(April 1974)

Harvey, 1963 Series
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Volume:
?
Price:
0.25 USD
Pages:
52
Indicia frequency:
bi-monthly
Publisher's Age Guidelines:
Approved by the Comics Code Authority
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
Sad Sack, Inc.
Brand:
Giant Size Harvey Comics [Figurine]
Editing:
Evelyn Johnson
Color:
Four Color
Dimensions:
Standard Silver Age U.S., then Standard Modern Age U.S.
Paper Stock:
newsprint
Binding:
First issues were square-bound, then saddle-stitched as page count was reduced.
Publishing Format:
was ongoing series

Issue Notes

Indicia reads "Sad Sack Army Life Parade" (not possessive; cover is 'Sad Sack's...").


[Sad Sack Cutting Down Tree] (Table of Contents)

Sad Sack / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
George Baker
Inks:
?
Colors:
?

Genre:
humor; military
Characters:
Sad Sack; Sarge; Soldiers
Synopsis:
Sarge alerts Sack to the fact that the huge tree he is cutting down will fall on him.

[1974 Calendar] (Table of Contents: 1) (Expand) /

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

[UNICEF Promo] (Table of Contents: 2)

Casper; UNICEF / public service announcement / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
?
Inks:
?
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
non-fiction
Characters:
Casper; children of various nationalities; Malawian Doctor

Indexer Notes

Harvey Comics was a sponsor of the United Nations Children's Fund. In this six-panel presentation, Casper describes the program and how to donate in person or by mail.

Hero (Table of Contents: 3)

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

Script:
?
Pencils:
Fred Rhoads
Inks:
?
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
humor; military
Characters:
Sad Sack; Slob; Hi-Fi Tweeter; three soldiers; recruit (in flashback: Chef, Sarge)
Synopsis:
Sack tries to reminisce with his WWII photo album, but everyone leaves the room before he notices. Eventually, he finds a raw recruit willing to listen.

Indexer Notes

This story begins on page 3 of the comic; the indicia is also on page 3.

[Happy Day] (Table of Contents: 4)

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

Script:
?
Pencils:
Fred Rhoads
Inks:
?
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
humor; military
Characters:
Sad Sack; Slob; two officers; several soldiers; Sarge; guard
Synopsis:
Sarge creates a happy scene when he goes on furlough.
Keywords:
furlough

[Day Off] (Table of Contents: 5)

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

Script:
?
Pencils:
Fred Rhoads
Inks:
?
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
humor; military
Characters:
Sad Sack; Slob; unidentified soldier
Synopsis:
While he is looking for his lost ring, Sack's companions question why he is sticking his head in the trash on his day off.
Keywords:
garbage; trash can

Who's Responsible? (Table of Contents: 6)

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

Script:
?
Pencils:
Fred Rhoads
Inks:
?
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
humor; military
Characters:
Sad Sack; Sarge; Slob; soldiers; tank drivers; firemen
Synopsis:
While Sarge is away, Sad Sack is in charge of the office and causes havoc, eventually burning down the building and winding up in the guard house.

[Casper comic books ad] (Table of Contents: 7) (Expand) /

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

[Sad Sack comic books ad] (Table of Contents: 8) (Expand) /

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

[...Here's the new Richie Rich Comics Group!] (Table of Contents: 9) (Expand) /

Richie Rich / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

The Protectors (Table of Contents: 10)

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

Script:
?
Pencils:
Fred Rhoads
Inks:
?
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
humor; military
Characters:
Sad Sack; Slob; Woodsman
Synopsis:
Sack derides a woodsman for chopping down a tree on Army property, then leaves in a tank, destroying numerous trees in the process, to report the woodsman.

Big Fat Mouth (Table of Contents: 11)

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

Script:
?
Pencils:
Fred Rhoads
Inks:
?
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
humor; military
Characters:
Sad Sack; Sarge; Slob; various soldiers; doctor
Synopsis:
The Sarge loses his hearing due to cannon fire, and Sack begins to verbally insult him in a quest for revenge. After the doctor cures Sarge and Sack is unaware, his continued insults land him in the guard house.

Good Trick (Table of Contents: 12)

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

Script:
?
Pencils:
Fred Rhoads
Inks:
?
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
humor; aviation; military
Characters:
Sad Sack; Sarge; Congressman; officers; doctors; air traffic controller; Russian spies
Synopsis:
In order to get him to re-enlist, the Sarge tricks Sack into believing he has been promoted to jet pilot.

Mix-Up (Table of Contents: 13)

Sad Sack and the Sarge / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Fred Rhoads
Inks:
?
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
humor; military
Characters:
Sarge; doctor; Sad Sack; Troops; Colonel; Lieutenant
Synopsis:
The doctor gives a vitamin pill to Sarge so he can recover his mean attitude; when the pill wears off, Sarge demands that Sack locate the pills in the Doctor's absence. Receiving the wrong pill from Sack, the Sarge gets sleepy and leaves the men in a marsh while on a hike. When Sarge is discovered sleeping against a building, he winds up in the guardhouse.

