Frisky Fables #v2#8 [11]
(November 1946)

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Volume
2
Price
0.10 USD
Pages
52
Indicia Frequency
Monthly
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Novelty Press Division of the Premium Service Co., Inc.
Editing
Robert D.Wheeler (Editor and General Manager); Mel Cummin (Art Director); Jane Spaulding Nye (Managing Editor); Helen Doig Schmid (Associate Editor); Alfred V. Fago (Art Consultant)
Color
color
Dimensions
standard golden age US
Paper Stock
glossy cover, newsprint interior
Binding
saddle-stitched
Publishing Format
was ongoing

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Neddy Bear / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Al Fago (signed)
Inks
Al Fago (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals
Characters
Neddy Bear; Squire Squirrel; Tick, Tack and Toe; Dopsy Durvy; Jocko

Indexer Notes

The monkey character Jocko at lower right is from the feature "Myrtle and Jocko" which does not appear in this issue but did appear in numerous issues of "Frisky Fables."

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 1)

Neddy Bear / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Al Fago (signed)
Inks
Al Fago (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Squire! Look at Grunts run!
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals
Characters
Neddy Bear; Squire Squirrel; Grunts; Mommy Bear
Synopsis
Greedy Grunts the pig tries to monopolise all of the games and treats at Neddy's Halloween party but he learns his lesson.
Reprints

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 2)

Dopsy Durvy / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Jason Comic Art studio [as JCA]
Inks
Jason Comic Art studio [as JCA]
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Instead of giving me a permanent--you've made me bald!
Genre
humor; anthropomorphic-funny animals
Characters
Dopsy Durvy; Beast
Synopsis
Dopsy sells "Never Fail Cosmetics" door-to-door. If he can make the ugly Beast (from the story "Beauty and the Beast") handsome, his business will improve. The Beast says only a kiss from a beautiful woman will break the curse. Dopsy makes the Beast up to look like crooner "Hank Swoonatra" (a caricature of Frank Sinatra) but they're mobbed by bobby-soxers. Plastic surgeon Dr. Fixit converts the Beast into a double for movie star Chuck Doya, but an ugly woman kisses him and makes him ugly again. The Beast finally gets a kiss from a beautiful girl and is cured.
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Indexer Notes

"Hank Swoonatra" is spoof of singer Frank Sinatra, but I am not sure who "Chuck Doya" is supposed to be (he has red hair, so perhaps it's Van Johnson).

[Zany Starts a Trading Post] (Table of Contents: 3)

Zany Giraffe / comic story / 3 pages (report information)

Script
Mickey Klar Marks
Pencils
Jim Adams (credited)
Inks
Jim Adams (credited)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Things have come to a pretty pass!
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals
Characters
Zany Giraffe; Trade Rat
Synopsis
Zany Giraffe tries to solve the mystery of who has been stealing possessions from the other forest animals and leaving odd objects behind. He discovers it is Trade Rat, who opens a Trading Post so he can stay in the community.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Zany Giraffe doesn't talk (his dialogue is expressed in thought balloons).
Writing credit from Martin O'Hearn at http://martinohearn.blogspot.com/2019/05/mickey-klar-markss-zany-giraffe...
Title is from Marks's papers, archived at University of Southern Mississippi.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 4)

cartoon / 0.88 page (report information)

Script
Milt Hammer ?
Pencils
Milt Hammer (signed)
Inks
Milt Hammer (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
Milt Hammer ?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
I'll make you eat every word you say!
Genre
humor; children
Synopsis
8 one-panel gag cartoons featuring children.

Indexer Notes

The ninth "panel" on this page consists of two small advertisements (for Pulvex Flea Powder and foreign stamps).

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 5)

Animated Antics Johnny and Woof / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Al Fago (signed)
Inks
Al Fago (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Woof, did you know that many pirates were double-jointed?
Genre
humor; anthropomorphic-funny animals; children
Characters
Johnny; Woof; Mr. Artist
Synopsis
Johnny's dog pal Woof finds a treasure map. Mr. Artist draws them into a treasure hunt story, but after they unearth the treasure chest they are accosted by pirates. Mr. Artist comes to the rescue with his eraser.
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The Easy Life (Table of Contents: 6)

text story / 1 page (report information)

Script
Mickey Klar Marks
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals
Characters
Herbie Hare; Big Bear; Murgatroyd Mole
Synopsis
Herbie runs away and joins the circus but discovers (since he has no special talent) that circus life is hard work, not fun.

