(January 1976)

Harvey, 1949 Series
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Price
0.25 USD
Pages
36
Indicia Frequency
bi-monthly
On-sale Date
1975-10-23
Publisher's Age Guidelines
Approved by the Comics Code Authority
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Sad Sack, Inc.
Brand
Harvey Hits [Figurine]
Editing
Leon Harvey (credited as V.P. and Editor) (p. 5, indicia only); Ken Selig (uncredited, actual managing editor); Evelyn Johnson (uncredited, actual V.P. for Advertising & Marketing)

Issue Notes

• First cover art by long-time 'SAD SACK' cartoonist Fred Rhoads for Sad Sack Comics (Harvey, 1949 series).
• After brief try-out as a 'SAD SACK' cartoonist in late 1953, Fred Rhoads negotiated an oral agreement with Harvey Publications founder and president Alfred Harvey wherein Rhoads was considered, given vacation bonuses, paid, referred to, and treated as an employee* from 1954 to 1977.
• Fred Rhoads was denied unemployment benefits by the Arizona Employment Department upon losing his source of steady income from Harvey Publications, Inc. when it stopped purchasing his 'Sad Sack' artwork in September 1977. Believing---based upon good faith representations, an oral contract, and prior full-time work schedule---that he was a legitimate "employee," Rhoads hired the Tucson, Arizona law firm of Lovallo & Stirton to file suit against Harvey Publications on May 26, 1978 for payment of unemployment compensation and unpaid royalties to which a jury trial agreed and awarded him 2,580,000.00 USD inclusive of punitive damages.
• Harvey Publications, Inc., however, replaced their prior legal team, then hired Messing & Glicksman, P.C. of Tucson to litigate an appeal in which Harvey Publications, Inc. ultimately overturned the lower court's jury verdict based on a technicality† on December 2, 1981.

* Rhoads v. Harvey Publications, Inc. [1981] Exhibit 2A, 131 Ariz. 267 (1981) (Superior Court of the State of Arizona).

† Rhoads v. Harvey Publications, Inc. [1984] 700 P.2D 840 (1984) (Court of Appeals of Arizona, Division 2) [8 microfiche totaling 513 pages of court proceedings].

On sale date sourced from Library of Congress, Periodicals 1975 and publisher's promo on page 4 of Sad Sack #248.

Sad Sack (Table of Contents)

Sad Sack / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Fred Rhoads (front cover, uncredited); Ken Selig (p. 1 figurine upper left)
Inks
Fred Rhoads (front cover, uncredited); Ken Selig (p. 1 figurine upper left)
Colors
Ken Selig (front cover, uncredited)
Letters
Fred Rhoads (front cover, uncredited)
Editing
Ken Selig (managing editor, uncredited)

Genre
humor; military
Characters
Private Sad Sack; First Sergeant Cecil Circle; Private Hifi Tweeter Hoffman; Private Slob Slobinski; Muttsy K9 Dog
Synopsis
Sad Sack splashes Sarge with a gushing burst of water from a sink that Sack is trying to repair.
Keywords
1st appearance of Rhoads' SAD SACK cover; 1st appearance Rhoads' SAD SACK cover; first appearance of Rhoads' cover artwork; first instance of Rhoads' cover art; Fred Rhoads; Fred Rhoads' cover art; Rhoads' cover art

Indexer Notes

First appearance of artwork by Fred Rhoads on front cover of Sad Sack Comics (Harvey, 1949 series)

Snoopy Pencil Sharpener (Table of Contents: 1) (Expand) /

Snoopy / comics-form advertising / 1 page (report information)

The United Nations Children's Fund Brings Good Things All Over the World (Table of Contents: 2)

activity / 1 page (report information)

Script
Warren Kremer ? (p. 3, uncredited)
Pencils
Warren Kremer ? (p. 3, uncredited)
Inks
Warren Kremer ? (p. 3, uncredited)
Colors
staff ?
Letters
Warren Kremer ? (p. 3, uncredited)

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Please help the United Nations Children's Fund ... just cut out your favorite Casper cartoon emblem
Genre
children
Characters
Casper; Wendy; Sad Sack; Spooky; Lotta; Dot; Richie Rich; Hot Stuff; Baby Huey

Indexer Notes

cut-out badges featuring Harvey characters to be worn for collecting money for UNICEF

New Sad Sack Comics Group (Table of Contents: 3) (Expand) /

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

New Casper the Friendly Ghost Comics Group (Table of Contents: 4) (Expand) /

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

Rock-A-Bye Baby! (Table of Contents: 5)

