THE BIG LITTLE BOOK CLUB          
          DELL PUBLISHING COMPANY          
    CARTOON STORY® BOOKS and FAST-ACTION STORY® BOOKS      
          1936 - 1943          
                     
  Beginning in 1936, Whitman, in an agreement with the Dell Publishing Company of New York City, published a series of books similar to its BLBs. Utilizing some of its authors, artists, and authorized comic strip characters, the first 4 titles appeared in both hard cover and soft cover versions. The hard covers were called Cartoon Story® Books and were all given the same publisher’s number — #6833. The soft covers were unnumbered and called Fast-Action Story® Books.


   
  The books are as tall as but narrower than the Whitman Movie Scene books, thus they carry the illusion of being very tall books. Like their BLB counterparts, each book contains black and white illustrations opposite each page of text. The pages are glued to the spine, and the four-color covers are varnished on the hard cover versions for durability. The back covers list other titles or has advertising. The soft covers were released in sets of 6 titles for each set. The hard covers sold for 15Ę but do not have the price on their covers. The soft covers have a 10Ę price on their front covers. The hard cover editions are slightly more valuable than the soft cover editions.    
                     
  CARTOON STORY® BOOKS 1936    
  BOOK NO.     TITLE   GOOD VG FINE  
  Lowery Dell  
                     
  GD1a 6833   DICK TRACY, DETECTIVE AND FEDERAL AGENT   34 68 136  
          Cartoon Story®; 1936. Hard cover, glued binding. Size: 4" x 5 1/4" x 3/4"; 240 pages. Author/Artist: Chester Gould. COLLECTOR'S NOTES: This is basically the same story as Whitman's BLB #1449 Dick Tracy, Special FBI Operative.          
                     
  GD1b ----   DICK TRACY, DETECTIVE AND FEDERAL AGENT   31 62 124  
          Fast-Action Story®; Variation; 1936 (probably a reprinting in 1937 to start the Fast-Action series). Soft cover, glued binding. COLLECTOR'S NOTE: Variation is identified by a soft cover, a Fast-Action logo, and a 10Ę price on the cover, otherwise it is identical to GD1a.          
                     
  GD2a 6833   FLASH GORDON VS THE EMPEROR OF MONGO   54 108 216  
          Cartoon Story®; 1936. Hard cover, glued binding. Size: 4" x 5 1/4" x 3/4"; 240 pages. Author/Artist: Alex Raymond.          
                     
  GD2b ----   FLASH GORDON VS THE EMPEROR OF MONGO   43 86 172  
          Fast-Action Story®; Variation; 1936 (probably a reprinting in 1937 to start the Fast-Action series). Soft cover, glued binding. COLLECTOR'S NOTE: Variation is identified by a soft cover, a Fast-Action logo, and a 10Ę price on the cover, otherwise it is identical to GD2a.          
                     
  GD3a 6833   G-MAN ON LIGHTNING ISLAND   23 46 92  
          Cartoon Story®; 1936. Hard cover, glued binding. Size: 4" x 5 1/4" x 3/4"; 240 pages. Author: Peter K. Maple. Artist: Henry E. Vallely.          
                     
  GD3b ----   G-MAN ON LIGHTNING ISLAND   19 38 76  
          Fast-Action Story®; Variation; 1936 (probably a reprinting in 1937 to start the Fast-Action series). Soft cover, glued binding. COLLECTOR'S NOTE: Variation is identified by a soft cover, a Fast-Action logo, and a 10Ę price on the cover, otherwise it is identical to GD3a.          
                     
  GD4a 6833   TOM MIX IN THE RIDING AVENGER   25 50 100  
          Cartoon Story®; 1936. Hard cover, glued binding. Size: 4" x 5 1/4" x 3/4"; 240 pages. Author: Buck Wilson (pseudonym for Gaylord DuBois). Artist: Hal Arbo.          
                     
  GD4b ----   TOM MIX IN THE RIDING AVENGER   22 44 88  
          Fast-Action Story®; Variation; 1936 (probably a reprinting in 1937 to start the Fast-Action series). Soft cover, glued binding. COLLECTOR'S NOTE: This variation is identified by a soft cover, a Fast-Action logo, and a 10Ę price on the cover, otherwise it is identical to GD4a.          
                     
