Dell Publishing was an American publisher of books, magazines, and comic books. A Book is a set or collection of written printed illustrated or blank sheets made of Paper, Parchment, or other material usually fastened together Magazines, periodicals or serials are Publications generally published on a regular schedule containing a variety of articles, generally A comic book (often shortened to simply comic and sometimes called a comic paper or comic magazine) is a Magazine or Book of narrative It was founded in 1921 by George T. Delacorte Jr.. George T Delacorte Jr, (1894 &ndash 1991 founded the Dell Publishing Company in 1921 During the 1920s, 30s, and 40s, Dell was one of the largest publishers of magazines, including pulp magazines. Pulp magazines (or pulp fiction; often referred to as "the pulps" were inexpensive Fiction magazines From 1929 to 1974, they published comics under the Dell Comics line, the bulk of which (1938-62) was done in partnership with Western Publishing. Dell Comics was the Comic book publishing arm of Dell Publishing, which got its start in Pulp magazines. Western Publishing, also known as "Western Printing and Lithographing Co In 1943, Dell entered into paperback book publishing with "Dell Paperbacks". Paperback, softback, or softcover describe and refer to a Book by the nature of its binding. They also used the book imprint of "Dial Press", "Delacorte Books", "Yearling Books" and "Laurel Leaf Library". In the Publishing Industry, an imprint can refer to two different things It can mean a Brand name under which a work is published The Dial Press was a publishing house founded in 1923 by Lincoln MacVeagh.
Dell's earliest venture into paperback publishing began because of its close association with Western Publishing. Western Publishing, also known as "Western Printing and Lithographing Co ". . . Dell needed paper, which Western had in 1942, and because Western by this time needed printing work, which Dell could supply in the form of its new paperback line. So Dell Books was born, created by Delacorte of Dell and Lloyd E. Smith of Western. " Dell began publishing paperbacks in 1942 at a time when mass-market paperbacks were a relatively new idea for the United States market — its principal competitor, Pocket Books, had only been publishing since 1939. Pocket Books is a division of Simon & Schuster that primarily publishes Paperback books An examination of paperback books available at this time shows no consensus on standardization of any feature; each early company was attempting to distinguish itself from its competitors. "Dell achieved more variety than any of its early competitors. It did so, at first, with an instantly identifiable format of vibrant airbrushed covers for its predominantly genre fiction, varying "eye-in-keyhole" logos, maps on the back covers, lists of the books' characters, and "tantalizer-pages". The design was merchandising genius; it successfully attracted buyers, it sold books. "
The first four books did not feature maps on the back cover; this began with Dell #5, Four Frightened Women by George Harmon Coxe. (A later re-issue of Dell #4, The American Gun Mystery by Ellery Queen, added a map. The American Gun Mystery is a Novel that was written in 1933 by Ellery Queen. Ellery Queen is both a Fictional character and a Pseudonym used by two American cousins from Brooklyn, New York: Daniel (David Nathan ) The map was meant as an aid to the reader, to show the location of the principal activity of the novel. Some were incredibly detailed; others somewhat stylized and abstract. The books were almost immediately known as "mapbacks", and that nomenclature has lasted among collectors to this day. Mapback is a term used by Paperback collectors to refer to the earliest paperback books published by Dell Books, beginning in 1943  The maps were "delicate and detailed". 
