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The DC Alphabet

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on February 15, 2007 at 10:20:59 am
 

The DC Alphabet

 


 

Back in the 1940s, presumably to comply with new mailing regulations, National Periodicals began to carry numerous educational features scattered in the pages of its comics.

 

This created mini-series of related factoids, often tied together under an umbrella title. One such feature, written and drawn by unidentified creators, was the always interesting "Animal Alphabet": half vertical pages sporting a humorous Dr. Seuss style animal paired with a short ditty -- and a plug for a current DC comic thrown in for good measure.

 

These were spread out over 25 months, presenting one letter and animal combination per month, usually on the inside front cover in black and white.

 

But ... ummm ... aren't there 26 letters?!

 

DC stopped the series just short at "Y is for Yak". Apparently since they had already used the Quagga, a distant cousin of the Zebra, and admitted they were stumped at "X is for Unknown", they ran out of options, hoping noone would notice.

 

Hah! Gotcha!

 

I found 5 of these letters in both black and white and color versions [K, L, O, Q, S], but three with just a color version [N, P, V]. The rest were only in black and white.

 

These appeared for 25 months, from 10/1945 to 11/1947.

 

The letter Z would have been scheduled for the 12/1947 issues, obviously. The DC Chronology spreadsheet lists Action #115, Adventure #123, Detective #130, Superman #49, World's Finest #31, Wonder Woman #26, Big Town #11, All Funny #11, and Buzzy #16 as possibilities. Bob Hughes had kindly checked at least half of these without finding anything.

 

This series MAY have been the inspiration for the Superman story "The Alphbetical Animal Adventure" in Worlds Finest #42 [09-10/1949]

 

This is where I found them:

 

A - Adventure #100

B - Action #90, More Fun #106, Real Screen #3

C - Action#91, Buzzy #5

D - All Funny #9, More Fun #107

E - Batman #33

F - Star Spangled #54

G - Adventure #103, More Fun #109

H - More Fun #111, Sensation #54

I - Action #98

J - Action #99, Batman #36

K - Buzzy #9, Leading #21, World's Finest #24

L - Batman #37, Real Screen #8

M - Action #102, Adventure #110

N - Real Screen #9, World's Finest #25

O - Animal Antics #6, Superman #44, World's Finest #26

P - Action#105, Detective #120, More Fun #119

Q - Animal Antics#7, Boy Commandos #20

R - Adventure #115

S - Action #8, Animal Antics#8, World's Finest #28

T - Real Screen #12

U - Buzzy#14

V - More Fun #125

W - Adventure #120, Detective#127

X - Batman #43

Y - More Fun #127

 

Here, then, is the DC Animal Alphabet:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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