The first book edition was
published in 1907 by Thompson and Thomas, a Chicago publishing house.
Joseph Bowles had previously published some of the material in
newspaper comics and comic book form in 1905/1906. Thus the original
non book copyright was held by Bowles in 1905/1906.
This book was published by five different publishers. For more about
the publishers click on their names.
Van Vliet Company
Thompson and Thomas published three hard cover editions and a
publication in wraps.
First edition 1907 (8.5 x 5.75)
First edition 1907 Red cover variant
1908-1909 era. This book is much scarcer
than the first edition.
The third format of this publisher is the same as the book below except
that the line drawn cover picture is different. Probably published in
This publisher's book in wraps is identical to the copy published by
Charles C. Thompson which is shown here.
Charles C. Thompson Company, Chicago.
This publisher printed this title in one hard cover format and one
formats in wraps.
This is this title in wraps.
Charles C. Thompson Co./ Stanton and Van Vliet
Stanton and Van Vliet Co. succeeded The Charles C. Thompson Co. in
1917. Here is a transition copy with The Charles C. Thompson Co.
imprint on the title page and Stanton and Van Vliet on the bottom of
the spine. Note that the line drawn picture on the front cover and the
decoration on the spine is similar to that seen on the earlier Charles
C. Thompson book. The internal text is identical to the Stanton and Van
The later Stanton and Van Vliet editions (1922 and later) state Made in
S. A. on the copyright page. This book was published in the 1917-1918
range and the Made in the USA is not present.
Stanton and Van Vliet Company, Chicago
This company published this title in one hardcover and one paperback
format. A representative cover (except for the title) is shown for this
The earlier Stanton and Van Vliet books in wraps/ hardcover can be
distinguished from the later book in wraps/hardcover. The later ones
say Made in U.S.A. on the copyright page.
Post 1922 edition
John R. Stanton Company (1920's)
This publishing house published this title in one wraps' format and one
hardcover format. The formats are identical to the Stanton and Van
Vliet Company books just above.
David McKay Company, New York (ca. 1929)
McKay only published this title in one hardcover format. Interestingly
McKay used the Stanton and Van Vliet dust jackets.
The Stanton and Van Vliet name is on the base of the spine and on the
ads on the back of the jacket. The book cover is slightly different
from the Stanton and Van Vliet books however and McKay is at the base
of the spine.