Porky Pig #34
(May-June 1954)

Dell, 1952 Series
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Price
0.10 USD
Pages
36
Indicia Frequency
bi-monthly
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Dell Publishing Co., Inc.
Brand
Dell Comic
Editing
Alice Nielson Cobb; Chase Craig

[Bird on Golf Ball] (Table of Contents)

Porky Pig / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Tony Strobl
Inks
Tony Strobl
Colors
?
Letters
typeset; logo

Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals; humor
Characters
Porky Pig, cute little bird
Synopsis
A cute little bird sits atop Porky’s golf ball, preventing him from putting into the 18th hole.
Keywords
bird; frustration; golf

[Scared by Western Story] (Table of Contents: 1)

Porky Pig / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Tony Strobl
Inks
Tony Strobl
Letters
?; logo

Feature Logo
Porky Pig [Dell Tilted Block Letters]
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals; humor
Characters
Porky Pig; character in book cowboy; character in book Indian; sheriff
Synopsis
Porky goes outside of town to read a suspenseful western novel, but decides it would be safer to read it on a bench outside the sheriff's office.
Reprints
Keywords
book; cactus; desert setting; reading; safety; sheriff; western

Indexer Notes

Black and white on inside front cover. Pantomime story

[Petunia Had a Little Lamb] (Table of Contents: 2)

Porky Pig / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
Don R. Christensen
Pencils
Ken Champin
Inks
Vic Lockman
Colors
?
Letters
?

Job Number
P.P. #34-545
First Line of Dialogue or Text
Oh, please, Lambie! You've got to learn to follow me... Not Porky!
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals; humor
Characters
Porky Pig; Petunia Pig; Cicero Pig; Sylvester; Bugs Bunny; Elmer Fudd; Lambie (lamb); wolf; costume party goers; costume party judge
Synopsis
Petunia is dressed up as "Mary had a Little Lamb" for a costume party, complete with lamb. But the lamb runs away in the woods and while hunting it, Bugs, Elmer, and Porky are trapped in a cabin by a wolf.
Reprints
Keywords
contest; costume party; lamb; prize; wolf

Indexer Notes

Story title is "Petunia's Lamb" in Christensen's notes

[Who Haunts the Haunted House?] (Table of Contents: 3)

Porky Pig / comic story / 12 pages (report information)

Script
Michael Maltese
Pencils
Tony Strobl
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
As agent for the Peachy Realty Company, I recommend this property -- just sign here, Petunia!
Feature Logo
Porky Pig [Dell Tilted Block Letters]
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals; humor
Characters
Porky Pig; Petunia Pig; Cicero Pig; J.B. (horror movie director); J.B.’s yes man; Dexter (lead male actor); Miss Glamour (lead female actress); Harold (wolf man actor); Worthington (Frankincense Monster actor)
Synopsis
Porky, Petunia, and Cicero check out a house in the country, unaware that a movie company is using it as the site for a horror picture.
Reprints
Keywords
Frankenstein parody; haunted house; movie-making; real estate agent; wolfman; wrong impression

Indexer Notes

This story has sharper-than-usual dialogue (with Cicero showing a healthy amount of sarcasm toward real estate agent Porky’s zealously pushing the sale of the old house to Petunia), animation-style scare takes and reactions, as well as the use of the parody name “Frankincense Monster”, which was used in Warner Bros. cartoons.

[When Pigs Fly] (Table of Contents: 4)

Porky Pig / comic story / 12 pages (report information)

Script
Michael Maltese
Pencils
Tony Strobl
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Did Porky say what his surprise was, Petunia?
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals; humor
Characters
Porky Pig; Petunia Pig; Cicero Pig; secretary #1; Drenchley (elevator operator); Mr. Mildew (Acme Building vice-president); Mr. Kranzfraz (Acme Building president); Acme Building doorman; Mr. Drattle (Acme Building executive); secretary #2; Joe (police officer); Raymond (police officer); three safety-net-holding police officers; eagle; bear
Synopsis
Porky invents a potion that allows him to float in the air, but he can't land until the potion wears off. His aerial travels take him through a variety of slapstick comedy situations.
Reprints
Keywords
bear; canopy; eagle; elevator; flagpole; flying; incredulous people; potion; safety net; series of mishaps; skyscraper; strange chemical properties; unintended slapstick consequences

Indexer Notes

Cicero continues the spirited characterization seen in the previous story, suggesting the same writer for both stories. The reactions of the incidental characters to Porky’s inexplicable and uncontrolled flight presage similar reactions by incidental characters to oddball situations in the Hanna-Barbera cartoons of the late-1950s thru mid-1960s – of which Michael Maltese was a primary writer. Maltese would return to this idea in the Augie Doggie cartoon “Whatever Goes Pup” (1959), with Augie inventing the flying formula and testing it on poor old Doggie Daddy.

[Elevated Bathtub] (Table of Contents: 5)

Porky and Charlie Dog / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Tony Strobl
Inks
?
Letters
logo

Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals
Characters
Porky Pig; Charlie Dog
Synopsis
Annoyed by Charlie jumping into the bathtub when he's taking a bath, Porky raises the tub off the floor.
Reprints
Keywords
annoyance; bathtub; dog; plumbing

Indexer Notes

Black and white on inside back cover. Pantomime story.

[Piccolo-less Porky] (Table of Contents: 6)

Porky Pig / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Fred Abranz
Inks
Fred Abranz
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
That's funny! I definitely remember putting my new piccolo right here in this drawer!
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals; humor
Characters
Porky Pig; Cicero Pig
Synopsis
Cicero uses Porky's new piccolo to water the lawn.
Keywords
alternative uses; hose; lawn; piccolo; sprinkler

Indexer Notes

Color on back cover.

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [Bird on Golf Ball]
    Porky Pig
  2. 1. [Scared by Western Story]
    Porky Pig
  3. 2. [Petunia Had a Little Lamb]
    Porky Pig
  4. 3. [Who Haunts the Haunted House?]
    Porky Pig
  5. 4. [When Pigs Fly]
    Porky Pig
  6. 5. [Elevated Bathtub]
    Porky and Charlie Dog
  7. 6. [Piccolo-less Porky]
    Porky Pig
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