Sad Sack #292
(Fall 2005)

Lorne-Harvey, 2005 Series
 
Price
9.95 USD
Pages
80
Indicia Frequency
quarterly
On-sale Date
2005-08-24
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Lorne-Harvey Publications
Brand
Big H Books
ISBN
0-9766354-0-2 Search at WorldCat
Barcode
9780976635406
Editing
Alan Harvey (Publisher and editor)

Issue Notes

Principal front and back cover art is the uncredited work (Story, Pencils, Inks, Letters) of the late Kenneth Fred Selig who was a long-time employee and managing editor at Harvey Publications. The seven thumbnail character sketches at left and the one thumbnail character sketch in the upper right (Sweetie Sack) represent the uncredited artwork (Pencils, Inks) of late cartoonist Fred Rhoads who drew 'Sad Sack' and many spin-off characters for Harvey Comics from 1953 through 1977.

Uncredited front and back cover artwork by Kenneth Fred Selig (1932-5 June 2019). Careful analysis of Ken Selig's artistic styles (square shoes, boxy figures with thin straight arms, fingers and simplistic child-appealing characters) prove to be hallmarks of long-time Harvey Comics employee and "bull-pen" editor Ken Selig. Ken Selig's signature is hidden on yellow license plate with license numbers 131313 (Ken Selig's secret signature). Additionally, the seven thumbnails at left and thumbnail artwork in upper right of front and back covers are the uncredited artwork of long-time ‘Sad Sack’ artist Fred Rhoads (17 October 1921-20 February 2000).

Sad Sack (Table of Contents)

Sad Sack / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Ken Selig; Fred Rhoads (thumbnails at left & upper right of cover)
Inks
Ken Selig; Fred Rhoads (thumbnails at left & upper right of cover)
Colors
Evelyn Johnson ?
Letters
Ken Selig

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Harvey Heroes Historical Series
Genre
humor; military
Characters
Private Sad Sack; Brigadier General Rockjaw; First Sergeant Circle; Little Brother Nap Sack; Muttsy K-9 Dog; Private Slob Slobinski; Private Hifi Tweeter; Cousin Sweetie Sack; WAC Sadie Sack; unidentified soldier
Synopsis
Sad Sack is chewed out by Sergeant Circle after getting covered in coal dust from Sad Sack shoveling coal. Sadie Sack, an unidentified soldier and Muttsy the K9 Dog look on in bewilderment.
Keywords
First Sergeant Circle; General Rockjaw; Hifi Tweeter; Muttsy; Muttsy K-9 Dog; Nap; Nap Sack; Rockjaw; Sad Sack; Sadie Sack; Sarge; Slob; Slob Slobinski; Sweetie Sack; Tweeter

Indexer Notes

One of Fred Rhoads' cute girl characters (Sweetie Sack) is introduced via a thumbnail.

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

blank page(s) / 1 page (report information)


Synopsis
blank inside front cover (p. 2)

Indexer Notes

blank inside front cover (p. 2)

Sad Sack (Table of Contents: 2)

credits, title page / 1 page (report information)

Script
Fred Rhoads (uncredited)
Pencils
Fred Rhoads (uncredited)
Inks
Fred Rhoads (uncredited)
Letters
Fred Rhoads (uncredited)

First Line of Dialogue or Text
S s s - s
Characters
Sad Sack; Slob Slobinski; First Sergeant Circle; Hifi Tweeter; General Rockjaw
Synopsis
Title page with typeset credits, indicia and cartoon preview of interior story about Sad Sack trying out his new sun power suit (See pp. 4-8).
Keywords
First Sergeant Circle; General Rockjaw; Hifi; Hifi Tweeter; Rockjaw; Sad Sack; Sarge; Slob; Slob Slobinski; sun power; sun power suit

Sunny Future (Table of Contents: 3)

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

Script
Fred Rhoads (uncredited)
Pencils
Fred Rhoads (uncredited)
Inks
Fred Rhoads (uncredited)
Letters
Fred Rhoads (uncredited)

