(September 1949)

Harvey, 1949 Series
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Volume
1
Price
0.10 USD
Pages
36
Indicia Frequency
every other month
On-sale Date
1949-07-01
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Harvey Publications, Inc.
Brand
Harvey Comics H
Editing
Leon Harvey (credited) (Editor)

Issue Notes

Golden Age pre-Comics Code Authority
This first issue was printed for Harvey Publications, Inc. by Curtis-Way Company at their printing, bookbinding, and electrotyping firm within the 3-story brick Curtis-Way print shop building located at 163 Pratt Street, Meriden, Connecticut*† 06450-4250.

* Indicia. Sad Sack Comics (Harvey, 1949 Series), v1#1, page 2.
† Mills | Making Places of Connecticut. Online historic narrative. Preservation Connecticut. 2021.
https://connecticutmills.org/find/details/curtis-way-co
Last retrieved January 26, 2021.
Parts of this issue are reprinted:

Sad Sack Comics (Table of Contents)

Sad Sack / cover / 1 page (report information)

Script
George Baker (credited) (signed as George Baker) (infinity cover)
Pencils
George Baker (credited) (signed as George Baker) (infinity cover)
Inks
George Baker (credited) (signed as George Baker) (infinity cover)
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Scram, Bub! You're on my corner!
Genre
humor; satire-parody
Characters
Sad Sack; Daily Bugle salesman
Synopsis
Sad Sack is kicked off a competing paper salesman's corner scattering several Sad Sack Comics 1st issues in this famous infinity cover.
Reprints
Keywords
#1; 1st issue; based on the famous comic by George Baker; Daily Bugle; first issue; It's a Harvey Comics Hit!; loved by millions; No. 1; Sad Sack Comics

Sad Sack (Table of Contents: 1)

foreword, introduction, preface, afterword / 1 page (report information)

Script
George Baker (signed as George Baker) (creator, p.2)
Pencils
George Baker (signed as George Baker) (creator, p.2)
Inks
George Baker (signed as George Baker) (creator, p.2)
Letters
typeset

First Line of Dialogue or Text
George Baker and the Sad Sack
Genre
humor; satire-parody
Characters
Sad Sack
Synopsis
First two-thirds of page is a brief biography of cartoonist George Baker and his 'Sad Sack' creation which by Summer 1949 was already an immensely popular character from World War II beginning with its first appearance in Yank, the Army Weekly of June 17, 1942 through several printings in book form of collected wartime Sad Sack comic strip reprints by Simon and Schuster from 1944 through 1946. Last third of page has table of contents listing ten featured Sad Sack comic stories and also Li'l Dot and Winnie [the WAC] by Vic Herman.
Keywords
Allied advance on Rome; cartoonist biography; first appearance of Li'l Dot; Li'l Dot; Sad Sack; Sad Sack of S#*t; Sad Sack of Shit; Sgt. Gregor Duncan; table of contents; Winnie

Indexer Notes

Reproduction of a pen and ink original drawing of Technical Sergeant George Baker by his very good friend Sergeant Gregor Duncan, signed and dated at Anzio [Italy] - Apr. 26, 1944, reprinted from: Baker, George. The Sad Sack. Simon and Schuster, New York, NY. 1944, afterword, n.p.

Winnie was reconstituted as Winnie the Waitress (now a civilian) after World War II by its creator, artist Victor J. Herman, who had originally created the female character as Winnie the WAC. See online article dated March 4, 2015 by R.C. Harvey in The Comics Journal.
http://www.tcj.com/winnie-the-wac/
Last accessed January 26, 2021

[Dog-napper] (Table of Contents: 2)

Sad Sack / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
George Baker (credited) (signed as George Baker) (p. 3)
Pencils
George Baker (credited) (signed as George Baker) (p. 3)
Inks
George Baker (credited) (signed as George Baker) (p. 3)
Colors
?

