(January 1950)

Harvey, 1949 Series
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Volume
1
Price
0.10 USD
Pages
36
Indicia Frequency
every other month
On-sale Date
1949-11-01
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Harvey Publications, Inc.
Brand
Harvey Comics H
Editing
Leon Harvey (credited) (p. 2, Editor)

Issue Notes

[Boxing Lessons] (Table of Contents)

Sad Sack / cover / 1 page (report information)

Script
George Baker (credited) (signed as George Baker) (p. 1, & upper left thumbnail)
Pencils
George Baker (credited) (signed as George Baker) (p. 1, & upper left thumbnail)
Inks
George Baker (credited) (signed as George Baker) (p. 1, & upper left thumbnail)
Colors
?
Letters
George Baker (credited) (signed as George Baker) (p. 1, & upper left thumbnail)

Genre
humor; satire-parody
Characters
Sad Sack; three boys; scruffy dog
Synopsis
Three boys give Sad Sack boxing lessons instead of the other way around.
Keywords
boxing; gut punch; gym; K.O.; knock out; lessons; sucker punch; T.K.O

Indexer Notes

[pantomime; no dialogue]
Assumed title taken from "Boxing Lessons by Sad Sack" sign pinned to gym wall.

[Filmatic Movieviewer] (Table of Contents: 1) (Expand) /

advertisement / 1 page (report information)

[Christmas Stockings] (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
?
Letters
George Baker (credited) (signed as George Baker) (p.3)

Genre
humor; satire-parody
Characters
Sad Sack; adult Christmas shoppers; Santa Claus
Synopsis
Sad Sack hangs two stockings on mantle Christmas Eve then dreams of Santa Claus bringing gifts.
Keywords
chimney; Christmas; Christmas Tree; gifts; presents; Saint Nick; Santa Claus; socks; stocking stuffers; stockings

Indexer Notes

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

[Chugga-Mota!] (Table of Contents: 3) (Expand) /

comics-form advertising / 1 page (report information)

[Dog Fight] (Table of Contents: 4)

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

Script
George Baker (credited) (signed as by George Baker) (p. 5)
Pencils
George Baker (credited) (signed as by George Baker) (p. 5)
Inks
George Baker (credited) (signed as by George Baker) (p. 5)
Colors
?

Genre
humor; animal; satire-parody
Characters
Sad Sack; big dog; little dog; large man
Synopsis
Sad Sack rescues a small dog from a big dog's near bite but suffers man's wrath afterward after colliding with Sad Sack and being bitten by the small dog.
Keywords
dog bite; dog fight; dog nuisance; stray dogs

Indexer Notes

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

[City Noises] (Table of Contents: 5)

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

Script
George Baker (p. 6, uncredited)
Pencils
George Baker (p. 6, uncredited)
Inks
George Baker (p. 6, uncredited)
Colors
?
Letters
George Baker (p. 6, uncredited)

Genre
humor; satire-parody
Characters
Sad Sack; apartment dwellers; scurrying pedestrians
Synopsis
Sad Sack gets scolded for rattling bottles as a wee morning Ace Milk Company delivery man.
Keywords
#13; 13; Apt. 13; city noises; clink; clunk; rattle; squeak

Indexer Notes

[pantomime; no dialogue]
Assumed title inferred from strip.

Sad Sack's apartment is #13 per sign on his front door.

[Wrestling Tonight] (Table of Contents: 6)

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

Script
George Baker (credited) (signed as by George Baker) (p. 7)
Pencils
George Baker (credited) (signed as by George Baker) (p. 7)
Inks
George Baker (credited) (signed as by George Baker) (p. 7)
Colors
?
Letters
George Baker (credited) (signed as by George Baker) (p. 7)

Genre
humor; satire-parody
Characters
Sad Sack; patrons; wrestler Murder Mike; wrestler Mayhem Moe
Synopsis
From front row seat, Sad Sack helps a wrestler back into the ring only to be clobbered by the wrestler he helped.
Keywords
CWC; ring; ringside; ropes; UFC; wrestling; WWE; WWF; WWWF

Indexer Notes

[pantomime; no dialogue]
Assumed title taken from excerpt of sign in panel 2.

