Yellow Kid

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  1. Frank, I only found the four examples of the flying horse logo, and the other three were all of the four color variety. The window of use was very tight, perhaps a month or two, so if people would check their Dell comics from that period, there could easily be more examples on books that I haven't examined.
  2. After writing this brief note on the timeline of the Dell logo, I discovered that the first logo. a four color image of a flying horse, was also used in stencil format on Our Gang #2, so it might be considered Type 1-B.
  3. The Buck Rogers Pop-Up Book was so popular that they also made a mini version with a single pop-up. Also, several years ago, Ray Funk talked me into making a Buck Rogers Christmas pinback that we sent to many of our friends.
  4. Those are beautiful, early pages in great condition--sorry you didn't get them. They remind me of a quote from a great collector. Malcolm Forbes once said that he didn't regret anything he bought, only some things that he didn't buy.
  5. Years ago, Tony Raiola used to reprint some great comic strips through his Pacific Comics Club. He did a 52-volume set of Buck Rogers that is oversized and in beautiful color that was a "must" for all Buck Rogers collectors. A leading collector, Ray Funk, noticed that one volume was missing a few panels and Xeroxed them from his tear sheet collection and gave them to me so I would have a complete collection. Ray grew up with Buck Rogers and stayed a very devoted fan throughout his life. He convinced me to buy a set when Tony still had some. Over the years I see sets on eBay and other sites and each time the price seems to drop so I buy another one. I hope someday they will serve as good trade material. Ray liked Buck so much that he spent several years on a labor of love, creating a 14-volume set of laminated pages reprinting the strips year by year, and throwing in lots of other things just for fun. He had each volume bound with a spiral holder so he could enjoy reading the pages in order. As an example, here is Volume 4 which reprints strips #200 through #251, which are the 1934 strips. His 14 volumes are one of my treasured collectibles as they were done by an early collector because of his love of the strip.
  6. In the early days of the hobby, information was scarce on numbering and titles. Even the people who didn't like a price guide from Bob Overstreet bought a copy for the information. Just imagine that you collected early Dell Four Color comics and found the same number used more than once for different titles, it was very confusing. But dealers and/or stores starting printing price lists and the information from the various sources was integrated. The early price guides even listed the titles of the Mickey Mouse serials and in which issues of WDCS they appeared.
  7. After the company ceased production, the Street and Smith archives were donated to Syracuse University. Subsequently, a graduate student working in the stacks discovered ten unpublished Yellow Kid Magazine covers that R. F. Outcault had created for the magazine that no one even knew were in the archives. I was invited to give a talk on RFO and the Yellow Kid as part of the special celebration Syracuse hosted in honor of the discovery . You can see the previously unknown art in the rare and beautiful section of my web site using the link below.
  8. Here is the man that we have to thank for our favorite comics, George T. Delacorte, Jr., having lunch with Olivia de Havalind. I only have a couple of bound volumes, the oldest being Large Feature Comics #17-19, Gang Busters, Phantasmo, and Dumbo. The newest is supposed to be the last bound volume ever made, Volume 1462, and contains Alvin #27-28, Combat #39-40, Dracula #8, and Ghost Stories #36-37. A printing error on the spine read 47, but 37 is correct..
  9. When Leonard Brown and I first met in the 1950's, he had already assembled a nice collection of the Donald Duck Four Color books. To label his books,, he wrote the number of the book relative to Trick or Treat (#26) in the upper right hand corner of the cover and stamped the cover of his books with his father's address stamp. As he upgraded his collection over the years, he sold the copy from his original set, and I took FC #408 as it was one of my favorite stories. Because of the meaning that book held for me, I never tried to upgrade it. However, lightning does strike twice, and I got this upgrade at such a great price from the guy who just recently sold me Back to the Klondike that I couldn't resist it. Here is Leonard's original book and the one I just got.
  10. Based on what I have read, it was a combination of barroom activity, a major fight, the kidnapping of Goldie, and the breaking of the law in several ways, including not paying the taxes of his claim. Remember, this was 1952 and the social-political climate was very different. Today I think all of these pages would have been published without any changes. I might add that the complete 32-page story published in color in the Celestial Arts book looks fantastic and is a great read. If you scan it and print it on photo paper, you will have a real treasure.
  11. Here is the unpublished art for pps. 12, 13, 14, 15, half of p. 20, and the other half of p. 20 which Carl tried to do from memory for the Celestial Arts book. Many other unpublished pages have been discovered for other Barks stories.
  12. Years ago when I first learned that some of Barks stories had been censored, I just couldn't believe it. Then I saw a packet with about ten pages of censored material and I was even more upset as nothing seemed horrible to me. I hope that someone will post them so I won't have to try and find them tomorrow.
  13. The book I got from you is beautiful, one of the nicest copies of this issue I have ever seen.
  14. There are about half a dozen books that I think so highly of that I do have multiple copies of them.
  15. I ran into one of my favorite books with deep, rich cover color and couldn't resist the great price I was offered. If it weren't for that lower right cover crease it would be a fantastic book but I still like it just the way it is.