  FAST-ACTION STORY® BOOK SERIES (1938-1942)    
  BOOK NO.     TITLE   GOOD VG FINE  
  Lowery Dell  
                     
  SD1 Set I   CHARLIE MCCARTHY AND EDGAR BERGEN, THE ADVENTURES OF   18 36 72  
          Fast-Action Story®; 1938. Soft cover, glued binding. Size: 4" x 5 1/2" x 5/8"; 192 pages. Author: Don Black. Artist: Henry E. Vallely did some but not all the artwork. COLLECTOR'S NOTE: This is one of four books in Set I.          
                     
  SD2 Set I   DAN DUNN, SECRET OPERATIVE 48, AND THE ZEPPELIN OF DOOM   23 46 92  
          Fast-Action Story®; 1938. Soft cover, glued binding. Size: 4" x 5 1/2" x 5/8"; 192 pages. Author/Artist: Norman Marsh. COLLECTOR'S NOTE: This is one of four books in Set I.          
                     
  SD3 Set I   KING OF THE ROYAL MOUNTED POLICING THE FROZEN NORTH   18 36 72  
          Fast-Action Story®; 1938. Soft cover, glued binding. Size: 4" x 5 1/2" x 5/8"; 192 pages. Author: BLB was outlined by Zane Grey and the text was written by his son, Romer. Artist: Charles Flanders. COLLECTOR'S NOTE: This is one of four books in Set I.          
                     
  SD4 Set I   MICKEY MOUSE IN THE SHERIFF OF NUGGET GULCH   39 78 154  
          Fast-Action Story®; 1938. Soft cover, glued binding. Size: 4" x 5 1/2" x 5/8"; 192 pages. Author: Ted Osborne. Artist: Floyd Gottfredson. COLLECTOR'S NOTES: This is one of four books in Set I.          
                     
  SD5 ----   DICK TRACY AND THE CHAIN OF EVIDENCE   30 60 120  
    Set II     Fast-Action Story®; 1938. Soft cover, glued binding. Size: 4" x 5 1/2" x 5/8"; 192 pages. Author: Chester Gould. COLLECTOR'S NOTES: This is one of four books in Set II.          
                     
  SD6 Set II   DONALD DUCK AND THE DUCKLINGS   40 80 160  
          Fast-Action Story®; 1938. Soft cover, glued binding. Size: 4" x 5 1/2" x 5/8"; 192 pages. Author/Artist: Walt Disney Studios. COLLECTOR'S NOTE: This is one of four books in Set II.          
                     
  SD7 Set II   LITTLE ORPHAN ANNIE UNDER THE BIG TOP   26 52 104  
                                                                                 Fast-Action Story®; 1938. Soft cover, glued binding. Size: 4" x 5 1/2" x 5/8"; 192 pages. Author/Artist: Harold Gray. COLLECTOR'S NOTES: This is one of four books in Set II. The content is essentially the same as Whitman's BLB #1103 Little Orphan Annie with the Circus.          
                     
  SD8 Set II   TAILSPIN TOMMY IN FLYING ACES   33 66 132  
    I     Fast-Action Story®; 1938. Soft cover, glued binding. Size: 4" x 5 1/2" x 5/8"; 192 pages. Author: Gaylord DuBois. Artist: Hal Forrest. COLLECTOR'S NOTE: This is one of four books in Set II.          
                     
  SD9 Set III   DICK TRACY AND THE MAROON MASK GANG   31 62 124  
          Fast-Action Story®; 1938. Soft cover, glued binding. Size: 4" x 5 1/2" x 5/8"; 192 pages. Author/Artist: Chester Gould. COLLECTOR'S NOTES: This is one of four books in Set III.          
                     
  SD10 Set III   The LONE RANGER AND THE LOST VALLEY   30 60 120  
          Fast-Action Story®; 1938. Soft cover, glued binding. Size: 4" x 5 1/2" x 5/8"; 192 pages. Author: Gaylord DuBois. Artist: Herbert Anderson. COLLECTOR'S NOTES: This is one of four books in Set III. The cover art is similar to Whitman's BLB #1421 The Lone Ranger on the Barbary Coast.          
                     
