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Title Notes:<br />An American Steel & Wire Publication copyright 1958 United States Steel Corporation
Issue: #[nn]
Published: 1958, Price: 0.00 FREE, Pages: 16, Editing:
Color: Color Dimensions: Standard Modern Age US Paper Stock: Newsprint Binding: Saddle-stitched Publishing Format: One-Shot
Notes: Created and produced by Harvey Information Press, Inc., N.Y.C. Copyright 1958, United States Steel Corporation. Front and back both have circular US Steel symbol, to which is added "American Fence; American Steel & Wire." American Fence is a brand name for US Steel woven wire. Space on back cover for local dealer's name and information. Back cover bears designation ADASW-6656-58.
 Comic Contents:
Cover (1 page)
Synopsis: Rancher and small boy string barbed wire; cattle drive in background; montage teaser for interior content
Credits: Pencils: Al Avison ? | Inks: Al Avison ? | Letters: Joe Rosen
Genre: Non-fiction
Characters: Rancher Small Boy John "Bet-a-Million" Gates Little Barb

Comic Story (4 pages)
Synopsis: Americans try many types of fences over 250 years, but can't find one suitable to the west. Glidden and Haish independently conceive double-strand barbed wire. Glidden partners with Ellwood and sells out to Washburn. The Glidden interests successfully defend their patents in court.
Genre: Non-fiction
Characters: Little Barb [teaching/advertising Character] Joseph F Glidden Jacob Haish Isaac L Ellwood Charles Washburn

Comic Story (6 pages) The Story of John Bet-a-Million Gates
Synopsis: Frustrated trying to sell barbed wire in Texas (1877), John Gates makes and wins large bets on the product's usefulness, resulting in huge orders. When his boss refuses a raise John forms his own company and breaks the Elwood-Glidden patents. Ruined by fire, he starts again, then moves into running steel companies. He finally forms a steel and wire company with $90,000,000 in capitalization.
Genre: Non-fiction Western-frontier
Characters: John Gates Isaac Elwood Little Barb

Promo (ad From The Publisher) (1 page) American Barb
Synopsis: Promo (in comic story form) on the usefulness of American Barb ("barbed wire made by the American Steel & Wire Division, United States Steel Corporation."
Credits: Letters: typeset
Characters: Rancher American Barb [advertising Character]

Comic Story (2 pages) The Story of Woven Wire Fence
Synopsis: Page develops woven wire and demonstrates it at county fairs. His manufacturing catches the eye of John W Gates, who buys the Gates patents.
Genre: Non-fiction
Characters: J Wallace Page AJ Bates John W Gates

Promo (ad From The Publisher) (1 page) Cousin Woven Wire
Synopsis: Promo in comic story form. Little Barb persuades Farmer Brown to see if Woven Wire can control the livestock. He does! Woven Wire represents American Woven Wire Fence product.
Genre: Non-fiction
Characters: Woven Wire [advertising Character] Little Barb [advertising Character] Farmer Brown

Comic Story (1 page) Fence Facts
Synopsis: Facts about fencing, particularly barbed wire
Genre: Non-fiction
Characters: Little Barb [advertising/educational Character] Ira Aten

Promo (ad From The Publisher) (0 pages)
Synopsis: US Steel/American Steel & Wire seal; space for name and contact information of local vendor
Credits: Letters: typeset; ? lettering

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