Monday, September 27, 2010

FUNNY STUFF No. 72, May-June 1953

DC comics’ funny animal comics (Comic Cavalcade, Animal Antics, Funny Stuff and Funny Folks) are not very well remembered today but during the 1940s and early 1950s, Funny Stuff was a force to be reckoned with. It ran for 10 years and 79 issues.

Today, we will look at the work of two DC funny animal stars, Otto Feuer and Sheldon Mayer.

“Greetings, Fenimore!” is by Otto Feuer, who, along with Rube Grossman, was a major workhorse for DC kids' comics. After years of comic work, Feuer opened up his own animation studio, doing work for Filmation during the 1970s.

Sheldon Mayer drew and wrote comics for DC from the 1930s until the 1970s, when failing eyesight forced his retirement from the drawing table. Laying down his pencil and brush, Mayer still wrote scripts for (among other titles) Weird War Tales and Rudolph. He also created the Black Orchid! “Company Fix Bayonets!” is a very good example of Mayer’s talent for pure funny.

Finally, let's enjoy this ad from the same issue. Why? Because it’s just so plain pretty.


  1. Sheldon Mayer cracks me up, it seems like everyone is forever yelling at one another in his comics. Great stuff!

  2. Kevin: He cracks me up, too. He had such incredible comic-book-story timing. It seems the funny rating always jumps a point or two when it's a Mayer story. Thanks for checking it.

  3. These Dodo and Frog comics are fun. My dad and I were at my grandma's house a long time ago, and he said he had some comics stashed away in the closet from when he was a kid. He pulled out a stack of 10 cent comics and there were some of these mixed in the pile. I still have them.

  4. Didn't Clint Eastwood pull that Kangaroo trick in one of his Westerns ? The ol' steel-pan under the poncho gag !

    I am more enamored by the Skrips AD you posted... For a true pen-geek like me, a nice Shaeffer product and a fresh bottle of ink is all I need to make goo-goo eyes ;~j

  5. Lysdexicuss: Wasn't that ink ad a beauty?

  6. These are too funny! Dopey Duck is great("Mazooze gazoo!" LOL!), and it was hilarious how Doodles kept outthinking himself with that "kickme" joke!


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