(November 1946)

Novelty Press, 1945 Series
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Volume:
2
Price:
0.10 USD
Pages:
52
Indicia frequency:
Monthly
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
Novelty Press Division of the Premium Service Co., Inc.
Editing:
Robert D.Wheeler (Editor and General Manager); Mel Cummin (Art Director); Jane Spaulding Nye (Managing Editor); Helen Doig Schmid (Associate Editor); Alfred V. Fago (Art Consultant)
Color:
color
Dimensions:
standard golden age US
Paper Stock:
glossy cover, newsprint interior
Binding:
saddle-stitched
Publishing Format:
was ongoing

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Neddy Bear / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Al Fago (signed)
Inks:
Al Fago (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
anthropomorphic-funny animals
Characters:
Neddy Bear; Squire Squirrel; Tick, Tack and Toe; Dopsy Durvy; Jocko

Indexer Notes

The monkey character Jocko at lower right is from the feature "Myrtle and Jocko" which does not appear in this issue but did appear in numerous issues of "Frisky Fables."

["Squire! Look at Grunts run!"] (Table of Contents)

Neddy Bear / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Al Fago (signed)
Inks:
Al Fago (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
anthropomorphic-funny animals
Characters:
Neddy Bear; Squire Squirrel; Grunts; Mommy Bear
Synopsis:
Greedy Grunts the pig tries to monopolise all of the games and treats at Neddy's Halloween party but he learns his lesson.

["Instead of giving me a permanent--you've made me bald!"] (Table of Contents)

Dopsy Durvy / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Jason Comic Art studio [as JCA]
Inks:
Jason Comic Art studio [as JCA]
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
humor; anthropomorphic-funny animals
Characters:
Dopsy Durvy; Beast
Synopsis:
Dopsy sells "Never Fail Cosmetics" door-to-door. If he can make the ugly Beast (from the story "Beauty and the Beast") handsome, his business will improve. The Beast says only a kiss from a beautiful woman will break the curse. Dopsy makes the Beast up to look like crooner "Hank Swoonatra" (a caricature of Frank Sinatra) but they're mobbed by bobby-soxers. Plastic surgeon Dr. Fixit converts the Beast into a double for movie star Chuck Doya, but an ugly woman kisses him and makes him ugly again. The Beast finally gets a kiss from a beautiful girl and is cured.

Indexer Notes

"Hank Swoonatra" is spoof of singer Frank Sinatra, but I am not sure who "Chuck Doya" is supposed to be (he has red hair, so perhaps it's Van Johnson).

["Things have come to a pretty pass!"] (Table of Contents)

Zany Giraffe / comic story / 3 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Jim Adams (credited)
Inks:
Jim Adams (credited)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
anthropomorphic-funny animals
Characters:
Zany Giraffe; Trade Rat
Synopsis:
Zany Giraffe tries to solve the mystery of who has been stealing possessions from the other forest animals and leaving odd objects behind. He discovers it is Trade Rat, who opens a Trading Post so he can stay in the community.

Indexer Notes

Zany Giraffe doesn't talk (his dialogue is expressed in thought balloons).

["I'll make you eat every word you say!"] (Table of Contents)

cartoon / 0.88 page (report information)

Script:
Milt Hammer ?
Pencils:
Milt Hammer (signed)
Inks:
Milt Hammer (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
Milt Hammer ?

Genre:
humor; children
Synopsis:
8 one-panel gag cartoons featuring children.

Indexer Notes

The ninth "panel" on this page consists of two small advertisements (for Pulvex Flea Powder and foreign stamps).

["Woof, did you know that many pirates were double-jointed?"] (Table of Contents)

Animated Antics Johnny and Woof / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Al Fago (signed)
Inks:
Al Fago (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
humor; anthropomorphic-funny animals; children
Characters:
Johnny; Woof; Mr. Artist
Synopsis:
Johnny's dog pal Woof finds a treasure map. Mr. Artist draws them into a treasure hunt story, but after they unearth the treasure chest they are accosted by pirates. Mr. Artist comes to the rescue with his eraser.

The Easy Life (Table of Contents)

text story / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Mickey Klar Marks
Pencils:
?
Inks:
?
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
anthropomorphic-funny animals
Characters:
Herbie Hare; Big Bear; Murgatroyd Mole
Synopsis:
Herbie runs away and joins the circus but discovers (since he has no special talent) that circus life is hard work, not fun.

Indexer Notes

Text story with masthead illustration.

["Where were you on the night of January 16th?"] (Table of Contents)

Tick, Tack, and Toe / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Jason Comic Art studio [as JCA]
Inks:
Jason Comic Art studio [as JCA]
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
anthropomorphic-funny animals
Characters:
Tick; Tack; Toe; Judge Owl; Little Miss Bo-Peep
Synopsis:
The kittens discover their toys and dolls come to life at midnight and are angry at how they've been abused by rough play.
Keywords:
Ayn Rand

Indexer Notes

"The Night of January 16th" was a 1934 play written by Ayn Rand (adapted to film in 1941). This comic story has nothing to do with the play's plot, the date is not relevant, in fact there is no other reference to "January 16th" other than the splash panel, so this was probably an in-joke by the scripter.

["Bow wow! How about you and me sharing a bone together?"] (Table of Contents)

Niffy / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Milt Hammer ?
Pencils:
Milt Hammer (signed)
Inks:
Milt Hammer (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
Milt Hammer ?

Genre:
humor; anthropomorphic-funny animals
Characters:
Niffy (dog)
Synopsis:
Niffy is attracted to a female Dalmatian but she is not impressed. He deliberately contracts measles so he'll also have spots (at least temporarily) and wins her affection.

["I cannot tell a lie. I did it with Thor's little hammer!"] (Table of Contents)

Icicle Ike / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Al Fago (signed)
Inks:
Al Fago (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
humor; anthropomorphic-funny animals
Characters:
Icicle Ike; Thor; Odin
Synopsis:
A statue of Thor comes to life and takes penguin Icicle Ike to Valhalla. Ike and Thor decide to visit the hostile Ice Giants to stave off war. Thor is defeated in the feats of strength contest, but Ike saves the day and prevents war.

The Chicken Who Said He Couldn't Swim (Table of Contents)

text story / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
?
Inks:
?
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
anthropomorphic-funny animals

Indexer Notes

Text story with masthead illustration. There appear to be one and possibly two names in the masthead art but they are illegible.

"Welcome to the Aldorf Wastoria, sir!" (Table of Contents)

Pidgy and the Magic Paint / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Harold Abbey (signed)
Inks:
Harold Abbey (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
humor; anthropomorphic-funny animals
Characters:
Pidgy; Meadows; Hank Zanitra; Mae North; Portchester; Joe E. Green
Synopsis:
Pidgy spends a week at the luxurious Aldorf Wastoria hotel, using his magic paint to make himself appear to be rich, but can't pay the bill because he's unable to paint money.

Indexer Notes

Numerous celebrities are depicted: Frank Sinatra (as Hank Zanitra), Eddie "Rochester" Anderson (as Portchester), Mae West (as Mae North), Joe E. Brown (as Joe E. Green). Others are mentioned: Jack Benny (as Mr. Kenny), Xavier Cugat (as Caviar Xugat), Van Johnson (Jan Vohnson), Clark Gable (Lark Cable), Gene Kelly (Kean Jelly), and Walter Pidgeon (Falter Pidgy).