Dell Comics - UK Price Variants

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Dell Comics - UK Price Variants

Hello Reader :)

Here is a summary of the Dell UK Price Variants that I have discovered hiding between the dates of April 1960 and July 1961. If you'd like to know more about them, please click the picture below and you'll be magically transported to the discussion thread in which we talk about them:

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Meanwhile, here is an up to date summary of what I have discovered so far, which I hope you will find interesting.

Notes and Observations

  1. 209 Dell UK price variants have been found to exist between the cover dates of April 1960 to July 1961 inclusive with more copies expected to be found. For the purposes of my research, where titles are cover/indicia dated with multiple months (e.g. May-July) the first month is recorded as the cover date
  2. To date I have found 40 titles which have at least one pence book between those date ranges (with Dell Giant and Four Color representing one title each)
  3. The following 16 titles, ongoing during the pence appearance dates, currently have no pence books found:
    • Beep Beep, The Road Runner
    • Beetle Bailey
    • Carl Anderson's Henry
    • Comic Album
    • Daffy Duck 
    • Edgar Rice Burroughs' Tarzan 
    • Little Iodine
    • Marge's Little Lulu 
    • Marge's Tubby
    • Nancy and Sluggo 
    • New Terrytoons
    • Peanuts
    • Popeye 
    • Tip Top Comics 
    • Walter Lantz Woody Woodpecker
    • Yogi Bear
  4. The earliest pence books I have found are cover dated April 1960, priced at 9d. 15 ongoing titles and a further 3 Four Color issues currently share this honour (18 books in total)
  5. Three books are currently tied as being the latest dated pence books, dated July 1961. They are Have Gun Will Travel #10, Wagon Train #10 and the Four Color #1205 (titled David and Goliath). Four Color #1236, titled King of Kings, is indicia dated 1961 and is believed to have hit the newsstands in September 1961
  6. 65 of a possible 150 Four Colors have been found. Some of the gaps are expected to be by design, especially towards the later dated issues. Peter Gun (#1087) is the first known copy dated April-June 1960 and The King of Kings (#1236) dated 1961 is believed to be the last pence priced copy
  7. 9 of a possible 20 Dell Giants have been found. Bugs Bunny Beach Party (#32) is the first known copy dated August 1960 and, coincidentally, Bugs Bunny Beach Party (#46) dated 1961 is currently the last known pence priced copy. All 9 copies are priced at 2/-
  8. I have found only three UK cover prices on Dell books Excluding Four Color / Dell Giants, the remaining titles change from 9d to 1/- during the cover months of February and March 1961:
    • 9d
    • 1/- (one shilling)  
    • 2/- (two shillings) for the Dell Giant books
  9. The majority of books are 'dual priced', i.e. the UK versions have both US and UK prices on them. The US versions have, of course, only the US price (and sometimes printed twice!)
  10. The only difference I have found between the US and UK copies are the cover prices. Everything else, including the indicias, are identical. Marvel seem to be the only ones who made other changes to their books (indicias, missing dates, cover banners etc)
  11. A potential maximum of 424 pence copies may exist based on the current known appearance dates. However, a number of the gaps in which no pence books have been found are expected to be by design, making the likely eventual total much lower

Happy hunting, if you decide to build a set!

 

20/05/19

By Stephen Cranch based on v2.6 of the ‘Dell Comics – UK Price Variants Summary

 

 

Confirmed Titles with Pence Printed Price Issues Produced / Found    
       
Title Potential Pence Number Range* Confirmed Pence Numbers         Total
       
Adventures of Mighty Mouse, The 146-151 146, 147, 148 3
Andy Panda (Walter Lantz) 50-54 50-51 2
Bat Masterson 3-7 3-7 5
Bugs Bunny 72-79 73-75 3
Cheyenne 15-22 15-18 4
Colt .45 5-9 5-9 5
Dell Giant 28-47 32, 33, 35,  38-40, 42, 43, 46 9
Four Color 1087-1236 See separate tab 65
Gunsmoke 20-27 20-27 8
Have Gun Will Travel 5-10 5-8, 10 5
Hi-Yo Silver, The Lone Ranger's Famous Horse 34-36 35-36 2
Huckleberry Hound 5-12 5, 6, 8, 11 4
Hugh O'Brian, Famous Marshal Wyatt Earp 11-13 11-13 3
I Love Lucy 27-32 27-29 3
Lassie 49-54 49-53 5
Lawman 4-8 4-7 4
Lone Ranger, The 133-140 133-136 4
Looney Tunes 222-237 222, 224-228 6
Maverick 10-16 10-14 5
Mickey Mouse 71-78 74, 76 2
Porky Pig 70-77 70-72 3
Quick Draw McGraw  2-7 2-3 2
Rifleman, The 3-8 3-7 5
Rin Tin Tin and Rusty 34-38 34-38 5
Roy Rogers and Trigger 137-144 137-139, 141-143 6
Ruff and Reddy 5-10 5-7 3
Sea Hunt 5-10 5-7 3
Spike and Tyke (M.G.M.s) 22-24 23 1
Tom and Jerry Comics 189-204 189-190, 192-195 6
Turok Son of Stone 20-24 20-24 5
Tweety and Sylvester 29-33 29-30 2
Wagon Train 5-10 5-6, 10 3
Walt Disney Presents 4-6 5 1
Walt Disney's Chip 'n' Dale 22-26 23 1
Walt Disney's Comics and Stories 235-250 239-241, 244-245 5
Walt Disney's Donald Duck 71-78 73, 75 2
Walt Disney's Scamp 14-16 15 1
Walt Disney's Uncle Scrooge 30-34 31, 33 2
Walt Disney's Zorro 10-14 11, 13-14 3
Walter Lantz New Funnies  277-284 277-279 3
       
