The Adventures of Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis

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Adventures of Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis
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The Adventures of Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis #1 (1952).
Publication information
Publisher National Periodical Publications, an imprint of DC Comics
Format Ongoing series
Publication date1952-1971
No. of issues124
Main character(s) Jerry Lewis
Dean Martin
Creative team
Written by Arnold Drake
Cal Howard
Artist(s) Bob Oksner
Neal Adams

The Adventures of Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis is the title of a celebrity comic book published by DC Comics and featuring the popular team of comedians Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis. The series ran for forty issues from 1952 through 1957, [1] at which time the title was renamed The Adventures of Jerry Lewis due to the real life breakup of the team. [2]

The series continued as a Jerry Lewis solo title for issues #41-124. [3] The new series featured Lewis in a variety of humorous situations. Infrequent guest stars included Batman, [4] Bob Hope, Lex Luthor, Superman, [5] the Flash, [6] and Wonder Woman. [7] Notable artists who worked on the series include Bob Oksner and Neal Adams. [8]

In 1964, Jerry's genius nephew Renfrew joined the book, and a year later, the cast included a fairy-tale witch housekeeper named Witch Kraft. [9]

The entire DC humor line was cancelled between 1971 and 1972, including Jerry Lewis, Leave It to Binky , Date with Debbi and Swing with Scooter . [10]

In 2007, Bob Oksner stated that he had had a greater role in writing the comic than previously acknowledged, explaining that the comic's editor, Larry Nadle, had persuaded Oksner to allow his writing credit (and thus payment) to be transferred to "another cartoonist" who Nadle described as being in debt to DC; in reality, Nadle was keeping the money. When this was discovered after Nadle's death in 1963, Oksner was nearly fired. [11]

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  2. Schelly, William (2013). American Comic Book Chronicles: The 1950s. TwoMorrows Publishing. p. 66. ISBN   9781605490540.
  3. The Adventures of Jerry Lewis at the Grand Comics Database
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  7. The Adventures of Jerry Lewis 117(March–April 1970)
  8. McAvennie, Michael (2010). "1960s". In Dolan, Hannah (ed.). DC Comics Year By Year A Visual Chronicle. Dorling Kindersley. p. 124. ISBN   978-0-7566-6742-9. [In July–August 1967], The Adventures of Jerry Lewis #101 perfectly illustrated how Adams was equally adept at delivering the art of laughter. In his first full-length story for DC, he provided writer Arnold Drake's space odyssey 'Jerry the Asto-Nut' with a photo-realistic flare not seen in comics.
  9. Wells, John (2014). American Comic Book Chronicles: 1965-1969. TwoMorrows Publishing. p. 38. ISBN   978-1605490557.
  10. Sacks, Jason; Dallas, Keith (2014). American Comic Book Chronicles: The 1970s. TwoMorrows Publishing. p. 57. ISBN   978-1605490564.
  11. "My Women Had Saturday Night Bodies And Sunday School Faces": Cartoonist Par Excellence BOB OKSNER Drew Angels, Apes - And Everything In Between!, by Jim Amash; in Alter Ego #67 (April 2007) (via Issuu)