Dondi

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Dondi  by Gus Edson & Irwin Hasen (0430-) 1st Appearance September 25, 1955 - Dondi was the creation of Gus Edson, the cartoonist who had inherited 'The Gumps' on Sidney Smith's passing in 1935.   Edson's work on the Gumps was littered with adventure stories with very little character personality exploration.   Dondi was completely unexpected in that the character exploration was the central key to the maturation of the strip.    Dondi was a post-war orphan from europe.  Storylines revolved around his struggles to establish himself in america as the adopted son of Ted Wills, a good-natured patrioarch.  Dondi's story development went straight for the reader's heart while Dondi dealt with early childhood socialization.  Artist Irwin Hasen was called upon to draw quite a few desperate and relieved tears on both Dondi and his parents and friends.   Dondi had quite a bit of 'never-say-die' in him just like Little Orphan Annie.  In many cases, this can-do attitude and common sense morality would lead Dondi through many sticky situations.   The market for Dondi is quite good.   The strip was widely carried, so supply is ample to keep prices reasonable.   Sundays are only available as Tabs, Halfs or Smaller.  Dailies are less common, but sell similarly well. 
Sunday Comics Links ---> Dondi -Sundays Dondi - Dailies

Sunday Comics

Item # Date-#-size* Condition* Price Notes
S0430-0001 1955 - 1T G/G/G $5.00 1st Year, on reverse Sweeney & Son(HT), Timmy(HT) (11/27(
S0430-0002 1956 - 10T, 2H, 7TH G/G/G $25.50 on reverse Winnie Winkle(1T), Smilin' Jack(5HT), Brenda Starr(2T), Judge Parker(2TH), Sweeney & Son(1HT), Steve Roper(1TH), Mary Worth(1TH) (1/8, 2/5, 2/19, 2/26, 3/11, 3/18, 5/13, 5/27-6/10, 6/24, 7/1, 7/22-8/5, 8/19, 9/16, 10/28, 11/11)
S0430-0003 1957 - 1T, 18H, 11TH G/G/G-EX $34.50 on reverse Smitty(1HT), Texas Slim(1TH), David Crane(1TH), Lolly(1TH), Rivets(1TH), They'll do it ev'ry time(4TH), Old Glory Story(1TH), The Gravies(1SX), Col Potterby(1TH), Dennis the Menace(1TH), Smitty(1TH), Moon Mullins(1TH) (1/6, 1/20, 3/17, 3/31, 4/14-6/9, 6/23-7/14, 7/28, 8/18, 9/1-9/15, 10/27-11/10, 11/24, 12/1, 12/8, +2)
S0430-0004 1958 - 14H, 7TH G/G/VG-EX $24.50 on reverse Dennis the Menace(1TH), They'll do it ev'ry time(7TH), Rivets(2TH), Uncle Remus(1TH), Mark Trail(1TH), Abbie an' Slats(1TH), Steve Roper(1TH), Mary Worth(1TH), Blondie(1H) (1/12, 1/19, 2/16-3/9, 3/30, 4/20, 4/27, 5/18, 7/6, 7/20, 8/10-9/7, 10/12, 10/19, 11/2, 11/16)
S0430-0005 1959 - 3T, 4H, 11TH FR-G/FR-G/G $15.50 on reverse Gasoline Alley(3T), Berrys(1Q), Juliet Jones(1Q), Captain & the Kids(1TH), Judge Parker(2TH), Abbie an' Slats(1TH), L'il Abner(1TH), Steve Roper(1TH)  (3/1, 3/8, 3/29-4/19, 5/17, 7/5, 8/23, 9/20, 10/4, 10/11, 10/25, 11/15, 11/29, 12/6, 12/20, 12/27)
S0430-0006 1960 - 15T, 4H, 2TH G/G/VG $20.00 on reverse Gasoline Alley(15T), Rivets(2TH), Uncle Remus(1TH), Emmy Lou(1TH), Rex Morgan(1TH) (1/3-1/17, 2/7, 2/28, 4/3, 8/14-8/28, 9/11, 9/25, 10/16-11/6, 11/20-12/25)
S0430-0007 1961 - 23T, 2H, 1TH G/G/VG $25.50 on reverse Gasoline Alley(22T), Smitty(1HT), Smokey Stover(1TH) (1/1-1/29, 2/12-4/9, 4/23-5/21, 6/4, 6/18, 7/30, 8/6, 9/17, 10/22, 11/19)
S0430-0008 1962 - 26T, 2TH G/G/VG $27.00 on reverse Gasoline Alley(26T) (2/4, 2/25, 3/4, 4/1, 4/8, 4/22, 4/29, 5/13, 5/20, 6/3-7/15, 7/29-8/12, 9/9, 9/23-11/4, 11/25)
