Four Color #229 - Smokey Stover
(May 1949)

Dell, 1942 Series
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Price
0.10 USD
Pages
36
On-sale Date
1949
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Dell Publishing Co.
Brand
A Dell Comic
Printer
Designed, produced and printed in the U.S.A. by Western Printing and Lithographing Company
Editing
?

Issue Notes

Indicia title is "SMOKEY STOVER, No. 229. Code number is S.S.O.S. #229-495. Copyright 1946, 1949 by News Syndicate Co, Inc. Contains Smokey Stover and Spooky newspaper strip reprints from 1946.

Final issue of Four Color devoted to Smokey Stover.

[Puttin' (ink blots) on the Dog] (Table of Contents)

Smokey Stover; Spooky [Smokey Stover topper] / cover / 1 page (report information)

Script
Bill Holman
Pencils
Bill Holman; ?
Inks
Bill Holman; ?
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Inky dinky parlay foo
Genre
humor; anthropomorphic-funny animals
Characters
Smokey Stover; Sparks the firedog; Spooky (cat); Fenwick Flooky; boy
Synopsis
Smokey uses Sparks the firedog as an ink-blotter. Spooky gets milk out of a sealed bottle.
Keywords
alternative uses; art or lettering modification or omission; BB-gun; dog; ink; milk bottle

Indexer Notes

The main cover illustration is a modified version of the final panel of the Smokey Stover Sunday strip appearing on interior page five of this issue. Cookie Stover at the far left is cut off, while the panel is extended to the right to include Spooky the Cat climbing the (originally out of frame) lamp base and singing "Inky dinky parlay foo". The extension is clearly not by Bill Holman, as neither Spooky, nor the "gloved lamp base" look wacky enough to pass for Holman's uniquely styled art. A Western staff artist appears to have drawn the added material for the cover.

A "Spooky" topper-strip appears (oddly) at the bottom of this cover. This Spooky strip serves as visual evidence that the cover illustration of the cat (above) was not drawn by Holman.

[Edible Art] (Table of Contents: 1)

Spooky [Smokey Stover topper] / comic story / 0.5 page (report information)

Script
Bill Holman (credited)
Pencils
Bill Holman (credited)
Inks
Bill Holman (credited)
Colors
Western Publishing Production Shop
Letters
Bill Holman (credited)

Genre
humor; anthropomorphic-funny animals
Characters
Spooky (cat); Fenwick Flooky
Synopsis
Spooky eats the paint off a painting of a bowl of milk.
Reprints
  • from Spooky (News Syndicate Co.) Sunday strips from 1946.
Keywords
cat; milk; painting; unwelcome surprise

Indexer Notes

Pantomime. Black, white, and red on inside front cover. Top half of page.

[Carpet Sweeper Spooky] (Table of Contents: 2)

Spooky [Smokey Stover topper] / comic story / 0.5 page (report information)

Script
Bill Holman (credited)
Pencils
Bill Holman (credited)
Inks
Bill Holman (credited)
Colors
Western Publishing Production Shop
Letters
Bill Holman (credited)

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Gosh, I hate housework, it wears me out!
Genre
humor; anthropomorphic-funny animals
Characters
Spooky (cat); Fenwick Flooky; mouse
Synopsis
Spooky's owner attaches a carpet sweeper to Spooky so he can clean the floors while chasing mice.
Reprints
  • from Spooky (News Syndicate Co.) Sunday strips from 1946.
Keywords
alternative uses; carpet sweeper; cat; chase; mouse

Indexer Notes

Black, white, and red on inside front cover. Lower half of page.