The novels in the mapback series were primarily mysteries/detective fiction, but ran the gamut from romances (Self-Made Woman by Faith Baldwin, #163) to science fiction (The First Men in the Moon by H.G. Wells, #201), war books (I Was A Nazi Flyer by Gottfried Leske, #21 and Eisenhower Was My Boss by Kay Summersby, #286), many westerns (Gunsmoke and Trail Dust by Bliss Lomax, #271), joke books (Liberty Laughs, Cavanah & Weir, #38), and even crossword puzzles (Second Dell Book of Crossword Puzzles, ed. Faith Baldwin (October 1 1893 New Rochelle New York – March 18 1978 Norwalk Connecticut) was a very successful U See also A Trip to the Moon, The First Men in the Moon (1919 film, First Men in the Moon (1964 film The First Men in the Moon Herbert George Wells (21 September 1866 &ndash 13 August 1946 He was an outspoken socialist and a pacifist, his later works becoming increasingly political Kay Summersby or Kay Summersby Morgan (1908&ndash1975 was born in County Cork, Ireland. Kathleen Rafferty, #278, one of the rarest titles today). There were a few movie tie-in editions (The Harvey Girls by Samuel Hopkins Adams, #130, and Rope as by Alfred Hitchcock, #262) and the occasional attempt at more artistic non-genre fiction (To A God Unknown by John Steinbeck, #407). The Harvey Girls is a MGM Musical film based on a 1942 novel by Samuel Hopkins Adams about Fred Harvey 's famous Harvey Samuel Hopkins Adams ( January 26, 1871 &ndash November 15, 1958) was an American writer best known for his investigative journalism Rope ( 1948) is an Alfred Hitchcock classic film notable for its single location edited so as to appear as a single continuous shot taking Sir Alfred Joseph Hitchcock, KBE (13 To a God Unknown is a Novel by John Steinbeck, first published in 1933. John Steinbeck III (February 27 1902—December 20 1968 was one of the best-known and most widely read American writers of the 20th century Novels which are today long forgotten, by largely unknown authors (Death Wears A White Gardenia, by Zelda Popkin, #13) are in the same series as valuable original paperback editions of famous authors (A Man Called Spade, by Dashiell Hammett, #90). Zelda Popkin (1898–1983 nee Feinberg was an American author of novels and mystery stories Samuel Dashiell Hammett ( May 27, 1894 — January 10, 1961) was an American Author of Hardboiled detective "The back cover map was very popular with readers and remains popular with collectors . . . the Dell "mapbacks" are among the most well-known vintage paperbacks. "
In the early 1950s, as series numbering reached the 400s, Dell began updating the appearance of its books. In 1951, the back cover maps began to be gradually replaced with conventional text and "blurb" covers.  Some later, more stylized maps were the product of Milton Glaser and Push Pin Studios. Milton Glaser (born June 26, 1929) is a Graphic designer, best known for the I Love New York logo his " Bob Dylan " In 1954, Milton Glaser, Seymour Chwast, Reynold Ruffins and Edward Sorel, founded the Push Pin Studios.
At about this time, Dell launched two short-lived experiments which are also considered very collectible, Dell First Editions and Dell Ten Cent Books. The Ten Cent Books, 36 in all, were paperback-sized editions containing a single short story told in only 64 pages. Dell First Editions included novels (first editions, of course) by John D. MacDonald, Fredric Brown, Jim Thompson, Elmore Leonard, and Charles Williams, among many others. John Dann MacDonald ( July 24, 1916 &ndash December 28, 1986) was an American Author. Fredric Brown ( October 29, 1906, Cincinnati &ndash March 11, 1972) was an American Science fiction and James (or Jim or Jimmy Thompson is the name (in approximate birthdate order of James Thompson (martyr (died 1582 Catholic priest hanged under Elizabeth Elmore John Leonard Jr (born October 11, 1925) is a popular and acclaimed American Novelist and Screenwriter. There have been a number of notable people named Charles Williams: United Kingdom Sir Charles Hanbury Williams (1708&ndash1759 a British "In 1947 Dell published two un-numbered paperbacks based on newspaper comic strips, Blondie and Dagwood in Footlight Folly and Dick Tracy and the Woo Woo Sisters. Blondie is a popular Comic strip created by Murat Bernard "Chic" Young and syndicated by King Features Syndicate. Dick Tracy is a long-running Comic strip featuring a popular and familiar character in American Pop culture. Both of these are quite scarce and very popular with collectors today. "
Dell Publishing no longer exists as an independent entity. They were bought out and are part of the "Bantam Dell Publishing Group" of Random House, which also uses some of Dell's other imprints. Bantam Books is a major US publishing house owned by Random House and is part of the Bantam Dell Publishing Group Random House Inc is the world's largest English-language general trade book publisher Dell Magazines still exists as a major publisher of puzzle magazines, publishing science fiction, mystery, and horoscope magazines. This article discusses the magazine company For other uses see Dell (disambiguation.