First Line of Dialogue or Text
My invention works! It works! It works!
Genre
humor; military
Characters
Private Sad Sack; First Sergeant Circle; Private Hifi Tweeter; Private Slob Slobinski; Lieutenant Packrat; Brigadier General Rockjaw; two unidentified soldiers
Synopsis
Sad Sack shows off his new invention--a sun power suit--to his fellow soldiers at the army base.
Keywords
Sad Sack; Sad Sack's invention; Sad Sack's new invention; Sad Sack's sun power suit; sun power; sun power suit

Big Show (Table of Contents: 4)

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

Script
Fred Rhoads (uncredited)
Pencils
Fred Rhoads (uncredited)
Inks
Fred Rhoads (uncredited)
Letters
Fred Rhoads (uncredited)

First Line of Dialogue or Text
I'll get a recharge and be back with you in a sec!
Genre
humor; military
Characters
Private Sad Sack; Private Slob Slobinski; First Sargeant Circle; Lieutenant Packrat; Brigadier General Rockjaw; Brigadier General Crank; an unidentified army captain; an unidentified army lieutenant
Synopsis
Sad Sack recharges his sun power suit but in the end disappoints General Rockjaw who was counting on him to impress top brass invited from Washington DC to Camp Calamity to see a demonstration of Sad Sack's new invention.
Keywords
invention; Sad Sack; sun power suit

What a Gal! (Table of Contents: 5)

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

Script
Fred Rhoads (uncredited)
Pencils
Fred Rhoads (uncredited)
Inks
Fred Rhoads (uncredited)
Letters
Fred Rhoads (uncredited)

First Line of Dialogue or Text
This is Sweetie Sack saying a sweet goodnight!
Genre
humor; military
Characters
Cousin Sweetie Sack; Sad Sack; unidentified film production crew; unidentified fans; unidentified limo driver
Synopsis
Private Sad Sack spends some liberty time with his beautiful cousin and model Sweetie Sack. After flattering her on the movie set, during some commercial shoots, next at dinner, Sad Sack then gets the idea of inviting her to the army base to brighten up life.
Keywords
beautiful girl; beauty; Cousin Sweetie Sack; flattery; glamour; modeling; Private Sad Sack; Sad Sack; Sweetie Sack; talented girl cousin

Good Work Out (Table of Contents: 6)

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

Script
Fred Rhoads (uncredited)
Pencils
Fred Rhoads (uncredited)
Inks
Fred Rhoads (uncredited)
Letters
Fred Rhoads (uncredited)

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Your dancing is wild, Sweetie!
Genre
humor; military
Characters
Sweetie Sack; Cousin Sweetie Sack; Sad Sack's Cousin Sweetie Sack; Sad Sack; unidentified soldiers; Brigadier General Rockjaw
Synopsis
Continuing from the previous story on pages 14-18, Sweetie Sack entertains the soldiers at Camp Calamity. After the show, General Rockjaw pays Sweetie Sack compliments followed by a personal tour of the army base together with Private Sad Sack as his jeep driver. Hilarious antics include General Rockjaw getting chastised by his wife and Sweetie Sack enjoying the base obstacle course for exercise.
Keywords
audience; beautiful blonde; Cousin Sweetie Sack; dancing; General Rockjaw; good looking chick; healthy; mud bath; relaxing; Sad Sack's Cousin Sweetie Sack; singing; Sweetie Sack

Good for a Laugh! (Table of Contents: 7)

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

Script
Fred Rhoads (uncredited)
Pencils
Fred Rhoads (uncredited)
Inks
Fred Rhoads (uncredited)
Letters
Fred Rhoads (uncredited)

