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.
It was a short-lived feature, and sponsorship and probably coincided with the 1943/1944 hockey season. The series began and ended in Active issues 19 to 21. Active Comics features identified the members of the team and included news items on the team’s progress. The characters in the serial were based on Cy Bell and Bell Artists, Leo Bachle, Ted Steele and Ross Saakel. None of them played on the team, although the stories may have been based on some actual events.
PERIODICAL GRAPHIC ANTHOLOGY: All published by Bell Features and Publishing Ltd.
Active Comics, 19: “A Sooper Dooper Announcement”: 22.
|Active Comics, …, no date: “…”Cartoonist unidentified: …. Black & white.|
|20: “Active Club Panthers”: 20-24 & “Reporting Panthers Games by Active Jim”: 36-37.
21: “Reporting Panthers Games by Active Jim”: 20-21, 44-47.
|Active Comics,… no date: “…”Cartoonist Tedd Steele: …. Black & white.|
|19: “The Panthers: Artists on Ice” : 17-21.
20: “The Panthers: Get The Ghost.”: 20-24.
|21: “Some Panthers Don’t Wear Skates”: 30-36.|
Active Comics, 20: Illus., Adrian Dingle.
Active Comics, 19: 22.
Active Comics, 19: “Artists On Ice.” Car., Tedd Steele: 17.
Active Comics, 20: Front cover: Illus., Adrian Dingle,
Active Comics, 20: 36
Active Comics, 20: 37.