[various] (Table of Contents: 3)

Smokey Stover / comic story / 32 pages (report information)

Script
Bill Holman (credited)
Pencils
Bill Holman (credited)
Inks
Bill Holman (credited)
Colors
?
Letters
Bill Holman (credited)

Genre
humor
Characters
Smokey Stover; Chief Cash U. Nutt; Spooky (cat); Cookie Stover (Smokey's wife); Mayor Dinkdipper
Reprints
  • from Smokey Stover (News Syndicate Co.) Sunday newspaper strips from 1946 (32 different strips)

Indexer Notes

32 Sunday Smokey Stover Strips from 1946.

[Spooky Delivers Milk] (Table of Contents: 4)

Spooky [Smokey Stover topper] / comic story / 0.5 page (report information)

Script
Bill Holman (credited)
Pencils
Bill Holman (credited)
Inks
Bill Holman (credited)
Colors
Western Publishing Production Shop
Letters
Bill Holman (credited)

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Holy cats! I dropped th' milk and every store in town is closed today!
Genre
humor; anthropomorphic-funny animals
Characters
Spooky (cat); Fenwick Flooky; cow
Synopsis
With no milk in the house, Spooky brings home a cow.
Reprints
  • from Spooky (News Syndicate Co.) Sunday strips from 1946.
Keywords
cat; cow; doing-something-their-own-way; milk

Indexer Notes

Black, white, and red on inside back cover. Top half of page.

[The Cat and the Coo-Coo Clock] (Table of Contents: 5)

Spooky [Smokey Stover topper] / comic story / 0.5 page (report information)

Script
Bill Holman (credited)
Pencils
Bill Holman (credited)
Inks
Bill Holman (credited)
Colors
Western Publishing Production Shop
Letters
Bill Holman (credited)

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Spooky! Get away from there!
Genre
humor; anthropomorphic-funny animals
Characters
Spooky (cat); Fenwick Flooky
Synopsis
Spooky tries to catch the cuckoo in a cuckoo clock.
Reprints
  • from Spooky (News Syndicate Co.) Sunday strips from 1946.
Keywords
cat; cuckoo clock

Indexer Notes

Black, white, and red on inside back cover. Lower half of page.

[Cat on a Hot Wood Fence] (Table of Contents: 6)

Spooky [Smokey Stover topper] / comic story / 0.5 page (report information)

Script
Bill Holman (credited)
Pencils
Bill Holman (credited)
Inks
Bill Holman (credited)
Colors
Western Publishing Production Shop
Letters
Bill Holman (credited)

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Doggone that cat - I told him to stay in the house!
Genre
humor; anthropomorphic-funny animals
Characters
Spooky (cat); Fenwick Flooky
Synopsis
Spooky's owner builds a fence in his bedroom so the fence-sitting cat will stay indoors at night.
Reprints
  • from Spooky (News Syndicate Co.) Sunday strips from 1946.
Keywords
cat; fence; indoors vs. outdoors; night

Indexer Notes

Color on back cover. Top half of page.

[Fishbowl Faux-Pas] (Table of Contents: 7)

Spooky [Smokey Stover topper] / comic story / 0.5 page (report information)

Script
Bill Holman
Pencils
Bill Holman
Inks
Bill Holman
Colors
Western Publishing Production Shop
Letters
Bill Holman

First Line of Dialogue or Text
I'll see you later, Spooky - You keep outa mischief while I'm at the banquet!
Genre
humor; anthropomorphic-funny animals
Characters
Spooky (cat); Fenwick Flooky; two fish in a bowl
Synopsis
Spooky tries to get into a fishbowl but it falls through a window onto his owner's head.
Reprints
  • from Spooky (News Syndicate Co.) Sunday strips from 1946.
Keywords
best-laid-plans; cat; fish; fishbowl

Indexer Notes

Color on back cover. Lower half of page.

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Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [Puttin' (ink blots) on the Dog]
    Smokey Stover; Spooky [Smokey Stover topper]
  2. 1. [Edible Art]
    Spooky [Smokey Stover topper]
  3. 2. [Carpet Sweeper Spooky]
    Spooky [Smokey Stover topper]
  4. 3. [various]
    Smokey Stover
  5. 4. [Spooky Delivers Milk]
    Spooky [Smokey Stover topper]
  6. 5. [The Cat and the Coo-Coo Clock]
    Spooky [Smokey Stover topper]
  7. 6. [Cat on a Hot Wood Fence]
    Spooky [Smokey Stover topper]
  8. 7. [Fishbowl Faux-Pas]
    Spooky [Smokey Stover topper]
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