(May 1944)

Dell, 1942 Series
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Volume
1
Price
0.10 USD
Pages
52
Indicia Frequency
monthly
On-sale Date
1944
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Dell Publishing Co., Inc.
Brand
A Dell Magazine
Editing
Oskar Lebeck (editor)

Issue Notes

As this is prior to New Funnies fully becoming a Walter Lantz character series, each component feature of this issue carries its own copyright.

Page count decreases from 60 to 52.

Other Dell Publishing personnel listed in the indicia are: George T. Delacorte, Jr. (president), Helen Meyer (Vice President), and Margarita Delacorte (secretary).

[Mailbox Birdhouse] (Table of Contents)

Andy Panda / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
Western Publishing Production Shop

Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals; humor
Characters
Andy Panda; Charlie Chicken; two little birds (all in cover illustration); Woody Woodpecker; Raggedy Andy; Oswald the Rabbit; Li'l Eight Ball; Raggedy Ann (in sidebar only, top to bottom).
Synopsis
Andy and Charlie are delighted to find two little birds, nesting in their mailbox.
Keywords
birds; happiness; mailbox; nest

[The Close-Quartered Cabana] (Table of Contents: 1)

Wally Walrus / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Dan Gormley
Inks
Dan Gormley
Colors
Western Publishing Production Shop
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Gosh, what a hot day! Well, I'll be in for a cool dip soon!
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals
Characters
Wally Walrus
Synopsis
While changing into his bathing suit, Wally Walrus becomes stuck inside a too-small beach cabana. How will he free himself?
Keywords
beach; cabana; first appearance of recurring character(s); getting-stuck; notable coloring modification; swimming

Indexer Notes

Copyright 1944 by Walter Lantz Productions. Color on inside front cover.

This would seem to be the first comic-book appearance of longtime Walter Lantz supporting player Wally Walrus. Another step toward New Funnies eventually becoming a full Walter Lantz character series.

Wally Walrus is colored gray for this story, unlike in his animation and later comics appearances.

[Andy Panda Finds Pirate Gold] (Table of Contents: 2)

Andy Panda / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script
Gaylord Du Bois
Pencils
John Stanley ?
Inks
John Stanley ?
Colors
Western Publishing Production Shop
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Ah, smell those salty sea breezes!
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals; humor
Characters
Andy Panda; Charlie Chicken; pirate captain; tall pirate; short pirate; Andy's neighbor; various townspeople
Synopsis
After dreaming about pirates, Andy and Charlie find a buried treasure chest on the beach, but have a hard time breaking it open.
Keywords
beach; pirates; treasure; treasure chest

Indexer Notes

Copyright 1944 by Walter Lantz Productions.

Credits per info in Michael Barrier's book Funnybooks the Improbable Glories of the Best American Comic Books.

[The Wonderful Wishing Pebble] (Table of Contents: 3)

Raggedy Ann / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
Gaylord Du Bois
Pencils
George Kerr
Inks
George Kerr
Colors
Western Publishing Production Shop
Letters
George Kerr

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Heh! Heh! Where do you Raggedys think you're going?
Genre
children; fantasy-supernatural
Characters
Raggedy Ann; Raggedy Andy; Minky (gnome); Gertie Gartersnake; Timothy Turtle; Grampie Hoppy Toad
Synopsis
The Raggedys search for a fabled "wishing pebble", with the hope of making everything better for all their friends. They find it, but it is stolen by Minky the mean gnome.
Keywords
best of intentions; children's fantasy; gnome; rag dolls; wishing pebble

Indexer Notes

Copyright 1944 by Johnny Gruelle Co.

Credits per info in Michael Barrier's book Funnybooks the Improbable Glories of the Best American Comic Books.

[Wild Pitch Woody] (Table of Contents: 4)

Woody Woodpecker / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
John Stanley
Pencils
John Stanley
Inks
John Stanley
Colors
Western Publishing Production Shop
Letters
John Stanley

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Here you are, folks hit me with a baseball an' win a cigar!
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals
Characters
Woody Woodpecker; customer
Synopsis
Woody mans a carnival booth where the object is to hit him with a baseball and win a prize. He thinks he's found a pigeon...
Keywords
baseball; buyer beware; carnival; dodging; satisfied customer

Indexer Notes

Copyright 1944 by Walter Lantz Productions. Woody is drawn in an early design.

[Introducing Buck Beaver!] (Table of Contents: 5)

Oswald the Rabbit / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
Gaylord Du Bois
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
Western Publishing Production Shop
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Shipwrecked on a desert island near Africa, Oswald, Toby, and their newfound friend, The General, climb a high mountain in search of food ---
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals
Characters
Oswald the Rabbit; Toby Bear; The General (parrot); mama vulture; three vulture kids; Buck Beaver; pygmy chief; pygmy chief's wife; pygmy chief's cook; six magic rabbits
Synopsis
Still marooned on a desert island, Oswald, Toby, and The General search for food. Toby is snatched by a mama vulture who intends to feed the bear to her kids, but escapes with some help from The General. Meanwhile, off-panel, Oswald has been captured by pygmies. Searching for Oswald, Toby meets fast-talking Buck Beaver who, with a little sleight-of-hand, saves Oswald from the pygmies' stew-pot.
Keywords
first appearance of recurring character(s); jungle setting; magician; marooned; one-character-desiring-another-as-a-meal; pygmies; vultures

Indexer Notes

Copyright 1944 by Walter Lantz Productions.

