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Joe Palooka (1945 Harvey) comic books

  • Issue #1
    Joe Palooka (1945 Harvey) 1

    Cover art by Ham Fisher. Scripts and art by Fisher. "The Story Behind Ham Fisher's Joe Palooka" article. "How Joe Became World Champ"; On a transport ship, the men are shown the movie "Bare Knuckles", starring Joe; The men later beg Joe to tell the story of how he became champ. Joe took a job at Knobby Walsh's haberdashery; When Knobby leaves him in charge of the store, thugs come in, clear the shelves, and tell Joe that they have an account with Knobby; Knobby tells Joe that he has ruined him; Joe pursues the men, beats them and recovers the goods. "The Big Fight"; Knobby keeps Joe in the dark about the cash that he will get for Joe's fight. Joe meets World Champion Jack McSwatt in the ring, and McSwatt beats Joe senseless for four rounds; Knobby's conscience bothers him, and he wants to stop the fight, but Joe refuses; Knobby lies to Joe, telling him that McSwatt was the ringleader of the men who robbed Knobby's store. "Jerry Puts on the Gloves"; After telling his story, Joe and Jerry walk the decks; Jerry accidentally bumps into sailor Larry Malss, and angry words are exchanged; Before you know it, Malss' challenge for a boxing match has been accepted. Jerry is no match for Malss, but, while the match is underway, a submarine is sighted, and all of the men go to stations on alert. 36 pgs., full color. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #2
    Joe Palooka (1945 Harvey) 2
    • 2" spine split from bottom.

    Cover by Ham Fisher (credited). Stories and art by Ham Fisher (credited). Ham Fisher's comic-strip boxer has adventures both inside and outside the ring. Working with the French Resistance during World War II, Joe operates a pirate free-radio broadcast, so the Nazis enlist the beautiful spy Baroness Von Shumann to locate his hidden station. The Secret Voice; Uninvited Guests; Death to Traitors; Knobby Goes Softie. 32 pages, Full Color. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #3
    Joe Palooka (1945 Harvey) 3

    Cover art by Ham Fisher. Scripts and art by Fisher. "The Secret Mission"; Joe and Jerry drop radio equipment over Montenegro and follow it down to make sure it gets into the hands of the underground; When it does, Joe and his compatriots have to keep it from being seized by German troops. "The Narrow Escape"; Joe and Big Mike are making their way through the Serbian countryside and decide to put on German helmets (souvenirs) instead of carrying them; However, a lady swimming nearby sees the helmets and shoots, wounding Joe and knocking out Mike, thinking they are German; She is Serbian, treats Joe's wounds and has Mike carry him to her cabin, then sends him to the Americans for some sulfa. "The Crisis"; Big Mike returns with the sulfa, but Joe develops a high fever and Nada is worried; She wishes she had chicken broth to feed Joe, so Big Mike volunteers to go behind German lines to snatch some chickens. "Jerry Falls in Love"; Big Mike gets the chickens and Nada begins to fix the broth, and Joe, after eating some, begins to feel better; Then Jerry shows up and when he sees Nada, falls for her like a ton of bricks. "Joe's Recovery"; Joe is recovering quickly and soon it is time for him to return to his friends; Nada goes with him, telling him along the way that she is out to get every German she can because they murdered her entire family. "The Hidden Evidence" text story by Peter Irving. "Luck Piece" text story by Pat Fenton. 52 pgs., full color. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #4
    Joe Palooka (1945 Harvey) 4
    • Cover oxidation.

    Cover by Ham Fisher (credited). Stories and art by Ham Fisher (credited), Vic Herman and A.W. Nugent. Ham Fisher's comic-strip boxer has adventures both inside and outside the ring. Wounded after parachuting into Nazi-held Yugoslavia, Joe joins forces with freedom-fighting guerrillas. Action-girl Nada tends his wounds, but then accidentally shoots his war buddy Jerry, who was disguised as a Nazi. Surprise Attack; One-Man Battle; The Triangle; Disaster Strikes; Farewell to Friends; Dugout Skullduggery; Joe Palooka Meets the Colonel's Daughter; Ticket To Disaster; Jerry Finds a Treasure; Box Seats For Two; Cartoon Laughs. 48 pages, Full Color. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #5
    Joe Palooka (1945 Harvey) 5
    • 6 1/4" spine split. Cover detached at one staple.

