(November 1963)

Western, 1963 Series
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Price
0.12 USD
Pages
36
On-sale Date
1963-08
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
K. K. Publications, Inc.
Brand
Gold Key
Editing
Chase Craig; Del Connell

Issue Notes

First Gold Key issue. Starts new numbering. Does not pick up numbering from Dell. No ads in this issue. All 36 pages are comics or comics-related text material.

[Mutually Assured Relaxation] (Table of Contents)

Tweety and Sylvester / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Fred Abranz
Inks
Fred Abranz
Colors
Western Publishing Production Shop

Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals
Characters
Tweety Bird; Sylvester Pussycat
Synopsis
A rare instance of this cat and canary duo at peace.
Keywords
calm; sleep; uncharacteristic situation

Keys of Knowledge: Wild Animals of South America Number 4 Yaguarundis (Table of Contents: 1)

Keys of Knowledge / text article / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Letters
typeset

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Except for a long tail, the YAGUARUNDI resembles an ordinary household cat. However it is larger, and weighs 20 pounds.
Genre
non-fiction; nature
Synopsis
Illustrated text feature on a breed of feline called yaguarundi.
Keywords
educational feature; feline; mammals; yaguarundi

Indexer Notes

Five illustrations of yaguarundis with accompanying text. © 1963, Western Publishing Company, Inc. Number 4 in a series. Black and white on inside front cover.

The Pirate Playmate (Table of Contents: 2)

Tweety and Sylvester / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Fred Abranz
Inks
Fred Abranz
Colors
Western Publishing Production Shop
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
I've brought you a surprise!
Feature Logo
Tweety and Sylvester Dell Western Logo 1
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals
Characters
Tweety Bird; Sylvester Pussycat; Granny; Polly (pirate's parrot); oil pipeline inspector; Captain Cat (pirate's cat)
Synopsis
Granny brings home a pirate's parrot as a playmate for Tweety. Before long, the tough salty parrot has dominated both Tweety and Sylvester.
Keywords
intimidation; parrot; pirate

Indexer Notes

Polly wears a pirate hat identical to that of Yosemite Sam, though no connection to Sam is indicated in the story.

This story, and all others in the issue, does not exhibit the “Early Gold Key style”, exemplified by such design elements as rectangular dialogue balloons, borderless panels or panels bordered by pastel-colored rectangles, and backgrounds splashed-over in a single color. In mid-1963, many such elements would still be the norm, indicating that these stories may have been leftover Dell inventory.

Big Bad Bird (Table of Contents: 3)

Tweety and Sylvester / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Now Granny is going to get her itsy-bitsy Tweetums some lunchy wunchy!
Feature Logo
Tweety and Sylvester Dell Western Logo 1
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals
Characters
Tweety Bird; Sylvester Pussycat; Granny
Synopsis
Granny overly-babies Tweety. Tweety and Sylvester team up to show Granny how "tough" Tweety is, so that the babying will stop.
Keywords
babying; best-laid-plans; reversal of fortunes; uncharacteristic behavior

Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow (Table of Contents: 4)

Tweety and Sylvester / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Fred Abranz
Inks
Fred Abranz
Colors
Western Publishing Production Shop
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Heh! Heh! Chasing Tweety is fun and exercise at the same time!
Feature Logo
Tweety and Sylvester Dell Western Logo 1
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals
Characters
Tweety Bird; Sylvester Pussycat; two passersby; Honest John the barber
Synopsis
Tweety convinces Sylvester that his hair is falling out.

Indexer Notes

falling hair; hoax; barber; practical jokes

The Cool Caper (Table of Contents: 5)

Beep Beep the Road Runner / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script
Michael Maltese
Pencils
Phil De Lara
Inks
Phil De Lara
Colors
Western Publishing Production Shop
Letters
Rome Siemen

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Golly, Papa, it surely is hot!
Feature Logo
Beep Beep the Road Runner [Dell / Western Logo 1]
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals; humor
Characters
Beep Beep the Road Runner; Beep Beep's three sons; Wile E. Coyote
Synopsis
In the hot and shade-less desert, Wile E. dons a cactus costume to appear as the only source of shade to lure and capture the Beeps.
Keywords
best-laid-plans; cactus; costume; desert setting; heat; one-character-desiring-another-as-a-meal; outsmarting one’s-self; shade

Returning the Favor (Table of Contents: 6)

Tweety and Sylvester / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Fred Abranz
Inks
Fred Abranz
Colors
Western Publishing Production Shop
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Watching a contented Puddy Tat could wuin my whole day!
Feature Logo
Tweety and Sylvester Dell Western Logo 1
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals
Characters
Tweety Bird; Sylvester Pussycat; Granny
Synopsis
Tweety and Sylvester vie for Granny's attentions in increasingly dramatic ways.
Keywords
desire for attention; escalating events; getting carried away; rivalry; vicious cycle

Something Fishy (Table of Contents: 7)

Tweety and Sylvester / comic story / 5.5 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Fred Abranz
Inks
Fred Abranz
Colors
Western Publishing Production Shop
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Oh, go on! Hop in and take a dip! Will you, huh?
Feature Logo
Tweety and Sylvester Dell Western Logo 1
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals
Characters
Tweety Bird; Sylvester Pussycat; flying fish
Synopsis
Tweety orders a flying fish in order to amuse Sylvester, only to find that the Puddy Tat wants to eat it instead.
Keywords
best of intentions; flying fish; one-character-desiring-another-as-a-meal

[Custom Made Hair Brush] (Table of Contents: 8)

Tweety / comic story / 0.5 page (report information)

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

Characters
Tweety
Synopsis
Tweety trims the bristles of a hair brush down to accommodate his own three little hairs.
Keywords
doing-something-their-own-way; hair brush

Indexer Notes

Pantomime. Lower half of page.

Keys of Knowledge: Fish Number 29 Shrimp (Table of Contents: 9)

Keys of Knowledge / text article / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Letters
typeset

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Shrimp are in demand as food. The shrimp fished commercially in this country come from the Gulf of Mexico or So. Atlantic.
Genre
non-fiction; nature
Synopsis
Illustrated text feature on shrimp.
Keywords
educational feature; fish; shrimp

Indexer Notes

Five illustrations related to shrimp with accompanying text. © 1963, Western Publishing Company, Inc. Number 29 in a series. Black and white on inside back cover.

Tweety and Sylvester Pin-Up (Table of Contents: 10)

Tweety and Sylvester / illustration / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Fred Abranz
Inks
Fred Abranz
Colors
Western Publishing Production Shop

Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals
Characters
Tweety Bird; Sylvester Pussycat
Synopsis
A rare instance of this cat and canary duo at peace.
Keywords
calm; sleep; uncharacteristic situation

Indexer Notes

Pin-up. The front cover image is repeated on the back cover, sans logo and all cover copy.

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [Mutually Assured Relaxation]
    Tweety and Sylvester
  2. 1. Keys of Knowledge: Wild Animals of South America Number 4 Yaguarundis
    Keys of Knowledge
  3. 2. The Pirate Playmate
    Tweety and Sylvester
  4. 3. Big Bad Bird
    Tweety and Sylvester
  5. 4. Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow
    Tweety and Sylvester
  6. 5. The Cool Caper
    Beep Beep the Road Runner
  7. 6. Returning the Favor
    Tweety and Sylvester
  8. 7. Something Fishy
    Tweety and Sylvester
  9. 8. [Custom Made Hair Brush]
    Tweety
  10. 9. Keys of Knowledge: Fish Number 29 Shrimp
    Keys of Knowledge
  11. 10. Tweety and Sylvester Pin-Up
    Tweety and Sylvester
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