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Tailspin Tommy was an air adventure comic strip about a youthful pilot, "Tailspin" Tommy Tompkins. Originally illustrated by Hal Forrest and initially distributed by John Wheeler's Bell Syndicate and then by United Feature Syndicate, the strip had a 14-year run from 1928 to 1942.
In the wake of Charles Lindbergh's 1927 flight across the Atlantic, the public's fascination with aviation escalated. Tailspin Tommy was the first aviation-based comic strip to appear as a result of this heightened interest, and it also became the longest lasting.  By 1931, Tailspin Tommy was published in more than 250 newspapers across the country. 

Tailspin Tommy flew into movie theaters throughout the 1930s. He was portrayed by Maurice Murphy in the 12-episode 1934 movie serial Tailspin Tommy. Another 12-chapter serial, Tailspin Tommy in the Great Air Mystery (1935), starred Clark Williams in the title role. BLB below is based on that serial.  John Trent portrayed Tommy in a series of hour-long features, including Mystery Plane, Stunt Pilot, Sky Patrol and Danger Flight. All were released in 1939.

In 1934, Tailspin Tommy was among the strips reprinted in the first modern comic book, Famous Funnies.  That same year, Tailspin Tommy  began being  published in Big Little Book line. Except where noted, these adaptations of the comic strip were ghostwritten by Gaylord Du Bois and illustrated by Hal Forrest.  Tailspin Tommy had 20 Big Little Books.

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1.  Tailspin Tommy in the Great Air Mystery (1936) - Big Little Book (122 pages) 

  
To see the Movie Serial this BLB was based on, Click Here-->Tailspin Tommy and the Great Air Mystery Movie Serial (1935)

2.  Tailspin Tommy and the Lost Transport - Big Little Book (425 pages) - Hal Forrest

  

3.  Tailspin Tommy Short Story


4.  Tailspin Tommy - Color Sundays - 1939 (36 weeks of strips) - Nov 13, 1938 thru Dec 31, 1939


5.  Tailspin Tommy - Best Seller Comics # 01 - (1946) Service Publishing


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Tailspin Tommy Movies:

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