(May 1964)

Western, 1962 Series
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Price
0.12 USD
Pages
36
Indicia Frequency
quarterly
On-sale Date
1964-02-20
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
K. K. Publications, Inc.
Brand
Gold Key
Editing
Alice Nielson Cobb (managing editor); Chase Craig (story editor); Del Connell (story editor); Tom McKimson (art director)

Issue Notes

Cover code: 10058-405. Issue code: "T&J #219-642" (bottom of page 1, panel 4, indicates title, issue number, and the year and month on-sale - 1964 Feb.). Cover price reads "Still only 12c". On-sale date from 1964 Periodicals, Copyright Office, Library of Congress.
Parts of this issue are reprinted:

[Climbing Mt. Snowman] (Table of Contents)

Tom and Jerry / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Harvey Eisenberg
Inks
?
Colors
Western Publishing Production Shop
Letters
typeset

Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals
Characters
Tom; Jerry; Tuffy
Synopsis
Outfitted for mountain climbing, Jerry and Tuffy scale a snowman.
Reprints
Keywords
mountain climbing; snowman; winter

Yabba-Dabba-Doo!!! This is for You! (Table of Contents: 1) (Expand) /

Gold Key Comics / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

Bluebeard's Close Shave (Table of Contents: 2)

Tom and Jerry / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Gee, Jerry, Tom told me pirates were big mean guys!
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals
Characters
Tom; Jerry; Tuffy
Synopsis
Tom tries to make Jerry and Tuffy think they're at sea on a pirate ship, but they turn the tables on him.
Keywords
hoaxes; pirate ship; pirates

To Build a Better Mousetrap (Table of Contents: 3)

Tom and Jerry / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Remember, friends, our famous quotation for today...
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals
Characters
Tom; Jerry; Tuffy; Mr. Acme and his aide; Fred the test mouse
Synopsis
Tom tries to get rich by inventing a better mousetrap, but fails. Jerry and Tuffy use his ambition against him to get cheese.
Reprints
Keywords
get rich quick; inventing

Moth Fodder (Table of Contents: 4)

Tom and Jerry / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Hey, you guys! Come here on the double!
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals
Characters
Tom; Jerry; Tuffy; moths
Synopsis
Jerry and Tuffy hatch some moths, which panics Tom, who is very proud of his winter fur. Jerry and Tuffy resolve the problem in return for a promise of treats.
Keywords
fur; moths

Indexer Notes

Use of the exclamation “Ooo-hoo-hoo!” (page 3, panel 3) suggests the possibility of this story having been written by Cecil Beard and Alpine Harper, of “Fox and Crow” fame.

All Kinds of Time (Table of Contents: 5)

Barney Bear and Benny Burro / text story / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Pete Alvarado
Inks
?
Colors
Western Publishing Production Shop

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Hurry and get up, Barney...
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals
Characters
Barney Bear; Benny Burro; Mr. Spicer; Mrs. Johnson
Synopsis
Barney and Benny's delivery service leaves them with a shortage of spare time.
Keywords
clock; delivery; time crunch

Indexer Notes

"Mr. Spicer" possibly a reference to early fandom figure and later Western Publishing letterer Bill Spicer?

The Successful Failure (Table of Contents: 6)

Professor Putter / comic story / 3.5 pages (report information)

Script
Vic Lockman
Pencils
Phil de Lara
Inks
Phil de Lara
Colors
Western Publishing Production Shop
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Ah, what a lovely day!
Genre
humor
Characters
Professor Putter; Officer Clancy; lady shopper; crook; fire fighters; Clarence (fire fighter); baseball-playing kids; baby birds
Synopsis
Professor Putter invents a powder that enables people to float on air, but it backfires.
Keywords
floating; inventor; unintended consequences

Indexer Notes

© 1964, Western Publishing Company, Inc. Not MGM characters. Despite a host of MGM-owned “guest stars” to choose from (Spike and Tyke, Barney Bear, Droopy, Little Quacker, etc.) in order to satisfy a postal requirement for second class subscription mailing rates, Western Publishing utilized its own creation, Professor Putter, for this purpose in the Tom and Jerry title beginning with issue #219 thru #230. The Professor Putter feature had originally appeared, for the same purpose, in The Three Stooges (Dell) #6-9, continuing in The Three Stooges (Western) #10-16, before moving to Tom and Jerry in 1964. Putter returned to The Three Stooges in reprint form in 1968. Professor Putter reprints continued in service to postal regulations as late as Scooby Doo… Where Are You! (Western) #15-16 and Scooby-Doo… Mystery Comics (Western) #17 in 1972-1973. Many of these stories were written by Carl Fallberg, though the dialogue in this case indicates Vic Lockman.

Statement of Ownership, Management and Circulation (Table of Contents: 7)

statement of ownership / 0.5 page (report information)

Script
H.L. Anderson
Letters
typeset

Genre
non-fiction
Synopsis
Reported total circulation: 283,874 (12 month average), 293,848 (nearest issue)
Keywords
government reporting; regulations

Indexer Notes

Statement of Ownership for September 27, 1963. Prepared by H.L. Anderson.

Swamped with Trouble (Table of Contents: 8)

Tom and Jerry / comic story / 9 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Harvey Eisenberg
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Bah! If our little airline doesn’t get a customer soon, we’ll go broke!
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals
Characters
Tom; Jerry; Tuffy; Swamp Eddie (villain); police officers; judge
Synopsis
Tom, Jerry and Tuffy own a struggling airline. Tom inadvertently flies a bank robber to safety, so the three capture him.
Reprints
Keywords
bank robbery; plane; swamp; swamp buggy

100 Toy Soldiers $1.25 (Table of Contents: 9) (Expand) /

100 Toy Soldiers / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Make Money Get Prizes (Table of Contents: 10) (Expand) /

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

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Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [Climbing Mt. Snowman]
    Tom and Jerry
  2. 1. Yabba-Dabba-Doo!!! This is for You!
    Gold Key Comics
  3. 2. Bluebeard's Close Shave
    Tom and Jerry
  4. 3. To Build a Better Mousetrap
    Tom and Jerry
  5. 4. Moth Fodder
    Tom and Jerry
  6. 5. All Kinds of Time
    Barney Bear and Benny Burro
  7. 6. The Successful Failure
    Professor Putter
  8. 7. Statement of Ownership, Management and Circulation
  9. 8. Swamped with Trouble
    Tom and Jerry
  10. 9. 100 Toy Soldiers $1.25
    100 Toy Soldiers
  11. 10. Make Money Get Prizes
    American Seed Co.
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