This was a semi-fictional graphic serial promoted a minor hockey team The Panthers, in the Toronto Hockey League, now called the Greater Toronto Hockey League. The team was sponsored by Bell Features and Publishing Co. Its membership focused on, but was not restricted to Active Club members. See ACTIVE CLUB-ACTIVE JIM CLUB.
Separate Active Comics features identified the members of the team and included news items on the team’s progress.
The characters in the serial were Cy Bell and Bell Artists, although the actual players on the team were not. The events in the story probably more or less potrayed actual events.
Short-lived feature – and the sponsorship – probably coincided with the 1943/1944 hockey season. Both began and ended with Active issues 19 to 21.
PERIODICAL GRAPHIC ANTHOLOGY:
“A Sooper Dooper Announcement.” Active Comics, 19: 22.
“Active Club Panthers.” Active Comics, 20, n.d.: 20-24..
“Reporting Panthers Games by Active Jim.” Active Comics, 20, no date: 36-37..
“Reporting Panthers Games by Active Jim.” Active Comics, 21 no date: 20-21, 44-47.
“The Panthers: Artists on Ice.” Car., Tedd Steele. Active Comics, 19, no date: 17-21.
“The Panthers: Get The Ghost.” Car., Tedd Steele. Active Comics, 20, no date: 20-24.
“The Panthers: Some Panthers Don’t Wear Skates.” Car., Ted Steele. Active Comics, 21, no date: 30-36.
Active Comics, 19: 22.
Car., Tedd Steele. Active Comics, 19: 17
Illus., Adrian Dingle, Active Comics, 20: Front cover.
Active Comics, 20: 36
Active Comics, 20: 37.