Today we continue our look at America’s favorite comics G.I. who is not Beetle Bailey, Sad Sack. We have two guest exhibits from Rick Beckham, books from 1944 and 1978 compiling his appearances in Yank Magazine, where he first appeared in 1942.
I would like to point out part of the text on the back cover of the 1944 hardcover: “His name and familiar, sagging likeness have decorated the sides of plans and tanks on every battlefront.” Long time readers of the Mercheum Blog might recall another guest exhibit, this one of a pin depicting Sad Sack bomber nose art.
Thanksgiving may still be several days away, but today I am giving thanks that the Harvey Mercheum has reached 150 exhibits, with the help of guest exhibitors such as Rick Beckham! I am finishing Rick’s contributions of Pepsi Collector Series glasses made by Brockway Glass with a character many people do not even realize was part of Harvey Comics, Sad Sack:
Back in February, I posted the Richie Rich Pepsi Collector Series glass that is in the permanent collection. I mentioned how these glasses were made by a company named Brockway Glass, and that six Harvey characters were made. I asked you, my readers, to help me with the other five, and Rick Beckham has now contributed four of them! Today we start with “Big” Baby Huey:
Wonder Books did not publish any books featuring Harvey characters in 1964. They resumed in 1965 with book 850 “Casper in Ghostland”. They published book 855 “Casper and Wendy Adventures” in 1969, then ceased publishing in 1977. Rick Beckham contributed both of these last books:
Wonder Books did not publish any books featuring Harvey characters in 1962. They resumed in 1963 with book 805 “Casper and Wendy” and book 821 “Buzzy the Funny Crow“, both of which have been contributed by Rick Beckham:
I caught a cold while on my vacation, and I am having a terrible time trying to recover from it. I am really excited about the next group of items that Rick Beckham submitted as guest exhibits though, and so here is the first exhibit for October.
Long before Harvey Comics partnered with PolyGram to produce records, Harvey made their own. With lyrics composed by their own Sid Jacobson along with Jimmy Krondes, performed by “The Comix”, and copyrighted “Harvey Music, Inc.”, the songs were pressed into 45rpm records copyrighted “Harvey Records, Inc.” There were ads in the comic books you could cut the coupon out of and mail away for a set of five records (one song each side, so ten songs total), you can see one here.
So, some good news and some bad news today. The bad news is that yesterday morning I dismantled the second public display of part of the Harvey Mercheumpermanent collection. It was on display at the main branch of the Schenectady County Public Library (SCPL) for the month of August. I am very grateful to the library for allowing me to share my collection with the public, and hope to do so again.