S0430-0009 1963 - 1H, 20TH G/FR-G/G $11.00 on reverse Miss Peach(1H) (3/10-4/14, 4/28-5/12, 6/2, 6/23, 7/7, 8/11-8/25, 9/29, 10/6, 10/27, 11/17, 12/15, 12/29)
S0430-0010 1964 - 2H, 8TH G/G/G-EX $4.50 on reverse Rick O'Shay(1TH), They'll do it ev'ry time(1TH) (1/5, 2/9, 2/16, 3/1, 3/15, 3/22, 4/5, 5/10, 7/5, 9/20)
S0430-0011 1965 - 1T, 1H, 4TH G/G/VG $3.00 on reverse Teenie Weenies(1HT), Rex Morgan(1TH) (2/28, 4/4, 5/2, 6/13, 7/11, 9/5)
S0430-0012 1966 - 1TH G/G/G $1.00 no reverse (12/18)
S0430-0013 1967 - 18T, 2H, 4TH G/G/VG $20.50 on reverse Louie(1HT), Kerry Drake(1HT), Gasoline Alley(18HT), Smitty(15HT), Teenie Weenies(1HT), Rex Morgan(1H, 1TH) (1/1, 2/5, 2/19, 5/14, 6/18-7/2, 7/30, 8/13, 8/20, 9/3, 9/17, 10/8-11/26, 12/10-12/31)
S0430-0014 1968 - 5T, 1TH G/G/G $5.50 on reverse Gasoline Alley(5HT), Smitty(5HT) (1/7-1/21, 2/4, 2/11, 12/29)
S0430-0015 1969 - 1H, 3TH G/G/VG $2.00 on reverse Dateline: Danger(1H) (2/16, 6/1, 6/8, 8/3)
S0430-0016 1970 - 22T, 3TH G/FR-G/VG $23.00 on reverse Smitty(22HT), Beetle Bailey(22HT) (1/4-5/3, 5/17, 5/24, 7/12, 7/19, 8/9, 8/23, 9/6)
S0430-0017 1971 - 10T, 1TH G/FR-G/VG $9.00 on reverse True Classroom(6HT), Smitty(3HT), Beetle Bailey(9HT) (2/7, 2/28, 3/7, 5/16-6/6, 6/27, 9/26, 10/17, 10/31)
S0430-0018 1972 - 4T, 17TH G/G/G-EX $9.50 on reverse True Classroom(3HT), Beetle Bailey(3HT) (1/19, 3/5, 5/13, 7/16, 7/30-9/24, 11/12-12/31)
S0430-0019 1973 - 2H, 20TH, 2Q G/G/G $7.00 on reverse Henry(10Q), B.C.(7TH) (1/7-2/4, 2/18-3/11, 3/25-4/8, 5/13, 8/26, 10/7, 10/14, 10/28-11/25, 12/2, 12/16, 12/30)
S0430-0020 1974 - 32TH, 1Q G/G/G $8.00 on reverse Hagar the Horrible(8Q) (1/13-3/10, 3/24-4/7, 4/21, 7/21-8/11, 8/25-10/20, 11/17-12/29)
S0430-0021 1975 - 28TH, 4Q G/G/G $8.00 on reverse Judge Parker(23Q) (1/5-3/9, 4/6, 4/20, 5/18, 5/25, 6/8, 6/15, 6/29-7/20, 8/3-8/24, 9/7, 9/21-10/12, 11/16, 12/7, 12/21)
S0430-0022 1976 - 4H, 32TH, 4Q G/G/G $10.00 on reverse Judge Parker(31Q) (1/4, 1/18, 2/1, 2/29-3/28, 4/11-5/30, 6/20-7/18, 8/1, 8/15-10/17, 10/31-12/19)
S0430-0023 1977 - 5H, 43TH, 1Q G/G/G $13.50 on reverse Judge Parker(30Q) (1/9-8/7, 8/21-12/18)
S0430-0024 1978 - 4TH, 17Q G/FR-G/G $4.00 No reverse (1/8, 1/15, 3/5-4/30, 6/4, 8/20, 9/10-9/24, 10/15, 10/29-11/12, 11/26, 12/31)
S0430-0025 1979 - 1H, 2TH, 4Q G/G/G $1.50 On reverse For Better or Worse(1H) (1/28, 9/2, 9/16, 10/28, 11/11, 12/16, 12/30)
S0430-0026 1980 - 2Q G/G/G $1.00 On reverse Hagar the Horrible(1Q) (3/30, 6/29)
S0430-0027 1981 - 4TH, 11Q G/G/G $3.00 On reverse Doonesbury(3TH) (3/15, 9/13-10/25, 11/8, 11/15, 11/29-12/27)
S0430-0028 1982 - 5TH, 36Q G/G/G $8.00 On reverse Doonesbury(5TH) Hagar the Horrible(29Q) (1/10-1/24, 2/7-3/14, 3/28, 4/4, 4/25-5/9, 5/23-7/4, 7/18, 7/25, 8/8, 8/22-9/26, 10/10, 10/24-12/26)
S0430-0029 1983 - 34Q G/G/G $6.50 On reverse Tank McNamara(10Q) Sally Forth(5Q) (1/2, 3/6-3/27, 4/10-6/5, 6/26, 7/3, 7/17-7/31, 8/14-8/28, 9/11, 9/25-10/23, 11/6-12/11)
S0430-0030 1984 - 22Q G/G/G $4.50 On reverse Brenda Starr(3Q) (1/22-2/19, 4/8, 4/15, 4/29, 5/13, 5/20, 6/3, 6/17, 8/5, 8/19, 8/26, 10/21, 11/4, 11/18, 11/25, 12/16-12/30)
S0430-0031 1985 - 38Q G/G/G $7.50 On reverse Brenda Starr(14Q) (1/6, 1/20-3/10, 3/24, 3/31, 4/21-5/12, 5/26-6/23, 7/7-7/21, 8/4-9/15, 9/29-10/13, 11/10-12/1, 12/15, 12/29)
S0430-0032 1986 - 2Q G/G/G $1.00 No reverse (1/5, 1/12)