[Returned Wallet] (Table of Contents: 7)

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

Script
George Baker (credited) (signed as by George Baker) (p. 8)
Pencils
George Baker (credited) (signed as by George Baker) (p. 8)
Inks
George Baker (credited) (signed as by George Baker) (p. 8)
Colors
?
Letters
George Baker (credited) (signed as by George Baker) (p. 8)

Genre
humor; satire-parody
Characters
Sad Sack; Joe Blow; policeman
Synopsis
Joe Blow doesn't answer his doorbell as Sad Sack tries to return his lost wallet until afterward.
Keywords
billfold; honest pedestrian; lost and found; means well; meant well; misunderstanding; wallet; wrongfully accused

Indexer Notes

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

[Rich Panhandler] (Table of Contents: 8)

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

Script
George Baker (credited) (signed as by George Baker) (p. 9)
Pencils
George Baker (credited) (signed as by George Baker) (p. 9)
Inks
George Baker (credited) (signed as by George Baker) (p. 9)
Colors
?

Genre
humor; satire-parody
Characters
Sad Sack; Panhandler
Synopsis
Sad Sack only has a 20.00 USD bill when asked if he can spare any change to which the panhandler quickly wips out a wad of cash and coin to break Sad Sack's 20.00 USD bill.
Keywords
bill; cash; change; coin; currency; donate; panhandle; spare any change; spare some change

Indexer Notes

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

[Good Scout] (Table of Contents: 9)

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

Script
George Baker (credited) (signed as by George Baker) (p. 10)
Pencils
George Baker (credited) (signed as by George Baker) (p. 10)
Inks
George Baker (credited) (signed as by George Baker) (p. 10)
Colors
?
Letters
George Baker (credited) (signed as by George Baker) (p. 10)

Genre
humor; satire-parody
Characters
Sad Sack; Boy Scout
Synopsis
Well-meaning boy scout helps Sad Sack but only causes him grief with each act of kindness.
Keywords
acts of kindness; Boy Scout; Cub Scout; good intentions; help; scout; scout's honor; well-meaning

Indexer Notes

[pantomime; no dialogue]
Assumed title inferred from young boy's scout uniform, sign in panel 11, and theme of strip.

[Shovel Your Sidewalk!] (Table of Contents: 10)

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

Script
George Baker (credited) (signed as by George Baker) (p. 11)
Pencils
George Baker (credited) (signed as by George Baker) (p. 11)
Inks
George Baker (credited) (signed as by George Baker) (p. 11)
Colors
?

Genre
humor; satire-parody
Characters
Sad Sack; policeman; snowplow driver
Synopsis
A police officer orders Sad Sack to shovel snow from his sidewalk ... twice!
Keywords
shovel snow; snow; snow-covered; snowplow

Indexer Notes

[pantomime; no dialogue]
Assumed title inferred from strip.

[Hot Pursuit] (Table of Contents: 11)

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

Script
George Baker (credited) (signed as by George Baker) (p. 12)
Pencils
George Baker (credited) (signed as by George Baker) (p. 12)
Inks
George Baker (credited) (signed as by George Baker) (p. 12)
Colors
?
Letters
George Baker (credited) (signed as by George Baker) (p. 12)

Genre
humor; satire-parody
Characters
Sad Sack; bank robber; banker; policeman
Synopsis
A police officer commandeers Sad Sack's car to pursue a bank robber's get-away car.
Keywords
armed robbery; bank; bank robber; bank robbery; banker; chase; get-away car; in pursuit; police; pursue

Indexer Notes

[pantomime; no dialogue]
Assumed title inferred from strip's theme.

[Self Service] (Table of Contents: 12)

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

Script
George Baker (credited) (signed as by George Baker) (p. 13)
Pencils
George Baker (credited) (signed as by George Baker) (p. 13)
Inks
George Baker (credited) (signed as by George Baker) (p. 13)
Colors
?
Letters
George Baker (credited) (signed as by George Baker) (p. 13)

Genre
humor; satire-parody
Characters
Sad Sack; Policeman; random man
Synopsis
Sad Sack resorts to reading paper over a random man's shoulder due to a misunderstanding between him and a police officer regarding the "honor" system.
Keywords
honor system; newspaper sales; self-service; theft

Indexer Notes

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

[Fortune Teller] (Table of Contents: 13)

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

Script
George Baker (p. 14, uncredited)
Pencils
George Baker (p. 14, uncredited)
Inks
George Baker (p. 14, uncredited)
Colors
?
Letters
George Baker (p. 14, uncredited)

Genre
humor; satire-parody
Synopsis
Madame Gaisze tells Sad Sack's fortune for his last 5.00 USD.
Keywords
bad luck; fortune teller; misfortune; prognosticator; sorcery

Indexer Notes

[pantomime; no dialogue]
Assumed title taken from sign in window of panel 2.