    Cover by Ham Fisher (credited). Stories and art by Ham Fisher (credited), Bob Barnes, Joe Simon and Jack Kirby. Ham Fisher's comic-strip boxer has adventures both inside and outside the ring. Back in the States after World War II, Joe is immediately caught up in a murder mystery involving a suspect who looks just like him. The Boy Explorers board a rocket for the moon, in a story by comics legends Joe Simon and Jack Kirby. Plus an illustrated feature on Joe Palooka creator Ham Fisher going to the White House to meet President Harry Truman. Ham Fisher Visits the President; The Big Carnival Murder Mystery; Foul Play; Innocent or Guilty; Trapping the Killer; Fight To the Finish; ..About Ham Fisher; Tiara Temptation; Boy Explorers: A Trip To the Moon; Box Seats For Two; Cartoon Laughs. 48 pages, Full Color. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #6
    Joe Palooka (1945 Harvey) 6
    • Corner chipping.
    • 4 " Cumulative spine split.
    • Centerfold detached. Severe cover oxidation.

    Cover by Ham Fisher (credited). Stories and art by Ham Fisher and Vic Herman. Ham Fisher's comic-strip boxer has adventures both inside and outside the ring. Joe witnesses WWII in the South Pacific as he prepares for an exhibition fight against Grumpopski. A feature on the B-25 Bomber includes a diagram for creating a model bomber. Plus more on Joe Palooka creator Ham Fisher going to the White House to meet President Harry Truman. Joe Palooka; The Fight is Set; Enemy Strategy; Girl Trouble; As the Fight Draws Near; Hurdle Race Racket; Life in the Rough; Jobless Jerry; B-25: The Story of Americas Foremost Medium Bomber; The Fatal Mistake; Cartoon Laughs. 48 pages, Full Color. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #7
    Joe Palooka (1945 Harvey) 7
    • Water damage.
    • Cover detached at one staple. Staple rust. Rust migration. Water damage.
    • Centerfold detached. Staple rust. Rust migration.

    Cover by Ham Fisher (credited). Stories and art by Ham Fisher, M. Townsend, Salo and Bob Powell. Ham Fisher's comic-strip boxer has adventures both inside and outside the ring. In the South Pacific, Joe prepares to face the formidable opponent Grumpopski in the ring. But Grumpopski holds a grudge and can't wait that long. Aviator hero Chickie Ricks finds danger and intrigue in central Asia. The Grumpopski-Palooka Fight; At The Ringside ... Blow By Blow; Surprise Comeback; Leemy's Boxing Exhibition; Time Will Tell; Flyin Fool; Account Closed…; Ricky Roony; Cartoon Laughs. 48 pages, Full Color. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #8
    Joe Palooka (1945 Harvey) 8
    • Cover detached at one staple. Water damage.
    • Cover detached at one staple. Water damage.

    Cover by Ham Fisher (credited). Stories and art by Ham Fisher and Bob Powell. Ham Fisher's comic-strip boxer has adventures both inside and outside the ring. In the South Pacific, Joe and Jerry are stranded at sea after a forced evacuation from an endangered plane. They find a derelict Japanese ship with a lone survivor, a beautiful Polynesian woman captured by the Axis. Meanwhile, Captain Vine (who looks like Smilin' Jack) puts the moves on Ann, who fears Joe is lost at sea. Plus a prose adventure of early female superhero Black Cat. Mystery of The Ghost Ship; Sea Fever; A Story of Survival; Jerry Recovers; Black Cat: Invisible Evidence; The Flyin' Fool Chickie Ricks; Flossie; Ricky Roony; Cartoon Laughs. 48 pages, Full Color. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #9
    Joe Palooka (1945 Harvey) 9
    • Staple rust. Rust migration.