[Hey Kids!..Tell Mom and Dad about these hit records for you!] (Table of Contents: 14) (Expand) /

Casper, Richie Rich, Hot Stuff / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

[Hey Kids!..Harvey Comics are ready for YOU on Thursday Friday Saturday! Sunday, too!!] (Table of Contents: 15) (Expand) /

Casper; Richie Rich; Sad Sack / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

Running Wild (Table of Contents: 16)

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

Script:
Fred Rhoads
Pencils:
Joe Dennett
Inks:
Joe Dennett
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
humor; horror-suspense
Characters:
Sad Sack; Sarge; Mama; Boris; The Captain; The Major; camp guard; movie audience
Synopsis:
Sad Sack and Sarge spend the night in a spooky house and believe the occupants want to eat them, so they bind them and flee back to the camp. In the meantime, two officers are looking for the non-coms and look at the ominous mansion, discovering and freeing the two residents. Meanwhile, Sack and Sarge try and get their minds off the frightening experience by going to the base movie theater and seeing a monster movie.

Daily Routine (Table of Contents: 17)

Ol' Sod Sack / text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Fred Rhoads
Inks:
?
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
humor
Characters:
Sod Sack; Mrs. Sack

Indexer Notes

Three total Fred Rhoads illustrations between both pages.
At the bottom of page 1, a three-panel strip by George Baker advertising four different Sad Sack titles.
At the bottom of page 2, a four panel Richie Rich strip advertising Richie Rich Comics. A simplified version of the cover of Richie Rich #1 appears in panel 4.

Seeing Things (Table of Contents: 18)

Ol' Sod Sack / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Fred Rhoads
Inks:
?
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
humor
Characters:
Sod Sack; dancing girls; Mrs. Sack
Synopsis:
Sod awakens from a drunken stupor at his moonshine still and sees dancing girls rehearsing, which he takes to be an illusion. As the girls return to their tour bus and his wife arrives and tells him to stop looking at the girls, Sod thinks Mrs. Sack is seeing the same illusion and chases her in anger for drinking the moonshine which he has forbid her.

Another Bug (Table of Contents: 19)

Our Spacemen / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Fred Rhoads
Inks:
?
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
humor
Characters:
scientist; General; technician; astronaut
Synopsis:
After 5 postponements of a space shot for various reasons, the astronaut postpones again when a fly has been trapped in his helmet.

The Orbit (Table of Contents: 20)

Our Spacemen / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Fred Rhoads
Inks:
?
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
adventure; humor
Characters:
Astronaut; two officers
Synopsis:
After space orbit is proven safe to a questioning public, the orbit around earth becomes crowded with commercial rides around the world.

Good Use (Table of Contents: 21)

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

Script:
?
Pencils:
Fred Rhoads
Inks:
?
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
humor; medical; military
Characters:
Doctor; Sad Sack; two working soldiers
Synopsis:
The doctor tells Sack to think more to reduce clumsiness; when he later encounters workmen, he is struck in the head with a pipe and a brick. After Sad Sack develops a painful bump, the doctor asks if he has been using his head.

[Get both spending money and prizes Sell GRIT] (Table of Contents: 22) (Expand) /

Grit / advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

[Order by mail Specials] (Table of Contents: 23) (Expand) /

advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

[Do you need extra money?] (Table of Contents: 24) (Expand) /

advertisement / 1 page (report information)

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Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [Sad Sack Cutting Down Tree]
    Sad Sack
  2. 1. [1974 Calendar]
    Harvey Characters
  3. 2. [UNICEF Promo]
    Casper; UNICEF
  4. 3. Hero
    Sad Sack
  5. 4. [Happy Day]
    Sad Sack
  6. 5. [Day Off]
    Sad Sack
  7. 6. Who's Responsible?
    Sad Sack
  8. 7. [Casper comic books ad]
    Casper
  9. 8. [Sad Sack comic books ad]
    Sad Sack
  10. 9. [...Here's the new Richie Rich Comics Group!]
    Richie Rich
  11. 10. The Protectors
    Sad Sack
  12. 11. Big Fat Mouth
    Sad Sack
  13. 12. Good Trick
    Sad Sack
  14. 13. Mix-Up
    Sad Sack and the Sarge
  15. 14. [Hey Kids!..Tell Mom and Dad about these hit records for you!]
    Casper, Richie Rich, Hot Stuff
  16. 15. [Hey Kids!..Harvey Comics are ready for YOU on Thursday Friday Saturday! Sunday, too!!]
    Casper; Richie Rich; Sad Sack
  17. 16. Running Wild
    Sad Sack
  18. 17. Daily Routine
    Ol' Sod Sack
  19. 18. Seeing Things
    Ol' Sod Sack
  20. 19. Another Bug
    Our Spacemen
  21. 20. The Orbit
    Our Spacemen
  22. 21. Good Use
    Sad Sack
  23. 22. [Get both spending money and prizes Sell GRIT]
    Grit
  24. 23. [Order by mail Specials]
  25. 24. [Do you need extra money?]
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • David Bromley
  • Jean-Francois Masse
  • Jim Stangas
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Karl Wilcox