[One Upmanship] (Table of Contents: 14)

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

Script
George Baker (credited) (signed as by George Baker) (p. 15)
Pencils
George Baker (credited) (signed as by George Baker) (p. 15)
Inks
George Baker (credited) (signed as by George Baker) (p. 15)
Colors
?

Genre
humor; satire-parody
Characters
Sad Sack; pedestrians; newsboy; large newsman
Synopsis
Trying to sell newspapers, Sad Sack gets one-upped by a small newsboy seller, but after walking away spies a newsman larger than him, then tries similar "newsboy" tactic.
Keywords
newsboy; newsman; newspaper sales; one-up; paper sales tactics

Indexer Notes

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

The Mascot Saves The Day! (Table of Contents: 15)

text story / 1 page (report information)

Script
Alfred Harvey ? (p. 16)
Letters
typeset

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Union High School's football team suffered a terrific loss of morale.
Genre
drama; sports
Characters
Goldie the Cocker Spaniel; Union High School football team; Hotchkiss High School football team; Coach Wilkins
Synopsis
Mascot Goldie is dog-napped by Hotchkiss High, but Union High popular math teacher Coach Wilkins devises a plan to both free Goldie and win their football contest against Hotchkiss High.
Keywords
dog-nap; football; high school football; mascot; prep football; rivalry; rivals

Captain Tootsie Breaks Up Spy Ring (Table of Contents: 16) (Expand) /

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

Cure for Colds (Table of Contents: 17)

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

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

Genre
humor; satire-parody
Characters
Sad Sack; salesman
Synopsis
A persistent salesman interrupts Sad Sack's hot bath to sell him cold medicine.
Keywords
cold draft; cold medicine; door-to-door salesman; drafty; patent medicine; wintry

Indexer Notes

[pantomime; no dialogue]

Fleer's Dubble Bubble Gum (Table of Contents: 18) (Expand) /

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

Shelby Donald Duck Bike (Table of Contents: 19) (Expand) /

Donald Duck; Huey; Dewey; Louie / comics-form advertising / 0.5 page (report information)

[Tripped] (Table of Contents: 20)

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

Script
George Baker (credited) (signed as by George Baker) (p. 21)
Pencils
George Baker (credited) (signed as by George Baker) (p. 21)
Inks
George Baker (credited) (signed as by George Baker) (p. 21)
Colors
?

Genre
humor; satire-parody
Characters
Sad Sack; woman with dog; large man; policeman
Synopsis
Sad Sack trips over a woman's leashed dog but as he hands the leash back he causes a man to trip.
Keywords
dog on a leash; leash; leashed dog; trip; trip on leash; walk the dog

Indexer Notes

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

[Bellhop] (Table of Contents: 21)

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

Script
George Baker (credited) (signed as by George Baker) (p. 22)
Pencils
George Baker (credited) (signed as by George Baker) (p. 22)
Inks
George Baker (credited) (signed as by George Baker) (p. 22)
Colors
?
Letters
George Baker (credited) (signed as by George Baker) (p. 22)

Genre
humor; satire-parody
Characters
Sad Sack; maître d'hôtel; hotel guest; room attendant
Synopsis
Slaving away as the bellhop, Sad Sack gets cheated out of a tip by a room attendant.
Keywords
13th Fl.; 13th Floor; attendant; bellhop; Floor 13; guest; hotel; maître d'hôtel; Room 13; Room 1313; tip

Indexer Notes

[pantomime; no dialogue]
Assumed title inferred from strip.

Guest is assigned Room 13 on the 13th Floor of Ace Hotel.

[Dramatic School] (Table of Contents: 22)

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

Script
George Baker (credited) (signed as by George Baker) (p. 23)
Pencils
George Baker (credited) (signed as by George Baker) (p. 23)
Inks
George Baker (credited) (signed as by George Baker) (p. 23)
Colors
?
Letters
George Baker (credited) (signed as by George Baker) (p. 23)

Genre
humor; satire-parody
Characters
Sad Sack; Ace baseball team; umpire; Ace coach; director
Synopsis
Wimpy Sad Sack loses argument with dominant umpire, so coach sends him to drama school to bolster his arguing skills.
Keywords
advocate; argue; baseball; out; safe; stand your ground; yell

Indexer Notes

[pantomime; no dialogue]
Assumed title taken from sign in last panel.