    Cover by Ham Fisher (credited). Stories and art by Ham Fisher, Bob Powell, Jack Keeler, Salo, Joe Simon and Jack Kirby. Ham Fisher's comic-strip boxer has adventures both inside and outside the ring. In the South Pacific, Joe and Jerry ride the derelict Japanese ship to Drooten Island, seemingly safe from the Axis on a Dutch plantation, but Polynesian refugee Melody suspects a trap. Chickie Ricks, The Flyin' Fool, wrestles with Umblau, the mad genius with the fate of the world in a vial in his hands, in a story with nice good-girl art and a terrific splash page by Bob Powell. Plus a prose adventure of the superhero Stuntman, with spot illustration by comics legends Joe Simon and Jack Kirby. Also featuring a "letter to the reader" from publisher Alfred Harvey about Harvey's latest strip-to-comic-book acquisition, Terry and the Pirates. The Drooten Island Mystery; Drootens Hospitality; Jungle Rendezvous; Amazing Discovery; Stuntman: Ferryboat Menace; Junior Genius: The Great Train Mystery!; The Flyin Fool: Umblau the Genius; Cartoon Laughs. 48 pages, Full Color. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #10
    Joe Palooka (1945 Harvey) 10
    • Centerfold detached at both staples.

    Cover by Ham Fisher (credited). Stories and art by Ham Fisher, Menrola, Salo, Bo Brown and Bob Powell. Ham Fisher's comic-strip boxer has adventures both inside and outside the ring. In the South Pacific, Joe and Jerry are captured and tortured by Nazis on the Dutch plantation, but Polynesian refugee Melody enlists the Malaysian tribespeople to mobilize a revolt. Flyin Fools Chickie and Gootch are enlisted by the beautiful Maylene the Tigress to free her father and join rebels fighting for the freedom of her tiny Himalayan nation. Plus a prose adventure of early female superhero Black Cat. Joe Palooka: Fight for Life; Jungle Jamboree; Homeward Bound; Black Cat: Death on the Set; Flyin Fool: A Trip to Trouble; Ricky Roony; Cartoon Laughs. 48 pages, Full Color. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #11
    Joe Palooka (1945 Harvey) 11
    • Centerfold detached at one staple.

    Cover by Ham Fisher (credited). Stories and art by Ham Fisher and Bob Powell. Ham Fisher's comic-strip boxer has adventures both inside and outside the ring. In the South Pacific, Joe and Jerry are returning from their Dutch Indies adventure when Joe agrees to a rematch with his old rival Grumpopski for the benefit of the sailors and crew onboard the ship. Chickie and Gootch investigate a remote island for possible Axis base and instead find a mad scientist and his hive of gigantic bees. Plus a prose adventure of early female superhero Black Cat. The 2nd Palooka-Grumpopski Fight; Call Me Mister!; Home Sweet Home; Joe Turns Detective; The Black Cat Goes to a Tea Party; Flyin Fool: The Menacing Bees; Boxing Course - Lesson One; Boxing Course - Lesson Two; Murder on the Green. 48 pages, Full Color. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #12
    Joe Palooka (1945 Harvey) 12

    Cover by Ham Fisher (credited). Stories and art by Ham Fisher and Bob Powell. Ham Fisher's comic-strip boxer has adventures both inside and outside the ring. Joe and Jerry track a swindler who's been stealing the benefit checks from the families of veterans killed in the war. In Java, Chickie and Gootch try to rescue Maylene after she's abducted by a corrupt local governor. Plus two prose adventures of early female superhero Black Cat. Joe Palooka; Black Cat at the Races ; Flyin Fool; Boxing Course - Lesson Three; Boxing Course - Lesson Four; Flossie; Ricky Roony. 48 pages, Full Color. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #13
    Joe Palooka (1945 Harvey) 13

    Cover by Ham Fisher (credited). Stories and art by Ham Fisher and Bob Powell. Ham Fisher's comic-strip boxer has adventures both inside and outside the ring. While training for his fight with Phantom Dill, Joe is marked for death by a mysterious figure. Chickie and Gootch set out to rescue Maylene's uncle from the forbidden city of Bal. Plus two prose adventures of early female superhero Black Cat. Joe Palooka; Black Cat's Visit of Mercy; Flyin Fool; Boxing Course - Lesson Five; Black Cat: The Duel. 48 pages, Full Color. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #14
    Joe Palooka (1945 Harvey) 14

