(October 1954)

Dell, 1946 Series
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Volume
1
Price
0.10 USD
Pages
36
Indicia Frequency
monthly
On-sale Date
1954
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Dell Publishing Co. Inc.
Brand
Dell Comic [sans serif]
Editing
Chase Craig (managing editor); Tom McKimson (art director)

[Soapy Sax] (Table of Contents)

Knothead and Splinter; Woody Woodpecker / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Bill Weaver
Inks
Bill Weaver
Colors
Western Publishing Production Shop

Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals
Characters
Woody Woodpecker; Knothead; Splinter
Synopsis
Knothead and Splinter use Woody's saxophone as a bubble-pipe.
Keywords
alternative uses; bubble-pipe; kids-at-play; marching band; saxophone; soap bubbles; unwelcome surprise

[The Lemonade Raid] (Table of Contents: 1)

Woody Woodpecker / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
John Carey
Inks
John Carey
Letters
John Carey

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Knothead! Splinter! Get away from that lemonade!
Feature Logo
Woody Woodpecker [Dell tilted logo with round "o"s]
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals
Characters
Woody Woodpecker; Knothead; Splinter
Synopsis
Knothead and Splinter want to drink Woody's lemonade, and use a hose to do it.
Keywords
alternative uses; hose; kids-at-mischief; lemonade

Indexer Notes

Black and white on inside front cover.

[Lucius La Luscious] (Table of Contents: 2)

Woody Woodpecker / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
Carl Fallberg
Pencils
John Carey
Inks
John Carey
Colors
Western Publishing Production Shop
Letters
John Carey

First Line of Dialogue or Text
It's Lucius La Luscious Time on the radio! Let's listen to him as we drive to the malt shop, Woody!
Feature Logo
Woody Woodpecker [Dell tilted logo with round "o"s]
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals
Characters
Woody Woodpecker; Winnie Woodpecker (as Winny Woodpecker); Knothead; Splinter; Lucius La Luscious; long lines of Lucius La Luscious fans; ticket booth clerk; barber; record store clerk; grocery store clerk; Sam (manager of Lucius La Luscious)
Synopsis
Woody has a plan to get his girlfriend Winny to get over her obsession with the singer Lucius La Luscious.
Keywords
best-laid-plans; celebrity obsession; celebrity parody; concert; fannish-behavior; first appearance of recurring character; jealousy; malts; music; outsmarting one’s-self; record player; records; singer

Indexer Notes

First comic book appearance of Winnie Woodpecker (spelled “Winny” in this story), in her ‘50s bobbysoxer outfit, as she appeared in the theatrical animated short “Real Gone Woody” (1954). Winnie would become Woody's "regular girlfriend" for the remainder of his comics career, and in later animation.

"Lucius La Luscious" is a parody reference to Julius La Rosa, a popular singer of the period.

Title from Carl Fallberg's notes.

[Smiling Lady] (Table of Contents: 3)

Andy Panda / comic story / 9 pages (report information)

Script
Carl Fallberg
Pencils
Lynn Karp
Inks
Lynn Karp
Colors
Western Publishing Production Shop
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Welcome to the Cosmopolitan Museum, Charlie!
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals; humor
Characters
Andy Panda; Charlie Chicken; museum director; receptionist; mouse; two art thieves
Synopsis
Andy Panda is the watchman at a museum. He and Charlie Chicken stop some art thieves after "The Smiling Lady", a valuable painting.
Keywords
antique car; armor; art thieves; bicycle; bones; dinosaur; museum; painting; reused story

Indexer Notes

This story was remade as "Museum Mix-Up" for Huckleberry Hound (Dell, 1960 Series) #7 (November-December 1960) - which was reprinted in Huckleberry Hound (Western, 1962 Series) #32 (January 1968). Since Huckleberry Hound didn’t have a sidekick, as Andy Panda had Charlie Chicken, he is paired with an old security guard named “Charley”. …Coincidence?

Title from Carl Fallberg's notes.

[Blackboard Justice] (Table of Contents: 4)

Woody Woodpecker / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Dick Hall
Inks
Dick Hall
Colors
Western Publishing Production Shop
Letters
Dick Hall

First Line of Dialogue or Text
C'mon Woody! Aren't you going to give us a lift to school?
Feature Logo
Woody Woodpecker [Dell Dick Hall Logo for 1-Page Gags]
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals
Characters
Woody Woodpecker; Knothead; Splinter; teacher
Synopsis
Overconfident Woody takes the kids to school - late! He pays for his error.
Keywords
blackboard; car; lateness; learning one’s lesson; school

[Umbrella Stand] (Table of Contents: 5)

Oswald the Rabbit / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
Carl Fallberg
Pencils
John Carey
Inks
John Carey
Colors
Western Publishing Production Shop
Letters
John Carey

