(November-December 1961)

Dell, 1961 Series
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Price
0.15 USD
Pages
36
Indicia Frequency
bi-monthly
On-sale Date
1961-09-28
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Dell Publishing Co., Inc.
Brand
Dell [stamp]
Editing
Chase Craig ? (story editor); Del Connell ? (story editor); Tom McKimson (art director); Alice Nielsen Cobb (as Alice Cobb) (managing editor)

Issue Notes

First comic book appearance of Professor Ludwig Von Drake, a character created by the Walt Disney Studio as an occasional host for the TV program Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color. Some issues have up to 4.5 pages of story omitted in favor of advertising. On-sale date from 1962 Periodicals, Copyright Office, Library of Congress.

[Trims his Hat] (Table of Contents)

Ludwig Von Drake / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Tony Strobl
Inks
?
Colors
Western Publishing Production Shop

Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals
Characters
Ludwig Von Drake
Synopsis
Ludwig trims his own mortarboard tassels.
Reprints
Keywords
doing-something-their-own-way; mortarboard; tassels

Poor Prize (Table of Contents: 1)

Ludwig Von Drake / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Tony Strobl
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals
Characters
Ludwig Von Drake
Reprints
Keywords
advertising variance per issue

Indexer Notes

Replaced in some issues by an ad for Dell Trading Post. Black and white on inside front cover.

Duckburg, U.S.A. (Table of Contents: 2)

Ludwig Von Drake / comic story / 9 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Tony Strobl
Inks
Steve Steere
Colors
Western Publishing Production Shop
Letters
Rome Siemen

First Line of Dialogue or Text
According to his letter, Ludwig is a genius at everything! I can hardly wait to meet our distinguished relative!
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals
Characters
Ludwig Von Drake; Donald Duck; Huey; Dewey; Louie; Daisy Duck; Uncle Scrooge; Gyro Gearloose; Gladstone Gander; Grandma Duck; Gus Goose
Synopsis
To great anticipation, Ludwig Von Drake arrives in Duckburg for the first time. Donald immediately gloms onto him, hoping to benefit from Ludwig’s reputed genius and expertise, only to find that Von Drake isn’t all he’s cracked up to be.
Reprints
Keywords
auto repair; child psychology; fine art; first appearance of recurring character; train; visiting relatives; welcoming

The Rural Eggs-pert (Table of Contents: 3)

Ludwig Von Drake / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Tony Strobl
Inks
John Liggera
Colors
Western Publishing Production Shop
Letters
Rome Siemen

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Tsk. Tsk! When a horse has a mouth that is a foot high, a farm has a problem a mile wide!
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals
Characters
Ludwig Von Drake; Grandma Duck; Gus Goose; Dobbin (horse); Billy (goat); pig; cow; rooster; antique dealer
Synopsis
Ludwig inflicts his expertise in farm production on a reluctant Grandma Duck.
Reprints
Keywords
animals; annoying visitor; efficiency; expert; farm; know-it-all; unwanted help

The Circus Act (Table of Contents: 4)

Mickey Mouse / text story / 1 page (report information)

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
"If we just use our heads, we should be able to figure out a way of getting into the circus free," Mickey Mouse remarked to his friend Goofy, as they walked past the circus grounds one sunny morning.
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals; humor
Characters
Mickey Mouse; Goofy; circus manager; circus midget; circus thin man; Coco (circus clown)
Synopsis
Mickey and Goofy try out for jobs with a circus, ending up costumed as performing seals.
Keywords
circus; clowns; costumes

Museum Menace (Table of Contents: 5)

Ludwig Von Drake / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Tony Strobl
Inks
John Liggera
Colors
Western Publishing Production Shop
Letters
?

Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals
Characters
Ludwig Von Drake
Reprints
Keywords
advertising variance per issue

Indexer Notes

Replaced in some issues by a two-page centerfold-spread ad for Kool-Aid.