Genre
humor; satire-parody
Characters
Sad Sack; dog catcher; boy; policeman
Synopsis
Sad Sack is wrongfully accused of stealing a boy's dog after paying to rescue it from the pound.
Keywords
dog catcher; dog-napping; lost dog; pound; stray dog

Indexer Notes

[pantomime; no dialogue]
Assumed title taken from theme of strip.

[Wheaties] (Table of Contents: 3) (Expand) /

Hal Newhouser; Wheaties / comics-form advertising / 1 page (report information)

Tries to Explain (Table of Contents: 4)

Sad Sack / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
George Baker (p. 5, uncredited)
Pencils
George Baker (p. 5, uncredited)
Inks
George Baker (p. 5, uncredited)
Colors
?

Genre
humor; satire-parody
Characters
Sad Sack; woman; policeman
Synopsis
Sad Sack steps back onto grass to take a photo of a lady and policeman but gets arrested afterward because of a sign that states, "Keep Off Grass | Under Penalty of Law"
Keywords
grass; keep off grass; lawn; penalty; police

Indexer Notes

[pantomime; no dialogue]

Cautious Soul (Table of Contents: 5)

Sad Sack / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
George Baker (pp. 6-7, uncredited)
Pencils
George Baker (pp. 6-7, uncredited)
Inks
George Baker (pp. 6-7, uncredited)
Colors
?

Genre
humor; satire-parody
Characters
Sad Sack; Policeman
Synopsis
Sad Sack takes too long to cross a street from observing all the regulatory signs and traffic light, only to be arrested by a policeman for disregarding a 'no loitering' sign.
Keywords
loitering; regulations; regulatory signs; traffic light; traffic signal

Indexer Notes

[pantomime; no dialogue]

Day at the Beach (Table of Contents: 6)

Sad Sack / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
George Baker (pp. 8-9, uncredited)
Pencils
George Baker (pp. 8-9, uncredited)
Inks
George Baker (pp. 8-9, uncredited)
Colors
?

Genre
humor; satire-parody
Characters
Sad Sack; beach-going kids; male sunbather; policeman
Synopsis
Sad Sack unwittingly sells a hot dog that's been sprinkled with sand from kids jumping over his vendor basket to a man at the beach. The man takes out his wrath on Sad Sack by slamming the basket of hot dogs over Sad Sack's head. To add insult to injury, Sad Sack gets arrested for littering.
Keywords
basket; beach; beach goers; fine; hot dog; littering; sun bathing; vendor

Indexer Notes

[pantomime; no dialogue]

Playful Kids (Table of Contents: 7)

Sad Sack / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
George Baker (pp. 10-11, uncredited)
Pencils
George Baker (pp. 10-11, uncredited)
Inks
George Baker (pp. 10-11, uncredited)
Colors
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Bang Bang Bang
Genre
humor
Characters
Sad Sack; two boys
Synopsis
Sad Sack pretends to be shot dead by two mischievous boys playing with wooden toy guns only to be actually thrown off a pier by them.
Keywords
dispose of a body; dump a body; get rid of a body; mischief; murder; play; pretend; toy guns

Foul Play (Table of Contents: 8)

Sad Sack / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
George Baker (pp. 12-13, uncredited)
Pencils
George Baker (pp. 12-13, uncredited)
Inks
George Baker (pp. 12-13, uncredited)
Colors
?