    Pence Total:                 209
       
*Assuming only April 1960 to July 1961 cover dates exist    

 

 

Four Color - Confirmed Pence Copies

Issue Number Title Date UK Price Issue Count
1087 Peter Gun April-June 1960 9d 1
1088 A Dog of Flanders Apr-60 9d 1
1089 Restless Gun April-June 1960 9d 1
1093 Mackenzie's Raiders June-August 1960 9d 1
1096 The Texan May-July 1960 9d 1
1097 Rawhide May-July 1960 9d 1
1098 Sugarfoot May-July 1960 9d 1
1102 Wanted Dead or Alive May-July 1960 9d 1
1106 77 Sunset Strip June-August 1960 9d 1
1108 The Troubleshooters June-August 1960 9d 1
1109 Walt Disney's This Is Your Life Donald Duck  August-October 1960 9d 1
1110 Bonanza June-August 1960 9d 1
1111 Shotgun Slade Jul-60 9d 1
1114 The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Jul-60 9d 1
1115 Ricky Nelson July-September 1960 9d 1
1116 Boots and Saddles August-October 1960 9d 1
1118 The Sword and The Dragon Jun-60 9d 1
1120 Dinosaurs! Aug-60 9d 1
1121 Hercules Unchained Aug-60 9d 1
1124 Whirlybirds  August-October 1960 9d 1
1125 Laramie August-October 1960 9d 1
1126 Hotel de Paree Sundance August-October 1960 9d 1
1127 The Three Stooges August-October 1960 9d 1
1129 Pollyanna Aug-60 9d 1
1130 The Deputy September-November 1960 9d 1
1133 Fury August-October 1960 9d 1
1136 The Jungle Cat September-November 1960 9d 1
1138 The Rebel   9d 1
1139 Spartacus   9d 1
1140 Donald Duck Album October-December 1960 9d 1
1142 Johnny Ringo November-January 1961 9d 1
1143 Walt Disney's Pluto November-January 1961 9d 1
1144 The Story of Ruth Sep-60 9d 1
1145 The Lost World Aug-60 9d 1
1146 Restless Gun November-January 1961 9d 1
1147 Sugarfoot November-January 1961 9d 1
1148 I Aim at The Stars   9d 1
1155 North to Alaska Dec-60 9d 1
1156 Swiss Family Robinson Dec-60 9d 1
1157 Master of The World Jan-61 1/- 1
1158 The 3 Worlds of Gulliver Jan-61 9d 1
1159 77 Sunset Strip January-February 1961 9d 1
1161 Grandma Duck's Farm Friends February-April 1961 9d 1
1163 Daniel Boone March-May 1961 1/- 1
1164 Wanted Dead or Alive March-May 1961 1/- 1
1165 Ellery Queen March-May 1961 1/- 1
1166 Rocky and His Friends March-May 1961 1/- 1
1168 The Detectives March-May 1961 1/- 1
1169 Sherlock Holmes March-May 1961 1/- 1
1170 The Three Stooges March-May 1961 1/- 1
1172 Fury May-61 1/- 1
1173 The Twilight Zone March-May 1961 1/- 1
1176 Dondi   9d 1
1181 Texas John Slaughter April-June 1961 1/- 1
1183 101 Dalmatians   1/- 1
1187 The Three Stooges June-August 1961 1/- 1
1188 Atlantis the Lost Continent May-61 1/- 1
1192 Ricky Nelson June-August 1961 1/- 1
1193 The Real McCoys June-August 1961 1/- 1
1194 Pepe Apr-61 1/- 1
1195 National Velvet May-July 1961 1/- 1
1197 The Aquanauts May-July 1961 1/- 1
1200 Hennesey August-October 1961 1/- 1
1205 David and Goliath Jul-61 1/- 1
1236 The King of Kings (On sale September) 1961 1/- 1
   

 

Total 65

 

Dell Giants - Confirmed Pence Copies

Issue Number Title Indicia Date UK Price Issue Count
32 Bugs Bunny Beach Party Aug-60 2/- 1
33 Walt Disney's Daisy Duck and Uncle Scrooge Picnic Time  Aug-60 2/- 1
35 Walt Disney's Huey, Dewey, and Louie Back to School  1960 2/- 1
38 Walt Disney's Uncle Donald and His Nephews Family Fun 1960 2/- 1
39 Walt Disney's Merry Christmas  1960 2/- 1
40 Walter Lantz Woody Woodpecker's Christmas Parade  Dec-60 2/- 1
42 Marge's Lulu and Tubby in Australia  Apr-61 2/- 1
43 Mighty Mouse in Outer Space  Jun-61 2/- 1
46 Bugs Bunny Beach Party  1961 2/- 1
   

 

Total 9

Here are three examples - one for each known cover price :)

 

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