Small House of Everything

Small House of Everything

Saturday, January 12, 2019


Published by United Features, Tip Top Comics reprinted various newspaper comic strips syndicated by United.  It was a quick and easy way to make a bit more money from their properties.  In this issue we get to read:

  • George Lichtenstein's Grin and Bear It
  • Gus Mager's Hawkshaw the Detective
  • Bernard Dibble's The Captain and the Kids
  • Freddie and Fritz, an unsigned comic featuring a Bear (Freddie) and a squirrel (Fritz)
  • Dudley T. Fisher, Jr.'s For Junior Readers (A miscellany section featuring a paper cut-out doll)
  • Bill Conselman's Chris Crusty and his much better-known Ella Cinders 
  • Paul Berdanier's How It Began and Of All Things
  • Vic Forsythe's Joe Jinks (later renamed Curly Kayoe in the Dailies and Davy Jones in the Sunday strips) and his Divot Diggers
  • Ed Dodd's Back Home Again and his Home Towners
  • R. M. Brinkerhoff's All in the Family and Little Mary Mixup
  • Bernard Dibble's Danny Dingle and his Dub Dabs
  • Ernie Bushmiller's Phil Fumble, along with Fritzi Ritz (sans Nancy)
  • Alan Maver's Grid Oddities
  • Becky Sharp and La Verne Harding's Cynical Susie
  • J. Carver Pusey's Opportunity Knox and Benny
  • Harry O'Neill's Bronco Bill and Bumps
  • Robert L. Dickey's Bucky and His Pals, along with Mr. and Mrs. Beans
  • Milt Gross' Looy Dot Dope (drawn this time by Bernard Dibble)
  • Colonel Wowser (possibly drawn by Bernard Dibble)
  • H. E. Homan's Billy Make Believe and Homan's How To Make It
  • Olive Ray Scott's Alice in Wonderland and Knurl the Gnome
  • Mo Leff's Peter Pat and his Percy Penguin
  • Chapter Six of Dan Chadwick's text story The Boys of Wynnecastle
  • Dick Richards'  The Boomers 
  • A text article, Stamp Tips
  • Ben Batford's Freddie Doodle
  • Tippity Top, The Puzzle Page (Tippity Top is evidently Tip Top Comics code word for origami)
  • A crossword puzzle and a color-it-yourself cartoon panel
  • Bob Brinkerhoff tells kids how to make their own movies and also how to draw comics, followed by an invitation to submit your own comics.
  • Five comics strips submitted by readers, aged 7 to 15
  • Opdyke's The Young Idear
  • We close the issue with ads, including a full-page back cover ad for Daisy Air Rifles, from $1.00 to $3.95

Not included in this post because of copyright issues are Hal Foster's Tarzan and Al Capp's L'il Abner.  Nonetheless, there's a lot of reading here from some familiar and some unfamiliar names.


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