The Flintstones (1961)
The Flying A's Range Rider (1953)
The Flying Nun (1968)
Flying Saucers (1967)
Follow the Sun (1962)
Four Color (1939)
Four Color Comics (1942)
Frankenstein (1963)
Friday Foster (1972)
Fritzi Ritz (1958)
The Frogmen (1962)
The Funnies (1936)

Garrison's Gorillas (1968)
Gene Autry and Champion (1955)
Gene Autry Comics (1946)
Gene Autry's Champion (1951)
Gentle Ben (1968)
Gerald McBoing Boing and the Nearsighted Mr. Magoo (1952)
Get Smart (1966)
Ghost Stories (1962)
Gidget (1966)
Gil Thorp (1963)
Give Me Liberty (1990)
The Gods From Outer Space: Descent in the Andes (1978)
Guerilla War (1965)
The Gumps (1947)
Gyro Gearloose (1962)

Hard Boiled (1990)
Have Gun, Will Travel (1960)
Heckle and Jeckle (1966)
Henry Aldrich (1950)
Hogan's Heroes (1966)
Hope Ship (1963)
Huckleberry Hound (1960)
Hugh O'Brian Famous Marshal Wyatt Earp (1958)

I Dream of Jeannie (1965)
I Love Lucy (1954)
I Love Lucy Comics (1955)
I'm Fenster...He's Dickens (1963)
Idaho (1963)
The Incredible MR. Limpet (1964)
Indian Chief (1951)
Ingenue (1959)

Jace Pearson of the Texas Rangers (1953)
Jace Pearson's Tales of the Texas Rangers (1956)
John F. Kennedy (1964)
Jules Verne's Mysterious Isle (1964)
Jungle Jim (1954)
Jungle War Stories (1962)

King Leonardo and his Short Subjects (1962)
King of the Royal Mounted (1956)
Knights of the Round Table (1964)
Kona (1962)
Krazy Kat (1951)
Large Feature (1938)
Large Feature (1942)
Lassie (1950)
Lawrence (1963)
Leave It To Beaver (1962)
The Legend of Custer (1968)
Little Iodine (1950)
Lobo (1965)
The Lone Ranger Movie Story (1956)
The Lone Ranger (1948)
The Lone Ranger's Companion Tonto (1951)
The Lone Ranger's Companion Tonto (1957)
Lone Ranger's Famous Horse Hi-Yo Silver (1952)
The Lone Ranger's Golden West (1955)
The Lone Ranger's Western Treasury (1953)
Looney Tunes (1955)
Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies (1950)
Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies Comics (1941)
Lyndon B. Johnson (1965)

M-G-M's Tom & Jerry's Summer Fun (1954)
M.G.M.'s Spike and Tyke (1956)
M.G.M.'s Tom and Jerry's Winter Fun (1954)
Marge's Little Lulu (1948)
Marge's Tubby (1953)
Maverick (1959)
McHale's Navy (1963)
Melvin Monster (1965)
MGM's Mouse Musketeers (1957)
Mickey Mouse Almanac (1957)
Mighty Heroes (1967)
Mighty Mouse (1966)
Millie the Lovable Monster (1962)
Mission: Impossible (1967)
Mister Magoo (1963)
Mod Squad (1969)
The Monkees (1967)
The Monroes (1967)
Monsterville (1962)
Movie Classic (1962)
The Mummy (1962)
Mutt and Jeff (1958)
Mutt and Jeff (1960)

Nancy (1957)
Nancy and Sluggo (1960)
Nanny and the Professor (1970)
National Velvet (1962)
Naza (1964)
The Nearsighted Mr. Magoo and Gerald McBoing Boing (1953)
Neutro (1967)
New Funnies (1942)
The New People (1970)
New Terrytoons (1960)
Nukla (1965)

Our Gang Comics (1942)
Our Gang with Tom & Jerry (1947)
The Outer Limits (1964)
The Owl (1968)

Peanuts (1960)
Petticoat Junction (1964)
Pogo Possum (1949)
Ponytail (1962)
Popeye (1948)
Popular Comics (1936)
Porky Pig (1952)

Queen of the West Dale Evans (1954)
Quick Draw McGraw (1960)

Raggedy Ann + Andy (1946)
The Rat Patrol (1967)
Rawhide (1962)
Red Ryder Comics (1941)
Rex Allen (1951)
The Rifleman (1960)
Rin Tin Tin (1954)
Ring of Bright Water (1969)
Roy Rogers and Trigger (1955)
Roy Rogers Comics (1948)
Roy Rogers' Trigger (1951)
Ruff and Reddy (1960)

Santa Claus Funnies (1942)
Santa Claus Funnies (1952)
Scamp (1958)
Sea Hunt (1958)
Sergeant Preston of the Yukon (1953)
Smitty (1948)
Space Man (1962)
Super Comics (1938)
Superheroes (1967)

Tales From the Tomb (1962)
Tales of the Green Beret (1966)
Target: The Corruptors (1962)
Tarzan (1948)
Thirteen (1961)
Tip Top Comics (1958)
Toka (1964)
Tom & Jerry Comics (1949)
Tom And Jerry's Back To School (1956)
Tom Corbett, Space Cadet (1952)
Tomb Of Ligeia (1965)
Tonto (1951)
Top Cat (1962)
Turok, Son of Stone (1956)
Tweety and Sylvester (1954)
The Twilight Zone (1962)

Uncle Scrooge (1962)
Uncle Scrooge Goes to Disneyland (1957)
Universal Pictures Presents Dracula, The Mummy, and Other Stories (1963)
The Untouchables (1962)

Vacation Parade (1950)
Voyage to the Deep (1962)

Wagon Train (1960)
Walt Disney Presents (1960)
Walt Disney's Chip 'N' Dale (1955)
Walt Disney's Christmas in Disneyland (1957)
Walt Disney's Christmas Parade (1949)
Walt Disney's Comics and Stories (1940)
Walt Disney's Donald and Mickey in Disneyland on Tom Sawyer's Island (1958)
Walt Disney's Donald Duck (1952)
Walt Disney's Goofy (1962)
Walt Disney's Jungle Cat (1960)
Walt Disney's Ludwig Von Drake (1961)
Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse (1952)
Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse Club Parade (1955)
Walt Disney's Picnic Party (1955)
Walt Disney's Silly Symphonies (1952)
Walt Disney's Sleeping Beauty (1959)
Walt Disney's Spin and Marty (1958)
Walt Disney's Summer Fun (1959)
Walt Disney's Uncle Scrooge (1953)
Walt Disney's Vacation in Disneyland (1958)
Walt Disney's Zorro (1960)
Walter Lantz Andy Panda (1952)
Walter Lantz New Funnies (1946)
Walter Lantz Woody Woodpecker (1953)
Walter Lantz Woody Woodpecker's Back To School (1952)
Walter Lantz Woody Woodpecker's County Fair (1956)
War Stories (1942)
Werewolf (1966)
Western Action Thrillers (1937)
Western Roundup (1952)
Who's Minding The Mint? (1967)
Wild Bill Elliott (1954)
Wild Bill Elliott Comics (1950)
World War Stories (1965)

Yogi Bear (1961)
The Young Lawyers (1971)
The Young Rebels (1971)

Zane Grey's King of the Royal Mounted (1952)
Zane Grey's Stories of the West (1955)


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