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Come along with me and Muttsy, Sad!
Genre
humor; animal; military
Characters
Nap Sack; Private Sad Sack; First Sergeant Circle; Muttsy K9 Dog; Muttsy the Talking Dog; Muttsy; Sarge
Synopsis
Little brother Nap Sack, Muttsy the Talking Dog and Sad Sack are so happy that Sarge gets jealous. So, they invite the Sarge to go to a funny comedy movie wherein Muttsy becomes the main attraction and roils the movie goers with hilarious antics on and off stage.
Keywords
cinema; feature length cartoon; First Sergeant Circle; fun; happy; laughs; movie theatre; Muttsy; Muttsy K9 Dog; Muttsy the Talking Dog; Nap Sack; Sarge; The Sarge

Why Work? (Table of Contents: 8)

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

Script
Fred Rhoads (uncredited)
Pencils
Fred Rhoads (uncredited)
Inks
Fred Rhoads (uncredited)
Letters
Fred Rhoads (uncredited)

First Line of Dialogue or Text
I'm promoting you to be in charge of the lower level of the dungeon, Knave Sack!
Genre
humor; historical; satire-parody
Characters
Knave Sack; The King; Black Knight; prisoners; the army
Synopsis
Knave Sack is promoted to be in charge of the dungeon's lower level only to learn that he is still doing all the work caring for its prisoners. Then, in an ironic twist, Knave Sack ends up doing even more work as the stone builders go on strike, the army goes on strike, and the prisoners go on strike.
Keywords
Black Knight; dungeon; kingdom; Knave Sack; loyalty; prisoners; stone builders; strike; The King; union

Chief Cook (Table of Contents: 9)

Navy Gobs 'n' Gals / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
Fred Rhoads (uncredited)
Pencils
Fred Rhoads (uncredited)
Inks
Fred Rhoads (uncredited)
Letters
Fred Rhoads (uncredited)

First Line of Dialogue or Text
I gave you the best duty on board ship, Sack!
Genre
humor; military
Characters
Sad Sack; Chief Petty Officer Geronimo; unidentified real admiral; unidentified navy captain; unidentified hospital corpsman
Synopsis
Sad Sack is assigned mess duty in the galley. Upon being threatened with chip and paint detail out on deck or back to the sizzling boiler room below deck for complaining, Sad Sack endures mess duty but makes Chief Geronimo sick with his cooking.
Keywords
below deck; Chief; Chief Geronimo; Chief Petty Officer Geronimo; galley; mess duty; navy; out on deck; Sad Sack; ship

Muttsy Takes Over (Table of Contents: 10)

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

Script
Fred Rhoads (uncredited)
Pencils
Fred Rhoads (uncredited)
Inks
Fred Rhoads (uncredited)
Letters
Fred Rhoads (uncredited)

First Line of Dialogue or Text
That Dog's Not Allowed in Here, Sack!
Genre
humor; animal; military
Characters
Private Sad Sack; Muttsy K9 Dog; Muttsy; First Sergeant Circle; Sarge; Captain Softseat; Lieutenant Packrat; Nap Sack
Synopsis
K9 Dog Muttsy is promoted to Sergeant Major and gets spoiled by his handler Sad Sack to the chagrin of Sarge. Assigned to General Rockjaw's staff, Sarge fumes further until Muttsy, acting as courier, mistakenly causes cesspool tanks to be delivered to the army base instead of military tanks.
Keywords
Captain Softseat; cesspool tanks; dog; First Sergeant Circle; General Rockjaw; Lieutenant Packrat; military tanks; Muttsy K9 Dog; Nap Sack; Sad Sack; Sarge

Place of Happiness (Table of Contents: 11)

Muttsy / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
Fred Rhoads (uncredited)
Pencils
Fred Rhoads (uncredited)
Inks
Fred Rhoads (uncredited)
Letters
Fred Rhoads (uncredited)

