Melvin Monster

Publisher: Dell
Publication Dates: April-June 1965 – October 1969
Number of Issues Published: 10 (#1 – #10)
Color: color
Dimensions: standard Silver Age US
Paper Stock: glossy cover; newsprint interior
Binding: saddle-stitched
Publishing Format: was ongoing series
Publication Type: magazine

Publishing hiatus of more than two years between issue #9 (August 1967) and #10 (October 1969).

Information thanks to the Grand Comics Database

Melvin Monster is a 1960s satirical children’s comic book character created by John Stanley and published by Dell Comics. Melvin first appeared in 1965. Nine issues were published on a semi-annual basis.

Melvin Monster lives in Monsterville. He attends the Little Black School House, where he is taught by Miss McGargoyle. His parents (Mummy and Baddy) are disappointed that he wants to be helpful. He has a pet crocodile, Cleopatra, who repeatedly tries to eat him.

“Is it proper for me to add; this comic was a breath of fresh air to me as a kid. Hilarious and touching. I couldn’t get enough of it. In one issue, Melvin climbs a newly planted 4 ft tall sapling on a busy city boulevard. His intention was to get higher and scout for his home, because he’s lost. A nearsighted old man with a cane gets angry at Melvin for climbing the tree. The old guy is complaining about damage to the tree all while raining blows on it with his cane. He can’t see, remember. Meanwhile Melvin had left the tree before the first cane blows and just stood by puzzled. The tree is destroyed and the old guy storms off. It was perfect.” -A.C. Farley



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