Genre
humor; sports
Characters
Sad Sack; Ace Baseball team; Sox Baseball team; baseball players
Synopsis
Playing for the Aces, Sad Sack hits a triple but while trying to steal home he gets slammed backward to a Sox third baseman by a line-drive foul ball and called out.
Keywords
baseball; foul ball; out

Indexer Notes

[pantomime; no dialogue]

Visit to the Zoo (Table of Contents: 9)

Sad Sack / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
George Baker (pp. 14-15, uncredited)
Pencils
George Baker (pp. 14-15, uncredited)
Inks
George Baker (pp. 14-15, uncredited)
Colors
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
[pantomime; no dialogue]
Genre
humor
Characters
Sad Sack; monkey; tiger; women; children; zoo keeper; policeman
Synopsis
Sad Sack saves women and children from an escaped tiger at the zoo only to be hauled off to jail for annoying animals.
Keywords
criminal; hero; jail; maltreatment; mistreatment; wild animals; zoo

Indexer Notes

[pantomime; no dialogue]

The Temperamental Mule (Table of Contents: 10)

text story / 1 page (report information)

Script
Alfred Harvey (p. 16, uncredited); ?
Letters
typeset

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Pete Moore, aged eighteen, was tired of city life and quit his city job.
Genre
drama; animal
Characters
Maudeen the mule; Pete Moore; Farmer Brown; farm hands
Synopsis
18-year-old Pete Moore tires of city life, quits his city job, then takes a train to the countryside where he finds a job on a farm but knows nothing of feeding pigs or farming. Despite being teased by the other farm hands, he quickly wins approval of Farmer Brown after cleverly getting Maudeen the stubborn mule to mind.
Keywords
clever; farm hand; outwit; prima dona mule; prize mule; stubborn mule; temperamental mule

Indexer Notes

Only art is a tiny pen and ink drawing of a mule in upper right corner accompanying text story.

Captain Tootsie to the Rescue! (Table of Contents: 11) (Expand) /

Tootsie Roll / comics-form advertising / 1 page (report information)

Super Salesman (Table of Contents: 12)

Sad Sack / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
George Baker (pp. 18-19, uncredited)
Pencils
George Baker (pp. 18-19, uncredited)
Inks
George Baker (pp. 18-19, uncredited)
Colors
?
Letters
George Baker (pp. 18-19, uncredited)

Genre
humor
Characters
Sad Sack; salesman
Synopsis
Sad Sack faces off with a pushy salesman.
Keywords
high pressure sales; pushy salesman; sales tactics

Indexer Notes

[pantomime; no dialogue]

Beating the Best at the Fair (Table of Contents: 13) (Expand) /

Tom and teen fellas / comics-form advertising / 1 page (report information)

Double Trouble (Table of Contents: 14)

Sad Sack / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
George Baker (p. 21, uncredited)
Pencils
George Baker (p. 21, uncredited)
Inks
George Baker (p. 21, uncredited)
Colors
?

Genre
humor; satire-parody
Characters
Sad Sack; brunette woman; blonde woman; heavy set gentleman
Synopsis
Sad Sack offers to assist a brunette who's carrying packages cross the street but gets punched in his left eye when he causes her to trip at opposite curb.
Keywords
chivalry; city life; city traffic; corner; crossing; curb; male chauvinism

Indexer Notes

[pantomime; no dialogue]

Costume Ball (Table of Contents: 15)

Sad Sack / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
George Baker (pp. 22-23, uncredited)
Pencils
George Baker (pp. 22-23, uncredited)
Inks
George Baker (pp. 22-23, uncredited)
Colors
?
Letters
George Baker (pp. 22-23, uncredited)

Genre
humor; satire-parody
Synopsis
Dressed as a police officer, Sad Sack mistakenly arrests a real police officer dressed as an inmate.
Keywords
costume ball; disguise; dress up

Indexer Notes

[pantomime; no dialogue]

Goes to the Movies (Table of Contents: 16)

Sad Sack / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
George Baker (pp. 24-25, uncredited)
Pencils
George Baker (pp. 24-25, uncredited)
Inks
George Baker (pp. 24-25, uncredited)
Colors
?
Letters
George Baker (pp. 24-25, uncredited)

Genre
humor
Characters
Sad Sack; box office cashier; woman movie goer; random cinema patrons
Synopsis
Sad Sack finds an empty seat next to a brunette in red dress at a theater featuring a horror flick.
Keywords
box office; cinema; horror; movies; theater