    Cover by Ham Fisher (credited). Stories and art by Ham Fisher and Bob Powell. Ham Fisher's comic-strip boxer has adventures both inside and outside the ring. Mysterious figures and strange events continue to pursue Joe in the lead-up to his fight with Phantom Dill. As Chickie's past catches up with him, Gootch reveals to Maylene why the Flyin' Fool was kicked out of the Marines. Plus two prose adventures of early female superhero Black Cat. Palooka's Toughest Fight; Black Cat: Strange Rhythm; Flyin Fool; Boxing Course - Lesson Seven; Black Cat: Voice of the Dead. 48 pages, Full Color. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #15
    Joe Palooka (1945 Harvey) 15

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    Cover by Ham Fisher (credited). Stories and art by Ham Fisher, Salo and Bob Powell. Ham Fisher's comic-strip boxer has adventures both inside and outside the ring. When Knobby Walsh's car breaks down in West Wokkington Falls, he meets Humphrey, a pear-shaped country bumpkin with super-strength and nigh-invulnerability. The character becomes a popular comedic supporting character (later getting his own long-running comic), and one of the few opponents who can regularly best his pal Joe Palooka. 20th-century kid Dusty travels 500 years in the future, where Atoma shows him a leisure-based society ruled by fascist tyrants. Plus two prose adventures of early female superhero Black Cat. Joe Palooka; Introducing Humphrey; Little Max Goes Into Business; Eager Beaver; Knobby's Sure Bet; Personal Appearance; Black Cat: Beauty and Killer; Ricky Roony; Atoma; Cartoon Laughs; Black Cat: Almost Perfect Crime. 48 pages, Full Color. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #16
    Joe Palooka (1945 Harvey) 16

    Cover by Ham Fisher (credited). Stories and art by Ham Fisher, Kirk Stiles, Al Zere, Vic Herman, and Bob Powell. Ham Fisher's comic-strip boxer has adventures both inside and outside the ring. Knobby's latest fighter is Humphrey, a sweetly dumb country bumpkin with super-strength and nigh-invulnerability, but no one is sure what to make of him other than Joe. Flyin' Fools Chickie and Gootch are hired to transport a captive gorilla to Shanghai, but they have to think fast when the primate escapes his cage en route. Plus two prose adventures of early female superhero Black Cat. Joe Palooka; Joes Good Turn; A Party for Joe; Bateese and Balonki Visit New York; Little Max: The Well-Dressed Man; Little Max: Test Pilot; Black Cat: Gun Play; Cartoon Laughs at the Ringside; The Flyin Fool; Ricky Roony; Flossie; Black Cat: Desert Wings. 48 pages, Full Color. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #17
    Joe Palooka (1945 Harvey) 17
    • INCOMPLETE. Centerfold missing (2 wraps), interrupts art and story. 2" Cumulative spine split.

    Cover art by Ham Fisher. Most scripts and art by Fisher. "Here's The Story Behind The Cover"; Local townsfolk put up their life-savings to build a million dollar stadium for Humphrey's fight career; However, Humphrey is the local blacksmith and not a professional boxer. Crooked managers try to get Humphrey into high-stake matches to cash in on the proceeds if Humphrey can knock the other fighter out. "Joe Palooka, Adventures in Hollywood, Part 1, Lost in the Woods"; On a flight to Hollywood, the plane Joe and Knobby are on is forced to make an emergency landing in a wilderness area; They learn the pilots somehow got off course and the plane was low on fuel; Joe and one of the pilots take off, in different directions, to try and find help; In the meantime, Knobby falls in love with Sally Grepps, a young woman wanting to become an actress. "Joe Palooka and His Bodyguard"; Chauncey, a former fighter, tries to get hired as Joe's bodyguard; At first Joe states he doesn't need one, but Chauncey's wife explains that they're broke because Chauncey hasn't been able to get a fight in 10 years. "Little Max, Baby Service"; Little Max tries working as a babysitter at $0.15 an hour. His first client is Butch Wilkers, who turns out to be quite a handful; Trying to placate the baby, he encounters Joe Palooka at the local ice cream parlor while trying to buy an ice cream cone for Butch. "Little Max, On The Farm"; Little Max is visiting Rosie on the farm while Joe Palooka is on furlough; Rosie asks Little Max to milk the cow as she needs to stay in the kitchen to watch the roast while her mama is out. "Tinhorns Are Dumb" text story. "Chickie Ricks, Better Known as the Flyin' Fool," script and art by Powell. 52 pgs., full color. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #18
    Joe Palooka (1945 Harvey) 18