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Here comes Muttsy!
Genre
humor; anthropomorphic-funny animals; nature
Characters
Muttsy; Muttsy the Talking Dog; Muttsy K9 Dog; Rocky Raccoon; Biddie Bird; Cottonball Hare; Freddie Fish; Lady Bug; Gentleman Bug; Little Hummingbird; Mister Stork; wild animals
Synopsis
Muttsy the K9 Talking Dog goes on a vacation to a natural setting and spends a wonderful carefree time picnicking with real friends--wild talking animals
Keywords
alligator; ants; bear; beavers; Biddie Bird; Cottonball Hare; deer; Freddie Fish; frog; Gentleman Bug; gopher; groundhogs; honey bees; Lady Bug; Little Hummingbird; Mister Stork; mountain goats; Muttsy; Muttsy K9 Dog; Muttsy the Talking Dog; owl; puppies; Rocky Raccoon; turtle; wild animals; wild pigs

Indexer Notes

Cartoonist Fred Rhoads weaves a compelling story about how time spent on vacation in nature with wild animals is more enjoyable than with humans. This story could quite possibly have been inspired by a rare vacation from his job as a 'Sad Sack' cartoonist for Harvey Publications which--according to his late wife Mattie Louise (Poston) Rhoads and in trial testimony during his 5-year court battle (see Rhoads v. Harvey Publications, Inc., 700 P.2d 840 (Ariz. Ct. App. 1984), 604 P.2d 670, and 124 Ariz. 406 (1979))--Fred Rhoads was kept busy nearly seven days a week writing stories, penciling, inking, and lettering 'Sad Sack' artwork for timely mail submission to Harvey Publications' New York headquarters.

Flipped Out (Table of Contents: 12)

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

Script
Fred Rhoads (uncredited)
Pencils
Fred Rhoads (uncredited)
Inks
Fred Rhoads (uncredited)
Letters
Fred Rhoads (uncredited)

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Whoops! Hi, Cousin Sad!
Genre
humor; military
Characters
Sad Sack; Skater Sack; Sad Sack's Cousin Skater Sack
Synopsis
Off the army base and in town, Sad Sack goes on a series of hilarious 'good deeds' with his Cousin Skater Sack while suffering a variety of foibles including getting stuck in quick-set concrete.
Keywords
cement; pretty girl pedestrian; Sad Sack; Sad Sack's Cousin Skater Sack; Skater Sack; street repair

Country Pickin' (Table of Contents: 13)

Ol' Sod Sack / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
Fred Rhoads (uncredited)
Pencils
Fred Rhoads (uncredited)
Inks
Fred Rhoads (uncredited)
Letters
Fred Rhoads (uncredited)

First Line of Dialogue or Text
How's everything here in the hills, Ol' Sod Sack?
Genre
humor; satire-parody
Characters
Sad Sack; Ol' Sod Sack; Miss Possum Queen
Synopsis
While visiting Ol' Sod Sack in the back country, Sad Sack gets invited to watch Ol' Sod Sack judge the Miss Possum Queen contest. Ol' Sod Sack can't decide who's the most beautiful girl (He's been bribed by all of the contestants' kin and friends.) so stalls by announcing an added talent event--Best Hog Caller.
Keywords
back woods; beauty contest; Best Hog Caller; bribes; countryside; cute blonde; hills; hog caller contest; judge; Miss Possum Queen; Ol' Sod Sack; Sad Sack; social event

Away We Go (Table of Contents: 14)

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

Script
Fred Rhoads (uncredited)
Pencils
Fred Rhoads (uncredited)
Inks
Fred Rhoads (uncredited)
Letters
Fred Rhoads (uncredited)

First Line of Dialogue or Text
B o i n g
Genre
humor; children
Characters
Little Sad Sack; Little Slob Slobinski; Sad Sack's dad Mr. Sack; Sad Sack's mom Mrs. Sack
Synopsis
While Little Slob Slobinski and Little Sad Sack are playing seesaw, Little Sad goes flying off the teeter-totter into the air, through a box with wings, then a barrel, a go cart, into a ski factory, through the air on skis, next an amusement park, onto the wing of a fighter jet, finally crashing into boxes, a brick wall and ending up in the hospital.
Keywords
crashing; flying; hospital; Little Sad Sack; Little Slob Slobinski; Sad Sack's Dad; Sad Sack's Mom

