Saturday, July 25, 2009

By the 10's: Harvey Hits!

Harvey Hits was Harvey's anthology title! Let's take a quick look at it... By the 10's!

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Here's issue 10, featuring Little Lotta, and apparently guest-starring Little Dot!

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Issue 20, featuring Casper and Spooky!

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I'm pretty sure that issue 30's Wendy feature was the first time the Good Little Witch was cover-featured... but I could be mistaken!

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Issue 40 -- "Funday Funnies" was the Mattel-sponsored TV show featuring Harvey cartoons!

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Issue 50 -- A gag we've seen before! I'm not sure why this was "Harveytoons" instead of "Funday Funnies," though!

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Issue 60 -- Stumbo the Giant! Have you ever noticed that pretty much all of Harvey's characters are outsiders, mostly due to some physical characteristic of theirs? The only non-physical characteristics I can think off off the top of my head are Dot's dot-mania and Richie Rich's money (Herman and Katnip were pretty much standard cat-and-mouse fare).

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Issue 70 -- Yep, the Sad Sack line was featured here, too! So was Harvey's Phantom book, too, for that matter...

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Issue 80 -- Sad Sack again!

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Issue 90 -- I'm completely unfamiliar with Gabby Gobb... I'd guess that Harvey was concerned that they might lose Sad Sack, and came up with Gabby just in case (kind of like how Quality came up with Midnight because they were worried about losing the Spirit).

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Issue 100 - Gabby Gobb again!

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Issue 110 - I think GI Juniors was some kind of Sad Sack spin-off, but I'm not sure!

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Issue 120 - And it's the GI Juniors again! Not too surprising... the last Casper appearance in the title was issue 75 (which co-starred Nightmare), while Stumbo also appeared in issues 72, 78, and 88. Aside from those, 73 onward were pretty much all Sad Sack or the Gabby Gobb imitation... Here's the breakdown:

Little Sad Sack (and you thought Baby Looney Tunes was a weird concept?) - 73, 76, 79, 81, 83

Sad Sack's Muttsy - 74, 77, 80, 82, 84, 87, 89, 92, 96, 99, 102, 105, 108, 111, 113, 115, 117, 119 121

Gabby Gobb - 85, 90, 94, 97, 100, 103, 106, 109

GI Juniors - 91, 95, 98, 101, 104, 107, 110, 112, 114, 116, 118, 120, 122

Next time around... Hot Stuff!

2 comments:

  1. from Don Markstien's Toonapedia (always a good source):

    "G.I. Juniors began in the 86th issue (November, 1964) of Harvey Hits, that company's answer to DC Comics' Showcase, where characters like Rip Hunter and Challengers of the Unknown were tested before the launch of their titles. Prior hits in Harvey Hits included Wendy the Good Little Witch and Little Audrey, both of which enjoyed lengthy runs once they'd moved out into their own titles. The cartoonist behind G.I. Juniors was Jack O'Brien, who produced much of Sad Sack's own material, as well as having created a beatnik called Cool Cat (no relation) for another venue.

    The series began with the arrival of a busload of "new recruits" to Camp Wacky Wee. Sarge (no last name), himself freshly arrived, was surprised to find they were all children; but his new boss, Col. S. Polish, expected no less — he was running a military academy, not an army camp. The installation had been a lucky acquisition for him, a "surplus" Army camp that he could use for his school. Aside from him and Sarge, whose gruff exterior concealed a heart that truly hated dealing with the kids, the only adult present was Cookie (no relation), the camp's unofficial "Mom", who was sweet on Sarge.

    The boys included Ape (who had a thyroid condition making him almost as big as Sarge), Junior (the boys' leader no matter what Sarge thought), Chubby (the fat kid), Tuffy (the short kid), and several others who may or may not have had names, but existed mainly to fill up the background. The basic scenario was that the boys would be boys while Sarge would attempt to establish military discipline. Cookie liked them, but that didn't save her from being their victim when they felt like making her one. The Colonel was mostly unaware of any problems but still suffered occasionally from them.

    G.I. Juniors never graduated into a title of their own, but they did appear repeatedly in Harvey Hits. In fact, they were in no less than 13 issues, which averaged one every three months. Their last appearance was also the last issue of Harvey Hits itself, #122, which came out exactly three years after their first. Jack O'Brien continued to handle them throughout their run."

    Well.. that's alot from Toonopedia, but like i said, it's always a good source ^_^

    And Gabby Gob wasn't because they felt they were going to lose their Second most popular character, Sad Sack, but to try and cash in more.. As toonopedia comments:

    "Second [Popular] was probably Sad Sack, whose fans were able to read his adventures in Sad Sack's Army Life, Sad Sack's Funny Friends, Sad Sad Sack World and many other comic books, as well as in Sad Sack Comics. Spin-offs included his sister, Sadie Sack; a child version, Little Sad Sack; and even a dog, Sad Sack's Muttsy (no relation). Non spin-offs aimed at a similar audience included a Navy version, Gabby Gob; and a bunch of kids, G.I. Juniors."

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  2. Ah, well, there you go...

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