STEELE Theodore (Tedd) Arthur

Born 1922 in Toronto.

He worked for Bell Features cartooning “Dixon of the Mounted”, “Thurderfist” and other odd features.

After working as a cartoonist for Bell Features, Tedd wrote several novels for Toronto News Stand Library. Brian Busby wrote a less than complimentary review of Artists Models and Murder in his nostalgic look at past Canadian efforts in The Dusty Bookcase (2017). Busby asks, “Did Tedd Steele Do the cover illustration?” Look at the image below and judge for yourself. Another question is: was he the author of the other cover illustrations for this series. It is worth knowing that the News Stand Series published 2 prominent Canadian authors: Waste No Tears by Hugh Garner and Winter Time by Raymond Souster.

News Stand Library was owned by Export Publishing Enterprises (1948-1951). Interestingly enough a Frank Steele was Vice President and Harry M. Steele was Managing Editor. The company published two lines of pocket books. It also published pulps and comic books. The latter were predominantly U.S. reprints but Export did publish two apparently original titles Science Comics 2 issues 1951 and Captain Hobby Comics 1 issue. Whether or not Tedd was involved with these is not known.






Commando Comics, 5, no date: “Guess Who?” Bell Features. Black & white.


Active Comics …. No date: “Dixon of the Mounted”: … Bell Features. Black & white.
3: 35-48. 4:1-10. 5:1-10. 6:1-10. 7:1-10. 8:1-9.

Active Comics, 19, no date: “The Panthers: Artists on Ice.” 17-21.

Active Comics …. no date: “Thunderfist and the Men from Mars”…. Bell Features. Black & white.
23: 10-16. 24: 50-56. 25: 44-50. 26:42-47.
Triumph Comics …. no date: “Speed Savage”. Bell Features. Black & white.
12, 25,


Joke Comics, …, no date: “…” Bell Features. Black & white.
8: “Manny Moron”.

8: “Private Stuff.”.

23: “Private Stuff.”.

WOW Comics, 26, no date: “Wood & Wolf”.



Content novel crime:

Artists Models and Murder, Toronto News Stand Library, 1948.


Article book:

The Canadian Alternative Cartoonists, Comics, and Graphic Novels. Ed., Dominick Grace & Eric Hoffman. University Press of Mississippi. 2018: “Alternatives Within An Alternative Form.” Writ., Ivan Kocmarek: 3-15.

The Dusty Bookcase. Writ., Brian Busby. Biblioasis, 2017: “A Comic Book Artist’s Absurd Murder Mystery.” 120-121.


C:\Users\Robert\Documents\CARTOONING ILLUSTRATION ANIMATION\IMAGE BY CARTOONIST\S\STEELE Tedd, Artists Models & Murder, 1948, fc.jpg                    Illus., Tedd Steele (?). Artists Models and Murder, 1948. Front cover.