Indexer Notes

[pantomime; no dialogue]

Bakes a Cake (Table of Contents: 17)

Li'l Dot / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Alfred Harvey
Pencils
Vic Herman (credited) (signed as Vic Herman) (pp. 26-27)
Inks
Vic Herman (credited) (signed as Vic Herman) (pp. 26-27)
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Mama, what's that white powder you just put in the cake?
Genre
humor; children
Characters
Li'l Dot [Dorothy Polka] (1st appearance); Mama Polka (1st appearance)
Synopsis
Li'l Dot learns to bake a cake but misconstrues Mama's explanation of baking powder.
Keywords
baking; baking powder; baking soda; batter; cake; kitchen; mix

Indexer Notes

First appearance of "Li'l Dot" as back pages filler material for Sad Sack Comics v1#1 (Sep. 1949). Later, Harvey Publications, Inc. would publish her as a restyled house character named "Little Dot" in her own comic book (Harvey, 1953 series, #1 cover dated Sep. 1953, on sale July 1, 1953), despite Harvey promising, "Li'l Dot appears in a comics all her own--on sale Aug. 10th" at bottom of p. 27.

Horseback Riding (Table of Contents: 18)

Winnie & Maisie / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Vic Herman (pp. 28-29, uncredited)
Pencils
Vic Herman (pp. 28-29, uncredited)
Inks
Vic Herman (pp. 28-29, uncredited)
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

First Line of Dialogue or Text
What's the matter, Maisie? You look as if you'd lost your best boy friend!
Genre
humor; romance; teen
Characters
Winnie; Maisie; Ted Fetlock; Wally
Synopsis
Teen waitresses Winnie and Maisie go on a horseback riding double date with Ted and Wally.
Keywords
cow-poke; double date; foursome; horseback riding; outdoor type; outdoors; slow-pokes; teen romance

Fleer's Dubble Bubble Gum (Table of Contents: 19) (Expand) /

Dubble Bubble Gum / comics-form advertising / 0.5 page (report information)

Joe and Milferd in the Cave (Table of Contents: 20) (Expand) /

Joe Palooka / promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.5 page (report information)

[Insulting Ransom] (Table of Contents: 21)

Snoopy / comic story / 0.5 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Baby de Murph, Society Heiress, Has Been Kidnapped!
Genre
humor
Characters
Snoopy; Baby de Murph; Grappa Mob; Madame
Synopsis
Detective Snoopy fights with kidnapping mob, negotiates a ransom of 250,000.00 USD; an amount considered an insult to the kidnapped baby girl's mother and high society Madame.

Indexer Notes

Assumed title taken from theme of strip.

[Medal or Tag?] (Table of Contents: 22)

Snoopy / comic story / 0.5 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Police parade or no police parade ... yer on duty!
Genre
humor
Characters
Snoopy; Chief; Commissioner; Oscar the dog; Officer
Synopsis
Detective Snoopy defies Chief's orders to remain on duty and joins in a police parade with Oscar his dog.
Reprints
Keywords
dog license tag; medals; police parade

Indexer Notes

Assumed title taken from theme of strip.

Fun at the Fair (Table of Contents: 23)

Jimmy & Billy & Pal / text story / 1 page (report information)

Script
Alfred Harvey ?
Letters
typeset

First Line of Dialogue or Text
The State Fair was in full swing.
Genre
humor
Characters
Boy Jimmy; Boy Billy; Pal the Fox Terrier; Pete the Half Man
Synopsis
Pal the Fox Terrier reveals secret of Pete the Half Man in circus exhibition at state fair.
Keywords
circus; exhibition; magic; suspense; trickery

[Chain of Champions] (Table of Contents: 24) (Expand) /

Old Nick; Bit-O-Honey / comics-form advertising / 1 page (report information)

[Milk Man] (Table of Contents: 25)