Sad Sack / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
Jack O'Brien (pp. 5-9, uncredited)
Pencils
Jack O'Brien (pp. 5-9, uncredited)
Inks
Jack O'Brien (pp. 5-9, uncredited)
Colors
staff ?
Letters
Jack O'Brien (pp. 5-9, uncredited)
Editing
Ken Selig ? (managing editor)

First Line of Dialogue or Text
I can't wake him up!!
Genre
humor; military
Characters
Private Slob Slobinski; Private Hifi Tweeter; Private Sad Sack; First Sergeant Cecil Circle; unnamed captain; unnamed colonel; unnamed soldiers; white army; blue army; General Rockjaw
Synopsis
Sleepy Sad Sack cannot be woken up and gets used as a clever decoy during war games.
Reprints
  • from Sad Sack (Harvey, 1949 series) #157 (cover dated Sep. 1964)
Keywords
ambush; blue army; decoy; diversion; sneak attack; trick; war games; war maneuvers; war tactics; white army

G.I. Haircut (Table of Contents: 6)

Sad Sack; The Sarge; Hifi Tweeter / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
Jack O'Brien (p. 10, uncredited)
Pencils
Jack O'Brien (p. 10, uncredited)
Inks
Jack O'Brien (p. 10, uncredited)
Colors
staff ?
Letters
Jack O'Brien (p. 10, uncredited)

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Can we go on pass now, Sarge?
Genre
humor; military
Characters
Private Hifi Tweeter Hoffman; Private Sad Sack; First Sergeant Cecil Circle; unnamed captain
Synopsis
Hifi and Sack cleverly use a helicopter to quickly mow the parade ground so they can go on pass.
Reprints
  • from Sad Sack (Harvey, 1949 series) #157 (cover dated Sep. 1964)
Keywords
cut the grass; haircut; helicopter; mow; parade ground

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 7) (Expand) /

Hostess Fruit Pies; Richie Rich / comics-form advertising / 1 page (report information)

The Same Old Story (Table of Contents: 8)

Sad Sack / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
Jack O'Brien (pp. 12-16, uncredited)
Pencils
Jack O'Brien (pp. 12-16, uncredited)
Inks
Jack O'Brien (pp. 12-16, uncredited)
Colors
staff ?
Letters
Jack O'Brien (pp. 12-16, uncredited)

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Hey, look! A comic book!!
Genre
humor; military
Characters
Private Sad Sack; Private Slob Slobinski; First Sergeant Cecil Circle; Brigadier General Rockjaw
Synopsis
On litter patrol Sack accidentally knocks himself out and into a caveman dream of perpetual k.p.
Reprints
  • from Sad Sack (Harvey, 1949 series) #157 (cover dated Sep. 1964)
Keywords
bone; caveman; cavemen; dinosaur; k.p.; kitchen patrol; kitchen police; prehistoric; soup

[Harvey Records] (Table of Contents: 9) (Expand) /

Harvey Records / advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 10) (Expand) /

Richie Rich / promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.5 page (report information)

Wow! Harvey Comics Move Fast! (Table of Contents: 11) (Expand) /

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

[Starburst Fruit Chews] (Table of Contents: 12) (Expand) /

Starburst / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

1001 Free Gifts (Table of Contents: 13) (Expand) /

Free Give-A-Ways / advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

Customize-Restore Auto/Van Interiors (Table of Contents: 14) (Expand) /

Auto Upholstery Institute / advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

The Hip Sargent (Table of Contents: 15)

Hi-Fi Tweeter; Sad Sack / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
Jack O'Brien (pp. 21-25, uncredited)
Pencils
Jack O'Brien (pp. 21-25, uncredited)
Inks
Jack O'Brien (pp. 21-25, uncredited)
Colors
staff ?
Letters
Jack O'Brien (pp. 21-25, uncredited)
Editing
Ken Selig ? (uncredited, managing editor)

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Say, how about letting me hypnotize you, Sack?
Genre
humor; military
Characters
Private Hi-Fi Tweeter Hoffman; Private Sad Sack; First Sergeant Cecil Circle
Synopsis
Hi-Fi tries to hypnotize Sad Sack but hypnotizes Sarge instead; leading to a raucous rock-and-roll folly.
Reprints
  • from Sad Sack (Harvey, 1949 series) #157 (cover dated Sep. 1964)
Keywords
cool; hip; hypnosis; hypnotic; hypnotize; rock and roll; rock-and-roll

