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Exhibition Geppi Gems

Roy Rogers Comics, no. 86, 1945. New York: Dell Publishing Co. Stephen A. Geppi Collection of Comics and Graphic Arts, Serial and Government Publications Division, Library of Congress (009.01.00) © Four Star-Malcom

Roy Rogers

American singer and actor Roy Rogers, known as “King of the Cowboys,” starred in dozens of Western films starting in the late 1930s through the 1950s. One of the most popular stars of film, television, and radio, Rogers, along with his horse Trigger, became an idol and his persona sold numerous action figures, novels, and toys. He was also featured in a comic strip and a long-lived comic book series. This is the first comic tie-in to feature Rogers, published by Dell Comics as a part of their long running Four Color series, an anthology series featuring a single character per issue. Dell’s Four Color was one of the earliest comic series to use licensed characters and stories, including stories and characters by Walt Disney, television and film tie-ins, newspaper comic strips, and book adaptations.