Sad Sack / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
George Baker (credited) (p. 34)
Pencils
George Baker (credited) (p. 34)
Inks
George Baker (credited) (p. 34)
Colors
?
Letters
George Baker (credited) (p. 34)

Genre
humor; satire-parody
Characters
Sad Sack; lady customer
Synopsis
Working for the Ace Milk Co, Sad Sack climbs to the 8th floor to find a sign 'No Milk Today' on door only to hear customer holler to him to come back after he's already descended to ground level.
Keywords
high rise; milk company; milk delivery; milkman

Indexer Notes

[pantomime; no dialogue]
Assumed title inferred from theme of strip.
Ace Milk Company truck is numbered 13. This number would later become Ken Selig's secret signature.

Are You a Sad Sack (Table of Contents: 26)

text story / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
George Baker (p. 35, uncredited thumbnail)
Inks
George Baker (p. 35, uncredited thumbnail)
Letters
typeset

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Do people ignore you? Are you always getting it in the end? Are you the butt of everyone's joke?
Genre
humor
Characters
Charles C.; Alex R.; Joe P.; Peter G.; Dave C.
Synopsis
Five 'Sad Sack' fans from around the United States share their typical Sad Sack true experiences. Editors used this gimmick to conduct market research by encouraging readers to relate an experience, with the promise that the best contributions would be published.
Keywords
Babe Ruth Sports Comics; introductory offer; Sad Sack Fan Club; sports fans; subscribe; subscriptions

Indexer Notes

Page 35 (B&W). Characters by reader submissions from Denver, CO; Chicago, IL; Washington DC; Clifton, NJ; and Texas, respectively

Harvey Publications encouraged 'Sad Sack' fans to write penny post cards and send them to:
Sad Sack Editor
1860 Broadway N.Y. 23, N.Y.

Right half is publisher's preview of Babe Ruth Sports Comics #4 (Harvey, 1949 series) cover dated Oct. 1949, on sale August 10th, with subscription coupon that could be clipped and mailed to:
Babe Ruth Sports
1860 Broadway
New York, 23, N.Y.

[Fame Instead of Shame] (Table of Contents: 27) (Expand) /

Charles Atlas / comics-form advertising / 1 page (report information)

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. Sad Sack Comics
    Sad Sack
  2. 1. Sad Sack
  3. 2. [Dog-napper]
    Sad Sack
  4. 3. [Wheaties]
    Hal Newhouser; Wheaties
  5. 4. Tries to Explain
    Sad Sack
  6. 5. Cautious Soul
    Sad Sack
  7. 6. Day at the Beach
    Sad Sack
  8. 7. Playful Kids
    Sad Sack
  9. 8. Foul Play
    Sad Sack
  10. 9. Visit to the Zoo
    Sad Sack
  11. 10. The Temperamental Mule
  12. 11. Captain Tootsie to the Rescue!
    Tootsie Roll
  13. 12. Super Salesman
    Sad Sack
  14. 13. Beating the Best at the Fair
    Tom and teen fellas
  15. 14. Double Trouble
    Sad Sack
  16. 15. Costume Ball
    Sad Sack
  17. 16. Goes to the Movies
    Sad Sack
  18. 17. Bakes a Cake
    Li'l Dot
  19. 18. Horseback Riding
    Winnie & Maisie
  20. 19. Fleer's Dubble Bubble Gum
    Dubble Bubble Gum
  21. 20. Joe and Milferd in the Cave
    Joe Palooka
  22. 21. [Insulting Ransom]
    Snoopy
  23. 22. [Medal or Tag?]
    Snoopy
  24. 23. Fun at the Fair
    Jimmy & Billy & Pal
  25. 24. [Chain of Champions]
    Old Nick; Bit-O-Honey
  26. 25. [Milk Man]
    Sad Sack
  27. 26. Are You a Sad Sack
  28. 27. [Fame Instead of Shame]
    Charles Atlas
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