Indexer Notes

Text story with masthead illustration.

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

Tick, Tack, and Toe / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Jason Comic Art studio [as JCA]
Inks
Jason Comic Art studio [as JCA]
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Where were you on the night of January 16th?
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals
Characters
Tick; Tack; Toe; Judge Owl; Little Miss Bo-Peep
Synopsis
The kittens discover their toys and dolls come to life at midnight and are angry at how they've been abused by rough play.
Reprints
Keywords
Ayn Rand

Indexer Notes

"The Night of January 16th" was a 1934 play written by Ayn Rand (adapted to film in 1941). This comic story has nothing to do with the play's plot, the date is not relevant, in fact there is no other reference to "January 16th" other than the splash panel, so this was probably an in-joke by the scripter.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 8)

Niffy / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
Milt Hammer ?
Pencils
Milt Hammer (signed)
Inks
Milt Hammer (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
Milt Hammer ?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Bow wow! How about you and me sharing a bone together?
Genre
humor; anthropomorphic-funny animals
Characters
Niffy (dog)
Synopsis
Niffy is attracted to a female Dalmatian but she is not impressed. He deliberately contracts measles so he'll also have spots (at least temporarily) and wins her affection.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 9)

Icicle Ike / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Al Fago (signed)
Inks
Al Fago (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
I cannot tell a lie. I did it with Thor's little hammer!
Genre
humor; anthropomorphic-funny animals
Characters
Icicle Ike; Thor; Odin
Synopsis
A statue of Thor comes to life and takes penguin Icicle Ike to Valhalla. Ike and Thor decide to visit the hostile Ice Giants to stave off war. Thor is defeated in the feats of strength contest, but Ike saves the day and prevents war.
Reprints

The Chicken Who Said He Couldn't Swim (Table of Contents: 10)

text story / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals

Indexer Notes

Text story with masthead illustration. There appear to be one and possibly two names in the masthead art but they are illegible.

"Welcome to the Aldorf Wastoria, sir!" (Table of Contents: 11)

Pidgy and the Magic Paint / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Harold Abbey (signed)
Inks
Harold Abbey (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
humor; anthropomorphic-funny animals
Characters
Pidgy; Meadows; Hank Zanitra; Mae North; Portchester; Joe E. Green
Synopsis
Pidgy spends a week at the luxurious Aldorf Wastoria hotel, using his magic paint to make himself appear to be rich, but can't pay the bill because he's unable to paint money.

Indexer Notes

Numerous celebrities are depicted: Frank Sinatra (as Hank Zanitra), Eddie "Rochester" Anderson (as Portchester), Mae West (as Mae North), Joe E. Brown (as Joe E. Green). Others are mentioned: Jack Benny (as Mr. Kenny), Xavier Cugat (as Caviar Xugat), Van Johnson (Jan Vohnson), Clark Gable (Lark Cable), Gene Kelly (Kean Jelly), and Walter Pidgeon (Falter Pidgy).

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    Neddy Bear
  2. 1. ["Squire! Look at Grunts run!"]
    Neddy Bear
  3. 2. ["Instead of giving me a permanent--you've made me bald!"]
    Dopsy Durvy
  4. 3. [Zany Starts a Trading Post]
    Zany Giraffe
  5. 4. ["I'll make you eat every word you say!"]
  6. 5. ["Woof, did you know that many pirates were double-jointed?"]
    Animated Antics Johnny and Woof
  7. 6. The Easy Life
  8. 7. ["Where were you on the night of January 16th?"]
    Tick, Tack, and Toe
  9. 8. ["Bow wow! How about you and me sharing a bone together?"]
    Niffy
  10. 9. ["I cannot tell a lie. I did it with Thor's little hammer!"]
    Icicle Ike
  11. 10. The Chicken Who Said He Couldn't Swim
  12. 11. "Welcome to the Aldorf Wastoria, sir!"
    Pidgy and the Magic Paint
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  • Clint Maxwell
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