  SD11 Set III   TARZAN WITH THE TARZAN TWINS IN THE JUNGLE   32 64 128  
          Fast-Action Story®; 1938. Soft cover, glued binding. Size: 4" x 5 1/2" x 5/8"; 192 pages. Author: Unknown—adapted from the work of Edgar Rice Burroughs. Artist: Unknown. The cover illustration is copied from a Juanita Bennett drawing from the BLB #770. COLLECTOR'S NOTES: This is one of four books in Set III. It contains 95 illustrations reprinted from Whitman's BLB #770 The Tarzan Twins.          
                     
  SD12 Sett III   TERRY AND THE PIRATES AND THE MYSTERY SHIP   27 54 108  
          Fast-Action Story®; 1938. Soft cover, glued binding. Size: 4" x 5 1/2" x 5/8"; 192 pages. Author/Artist: Milton Caniff. COLLECTOR'S NOTE: This is one of four books in Set III.          
                     
  SD13 Set IV   GENE AUTRY IN GUN SMOKE   31 62 124  
          Fast-Action Story®; 1938. Soft cover, glued binding. Size: 4" x 5 1/2" x 5/8"; 192 pages. Author: Eleanor Packer. Artist: Henry Vallely. COLLECTOR'S NOTE: This is one of four books in Set IV.          
                     
  SD14 Set IV   LITTLE ORPHAN ANNIE IN RAGS TO RICHES   27 54 108  
          Fast-Action Story®; 1938. Soft cover, glued binding. Size: 4" x 5 1/2" x 5/8"; 192 pages. Author/Artist: Harold Gray. COLLECTOR'S NOTE: This is one of four books in Set IV.          
                     
  SD15 Set IV   MICKEY MOUSE WITH GOOFY AND MICKEY'S NEPHEWS   30 60 120  
          Fast-Action Story®; 1938. Soft cover, glued binding. Size: 4" x 5 1/2" x 5/8"; 192 pages. Author/Artist: Floyd Gottfredson. COLLECTOR'S NOTE: This is one of four books in Set IV.          
                     
  SD16 Set IV   TAILSPIN TOMMY AND THE AIRLINER MYSTERY   32 64 128  
          Fast-Action Story®; 1938. Soft cover, glued binding. Size: 4" x 5 1/2" x 5/8"; 192 pages. Author: Gaylord DuBois. Artist: Hal Forrest. COLLECTOR'S NOTE: This is one of four books in Set IV.          
                     
  SD17 Set V   DICK TRACY AND THE BLACKMAILERS   32 64 128  
          Fast-Action Story®; 1939. Soft cover, glued binding. Size: 4" x 5 1/2" x 5/8"; 192 pages. Author/Artist: Chester Gould. COLLECTOR'S NOTES: This is one of four books in Set V.          
                     
  SD18 Set V   RED RYDER BRINGS LAW TO DEVIL'S HOLE   30 60 120  
          Fast-Action Story®; 1939. Soft cover, glued binding. Size: 4" x 5 1/2" x 5/8"; 192 pages. Author/Artist: Fred Harman. COLLECTOR'S NOTE: This is one of four books in Set V.          
                     
  SD19 Set V   TARZAN THE AVENGER   32 64 128  
          Fast-Action Story®; 1939. Soft cover, glued binding. Size: 4" x 5 1/2" x 5/8"; 192 pages. Author: Unknown—adapted from the work of Edgar Rice Burroughs. Artist: Rex Maxon. Cover Artist: Dick Moore. COLLECTOR'S NOTES: This is one of four books in Set V. It contains 95 illustrations reprinted from Whitman's BLB #1477 The Son of Tarzan (daily strip #4, coded C). Storyline is taken from the BLB, however the names of persons and places have been changed.          
                     
  SD20 Set V   TOM MIX AVENGES THE DRY-GULCHED RANGE KING   23 46 92  
          Fast-Action Story®; 1939. Soft cover, glued binding. Size: 4" x 5 1/2" x 5/8"; 192 pages. Author: R. R. Winter. Artist: Unknown. COLLECTOR'S NOTE: This is one of four books in Set V.          
                     
