Porky Pig #44
(January-February 1956)

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
Editing
Chase Craig (editor)

[Brushing Teeth of Bear Rug] (Table of Contents)

Porky Pig / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Fred Abranz
Inks
Fred Abranz
Colors
?

Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals; humor
Characters
Porky Pig; Cicero Pig
Synopsis
Cicero practices good dental hygiene on Porky’s bear rug.
Keywords
bear rug; best of intentions; toothbrush

[Broom to Carry Packages] (Table of Contents: 1)

Porky and Petunia / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Tony Strobl
Inks
?

Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals
Characters
Porky Pig; Petunia Pig
Synopsis
Porky has trouble carrying Petunia's packages, so he buys a broom for him and Petunia to carry them on.
Reprints
Keywords
alternative uses; broom; packages

Indexer Notes

Black and white on inside front cover. Pantomime story.

Porky Pig and the Desert Marauders (Table of Contents: 2)

Porky Pig / comic story / 15 pages (report information)

Script
Don R. Christensen
Pencils
Fred Abranz
Inks
Fred Abranz
Colors
?
Letters
?

Job Number
P.P. #44-561
First Line of Dialogue or Text
Suffering soupbones, Porky… We’ve explored half of Arizona! Let’s give up!
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals; humor
Characters
Porky Pig; Bugs Bunny; two lead rocket scientists; other background rocket scientists; cowboy lookout boss; cowboy lookouts; “Joe” the Robot; Ali Ben Booshkar; band of desert bandits; Foreign Legion commander; Foreign Legion soldiers; Petunia Pig; “Joe Junior” (little robot)
Synopsis
While wandering a remote spot in Arizona, Bugs and Porky mistake a Rocket Research Society for a gang of rustlers and sneak aboard a rocket that is going to be tested. They end up in the Sahara Desert and encounter a gang of desert bandits. The bandit leader, having witnessed Porky and Bugs emerge from the wayward rocket, believes the two reluctant stowaways to be Martians.
Reprints
Keywords
Arizona; bandits; camels; robots; rockets; Sahara Desert; wrong impression

Indexer Notes

Don R. Christensen's original title: "Mistook for Martians", from his notes. The two lead rocket scientists are drawn by Fred Abranz to look more realistic than his more typical cartoony humans, such as the cowboys and desert bandits. They are very likely caricatures of actual persons.

[It Shouldn’t Happen to a Turkey!] (Table of Contents: 3)

Daffy Duck / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Phil De Lara
Inks
Phil De Lara
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Gadzooks and little fishes! What gives? This isn't duck hunting season!
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals; humor
Characters
Daffy Duck; wild turkeys; two turkey hunters; skunk; turtle
Synopsis
Daffy distracts a pair of turkey hunters from their quarry, unintentionally turning them on himself.
Reprints
Keywords
best of intentions; diversion; hunting season; skunk; turkeys; turtle

Posing a Problem (Table of Contents: 4)

Beaky Buzzard / text story / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Tony Strobl
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

First Line of Dialogue or Text
“Jumpin’ jackfish!” Cocky Rooster gasped as he and Chirpy Chicken arrived in front of Beaky Buzzard’s house.
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals
Characters
Beaky Buzzard; Cocky Rooster; Chirpy Chicken
Synopsis
Beaky has a business painting portraits and is a little conceited. Cocky Rooster uses a mirror to teach him a lesson.
Reprints
Keywords
exaggerating one’s importance; mirror; painting; portraits

The Money Tree (Table of Contents: 5)

Porky Pig / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Phil De Lara
Inks
Phil De Lara
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Here comes Porky with another load of snowballs!
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals; humor
Characters
Porky Pig; Petunia Pig; Cicero Pig; Sam Steele (bank robber); sheriff
Synopsis
Porky, Petunia, and Cicero are having a snowball fight when a robber drops his loot from a plane and it lands in a tree. When a big snowball hits the tree, bills drop like leaves and Porky thinks he's found a money tree.
Reprints
Keywords
airplane; money tree; robber; snow fort; snowball; snowball fight; winter setting; wrong impression

Frigid Fisherman (Table of Contents: 6)

Porky and Sylvester / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script
Carl Fallberg
Pencils
Tony Strobl
Inks
Steve Steere ?
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Oh-oh! Looks like Sylvester’s in a jam again!
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals
Characters
Porky Pig; Sylvester; Al (fish merchant); various ice fishermen; iceboat rental agent; Frosty (crook); Duke (crook)
Synopsis
Porky and Sylvester rent an iceboat to go to the middle of the lake to ice-fish. They happen to pick the spot where two crooks were planning on finding a suitcase of money they had dumped overboard before the freeze.
Reprints
Keywords
ice-fishing; iceboats; reward; robbers

Indexer Notes

Sylvester is in his “eloquent vagabond” characterization that persisted in the late 1940s, well into the 1950s. The bank loot comes from the “Tanktown Bank”. “Tanktown” being a location name Carl Fallberg has used in other stories, in particular those starring Mickey Mouse.

[Boasting on His Coasting] (Table of Contents: 7)

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

Script
Carl Fallberg
Pencils
Tony Strobl
Inks
John Liggera ?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Oh, oh! I think we're out of gas!
Feature Logo
Porky Pig [Dell Tilted Block Letters]
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals; humor
Characters
Porky Pig; Petunia Pig
Synopsis
His car almost out of gas, Porky tries to save money by coasting downhill to the next gas station.
Reprints
Keywords
best-laid-plans; gas; gas station; hill

Indexer Notes

Black and white on inside back cover.

[Bannister Barrier] (Table of Contents: 8)

Porky and Cicero / comic story / 0.875 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Tony Strobl
Inks
John Liggera
Colors
?

Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals
Characters
Porky Pig; Cicero Pig
Synopsis
Porky places a cactus at the end of a bannister to keep Cicero from sliding down it.
Reprints
Keywords
alternative uses; bannister; cactus; stairs

Indexer Notes

Back cover in color. Pantomime story. Last panel is Dell's "A Pledge to Parents."

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [Brushing Teeth of Bear Rug]
    Porky Pig
  2. 1. [Broom to Carry Packages]
    Porky and Petunia
  3. 2. Porky Pig and the Desert Marauders
    Porky Pig
  4. 3. [It Shouldn’t Happen to a Turkey!]
    Daffy Duck
  5. 4. Posing a Problem
    Beaky Buzzard
  6. 5. The Money Tree
    Porky Pig
  7. 6. Frigid Fisherman
    Porky and Sylvester
  8. 7. [Boasting on His Coasting]
    Porky Pig
  9. 8. [Bannister Barrier]
    Porky and Cicero
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