[Screen Star] (Table of Contents: 23)

Holly of Hollywood / comic story / 0.5 page (report information)

Script
Paul McCarthy (p. 24, uncredited)
Pencils
Paul McCarthy (p. 24, uncredited)
Inks
Paul McCarthy (p. 24, uncredited)
Colors
?
Letters
Paul McCarthy (p. 24, uncredited)

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Hi, Sue! I'm taking care of Junior Lawson today! His dad is a movie director --maybe he'll make me a big screen star!
Genre
humor; domestic
Characters
Holly of Hollywood; Junior Lawson
Synopsis
Holly is on the phone with her friend Sue talking about being made a screen star when Junior Lawson, son of a movie director whom she's babysitting, eavesdrops then literally cuts out a screen star.
Keywords
babysitting; director's kid; dream; Hollywood; movie star; window screen

Indexer Notes

Assumed title inferred from theme of strip.

[Beauty Sleep] (Table of Contents: 24)

Holly of Hollywood / comic story / 0.5 page (report information)

Script
Paul McCarthy (p. 24, uncredited)
Pencils
Paul McCarthy (p. 24, uncredited)
Inks
Paul McCarthy (p. 24, uncredited)
Colors
?
Letters
Paul McCarthy (p. 24, uncredited)

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Humph - 8 A.M.! A fine time to be coming home!
Genre
humor; domestic
Characters
Holly of Hollywood; Mrs. Teal; teen Joe
Synopsis
Holly pulls an all-nighter at Colossal Studios and now needs her beauty sleep, but Joe's trumpet practicing is a nuisance.
Keywords
all-nighter; brass instrument; Colossal Studios; no rest for the weary; noisy trumpet; sleep; zzz

Indexer Notes

Assumed title inferred from theme of strip.

Roy Rogers Pocket Flashlight (Table of Contents: 25) (Expand) /

comics-form advertising / 1 page (report information)

The Birthday Gift! (Table of Contents: 26)

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

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Happy birthday, Li'l Dot! And what's your birthday wish?
Genre
humor; children; domestic
Characters
Mrs. Mama Polka; Mr. Papa Polka; little brother Polka; Li'l Dot [little Dorothy "Dot" Polka]; puppy
Synopsis
Li'l Dot's wish for a puppy comes true on her sixth birthday.
Keywords
6th birthday; age 6; birthday; birthday cake; birthday girl; birthday present; candles; make a wish; new puppy; puppy; six candles; six years old

Indexer Notes

Li'l Dot's age is established based upon number of candles atop her birthday cake in panels 1 and 6 of page 26.

Page 27 panel 8 error: Editor Leon Harvey--twin brother of Harvey Comics President Alfred Harvey--missed an important error likely made between typesetting the manuscript and final paste-up of the original art prior to printing. This important error ruined Alfred Harvey's punchline in Li'l Dot's speech balloon which should have read:
"But mom ... you wouldn't let 'HIM' sleep in my bed! But you didn't say I couldn't sleep in HIS!"

'HIM' (male puppy) was incorrectly typeset as 'ME' (Li'l Dot).

Three Great Comics by Ham Fisher (Table of Contents: 27) (Expand) /

Joe Palooka; Humphrey; Little Max / promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.5 page (report information)

Wahooo! Everyone Loves the Sad Sack (Table of Contents: 28) (Expand) /

Sad Sack / preview (from the publisher) / 0.5 page (report information)

Hollywood Ham (Table of Contents: 29)

Winnie the Waitress / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Vic Herman (credited) (signed as Vic Herman) (pp. 29-30)
Pencils
Vic Herman (credited) (signed as Vic Herman) (pp. 29-30)
Inks
Vic Herman (credited) (signed as Vic Herman) (pp. 29-30)
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Well, how do you like that! She did it again!
Genre
humor
Characters
Winnie; Maizie; Gertie; diner; Dennis Deadbeat; manager
Synopsis
Pretty new waitress Gertie steals away big tipping customers from waitresses Winnie and Maizie.
Keywords
cafe; customers; deadbeat; diner; diners; I.O.U.; restaurant; stiff; waitresses

