COMIC #10: New Comics #2 DATE: January 1936 PUBLISHER: National Allied Newspaper Syndicate Inc. CONTENTS: Cover by Robert Leffingwell; “Greetings!” (text article) by Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson; “Jibby Jones” by Vin Sullivan; “Sir Loin Of Beef” by Robert Leffingwell; “Sagebrush ‘N’ Cactus” by Robert Leffingwell; “Dickie Duck” by Matt Curzon; “Castaway Island” by Tom Cooper; “Billy The Kid” by Whitney Ellsworth; “J. Worthington Blimp” by Sheldon Mayer; “Vikings”, maybe written by Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson, drawn by Rolland H. Livingstone; “Big Linda’s Revenge” (text story) by Wallace Kirk; “The Radio Dialer” (text article); “It’s Magic” (text article) by Andrini The Great; “The Test Of A Man” (text story) by Rosemary Volk; “Freddie Bell” by Matt Curzon; “Wing Walker” by Thor; “Just Suppose…”, written by A.D. Kiefer, drawn by Henry Kiefer; “Pastime Page” (activity page); “Live And Learn” by Joe Archibald; “Captain Bill Of The Rangers” by Bill Allison; “Gulliver’s Travels” by Walt Kelly; “Ray And Gail” by Clem Gretter; “Cartoon Corner” (activity page); “The Pixie Puzzle Adventures” (activity page) by Matt Curzon; “Captain Quick” by Jon Blummer; “17-20 On The Black” by Tom Cooper; “Chikko Chakko” by Ellis Edwards; “Stamps And Coins” (text article); “Hobbies” (text article) by Danny Ryan; “Worth-While Films To Watch For” (text article); “The Book Shelf” (text article) by Rosemary Volk; “Needles” by Al Stahl; “Strange Adventures Of Mr. Weed” by Sheldon Mayer; “Capt'n Spiniker” by Tom Cooper; “Dare-Devil Dunk” by Stan Randall; “Beany” by Vin Sullivan; “Peter And Ho-Lah-An” by Rolland H. Livingstone; “The Federal Men”, written by Jerry Siegel, drawn by Joe Shuster; “It’s A Dern Lie” by Robert Leffingwell. Editor: Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson. Managing editor: William H. Cook. Assistant editor: Vin Sullivan. CANON: Non-canon.
That’s Sagebrush 'n’ Cactus on the cover. Doesn’t the one guy look like the basis for Mister Natural?
Walt Kelly’s Gulliver’s Travels adaptations come to an end with this issue, with Kelly showing up in the next More Fun. But a few new recurring features debut, most of them by artists who are already regulars. Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, still not quite super, debut The Federal Men. Vin Sullivan debuts Beany, Stan Randall debuts Dare-Devil Dunk, Tom Cooper debuts Castaway Island, and newcomer Bill Allison debuts Captain Bill Of The Rangers. On to the contents:
Jibby Jones wants turkey, but his mom buys chicken, so he goes out and tries to kill a giant turkey.
THIS IS TERRIFYING.
Sir Loin gets a squire, meets a cute kid… and then everybody goes out and catches chickens to eat. Is this going to be a theme?
Sagebrush 'n’ Cactus are a pair of old prospectors. Lots of overdone Old-West colloquialisms. Lots of figgerin’.
Dickie Duck catches some robbers to get a reward. Dickie is the only non-human in this story, and it’s a little bit uncomfortable.
“Castaway Island” is about a couple of castaways. No island yet. Just two schmucks stranded on a boat.
Billy The Kid brags about how he can beat some kid up, and then beats the kid up. Did people in the '30s think kids beating the crap out of each other was all fun and games? Boys will be boys? School shootings don’t exist? Also, why is the comic strip version of street kid vernacular exactly the same as the comic strip version of the Old West? Everybody’s a “feller”.
J. Worthington Blimp spends some time in jail… then he gets out… there’s a stagecoach… I don’t know.
In “Vikings”, a bunch of Vikings get married and adopt kids and stuff. I don’t believe any child ever read this. Every kid with a copy of this magazine skipped this.
Freddie Bell runs around being the least interesting mischievous cartoon kid ever.
Wing Walker does a bunch of stuff I barely paid attention to, involving his plane and racistly-portrayed native savages.
“Just Suppose” looks like a kid got drunk and did a book report. So does “Live And Learn”, actually.
Captain Bill investigates a holdup in the Old West, and is boring.
“Gulliver’s Travels” looks like Walt Kelly is wasting his talent.
Ray and Gail set sail aboard a ship and get involved in some bullshit about an old lady’s stolen map.
Captain Quick: ships, cannons, Spaniards, spoils.
“17-20 On The Black”: some dude steals some lady’s pearls.
Chikko Chakko gets a fish thrown at him.
Needles actually follows from last issue– surprising for a humor feature. Needles tries to grow his hair back via science, but ends up doing it by reading “hair-raising” detective stories.
Mr. Weed and company waste the bulk of their two pages dawdling in 1835, and then Mr. Weed decides some girl is hot.
Captain Spiniker and Mr. Sternpipe hang out on boats and talk like this:
Dare-Devil Dunk is an out-of-work stuntman who spends this story creepily tickling a guy in order to win money so he can eat a chicken dinner. It makes a tiny bit more sense than that description makes it sound.
Beany is somewhat of a Little Nemo ripoff: a bunch of weird things happen, and they all turn out to be a dream. But up until the final panel, it feels more like an acid trip:
Peter and Ho-Lah-An shoot arrows and break some eggs. I guess that’s fun.
Buried in the back, Siegel and Shuster’s “The Federal Men” follows Steve Carson, a federal agent who goes undercover as a local cop to catch a kidnapper (who’s working with a lady who has the last name Lane). I’m looking for any hint that this same creative team will soon debut Superman– and this is stretching, but I think you can see a knack for fast-paced action that’ll serve them well once they add bright colors and capes to the mix. Also, doesn’t this car remind you of the cover to Action Comics #1?
And in “It’s A Dern Lie”, fleas catch pneumonia by jumping into ice cream.
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