    Cover by Ham Fisher (credited). Stories and art by Ham Fisher, C.C. Beck, Pete Costanza, and Bob Powell. Ham Fisher's comic-strip boxer has adventures both inside and outside the ring. On their way to California to shoot a boxing movie, Knobby introduces Joe to his new girlfriend, actress Sally - but can their love survive Hollywood? To free Maylene's people, Flyin' Fools Chickie and Gootch must retrieve an ancient document from Arabian warlord Razma Dazma. Plus two prose adventures of early female superhero Black Cat. Also featuring a Tootsie Roll ad, "Captain Tootsie Saves the School Party," with art by Shazam creator C.C. Beck. Black Cat Defies Death; Adventures in Hollywood; Ricky Roony; Little Max: Battling Bee; The Flyin' Fool; Black Cat: Dangerous Bet. 48 pages, Full Color. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #19
    Joe Palooka (1945 Harvey) 19

    Cover by Ham Fisher (credited). Stories and art by Ham Fisher, C.C. Beck, Pete Costanza, and Bob Powell. Ham Fisher's comic-strip boxer has adventures both inside and outside the ring. Knobby's new girlfriend causes conflict on the set of Joe's boxing movie, in a storyline featuring some risque bad-girl art by Fisher. Little Max gets incentive to go to school when he learns that another boy is carrying Alice's books for her. Plus two prose adventures of early female superhero Black Cat. Also featuring a Tootsie Roll ad, "Captain Tootsie Saves the School Party," with art by Shazam creator C.C. Beck. The cover promotes the Freedom Train, a patriotic endeavor making its way around the nation by rail at the time. His Adventures in Hollywood; His 'Last' Fight; Little Max Goes to School; Chickie Ricks The Flyin' Fool; Black Cat: Toast to Death. 48 pages, Full Color. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #20
    Joe Palooka (1945 Harvey) 20

    Cover by Ham Fisher (credited). Stories and art by Ham Fisher and Bob Powell. Ham Fisher's comic-strip boxer has adventures both inside and outside the ring. Framed by a femme fatale and stripped of his championship, Joe goes off to the desert and joins the French Foreign Legion. Shot down over the Himalayas, Flyin' Fools Chickie and Gootch are taken in by a mountain tribe after they save the chieftain's son from a wolf pack. Plus two prose adventures of early female superhero Black Cat. Adventures In the Land of Forgotten Men; Joe Palooka Speaks His Mind; Duel in the Moonlight; Knobby Nabs his Man; Ricky Roony; Chickie Ricks The Flyin' Fool; Black Cat: Robbery in the Night; Black Cat: Battle of Wits. 48 pages, Full Color. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #21
    Joe Palooka (1945 Harvey) 21

    Cover by Ham Fisher (credited). Stories and art by Ham Fisher, Otto Soglow, C.C. Beck, Pete Costanza, and Bob Powell. Ham Fisher's comic-strip boxer has adventures both inside and outside the ring. Lost in Arabia, Joe and Smokey are captured by a sheik, and Joe must box the champion of his hidden city. After crash-landing in the Himalayas, Flyin' Fools Chickie, Gootch, and Maylene are captured by bandits, who intend to hold them hostage. Plus a prose adventure of early female superhero Black Cat. Also featuring a Tootsie Roll ad, "Captain Tootsie Traps Killer Bear with Invisible Light," with art by Shazam creator C.C. Beck, and a Savings Bonds PSA by Little King artist Otto Soglow. Adventure in the Hidden City; Flossie; Cartoon Laughs at the Ringside; Ricky Roony; Chickie Ricks The Flyin' Fool; Black Cat: The Case of the Missing Gems; U.S. Savings Bonds. 48 pages, Full Color. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #22
    Joe Palooka (1945 Harvey) 22