First Line of Dialogue or Text
What a week! I'm sure looking forward to a nice relaxing... Oof!
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals
Characters
Oswald the Rabbit; Floyd; Lloyd; junkman; passerby; Aunt Agnes; moving van drivers
Synopsis
Oswald gets rid of a big, ugly umbrella stand given to him by his Aunt Agnes. Trouble is suddenly-rich Aunt Agnes is coming to visit, and the umbrella stand is now fifty feet below the surface of a lake.
Reprints
Keywords
outsmarting one’s-self; rich aunt; umbrella stand; visiting relatives

Indexer Notes

Title from Carl Fallberg's notes

Charlie's Trial Run (Table of Contents: 6)

Andy Panda / text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
John Carey
Inks
John Carey
Colors
Western Publishing Production Shop
Letters
typeset

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Charlie Chicken came rushing up to Andy Panda's house just as a big delivery truck drove away.
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals; humor
Characters
Andy Panda; Charlie Chicken
Synopsis
Andy assembles his newly-arrived racing bike, but is called away before the task is completed. Charlie can't resist trying the bike on a steep hill, not knowing that the bike has hand-brakes, which Andy has not yet finished connecting.
Keywords
bicycle; hill; lesson learned; wild ride

[The Chilling Origin and Zoo Captivity of Chilly Willy] (Table of Contents: 7)

Chilly Willy; Homer Pigeon / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Del Connell
Pencils
Veve Risto
Inks
Veve Risto
Colors
Western Publishing Production Shop
Letters
Veve Risto

First Line of Dialogue or Text
I'm sure glad you invited me up to visit you, Homer! I haven't been cold since I arrived here!
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals
Characters
Homer Pigeon; Chilly Willy; zoo keeper; Paul, Joe, and Bill (other zoo penguins); Bobo (polar bear); giraffe
Synopsis
Chilly Willy comes up to the United States from the South Pole to visit Homer Pigeon. Over the course of their day, Chilly tells Homer his “origin story” (the reason why he is always so cold). After that, Chilly is mistaken for a “resident penguin” and thrown into a cold enclosure by an over-zealous zoo keeper.
Keywords
captivity; character introduction; character origin; escape; mistaken identity; zoo

Indexer Notes

This is the second comic book appearance of Chilly Willy, following his debut in the previous issue of Walter Lantz New Funnies. Chilly is nicely introduced to the comics audience in this sequel to his first appearance with the backstory of why, as a penguin, he is so averse to cold. As the run of New Funnies progresses, and Chilly Willy becomes a more popular presence in the Walter Lantz character stable, the shivering penguin will first share this feature with Homer Pigeon (with co-billing), then spin-off into his own series by #222, and ultimately assume the spot long occupied by Homer Pigeon.

[Umbrella Float] (Table of Contents: 8)

Knothead and Splinter / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
Carl Fallberg
Pencils
John Carey
Inks
John Carey
Colors
Western Publishing Production Shop
Letters
John Carey

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Going fishing, kids?
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals
Characters
Woody Woodpecker; Knothead; Splinter
Synopsis
Knothead and Splinter don't have enough money to rent a boat, but do have enough to rent a beach umbrella and some oars.
Keywords
alternative uses; beach umbrella; fishing; lack-of-funds; turning-lemons-into-lemonade

Indexer Notes

Title from Carl Fallberg's notes

Free Offer to All New Dell Comics Subscribers (Table of Contents: 9) (Expand) /

Dell Comics; Walter Lantz New Funnies / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

Delicious for Folks of Action! (Table of Contents: 10) (Expand) /

Curtiss Candy Company; Baby Ruth / comics-form advertising / 1 page (report information)

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [Soapy Sax]
    Knothead and Splinter; Woody Woodpecker
  2. 1. [The Lemonade Raid]
    Woody Woodpecker
  3. 2. [Lucius La Luscious]
    Woody Woodpecker
  4. 3. [Smiling Lady]
    Andy Panda
  5. 4. [Blackboard Justice]
    Woody Woodpecker
  6. 5. [Umbrella Stand]
    Oswald the Rabbit
  7. 6. Charlie's Trial Run
    Andy Panda
  8. 7. [The Chilling Origin and Zoo Captivity of Chilly Willy]
    Chilly Willy; Homer Pigeon
  9. 8. [Umbrella Float]
    Knothead and Splinter
  10. 9. Free Offer to All New Dell Comics Subscribers
    Dell Comics; Walter Lantz New Funnies
  11. 10. Delicious for Folks of Action!
    Curtiss Candy Company; Baby Ruth
This issue was modified by, among others
  • Alberto Becattini
  • Chris Boyko
  • Jan Roar Hansen
  • Alan Hutchinson
  • Thomas Johnson
  • Clint Maxwell
  • Mike Nielsen
  • Tony R. Rose
  • Joe Torcivia
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Bjorn Wallin