  SD21 Set VI   DONALD DUCK OUT OF LUCK   41 82 164  
          Fast-Action Story®; 1940. Soft cover, glued binding. Size: 4" x 5 1/2" x 5/8"; 192 pages. Author/Artist: Al Talliaferro. COLLECTOR'S NOTES: This is one of four books in Set VI. The cover illustration is identical to Whitman's BLB #1434 Donald Forgets to Duck, however, the content is not the same.          
                     
  SD22 Set VI   GANG BUSTERS AND GUNS OF THE LAW   28 56 112  
          Fast-Action Story®; 1940. Soft cover, glued binding. Size: 4" x 5 1/2" x 5/8"; 192 pages. Author: Unknown—adapted from the radio program written by Phillips H. Lord. Artist: Unknown. COLLECTOR'S NOTE: This is one of four books in Set VI.          
                     
  SD23 Set VI   JOHN CARTER OF MARS   57 114 228  
          Fast-Action Story®; 1940. Soft cover, glued binding. Size: 4" x 5 1/2" x 5/8"; 192 pages. Author: Unknown—adapted from the work of Edgar Rice Burroughs. Artist: The first 48 illustrations and the back cover are by Jim Gary. The other illustrations and front cover are by John Coleman Burroughs. Front cover is re drawn from a Flash Gordon drawing. COLLECTOR'S NOTES: This is one of four books in Set VI.          
                     
  SD24 Set VI   PINOCCHIO AND JIMINY CRICKET   41 82 164  
          Fast-Action Story®; 1940. Soft cover, glued binding. Size: 4" x 5 1/2" x 5/8"; 192 pages. Author/Artist: Walt Disney Studios. COLLECTOR'S NOTES: This is one of four books in Set VI. The title on the cover is different from title on the title page (Pinocchio, The Story of a Puppet). Cover, illustrations and content were derived from Whitman's BLB #1435 Pinocchio.          
                     
  SD25 8   DONALD DUCK TAKES IT ON THE CHIN   41 82 164  
    Set VII     Fast-Action Story®; 1941. Soft cover, glued binding. Size: 4" x 5 1/2" x 5/8"; 192 pages. Author/Artist: Walt Disney Studios. COLLECTOR'S NOTES: This is one of four books in Set VII. Books are numbered consecutively from this set on.          
                     
  SD26 9   DICK TRACY AND THE FROZEN BULLET MURDERS   28 56 112  
    Set VII     Fast-Action Story®; 1941. Soft cover, glued binding. Size: 4" x 5 1/2" x 5/8"; 192 pages. Author/Artist: Chester Gould. COLLECTOR'S NOTES: This is one of four books in Set VII.          
                     
  SD27 10   DUMBO THE FLYING ELEPHANT   31 62 124  
    Set VII     Fast-Action Story®; 1941. Soft cover, glued binding. Size: 4" x 5 1/2" x 5/8"; 192 pages. Author/Artist: Walt Disney Studios. COLLECTOR'S NOTES: This is one of four books in Set VII. Adapted from Whitman's BLB #1400 Dumbo.          
                     
  SD28 11   SMILIN' JACK AND THE BORDER BANDITS   25 50 100  
    Set VII     Fast-Action Story®; 1941. Soft cover, glued binding. Size: 4" x 5 1/2" x 5/8"; 192 pages. Author/Artist: Zack Mosley. COLLECTOR'S NOTE: This is one of four books in Set VII.          
                     
  SD29 12   FLASH GORDON AND THE APE MEN OF MOR   44 88 176  
    Set VIII     Fast-Action Story®; 1942. Soft cover, glued binding. Size: 4" x 5 1/2" x 5/8"; 192 pages. Author/Artist: Austin Briggs. COLLECTOR'S NOTE: This is one of five books in Set VIII.          
                     
  SD30 13   BUGS BUNNY AND THE SECRET OF STORM ISLAND   25 50 100  
    Set VIII     Fast-Action Story®; 1942. Soft cover, glued binding. Size: 4" x 5 1/2" x 5/8"; 192 pages. Author: Unknown—adapted from Leon Schlesinger Productions. COLLECTOR'S NOTE: This is one of five books in Set VIII.          
                     
  SD31 14   KATZENJAMMER KIDS   16 32 64  
    Set VIII     Fast-Action Story®; 1942. Soft cover, glued binding. Size: 4" x 5 1/2" x 5/8"; 192 pages. Author/Artist: H. H. Knerr. COLLECTOR'S NOTE: This is one of five books in Set VIII.          
                     