Daily Comics Sets

Item # Title Date-# Size* Condition* Price Notes
D0430-0001 Dondi 1955 - 13 4C G $3.00 by Gus Edson & Irwin Hasen
D0430-0002 Dondi 1956/01 - 26 4C G $5.00 by Gus Edson & Irwin Hasen
D0430-0003 Dondi 1956/02 - 25 4C G $5.00 by Gus Edson & Irwin Hasen
D0430-0004 Dondi 1956/05 - 27 4C G $5.00 by Gus Edson & Irwin Hasen
D0430-0005 Dondi 1956/06 - 26 4C G $5.00 by Gus Edson & Irwin Hasen
D0430-0006 Dondi 1956/07 - 26 4C G $5.00 by Gus Edson & Irwin Hasen
D0430-0007 Dondi 1956/08 - 27 4C G $5.00 by Gus Edson & Irwin Hasen
D0430-0008 Dondi 1956/09 - 25 4C G $5.00 by Gus Edson & Irwin Hasen
D0430-0009 Dondi 1956 - 59 4C G $10.00 by Gus Edson & Irwin Hasen
D0430-0010 Dondi 1957 - 20 4C G $4.00 by Gus Edson & Irwin Hasen
D0430-0011 Dondi 1959/03 - 26 4C G $5.00 by Gus Edson & Irwin Hasen
D0430-0012 Dondi 1959/04 - 26 4C G $5.00 by Gus Edson & Irwin Hasen
D0430-0013 Dondi 1960/11 - 26 4C G $5.00 by Gus Edson & Irwin Hasen
D0430-0014 Dondi 1960/12 - 27 4C G $5.00 by Gus Edson & Irwin Hasen
D0430-0015 Dondi 1963 - 120 4C G $20.00 by Gus Edson & Irwin Hasen
D0430-0016 Dondi 1964 - 56 4C G $10.00 by Gus Edson & Irwin Hasen
D0430-0017 Dondi 1966 - 52 4C G $10.00 by Gus Edson & Irwin Hasen
D0430-0018 Dondi 1967 - 149 4C G $25.00 by Gus Edson & Irwin Hasen
D0430-0019 Dondi 1968 - 188 4C G $30.00 by Gus Edson & Irwin Hasen
D0430-0020 Dondi 1969 - 126 4C G $20.00 by Gus Edson & Irwin Hasen
D0430-0021 Dondi 1970 - 17 4C G $3.00 by Gus Edson & Irwin Hasen
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