Hi Fellows! The New Lionel Trains Catalog is Ready (Table of Contents: 30) (Expand) /

advertisement / 1 page (report information)

The Big Scoop! (Table of Contents: 31)

text story / 1 page (report information)

Script
Alfred Harvey ? (p. 32, uncredited)
Letters
typeset

First Line of Dialogue or Text
It was the night of the important basketball game between Central High School and Newton High School.
Genre
drama; sports
Characters
Buck Horne; Dave Callahan; student editors; Mike
Synopsis
Freshman Dave Callahan of Central High School is sent by his school paper to report on an important rival basketball game between his school and Newton High School. Competing Newton H.S. student paper editors, however, try a clever trick in an effort to prevent Central from publishing game results.
Keywords
basketball; competition; control the narrative; dog-eat-dog; fierce competitors; high school rivalry; scheme; school newspaper; trickery

Indexer Notes

Alfred Harvey (Owner, President, and Publisher of Harvey Comics) likely author of this story since many parallels can be drawn between elements in this text story and his life.

Coupon for Major League baseball bat pen & pencil set at lower right could be cut and mailed to:

MAJOR LEAGUERS
P.O. Box 2500
Paterson, N.J.

[Comb and Brush Set] (Table of Contents: 32) (Expand) /

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

[Ace Boys Club] (Table of Contents: 33)

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

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

Genre
humor; sports
Characters
Sad Sack; boys
Synopsis
Sad Sack rushes in an Ace Boys Club football game, gets tackled in a heap, knocked out, recovers, but the football is flattened.
Keywords
boys; football; pigskin; rush; tackle; tackle football

Indexer Notes

Assumed title from sign on fence in background of panels 2, 3, 8, and 9.

[Fame Instead of Shame] (Table of Contents: 34) (Expand) /

Charles Atlas / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Shoot Daisy's Red Ryder Cowboy Carbine! (Table of Contents: 35) (Expand) /

Daisy BB Guns; Red Ryder / comics-form advertising / 1 page (report information)

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [Boxing Lessons]
    Sad Sack
  2. 1. [Filmatic Movieviewer]
  3. 2. [Christmas Stockings]
    Sad Sack
  4. 3. [Chugga-Mota!]
  5. 4. [Dog Fight]
    Sad Sack
  6. 5. [City Noises]
    Sad Sack
  7. 6. [Wrestling Tonight]
    Sad Sack
  8. 7. [Returned Wallet]
    Sad Sack
  9. 8. [Rich Panhandler]
    Sad Sack
  10. 9. [Good Scout]
    Sad Sack
  11. 10. [Shovel Your Sidewalk!]
    Sad Sack
  12. 11. [Hot Pursuit]
    Sad Sack
  13. 12. [Self Service]
    Sad Sack
  14. 13. [Fortune Teller]
    Sad Sack
  15. 14. [One Upmanship]
    Sad Sack
  16. 15. The Mascot Saves The Day!
  17. 16. Captain Tootsie Breaks Up Spy Ring
    Tootsie Roll
  18. 17. Cure for Colds
    The Sad Sack
  19. 18. Fleer's Dubble Bubble Gum
    Dubble Bubble Gum
  20. 19. Shelby Donald Duck Bike
    Donald Duck; Huey; Dewey; Louie
  21. 20. [Tripped]
    The Sad Sack
  22. 21. [Bellhop]
    The Sad Sack
  23. 22. [Dramatic School]
    The Sad Sack
  24. 23. [Screen Star]
    Holly of Hollywood
  25. 24. [Beauty Sleep]
    Holly of Hollywood
  26. 25. Roy Rogers Pocket Flashlight
  27. 26. The Birthday Gift!
    Li'l Dot
  28. 27. Three Great Comics by Ham Fisher
    Joe Palooka; Humphrey; Little Max
  29. 28. Wahooo! Everyone Loves the Sad Sack
    Sad Sack
  30. 29. Hollywood Ham
    Winnie the Waitress
  31. 30. Hi Fellows! The New Lionel Trains Catalog is Ready
  32. 31. The Big Scoop!
  33. 32. [Comb and Brush Set]
    Old Nick; Bit-O-Honey
  34. 33. [Ace Boys Club]
    The Sad Sack
  35. 34. [Fame Instead of Shame]
    Charles Atlas
  36. 35. Shoot Daisy's Red Ryder Cowboy Carbine!
    Daisy BB Guns; Red Ryder
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