First appearance of the slick, glib-tongued Buck Beaver, self described as "the world's best magician and salesman!" For a short time, Buck Beaver will be part of the Oswald continuity.

Part 6 and conclusion of a continuity begun in New Funnies #82 - simultaneously opening a new continuity.

Andy Bakes a Cake (Table of Contents: 6)

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

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
"Say, why don'tcha tune in a good program for a change, Andy?" squawked Charlie the Chicken.
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals; humor
Characters
Andy Panda; Charlie Chicken
Synopsis
When Charlie sneaks off with Andy's newly-baked "Super-Delicious Double Decker Cheese Cake", Andy decides to get even.
Keywords
baking; cake; learning one’s lesson; revenge

[The Captured Cowboy] (Table of Contents: 7)

Li'l Eight Ball / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Happy birf'day, honey chile!
Genre
humor
Characters
Li'l Eight Ball; Mammy; the Woodchuck boys; chicken; cow; indian
Synopsis
Getting a cowboy outfit for his birthday, Li'l Eight Ball and the Woodchuck boys play "cowboys and indians".
Keywords
cowboy outfit; kids-at-play; Native Americans; series of mishaps

Indexer Notes

Copyright 1944 by Walter Lantz Productions.

[That's Life in the BEE-g City: Chapter Three] (Table of Contents: 8)

Billy and Bonny Bee / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
It is early morning...
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals
Characters
Billy Bee; Bonny Bee; Nurse Betsy Bee; Buzzer (city housefly); Jeeper Creeper (city cockroach); cricket; the exterminator (human); moths; "the hundredlegger" (many-legged insect); Mrs. Fly and family; two silverfish; the cockroach family; "the bugs in the rug"; the old beetle
Synopsis
Still visiting the city, Billy, Bonny, and their city bug friends face the threat of the exterminator. ("Every month he hunts us poor insects with his terrible green powder!") All insects evacuate to the building's basement, where they commiserate until the danger has passed and they can return to their homes. Buzzer and Jeeper find that window screens have been installed at the apartment they inhabit, allowing no further access to their home. The fly and roach decide to return to the country with Billy and Bonny and make a new home.
Keywords
bees; city life; cockroach; country life; displacement; evacuation; exterminator; housefly; there’s-no-place-like-home

Indexer Notes

Copyright 1944 by R.S. Callender. Concludes from issues 85-86.

The Ruse That Made the Golden Egg (Table of Contents: 9)

Homer Pigeon / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Veve Risto
Inks
Veve Risto
Colors
Western Publishing Production Shop
Letters
Veve Risto

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Carrie! Carrie! Have ya read the news?
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals
Characters
Homer Pigeon; Carrie Pigeon; Red Cardinal; Gracie Goose; two reporters; photographer; A. Crow; older bird couple
Synopsis
When Gracie Goose causes a stir by laying a golden egg, Red Cardinal schemes to get the prize for himself.
Keywords
best-laid-plans; golden egg

Indexer Notes

Copyright 1944 by Walter Lantz Productions.

[Disinfection Debacle] (Table of Contents: 10)

Li'l Eight Ball / comic story / 1 page (report information)

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Heah it is Mammy's birfday an' as usual ah is fresh out of funds --
Genre
humor
Characters
Li'l Eight Ball; Farmer Jones
Synopsis
To raise money for Mammy's birthday president, Li'l Eight Ball takes a job with Farmer Jones. His first task is to disinfect the farmer's vegetables of insects.
Keywords
best of intentions; disinfection; farm setting; lack-of-funds; turning-lemons-into-lemonade; vegetables

Indexer Notes

Copyright 1944 by Walter Lantz Productions. Color on inside back cover.

In the main Li'l Eight Ball story, it is Li'l Eight Ball's birthday and, in this same issue - in this closing gag, it is his Mammy's birthday.

Special New Funnies Subscription Offer (Table of Contents: 11) (Expand) /

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

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [Mailbox Birdhouse]
    Andy Panda
  2. 1. [The Close-Quartered Cabana]
    Wally Walrus
  3. 2. [Andy Panda Finds Pirate Gold]
    Andy Panda
  4. 3. [The Wonderful Wishing Pebble]
    Raggedy Ann
  5. 4. [Wild Pitch Woody]
    Woody Woodpecker
  6. 5. [Introducing Buck Beaver!]
    Oswald the Rabbit
  7. 6. Andy Bakes a Cake
    Andy Panda
  8. 7. [The Captured Cowboy]
    Li'l Eight Ball
  9. 8. [That's Life in the BEE-g City: Chapter Three]
    Billy and Bonny Bee
  10. 9. The Ruse That Made the Golden Egg
    Homer Pigeon
  11. 10. [Disinfection Debacle]
    Li'l Eight Ball
  12. 11. Special New Funnies Subscription Offer
    Dell Comics; New Funnies
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Peter Croome
  • Joe Torcivia
  • Lou Mougin
  • Nick Caputo