Little Lulu

1948 Series

Publisher: Dell
Publication Dates: January-February 1948 – July-September 1962
Number of Issues Published: 164 (#1 – #164)
Color: color
Dimensions: standard Golden Age US, later Standard Silver Age US
Paper Stock: newsprint
Binding: saddle-stitched
Publishing Format: was ongoing series
Publication Type: magazine

Numbering continues with Marge’s Little Lulu (Western, 1962 series) #165

1962 Series

Publisher: Western
Publication Dates: October 1962 – August 1972
Number of Issues Published: 42 (#165 – #206)
Color: color
Dimensions: standard Silver Age US
Paper Stock: newsprint
Binding: saddle-stitched
Publishing Format: was ongoing
Publication Type: magazine

Numbering continues after #206 with Little Lulu (Western, 1972 series) #207

1972 Series

Publisher: Western
Publication Dates: September 1972 – 1984
Number of Issues Published: 62 (#207 – #268)
Color: color
Dimensions: standard Modern Age US
Paper Stock: glossy cover; newsprint interior
Binding: saddle-stitched
Publishing Format: was ongoing series
Publication Type: magazine

Information thanks to the Grand Comics Database

Little Lulu is a comic strip created in 1935 by Marjorie Henderson Buell. The character, Lulu Moppet, debuted in The Saturday Evening Post on February 23, 1935, in a single panel, appearing as a flower girl at a wedding and mischievously strewing the aisle with banana peels. Little Lulu replaced Carl Anderson’s Henry, which had been picked up for distribution by King Features Syndicate. The Little Lulu panel continued to run weekly in The Saturday Evening Post until December 30, 1944.

Marjorie Henderson Buell (1904–1993), whose work appeared under the name “Marge”, had created two comic strips in the 1920s: The Boy Friend and Dashing Dot, both with female leads. She first had Little Lulu published in a single-panel cartoon in The Saturday Evening Post on February 23, 1935, in which Lulu appears as a flower girl at a wedding and strews the aisle with banana peels. The Little Lulu strip replaced the strip Henry in the magazine; the Post requested a similar strip from Buell, and Buell created a little girl character in place of Henry’s little boy as she believed “a girl could get away with more fresh stunts that in a boy would seem boorish”. The single-panel strip continued in the Post until the December 30, 1944, issue, and continued from then as a regular comic strip. Buell has said the tough little girl with corkscrew curls in her hair resembles herself when she was young. Buell herself ceased drawing the strip in 1947, and in 1950 Little Lulu became a daily syndicated by Chicago
Tribune–New York News Syndicate and ran until 1969.

Little Lulu appeared in ten issues of Dell Comics’ Four Color comic book series (#74, 97, 110, 115, 120, 131, 139, 146, 158, 165), before graduating to her own title: Marge’s Little Lulu in 1948. With the Dell Comics/Western Publishing split that created Gold Key Comics, Little Lulu went to Gold Key with issue No. 165. Tubby got his own comic series from 1952 to 1961, first appearing in Four Color No. 381, 430, 444, and #461; then his own title Marge’s Tubby from No. 5 thru 49. In this series, Tubby had his own adventures without Lulu, especially with the Little Men from Mars. Upon retirement, Marge sold Little Lulu to Western Publishing. The comic was re–named Little Lulu with No. 207 (September 1972). Publication of the comics ceased in 1984 (with issue No. 268, the last few under the Whitman Comics name), when Western discontinued publishing comics. Artist Hy Eisman retained stories intended for #269–270 (scripted by Paul Kuhn) because the artwork was returned to him after the comic was cancelled. Three of these are to be reprinted in the Lulu fanzine The HoLLywood Eclectern (HE). “The Case of the Disappearing Tutu”, slated to be the lead story in Little Lulu No. 270, appears in HE No. 47 (2008).

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Marge’s Little Lulu 1-15

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Marge’s Little Lulu 16-30

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Marge’s Little Lulu 126-135

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Marge’s Little Lulu 152-162

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Marge’s Little Lulu 163-171

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Marge’s Little Lulu 172-177,179-181,183

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Marge’s Little Lulu 184-195

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Marge’s Little Lulu 196-201

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Marge’s Little Lulu 202-206

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March of Comics 323,369,417,427,439,475,488

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5 different issues

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