    Cover by Ham Fisher (credited). Stories and art by Ham Fisher, C.C. Beck, and Bob Powell. Ham Fisher's comic-strip boxer has adventures both inside and outside the ring. Unaware that they've been pardoned by the President, Joe and Smokey prepare for Joe's match against a monstrous Berber named Assassin. Flyin' Fools Chickie and Gootch are lost over Asia in a runaway hot-air balloon. Plus two prose adventures of early female superhero Black Cat. Also featuring a Tootsie Roll ad, "Captain Tootsie Tames a Tornado," with art by Shazam creator C.C. Beck. Palooka vs. Assassin; Chickie Ricks The Flyin' Fool; Black Cat Baits a Trap; Black Cat: Voice of Terror. 48 pages, Full Color. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #23
    Joe Palooka (1945 Harvey) 23

    Cover by Ham Fisher (credited). Stories and art by Ham Fisher, C.C. Beck, Lee Elias and Bob Powell. Ham Fisher's comic-strip boxer has adventures both inside and outside the ring. Joe and Knobby are roped into judging a bathing-beauty contest. Flyin' Fools Chickie and Gootch join an air carnival and meet Penny Antee and her trouble-prone pooch, Champ. Plus a war bonds PSA by Fisher and two prose adventures of early female superhero Black Cat. Also featuring a Tootsie Roll ad, "Captain Tootsie Tames a Tornado," with art by Shazam creator C.C. Beck. The Big Bathing Beauty Contest; Joe's Public; Accidental Punch; Knobby's Art Lesson; On the Air With Knobby; Knobby's Big Deal; Flossie; Chickie Ricks The Flyin' Fool; Winnie the Waitress; Black Cat: Fatal Blunder; Black Cat: Marked Terror; Little Max Lends a Helping Hand. 48 pages, Full Color. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #24
    Joe Palooka (1945 Harvey) 24
    • 1" spine split from top of comic.

    Cover by Ham Fisher (credited). Stories and art by Ham Fisher, Lee Elias, Vic Herman and Bob Powell. Ham Fisher's comic-strip boxer has adventures both inside and outside the ring. When his gal Ann goes missing after a plane crash, Joe Palooka leads the search. Flyin' Fools Chickie and Gootch are enlisted by Penny Antee's father to track rustlers on his gigantic Texas ranch, but he hates to fly. Plus a war bonds PSA by Fisher and two prose adventures of early female superhero Black Cat. Also featuring a Tootsie Roll ad offering a beanie hat with a propeller on top, classic headgear from postwar America. Disappearance of Ann Howe, America's Favorite Sweetheart, Dismays Whole Country; Ann Heads Home; The Search; Flossie; Chickie Ricks The Flyin' Fool; Winnie the Waitress; Black Cat: Guarded Secret; Black Cat: Deadly Encounter; Little Max Lends a Helping Hand. 48 pages, Full Color. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #25
    Joe Palooka (1945 Harvey) 25
    • Paper: Off white

    Cover by Ham Fisher (credited). Stories and art by Ham Fisher, Vic Herman and Bob Powell. Ham Fisher's comic-strip boxer has adventures both inside and outside the ring. After finding Ann's locket, Joe knows she survived the plane crash; he is aided in his hunt by Doc Danglefutty and his calculating mule. Flyin' Fools Chickie and Gootch try to rescue Penny Antee's grandpa from a deadly storm at sea, but he hates to fly and refuses to get on the plane. Plus an anti-bullying PSA featuring a young Joe Palooka, and two prose adventures of early female superhero Black Cat. Also featuring a Tootsie Roll ad offering a beanie hat with a propeller on top, classic headgear from postwar America. Joe Palooka - A Boyhood Experience; Joe's Valiant Search for Ann; The Amazing Doc Danglefutty; Joe Palooka Tracks Down an Important Clue; Chickie Ricks The Flyin' Fool; Winnie the Waitress; Black Cat: Desert Intrigue; Black Cat: Disguise for Murder. 48 pages, Full Color. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #26
    Joe Palooka (1945 Harvey) 26