Super Sales Girls (Table of Contents: 6)

April, May and June / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Tony Strobl
Inks
John Liggera
Colors
Western Publishing Production Shop
Letters
Rome Siemen

First Line of Dialogue or Text
All right, girls, come up and get as many boxes of cookies as you think you can sell!
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals
Characters
April; May; June; Red Robin troop leader; other members of the Red Robins; Titus Tightwad; Shifty Sam; Muscles Mike; Officer O'Malley
Synopsis
April, May, and June sell cookies door-to-door for their scout troop, the Red Robins. Armed with a book on "How to Sell Successfully" they set their sights on Titus Tightwad, the stingiest man in town.
Reprints
Keywords
cookies; dogged persistence; sales techniques; scout troop

Winning Ways (Table of Contents: 7)

Ludwig Von Drake / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Tony Strobl
Inks
John Liggera
Colors
Western Publishing Production Shop
Letters
Rome Siemen

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Ludwig! Oh, Ludwig!
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals
Characters
Ludwig Von Drake; Daisy Duck; Grandma Duck; Clarabelle Cow; Clara Cluck; Clarissa; unnamed lady goose
Synopsis
Daisy bribes Ludwig to speak at her ladies’ club by offering a club-night dinner featuring “Weiner Schnitzel a la Weltschmerz”, Ludwig’s favorite dish. Problem is, no one in the club knows how to prepare “Weiner Schnitzel a la Weltschmerz” – and the only available recipe is written in German.
Reprints
Keywords
best-laid-plans; bribe; fourth-wall-breaking; German language; ladies’ club; recipe; speaking engagement

Indexer Notes

Ludwig addresses the readers on page one, panel two.

Quiz Fizzle (Table of Contents: 8)

Ludwig Von Drake / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Tony Strobl
Inks
John Liggera
Colors
Western Publishing Production Shop
Letters
Rome Siemen

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Heh-Heh! Pretty impressive, eh, Ludwig?
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals
Characters
Ludwig Von Drake; Uncle Scrooge; man selling oil land; quiz show host; members of audience
Synopsis
Scrooge looks to take advantage of Ludwig’s expertise in everything by getting him on a TV quiz show with a hundred-thousand-dollar prize.
Reprints
Keywords
expert; prize; quiz show

Top Shopper (Table of Contents: 9)

Ludwig Von Drake / comic story / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals
Characters
Ludwig Von Drake; salesman
Synopsis
Ludwig chooses an odd topper from a series of toupees.
Reprints
Keywords
the-customer-is-always-right; toupee

Indexer Notes

Pantomime.

A Hand for a Hand (Table of Contents: 10)

Ludwig Von Drake / comic story / 0.5 page (report information)

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
You have a wonderful future in store for you, and blah-blah, etc. etc....
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals
Characters
Ludwig Von Drake; palm reader
Synopsis
Short of cash, Ludwig pays a palm reader with something he regards as more valuable then money.
Reprints
Keywords
fortune telling; lack-of-funds; palm reader

Indexer Notes

Top half of page.

Easy Does It (Table of Contents: 11)

Ludwig Von Drake / comic story / 0.5 page (report information)

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

Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals
Characters
Ludwig Von Drake
Keywords
advertising variance per issue

Indexer Notes

Replaced in some issues by an ad for the Cadet Bike Speedometer, from the Stewart-Warner Corporation. Lower half of page.

Genius at Work (Table of Contents: 12)

Ludwig Von Drake / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Tony Strobl
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals
Characters
Ludwig Von Drake
Synopsis
Ludwig prepares a pan of self-flipping flapjacks.
Reprints
Keywords
doing-something-their-own-way; flapjacks

Indexer Notes

Pantomime. Black and white on inside back cover.

Big Gamer (Table of Contents: 13)

Ludwig Von Drake / comic story / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals
Characters
Ludwig Von Drake
Reprints
Keywords
advertising variance per issue

Indexer Notes

Replaced in some issues by an ad for "204 Revolutionary War Soldiers".

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [Trims his Hat]
    Ludwig Von Drake
  2. 1. Poor Prize
    Ludwig Von Drake
  3. 2. Duckburg, U.S.A.
    Ludwig Von Drake
  4. 3. The Rural Eggs-pert
    Ludwig Von Drake
  5. 4. The Circus Act
    Mickey Mouse
  6. 5. Museum Menace
    Ludwig Von Drake
  7. 6. Super Sales Girls
    April, May and June
  8. 7. Winning Ways
    Ludwig Von Drake
  9. 8. Quiz Fizzle
    Ludwig Von Drake
  10. 9. Top Shopper
    Ludwig Von Drake
  11. 10. A Hand for a Hand
    Ludwig Von Drake
  12. 11. Easy Does It
    Ludwig Von Drake
  13. 12. Genius at Work
    Ludwig Von Drake
  14. 13. Big Gamer
    Ludwig Von Drake
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