Friday, April 17, 2009

Not By Bread Alone

Friday Comic Book Day.

Now here is something you don't see very often. In fact, in more then twenty years of collection stuff related to Walt Kelly, I had never seen a complete story until I ran across this one at They hardly ever come up on e-bay and when they do, they fetch a hefty price, certainly more than the regular Walt Kelly books. Alls Kelly books were printed in such huge quantities and were kept so often by their readrs, that they (along with copies of Mad magazine and Playboy) have become really affordable. But not Peter Wheat. These give-away books were give away with some sort of sliced bread and they were probably thrown away as soon as they were read. Too bad, because they are realy well done and show Kelly at his commercial best. Today collectors seem to agree that the later half of this series was not done by Kelly at all, but this one (from #19) seems to be by the master himself. Maybe someone with a better collection then me can corrct me. and send me a couple of scans, because I would really like t se mor of it.


Smurfswacker said...

Thanks for telling me about this lovely book. I've never seen one before. Walt Kelly was the undisputed master of funny-animal brushwork. He makes it look so easy!

Eric said...

There are several other issues at, both by Kelly and his successor, Al Hubbard. And I have more on the way, with any luck. (I don't want to promise until I have them in hand, scanned, and posted.)

Sadly, as far as I know I'm the only person who has scanned any full issues yet. But we can hope.

Unknown said...

Thank you for your past help in identifying a rare Peter Wheat Bread mini comic that I acquired. Scans of the comic were posted on the digitalcomicmuseum site in 2012. This is just a head's up to let you know that I have listed this rare comic on ebay, in case any of you, or your readers are interested in bidding. Thanks again.