(April 1966)

Western, 1962 Series
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Price
0.12 USD
Pages
36
Indicia Frequency
bi-monthly
On-sale Date
1966-02-17
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
K. K. Publications, Inc.
Brand
Gold Key
Editing
Chase Craig; Del Connell

Issue Notes

On-sale date from 1966 Periodicals, Copyright Office, Library of Congress.

[Lower Level Leak-Protection] (Table of Contents)

Woody Woodpecker / cover / 1 page (report information)

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Rainmaker Woody almost gets washed out when he cooks up a storm for Buzz Buzzard!
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals
Characters
Woody Woodpecker; Knothead; Splinter
Synopsis
Walking beneath Woody’s leaky umbrella, Knothead and Splinter stay dry with little umbrellas of their own.
Reprints
Keywords
rain; umbrellas

[Roller Coaster Anticipation] (Table of Contents: 1)

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
If you're going to carry on like that before the ride starts...
Feature Logo
Woody Woodpecker [Dell Dick Hall Logo for 1-Page Gags]
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals
Characters
Woody Woodpecker; amusement park worker
Synopsis
Woody goes through a series of frightened expressions before the roller coaster rode begins.
Reprints
Keywords
roller coaster

Indexer Notes

Black and white on inside front cover.

[The Rainmaker of Fried Flats] (Table of Contents: 2)

Woody Woodpecker / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
I sure picked a lulu of a spot to set up a rain-making service!
Feature Logo
Woody Woodpecker [Dell Nuts as "O"s Logo Single "W"]
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals
Characters
Woody Woodpecker; Buzz Buzzard; Woody’s creditors
Synopsis
To save his rainmaking business, Woody must produce rain for the parched desert property of Buzz Buzzard.
Reprints
Keywords
desert; rainmaking

Indexer Notes

"Reprinted by popular demand".

The Bitter Litter Battle (Table of Contents: 3)

Chilly Willy / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script
Vic Lockman
Pencils
Phil De Lara
Inks
Phil De Lara
Colors
Western Publishing Production Shop
Letters
Rome Siemen

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Yeowie! Must you go into a rage when I’m on your back, Daddy Drink?
Feature Logo
Chilly Willy [Western Logo 6 Slanted Letters]
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals
Characters
Chilly Willy; Daddy Drink (anthropomorphic ocean); Bully Bear; Gustov Wind (anthropomorphic cloud/breeze)
Synopsis
The ocean literally rebels against the great amount of trash that is continually thrown into it, to the extent that it throws an anthropomorphic fit while Chilly is peacefully fishing, shaking the penguin up. Boorish Bully Bear is the primary source of the litter, so Chilly helps “Daddy Drink” (the ocean) and “Gustov Wind” (the cloud/breeze) turn the tables on the litterbug-bear.
Keywords
anthropomorphized nature; environmental awareness; litter; ocean; polar region; turning the tables; wind

Indexer Notes

New story. A very unusual story for Western Publishing, as both the ocean and the wind take on anthropomorphic qualities, exhibit speech, and have proper names ("Daddy Drink", "Gustov Wind"). Such an approach was often seen in Harvey Comics, particularly those concerning Casper the Friendly Ghost’s “Enchanted Forest”, but is an extremely rare occurrence – if not the first such occurrence, not involving witchcraft or other supernatural influences – for Western’s funny animal comics.

Pie-in-the-Sky (Table of Contents: 4)

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

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Space Mouse cruised in his Lunar Schooner, through the skies past two small neighboring planets.
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals
Characters
Space Mouse, Hi-Pie (leader of the Pie-Eaters)
Synopsis
Space Mouse discovers two neighboring planets fighting a war by throwing cakes and pies at each other. Since the reason for war is “which-is-better-cakes-or-pies”, and no one is being harmed beyond a occasional cake or pie in the face, Space Mouse leaves them to their sticky skirmishing – but not before sampling some of the goodies.
Keywords
cakes; outer space setting; pies; war

[Who Watches the Watchdog?] (Table of Contents: 5)

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
How do you do, Sir! Would you like to buy this beautiful pedigreed dog?
Feature Logo
Woody Woodpecker [Dell Dick Hall Logo for 1-Page Gags]
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals
Characters
Woody Woodpecker; watchdog; cranky guy
Synopsis
Woody sells a watchdog to a cranky guy, and is sorry he did.
Reprints
Keywords
salesman; turning the tables; watchdog

100 Toy Soldiers $1.25 (Table of Contents: 6) (Expand) /

100 Toy Soldiers / advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

All your favorites are at their best in Gold Key Comics (Table of Contents: 7) (Expand) /

Gold Key Comics / promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.5 page (report information)

[Termite Terrorized] (Table of Contents: 8)

Woody Woodpecker / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
What's got into my cozy bungalow?
Feature Logo
Woody Woodpecker [Dell Nuts as "O"s Logo Single "W"]
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals
Characters
Woody Woodpecker; army of termites; police officer; fire fighters; Wally Walrus
Synopsis
Finding his house overrun by termites, Woody leads the destructive wood-chewers to Wally Walrus’ bigger, tastier house – then has an attack of conscience.
Reprints
Keywords
termites

Indexer Notes

"Reprinted by popular demand".

Postmaster Problems (Table of Contents: 9)

Woody Woodpecker / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Kids, this is just the job I’ve been looking for!
Feature Logo
Woody Woodpecker [Dell Nuts as "O"s Logo Single "W"]
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals
Characters
Woody Woodpecker; Knothead; Splinter; Mr. Rankle
Synopsis
Small town postmaster Woody finds an old letter, fallen behind a cabinet, bearing a very valuable stamp. The letter is addressed to a very annoying, problem postal customer. Per regulations, Woody must deliver the letter, but tries to get the stamp for himself.
Reprints
Keywords
mail; stamp

Indexer Notes

"Reprinted by popular demand".

[New Shower Cap that Fits Like a Glove] (Table of Contents: 10)

Charlie Chicken / 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
Hey, Andy! Will you answer the door?
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals
Characters
Charlie Chicken; Andy Panda
Synopsis
Charlie orders a rubber glove to use as a shower cap.
Reprints
Keywords
alternative uses; rubber glove; shower cap

204 Revolutionary War Soldiers (Table of Contents: 11) (Expand) /

Revolutionary War Soldiers / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Make Money Get Prizes with Fast Selling American Seeds (Table of Contents: 12) (Expand) /

American Seed Co. / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [Lower Level Leak-Protection]
    Woody Woodpecker
  2. 1. [Roller Coaster Anticipation]
    Woody Woodpecker
  3. 2. [The Rainmaker of Fried Flats]
    Woody Woodpecker
  4. 3. The Bitter Litter Battle
    Chilly Willy
  5. 4. Pie-in-the-Sky
    Space Mouse
  6. 5. [Who Watches the Watchdog?]
    Woody Woodpecker
  7. 6. 100 Toy Soldiers $1.25
    100 Toy Soldiers
  8. 7. All your favorites are at their best in Gold Key Comics
    Gold Key Comics
  9. 8. [Termite Terrorized]
    Woody Woodpecker
  10. 9. Postmaster Problems
    Woody Woodpecker
  11. 10. [New Shower Cap that Fits Like a Glove]
    Charlie Chicken
  12. 11. 204 Revolutionary War Soldiers
    Revolutionary War Soldiers
  13. 12. Make Money Get Prizes with Fast Selling American Seeds
    American Seed Co.
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