(November 1945)

Harvey, 1945 Series
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Volume:
2
Price:
0.10 USD
Pages:
36
Indicia frequency:
bi-monthly
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
Family Comics, Inc.
Editing:
Leon Harvey
Color:
Full Color
Dimensions:
Standard Golden Age U.S.; later Standard Silver Age U.S.
Paper Stock:
Glossy cover; Newsprint interior
Binding:
Saddle-stitched; later Squarebound (#116 - #118)
Publishing Format:
Was Ongoing Series

Joe Tells How He Became World Champ (Table of Contents)

Joe Palooka / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Ham Fisher (signed)
Inks:
Ham Fisher (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
adventure; humor; sports
Characters:
Joe Palooka

The Story Behind Ham Fisher's Joe Palooka (Table of Contents)

text article / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
? (photograph)
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
biography
Characters:
Ham Fisher, Joe Palooka

Indexer Notes

An article on the history of the development of Ham Fisher's character, Joe Palooka, with some insights on the character's virtues and influences. Article runs in black in white on inside front and back covers.

How Joe Became World Champ (Table of Contents)

Joe Palooka / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script:
Ham Fisher
Pencils:
Ham Fisher
Inks:
Ham Fisher
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
adventure; humor; sports
Characters:
Joe Palooka; Jerry Leemy; Knobby Walsh; Jack Mulfie (introduction)
Synopsis:
On a transport ship, the men are shown the movie "Bare Knuckles", starring Joe. The men later beg Joe to tell the story of how he became champ. Joe took a job at Knobby Walsh's haberdashery. When Knobby leaves him in charge of the store, thugs come in, clear the shelves, and tell Joe that they have an account with Knobby. Knobby tells Joe that he has ruined him. Joe pursues the men, beats them and recovers the goods. Later, Knobby overhears fight promoter Jack Mulfie looking for a candidate to take a dive for his fighter. Knobby eagerly volunteers Joe, planning to keep the fee to himself.
Reprints:

The Big Fight (Table of Contents)

Joe Palooka / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script:
Ham Fisher
Pencils:
Ham Fisher
Inks:
Ham Fisher
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
adventure; humor; sports
Characters:
Joe Palooka; Knobby Walsh; Jerry Leemy; Jack McSwatt (introduction); Jack Mulfie
Synopsis:
Knobby keeps Joe in the dark about the cash that he will get for Joe's fight. Joe meets World Champion Jack McSwatt in the ring, and McSwatt beats Joe senseless for four rounds. Knobby's conscience bothers him, and he wants to stop the fight, but Joe refuses. Knobby lies to Joe, telling him that McSwatt was the ringleader of the men who robbed Knobby's store. Joe comes out his corner, and with one punch, becomes the next World Champion.
Reprints:

Jerry Puts on the Gloves (Table of Contents)

Joe Palooka / comic story / 10.67 pages (report information)

Script:
Ham Fisher (signed)
Pencils:
Ham Fisher (signed)
Inks:
Ham Fisher (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
humor; sports
Characters:
Joe Palooka; Jerry Leemy; Larry Malss (introduction)
Synopsis:
After telling his story, Joe and Jerry walk the decks. Jerry accidently bumps into sailor Larry Malss, and angry words are exchanged. Before you know it, Malss' challenge for a boxing match has been accepted. Jerry is no match for Malss, but, while the match is underway, an submarine is sighted, and all of the men go to stations on alert. The boxers, however, are engrossed, and keep fighting. Joe returns to the ring to find both men knocked out, and the match is called a draw.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

story signed in the last panel.

["Happy Birthday, Missus Palooka."] (Table of Contents)

Joe Palooka Short Story / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Ham Fisher (signed)
Pencils:
Ham Fisher (signed)
Inks:
Ham Fisher (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
adventure; humor
Characters:
Joe Palooka; Herman Manskawich (introduction); Missus Palooka (Joe Palooka's mother)
Synopsis:
Joe's mother, upon receiving a birthday card from Joe in the mail, tells the story to the mail man of when Joe was 7 years old. Joe, on his way to buy his mother a present, comes upon Herman Manskawich. Bullies have stolen Herman's football, and Joe seeks justice from the older boys. In the ensuing fight, Herman's ball is popped. Joe uses the birthday money to buy Herman a new ball. Joe's Mom tells the postman of how Joe and Herman remained friend until Herman died on D-Day.

["Look for the Next Big Issue of..."] (Table of Contents)

Joe Palooka / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Ham Fisher
Inks:
Ham Fisher
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Indexer Notes

full-page ad for the next issue of Joe Palooka

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. Joe Tells How He Became World Champ
    Joe Palooka
  2. 1. The Story Behind Ham Fisher's Joe Palooka
  3. 2. How Joe Became World Champ
    Joe Palooka
  4. 3. The Big Fight
    Joe Palooka
  5. 4. Jerry Puts on the Gloves
    Joe Palooka
  6. 5. ["Happy Birthday, Missus Palooka."]
    Joe Palooka Short Story
  7. 6. ["Look for the Next Big Issue of..."]
    Joe Palooka
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