The Tale (Table of Contents: 15)

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

Script
Fred Rhoads
Pencils
Fred Rhoads
Inks
Fred Rhoads
Letters
Fred Rhoads

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Let me tell you one of my sea stories, Cousin Sad!
Genre
humor; fantasy-supernatural; military
Characters
Sea Sack; Sad Sack; Polynesian girls; giant
Synopsis
Sad Sack is entertained by his Cousin Sea Sack who spins a yarn about getting shipwrecked from a typhoon onto a tropical island in the South Pacific; then must come to the aid of beautiful native girls to fend off a menacing native giant.
Keywords
beautiful native girls; giant; Polynesian girls; Sad Sack; Sea Sack

The Sack Comes Through! (Table of Contents: 16)

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

Script
Fred Rhoads (uncredited)
Pencils
Fred Rhoads (uncredited)
Inks
Fred Rhoads (uncredited)
Letters
Fred Rhoads (uncredited)

First Line of Dialogue or Text
C r a s h
Genre
humor; military
Characters
Private Sad Sack; Brigadier General Rockjaw; First Sergeant Circle; Senator Crouch; unidentified major general
Synopsis
Senator Crouch arrives at Camp Calamity from Washington DC with an unidentified major general to present Brigadier General Rockjaw with an award for clean living, neatness of dress, and fair treatment of enlisted men only to find Rockjaw in a garbage fight with Sad Sack.
Keywords
Brigadier General Rockjaw; First Sergeant Circle; Private Sad Sack; Sad Sack; Sarge; Senator Crouch; unidentified major general

The Big Bluff (Table of Contents: 17)

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

Script
Fred Rhoads (uncredited)
Pencils
Fred Rhoads (uncredited)
Inks
Fred Rhoads (uncredited)
Letters
Fred Rhoads (uncredited)

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Hit the Deck, Sack!
Genre
humor; military
Characters
Private Sad Sack; First Sergeant Circle; unidentified army medics; doctor; mechanic; construction workers
Synopsis
Sad Sack feigns illness to avoid a 20-mile hike that Sarge has been planning for weeks. After being transported to the base hospital, Sad Sack partially overhears a mechanic reviewing repair estimates for the surgeon's car and mistakenly believes those are going to be part of his medical procedures.
Keywords
car repairs; construction workers; doctor; estimates; First Sergeant Circle; hike; hospital; mechanic; medical billing; medical procedures; operation; Private Sad Sack; unidentified army medics

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 18)

blank page(s) / 1 page (report information)


Synopsis
blank inside back cover (p. 79)

Indexer Notes

blank inside back cover (p. 79)

Sad Sack (Table of Contents: 19) (Expand) /

Sad Sack No. 293 / preview (from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

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Table of Contents
  1. 0. Sad Sack
    Sad Sack
  2. 1. [no title indexed]
  3. 2. Sad Sack
  4. 3. Sunny Future
    Sad Sack
  5. 4. Big Show
    Sad Sack
  6. 5. What a Gal!
    Sweetie Sack
  7. 6. Good Work Out
    Sweetie Sack
  8. 7. Good for a Laugh!
    Sad Sack
  9. 8. Why Work?
    Knave Sack
  10. 9. Chief Cook
    Navy Gobs 'n' Gals
  11. 10. Muttsy Takes Over
    Sad Sack
  12. 11. Place of Happiness
    Muttsy
  13. 12. Flipped Out
    Sad Sack
  14. 13. Country Pickin'
    Ol' Sod Sack
  15. 14. Away We Go
    Little Sad
  16. 15. The Tale
    Sea Sack
  17. 16. The Sack Comes Through!
    Sad Sack
  18. 17. The Big Bluff
    Sad Sack
  19. 18. [no title indexed]
  20. 19. Sad Sack
    Sad Sack No. 293
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