Thursday, May 4, 2023

Uncle Salty and his "Dependable" Family!

Good afternoon, Kids! So nice to visit with you all again!

Today’s Woody Woodpecker story co-stars Woody’s nephew and niece (Knothead and Splinter) and their seafaring Uncle Salty. The story is penciled by John Carey, who animated for Warner Bros. in the 1930s, working on Bugs, Porky, and Daffy cartoons throughout the decade. Starting in the 1950s, Mr. Carey began working full-time in comics, drawing Warner characters for Dell/Western Publishing. Mr. Carey had a very long career, drawing Hanna-Barbera characters in the 1960s, finally drawing for Disney Comics in the 1970s. He was active with the publisher until 1984! This salty story is a fine example of his late 1950s work.

Handling the inking chores on this 6-pager was Steve Steer, who inked thousands of pages for Western Publishing from the 1950s up until 1984. Mr. Steer inked all the great draftsman who worked at Western, including Harvey Eisenberg, Tony Strobl, Phil DeLara.

This story comes from Comic Album No. 5 (March-May, 1959).

I will see you all again very soon. Until then, I hope you are all warm, safe, and happy!

--Your friend, Mykal

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