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 1957 - 4H, 3TH G/G/G $7.50 on reverse Blondie(2H), Mary Worth(1TH), Captain and the Kids(1TH), Off The Record(1TH) (5/5, 5/26, 6/9, 10/27-11/10, 12/1)
S0430-0003 1958 - 6H, 2TH G/G/G $10.00 on reverse Blondie(2H), Dennis the Menace(1TH), Little Iodine(1TH), Rex Morgan(1TH) (1/12, 1/26, 2/23, 4/20, 8/17, 8/31, 9/7, 11/16)
S0430-0004 1959 - 3T, 5H, 11TH FR-G/FR-G/G $17.00 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), Little People(1TH)  (3/1, 3/8, 3/29-4/19, 5/17, 6/7, 7/5, 8/23, 9/20, 10/4, 10/11, 10/25, 11/15, 11/29, 12/6, 12/20, 12/27)
S0430-0005 1960 - 15T, 5H, 6TH G/G/VG $23.00 on reverse Gasoline Alley(15T), Rivets(2TH), Uncle Remus(1TH), Emmy Lou(1TH), Rex Morgan(1TH), Beetle Bailey(3TH) (1/3-1/17, 2/7, 2/28, 3/27-4/10, 5/8, 5/29 8/7-8/28, 9/11, 9/25, 10/16-11/6, 11/20-12/25)
S0430-0006 1961 - 23T, 2H, 3TH G/G/VG $26.50 on reverse Gasoline Alley(22T), Smitty(1HT), Smokey Stover(1TH) (1/1-1/29, 2/12-5/21, 6/4, 6/18, 7/16, 7/30, 8/6, 9/17, 10/22, 11/19)
S0430-0007 1962 - 26T, 11TH G/G/VG $31.00 on reverse Gasoline Alley(26T), Barney Google(6TH), Beetle Bailey(2TH), Henry(1TH) (1/28, 2/4, 2/18-3/11, 3/25-4/29, 5/13, 5/20, 6/3-8/19, 9/9-11/4, 11/25, 12/23)
S0430-0008 1963 - 1H, 24TH G/FR-G/G $13.00 on reverse Miss Peach(1H), Barney Google(4TH) (1/6, 1/13, 2./17, 2/24, 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)
S0430-0009 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)
S0430-0010 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)
S0430-0011 1966 - 1TH G/G/G $1.00 no reverse (12/18)
S0430-0012 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)
S0430-0013 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)
S0430-0014 1969 - 1H, 3TH G/G/VG $2.00 on reverse Dateline: Danger(1H) (2/16, 6/1, 6/8, 8/3)
S0430-0015 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)
S0430-0016 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)
S0430-0017 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)
S0430-0018 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)
S0430-0019 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)
S0430-0020 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)
S0430-0021 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)
S0430-0022 1977 - 5H, 43TH, 1Q G/G/G $13.50 on reverse Judge Parker(30Q) (1/9-8/7, 8/21-12/18)
S0430-0023 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)
S0430-0024 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)
S0430-0025 1980 - 2Q G/G/G $1.00 On reverse Hagar the Horrible(1Q) (3/30, 6/29)
S0430-0026 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)
S0430-0027 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)
S0430-0028 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)
S0430-0029 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)
S0430-0030 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)
S0430-0031 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 1956/11 - 26 4C G $5.00 by Gus Edson & Irwin Hasen
D0430-0010 Dondi 1956/12 - 26 4C G $5.00 by Gus Edson & Irwin Hasen
D0430-0011 Dondi 1956 - 59 4C G $10.00 by Gus Edson & Irwin Hasen
D0430-0012 Dondi 1957 - 20 4C G $4.00 by Gus Edson & Irwin Hasen
D0430-0013 Dondi 1959/03 - 26 4C G $5.00 by Gus Edson & Irwin Hasen
D0430-0014 Dondi 1959/04 - 26 4C G $5.00 by Gus Edson & Irwin Hasen
D0430-0015 Dondi 1959/11 - 25 4C G $5.00 by Gus Edson & Irwin Hasen
D0430-0016 Dondi 1959/12 - 26 4C G $5.00 by Gus Edson & Irwin Hasen
D0430-0017 Dondi 1960/11 - 26 4C G $5.00 by Gus Edson & Irwin Hasen
D0430-0018 Dondi 1960/12 - 27 4C G $5.00 by Gus Edson & Irwin Hasen
D0430-0019 Dondi 1963 - 120 4C G $20.00 by Gus Edson & Irwin Hasen
D0430-0020 Dondi 1964 - 56 4C G $10.00 by Gus Edson & Irwin Hasen
D0430-0021 Dondi 1966 - 52 4C G $10.00 by Gus Edson & Irwin Hasen
D0430-0022 Dondi 1967 - 149 4C G $25.00 by Gus Edson & Irwin Hasen
D0430-0023 Dondi 1968 - 188 4C G $30.00 by Gus Edson & Irwin Hasen
D0430-0024 Dondi 1969 - 126 4C G $20.00 by Gus Edson & Irwin Hasen
D0430-0025 Dondi 1970 - 17 4C G $3.00 by Gus Edson & Irwin Hasen
Sunday Comics Links ---> Dondi -Sundays Dondi - Dailies

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