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Humdinger v2 02. A Skee Wee production

6-October-2021 5:14 pm
Username: ramblindawg
Comment: Odd mix of dramatic vs cartoony comics -- the comic stories by Milt Hammer are fun !

Volume: #2, Issue: #2 [8]
Published: July-August 1947, Price: 0.10 USD, Pages: 52, Editing: Robert Wheeler [as Robert D. Wheeler] (editor, general manager); Jane Spaulding Nye (managing editor); Jean Gibson Brundage (editorial assistant); Mel Cummin (art director); Al Fago [as 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 Series
Notes: Per the indicia, The Premium Group of Comics is 'a division of The Premium Services Co. Inc., P.O. Box 1198, Independence Square, Philadelphia, Pa., editorial offices, 111 West 19th Street, New York 11, N. Y. Printed in the U.S.A.' Several of the stories in this issue end with an entreaty to readers to return for more fun and adventures in the next issue — an indication this was not planned to be the last of the series.
 Comic Contents:
Cover (1 page)
Genre: Humor

Letters Page (1 page) Humming Along with Humdinger
Credits: Letters: typeset

Comic Story (9 pages) Vic and Ventura in Vacationland
Featuring: Vic and Ventura
Synopsis: From Mr. Quiett's time-defying helicopter, Vic and Ventura witness key moments in the history of California.
Genre: Adventure History
Characters: Vic Ventura Mr. Quiett Cabrillo Ferrelo Galvez Father Junipero John Sutter Kit Carson Col. Fremont, The Pathfinder 'Lean John' Brown;

Advertisement (1 page)
Featuring: Kellogg's Krumbles
Credits: Letters: ?; typeset

Cartoon (1 page)
Genre: Humor

Comic Story (6 pages)
Featuring: Dink
Synopsis: Dink and his pals in the Courage Club row out to an island for 'an outing' but get caught in a storm while there and have to spend a fitful night warding off a wild animal that turns out to be a harmless goat.
Genre: Humor Children
Characters: Dink Swipes (his Dog) Courage Club

Comic Story (5 pages)
Synopsis: When the mayor believes his wallet to be stolen while on his way to give a speech at Hilyer's Amusement Park, Chuck and his unnamed pals (a chubby boy, a black boy, and a girl) chased the supposed thief across a host of mechanical rides, only to realize the mayor simply left his wallet at the box office and the person they were doggedly pursuing was the park owner, out on an inspection tour.
Credits: Pencils: Joe Donottoe (signed) | Inks: Joe Donottoe (signed)
Genre: Adventure
Characters: Chuck The Mayor Mr. Hilyer

Text Story (2 pages) The Rescue
Credits: Letters: typeset

Promo (ad From The Publisher) (1 page)
Featuring: Frisky Fables
Characters: Neddy Bear Dopsy Durvy Tick Tack Toe

Comic Story (6 pages) The Case of the Sacred Ruby of Inkpore!
Featuring: Foxy, Office Boy in the Detective Bureau
Synopsis: Foxy foils a jewel thief posing as an Indian swami.
Genre: Adventure Humor Detective-mystery
Characters: Foxy Detective Grogan

Comic Story (6 pages) The Death of Baldur
Featuring: Mickey Starlight
Synopsis: Mickey is hurling rocks at cans and not having much luck scoring a hit when Mr. Hermit arrives and advises him to try throwing mistletoe instead. When Mickey scoffs, Mr. Hermit relates the tale of Baldur the Good, who was immune to all harm thanks to his mother Frgga intervening with all living things. But when Loki discovers Frigga didn't bother seeking acquiecense from the lowly mistletoe bush. Loki then convinces a blind man to throw an arrow with mistletoe tied to it at Baldur, which kills the god instantly. Amazed, Mickey tosses a twig at his can and knocks it over.
Characters: Mickey Starlight Mr. Hermit Baldur The Good Odin Frigga Loki Hodur

Comic Story (6 pages)
Featuring: The Jerkwater Line
Synopsis: Hilarity ensues when Aunt Tillie takes charge of ol' Engine 711 of the Jerkwater Line, given the initial absence, then the narcoleptic urges, of its engineer, Snorter. Meanwhile, Professor Marmaduke's insistance on showing his new invention to any and all passengers results in the destruction of Tillie's new hat, which he was supposed to be guarding. But the day is saved with the mayor's wife mistakes the hardscrabble haberdashery for the latest in haute couture.
Genre: Humor
Characters: Professor Marmaduke Aunt Tillie Snorter Belva Bunkelheimer

Comic Story (5 pages)
Featuring: Speck, Spot, and Sis
Synopsis: While brainstorming how to raise money to buy furniture for their 'Specters' Club,' Speck and Sis notice the neighborhood kids all sporting red hair. It seems the local theater is offering free admission to gingers on 'Redheads Day,' and the local bullies, Brickbatt and Halfbatt, are charging 10¢ per dye job. Speck hatches a plan to charge 10¢ to remove the hair dye after the show, which horns in on the bullies' plans to get the kids coming and going. This leads to a confrontation settled only by the timely application of hair remover to the bullies' scalps.
Genre: Children
Characters: Speck Spot (his Dog) Sis Archie Brickbatt Halfbatt

Cartoon (1 page)
Featuring: Merkin Gerkin
Synopsis: When Merkin can't get a good view of a downtown fire, he gets and idea after overhearing a reporter tell a cop he's expecting someone to come with more plates for his camera. So, Merken shows up with a stack of flatware and the confused cop lets him though to the scene.
Genre: Humor
Characters: Merkin Gerkin Mike The Cop

Cartoon (1 page) Humdinger Stingers
Featuring: gag panels

Comics-form Advertising (1 page) When A Slip Meant Death
Featuring: Fisk Bike Tires
Synopsis: Two boys out for a ride on their new 'east-going' Fisk bikes spot a secluded cabin where a young boy is being held for ransom. Rushing back to town to call for help, they take a dangerous shortcut across the narrow bridge that spans a gaping chasm. But thanks to the 'safety grip Fisk treads' on their tires, they 'weren't even worried, and the day was saved.

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