14 June 2012

Dell Four Color goes out with a whimper..

There are a lot of missing numbers in Dell's Four Color series near the very end of it's run. Probably a lot of issues slated for those numbers were done under another title. As far as comic fans can ascertain , #1354 was the final issue, dated April-June 1962. It was an adaption of a TV cartoon flop called Calvin and The Colonel.

The series was an animated remake of Amos 'n' Andy  and featured the voices of Freeman Gosden and Charles Correll from the radio series (in fact, several of the original radio scripts by Joe Connelly & Bob Mosher were adapted for this series). Using animals avoided the touchy racial issues which had led to the downfall of Amos 'n' Andy. The show lasted 2 months on TV.

Additional research has revealed that Dell did a second issue, not in the Four Color Series, Dated July 1962.  the cover price dropped from 15 to 12 cents to be in line with the market standard.....which had just raised from 10 cents to 12.

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