King of the Royal Mounted

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King of the Royal Mounted
Author(s) creator: Stephen Slesinger;
writers: Slesinger, Romer King, Gaylord Du Bois;
artists: Allen Dean, Charles Flanders, Jim Gary
Current status / schedule Concluded
Launch date March 1936 (dailies), February 17, 1935 (Sundays)
End date March 1955
Syndicate(s) King Features Syndicate
Genre(s) Western, Northern

King of the Royal Mounted is a fictional series featuring the character Dave King, created by Stephen Slesinger in 1936. Slesinger licensed popular Western writer Zane Grey's byline and marketed the character as Zane Grey's King of the Royal Mounted.

Corporal, and later Sergeant, Dave King is a Canadian Mountie who always gets his man. King has appeared in newspaper strips, comics, Big Little Books, and other ancillary items.

Zane Grey's son Romer and Slesinger collaborated on many of the stories, and the artwork was produced by Allen Dean, Charles Flanders, and Jim Gary in Slesinger's New York studio. A movie serial was produced in 1942.

Newspaper strip[edit]

King of the Royal Mounted started as a Sunday comic strip from King Features Syndicate on Sunday, February 17, 1935.[1] The strip was initially drawn by the comics artist Allen Dean.[2]

Allen Dean previously collaborated with Zane Grey on the original King of the Royal Mounted in 1935 but quit when Romer Grey/Slesinger later took over production, as told to son Allen M. Dean Jr, who was born in 1942.

A daily version was added in March 1936, at which point the Sunday strip was passed on to Charles Flanders, who took over the daily strip as well in April 1938.[3] From 1939, Gaylord DuBois became the writer[4] and Jim Gary became the artist, creating King until it ended in March 1955.[5] In the end, it was Jim Gary who became the artist most closely associated with the strip.[1]

Film[edit]

  • King of the Royal Mounted, 20th Century Fox, September 11, 1936, starred Robert Kent. The feature was retitled Romance of the Royal Mounted when it was released on video.
  • King of the Royal Mounted, Republic, September 20, 1940, 12-part serial, starred Allan "Rocky" Lane
  • The Yukon Patrol, Republic, April 30, 1942, Republic 12-part serial released as a feature again starring Allan "Rocky" Lane
  • King of the Mounties, Republic Oct. 17, 1942, 12-part serial, also starring Allan "Rocky" Lane

Big Little Books[edit]

  • King of the Royal Mounted, 1936, Big Little Book GW138-1103
  • King of the Royal Mounted and the Northern Treasure, 1937, Big Little Book GW180-1179
  • King of the Royal Mounted Gets His Man, 1938, Big Little Book GW230-1452
  • King of the Royal Mounted and the Great Jewel Mystery, 1939, Better Little Book SW32-1486
  • King of the Royal Mounted and the Long Arm of the Law, 1942, Better Little Book SW119-1405

Comic books[edit]

  • Feature Book #1 (David McKay Publications, May 1937)
  • King Comics (David McKay Publications) — series published 1936–1949
  • Famous Feature Stories (Dell Comics, 1938)
  • Red Ryder (Dell, 1940) — newspaper comic strip reprints
  • Four Color Comics #207, 265, 283, 310, 340, 363, 384 (Dell, 1948–1952) — newspaper comic strip reprints, with Jim Gary cover art
    • King of the Royal Mounted #8–28 (Dell, June 1952–March 1958) — Written by Gaylord Du Bois with art in the Jim Gary style. (The series started with issue #8 because the issues published under the Four Color Comics banner were considered the first seven issues.)
    • Four Color Comics #935 (Dell, April 1958) — final comic book issue

See also[edit]

Sources[edit]

Footnotes
  1. ^ a b Don Markstein's Toonopedia. "King of the Royal Mounted". 
  2. ^ Lambiek Comiclopedia. "Allen Dean". 
  3. ^ Lambiek Comiclopedia. "Charles Flanders". 
  4. ^ DuBois interview, David Anthony Kraft's Comics Interview #17 (Nov. 1984): "In 1939 I worked as a script writer on King of the Royal Mounted, when Jim Gary was doing the art work."
  5. ^ Lambiek Comiclopedia. "Jim Gary". 

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