  SD32 15   ANDY PANDA, The ADVENTURES OF   18 36 72  
    Set VIII     Fast-Action Story®; 1942. Soft cover, glued binding. Size: 4" x 5 1/2" x 5/8"; 192 pages. Author: Unknown—adapted from Walter Lantz Productions. COLLECTOR'S NOTE: This is one of five books in Set VIII.          
                     
  SD33 16   MICKEY MOUSE AND PLUTO   39 78 156  
    Set VIII     Fast-Action Story®; 1942. Soft cover, glued binding. Size: 4" x 5 1/2" x 5/8"; 192 pages. Author/Artist: Floyd Gottfredson. COLLECTOR'S NOTE: This is one of five books in Set VIII.          
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Fast-Action Story Book®; 1938. Soft cover, glued binding. Size, 4" x 5 1/2" x 5/8"; 192 pages. Author/Artist: Milton Caniff. COLLECTOR'S NOTE: This is one of four books in Set 3.  
 
SD20 Set 5 TOM MIX AVENGES THE DRY-GULCHED RANGE KING 15 30 60  
Fast-Action Story Book®; 1939. Soft cover, glued binding. Size, 4" x 5 1/2" x 5/8"; 192 pages. Author: R. R. Winter. Artist: Unknown. COLLECTOR'S NOTE: This is one of four books in Set 5.  
 
GD4a 6833 TOM MIX IN THE RIDING AVENGER 12.5 25 50  
Cartoon Story Book®; 1936. Hard cover, glued binding. Size, 4" x 5 1/4" x 3/4"; 240 pages. Author: Buck Wilson (pseudonym for Gaylord DuBois). Artist: Hal Arbo.  
 
GD4b ----- TOM MIX IN THE RIDING AVENGER 15 30 60  
Fast-Action Book®; Variation; 1936. Soft cover, glued binding. COLLECTOR'S NOTE: This variation is identified by a soft cover, a Fast-Action logo, and a 10Ę price on the cover, otherwise it is identical to GD4a.  
 
 
 
 
SD3 Set 1 KING OF THE ROYAL MOUNTED POLICING THE FROZEN NORTH 17.5 35 70  
Fast-Action Story Book®; 1938. Soft cover, glued binding. Size, 4" x 5 1/2" x 5/8"; 192 pages. Author: BLB was outlined by Zane Grey and the text was written by his son, Romer. Artist: Charles Flanders. COLLECTOR'S NOTE: This is one of four books in Set 1.  
 
SD7 Set 2 LITTLE ORPHAN ANNIE UNDER THE BIG TOP 20 40 80  
Fast-Action Story Book®; 1938. Soft cover, glued binding. Size, 4" x 5 1/2" x 5/8"; 192 pages. Author/Artist: Harold Gray. COLLECTOR'S NOTES: This is one of four books in Set 2. The content is essentially the same as Whitman's BLB #1103 Little Orphan Annie with the Circus.  
 
SD14 Set 4 LITTLE ORPHAN ANNIE IN RAGS TO RICHES 20 40 80  
Fast-Action Story Book®; 1938. Soft cover, glued binding. Size, 4" x 5 1/2" x 5/8"; 192 pages. Author/Artist: Harold Gray. COLLECTOR'S NOTE: This is one of four books in Set 4.  
 
SD10 Set 3 The LONE RANGER AND THE LOST VALLEY 15 30 60  
Fast-Action Story Book®; 1938. Soft cover, glued binding. Size, 4" x 5 1/2" x 5/8"; 192 pages. Author: Gaylord DuBois. Artist: Herbert Anderson. COLLECTOR'S NOTES This is one of four books in Set 3. The cover art is similar to Whitman's BLB #1421 The Lone Ranger on the Barbary Coast.  
 
SD33 Set 8, #16 MICKEY MOUSE AND PLUTO 20 40 80  
Fast-Action Story Book®; 1942. Soft cover, glued binding. Size, 4" x 5 1\2" x 5/8"; 192 pages. Author/Artist: Floyd Gottfredson. COLLECTOR'S NOTE: This is one of five books in Set 8.