Dell first printed comics in 1929 with "The Funnies", the first newsstand comic book with all-original material. In 1935 it contracted & distributed comic books created by Western Publishing And Lithography. Licensed properties made up a majority of their output. The company was so popular that it refused to join with the other companies making up the Comics Code Authority & offered its own pledge to parents that "Dell Comics were good comics".
In 1962 Dell & Western Publishing broke up, an event referred to as "the divorce". As most of the titles were owned or licensed by Western they took them with them & formed Gold Key Comics. Dell Comics, once the most popular comics company had to start up a new comic book company from scratch with the few titles they had left. Dell Comics ceased publishing in the 1970s.
Dell Comics with their own trope pages include:
Other Dell Comics provide examples of:
- Comic Book Adaptation: What they published a lot of.
- Recycled in Space: Dell published three infamous series that featured Dracula, Frankenstein and the Werewolf as costumed superheroes.
- Status Quo Is God: Most of their comics