Lucky (Table of Contents: 16)

Sad Sack / text story / 1.6 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Fred Rhoads (pp. 26-27, uncredited)
Inks
Fred Rhoads (pp. 26-27, uncredited)
Colors
staff ?
Letters
typeset

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Sad Sack was sitting in the audience at the TV station ...
Genre
humor; military
Characters
Private Sad Sack; ex-con; retired gangster; M.C.; two Bureau of Internal Revenue agents
Synopsis
Sad Sack competes in a parody of "The Price is Right" TV game show, wins a Chinese junk and a B-29 Bomber from World War II, but is threatened with jail for not being able to pay income tax on his prizes.
Reprints
  • from Sad Sack (Harvey, 1949 series) #157 (cover dated Sep. 1964)
Keywords
B-29 bomber; Chinese junk; ex-con; game show; gangster; income tax; prizes; taxes; TV show

Indexer Notes

Three panels of art by Fred Rhoads illustrate this two-page text story.

Richie Rich (Table of Contents: 17) (Expand) /

Richie Rich / comics-form advertising / 0.2 page (report information)

Wendy, the Good Little Witch (Table of Contents: 18) (Expand) /

Wendy / comics-form advertising / 0.2 page (report information)

Silence Please (Table of Contents: 19)

Sad Sack / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
Jack O'Brien (pp. 28-32)
Pencils
Jack O'Brien (pp. 28-32)
Inks
Jack O'Brien (pp. 28-32)
Colors
staff ?
Letters
Jack O'Brien (pp. 28-32)

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Hey, Sack! Where do you think you're going?
Genre
humor; military
Characters
First Sergeant Cecil Circle; Private Sad Sack; unnamed captain; little bird
Synopsis
The Sarge orders Sad Sack not to speak to the C.O. (an unnamed captain) without his permission.
Reprints
  • from Sad Sack (Harvey, 1949 series) #157 (cover dated Sep. 1964)
Keywords
axe; chain of command; little bird; ordering; permission; piece of paper; regulations; secret battle plan; section 8; Timber!

Collegeville Costumes (Table of Contents: 20) (Expand) /

Costumes / comics-form advertising / 0.5 page (report information)

[Grit] (Table of Contents: 21) (Expand) /

GRIT Publishing / advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

[Honor House Prod. Corp.] (Table of Contents: 22) (Expand) /

advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Tournament of Thrills (Table of Contents: 23) (Expand) /

Kenner's SSP / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Hey It's Evel Knievel! (Table of Contents: 24) (Expand) /

Evel Knievel Power Toothbrush / comics-form advertising / 1 page (report information)

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. Sad Sack
    Sad Sack
  2. 1. Snoopy Pencil Sharpener
    Snoopy
  3. 2. The United Nations Children's Fund Brings Good Things All Over the World
  4. 3. New Sad Sack Comics Group
    Sad Sack
  5. 4. New Casper the Friendly Ghost Comics Group
    Casper
  6. 5. Rock-A-Bye Baby!
    Sad Sack
  7. 6. G.I. Haircut
    Sad Sack; The Sarge; Hifi Tweeter
  8. 7. ["Hi, Chef Pierre! I suppose you've prepared a fantastic meal for dad's birthday!"]
    Hostess Fruit Pies; Richie Rich
  9. 8. The Same Old Story
    Sad Sack
  10. 9. [Harvey Records]
    Harvey Records
  11. 10. ["Every weekend you can get my newest Richie Rich comics!"]
    Richie Rich
  12. 11. Wow! Harvey Comics Move Fast!
    Harvey Comics
  13. 12. [Starburst Fruit Chews]
    Starburst
  14. 13. 1001 Free Gifts
    Free Give-A-Ways
  15. 14. Customize-Restore Auto/Van Interiors
    Auto Upholstery Institute
  16. 15. The Hip Sargent
    Hi-Fi Tweeter; Sad Sack
  17. 16. Lucky
    Sad Sack
  18. 17. Richie Rich
    Richie Rich
  19. 18. Wendy, the Good Little Witch
    Wendy
  20. 19. Silence Please
    Sad Sack
  21. 20. Collegeville Costumes
    Costumes
  22. 21. [Grit]
    GRIT Publishing
  23. 22. [Honor House Prod. Corp.]
  24. 23. Tournament of Thrills
    Kenner's SSP
  25. 24. Hey It's Evel Knievel!
    Evel Knievel Power Toothbrush
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