    Cover by Ham Fisher (credited). Stories and art by Ham Fisher, Vic Herman and Bob Powell. Ham Fisher's comic-strip boxer has adventures both inside and outside the ring. Searching for the missing Ann, Joe arranges a series of fights in the region where her plane crashed. But box-office bandits complicate the plan. Plus a bike safety PSA. Joe Palooka's Album; Joe's Fight Campaign to Find Ann; A Day at Ebbets Field; True-Thrilling Sport Short; Sportales; Kid Safety Says Play Safe! 48 pages, Full Color. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #27
    Joe Palooka (1945 Harvey) 27

    Cover by Ham Fisher (credited). Stories and art by Ham Fisher, C.C. Beck and Bob Powell. Ham Fisher's comic-strip boxer has adventures both inside and outside the ring. Joe has a bare-knuckles battle with Ann's captor, sinister Jess Maber. But amnesiac Ann disappears during the fight. Also featuring a Tootsie Roll ad, "Captain Tootsie and the Babe Ruth Story," with art by Shazam creator C.C. Beck and a cameo by actor William Bendix, promoting the film The Babe Ruth Story. Little Max Has a Nightmare; Mystery of Bald Eagle Cabin; Ann Howe's New Life; The Cowboy from Brooklyn; Joe Palooka's Album; Little Max's New Year's Surprise; Howie Morenz!; Sportales; The Funsational Humphrey. 48 pages, Full Color. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #28
    Joe Palooka (1945 Harvey) 28
    • Cover detached at one staple.
    • 1.5" cumulative spine split.

    Cover by Ham Fisher (credited). Stories and art by Ham Fisher, Tom Doerer and Bob Powell. Ham Fisher's comic-strip boxer has adventures both inside and outside the ring. As Joe faces the powerful Prohaska in the ring while searching for Ann, amnesia-stricken Ann builds a new life in a strange city. Plus true tales of athletic greats, including Babe Ruth. Also featuring a vintage ad for the "Mickey Mouse - Donald Duck Weather House" home weather forecaster. At the Beach; Sidewalks of Manhattan; Joe Palooka Fights Out West; Jerry to the Rescue; Joe Palooka's Album; Knobby's Blowout; Unsung Hero; Sportales; Sport Short: Babe Ruth; Sportopics: Steve Van Buren. 48 pages, Full Color. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #29
    Joe Palooka (1945 Harvey) 29

    Cover by Ham Fisher (credited). Stories and art by Ham Fisher, Tom Doerer and Bob Powell. Ham Fisher's comic-strip boxer has adventures both inside and outside the ring. The search for Ann must be put on hold when Knobby is framed for murder and Joe intervenes to find out the truth. Plus true tales of athletic greats. Also featuring a vintage ad for the "Mickey Mouse - Donald Duck Weather House" home weather forecaster. Joe Palooka 1949 Calendar; The Case of the Nightclub Murder; Murder Plot; Knobby is Indicted For Murder; Walkie-Talkie Trouble; Joe Palooka's Album; Sportales; Sport Short; Sportopics. 48 pages, Full Color. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #30
    Joe Palooka (1945 Harvey) 30
    • Interior oxidation.

    Cover by Ham Fisher (credited). Stories and art by Ham Fisher, Tom Doerer and Bob Powell. Ham Fisher's comic-strip boxer has adventures both inside and outside the ring. Joe tracks down the hoods who framed Knobby for murder. Then he finally finds Ann, but without her memory of her past life, she convinces him she's someone else. Plus true tales of athletic greats. Also featuring a vintage ad for the "Mickey Mouse - Donald Duck Weather House" home weather forecaster. Comics News; Knobby's Frame Up; Haunted House?; Comics Quiz; Poor Little Rich Boy; Knobby's Funny Story; Sidewalks of Manhattan; Joe Palooka's Album; Sportales; Sport Short: Walter Johnson The "Big Train"; Sportopics: Tony Zale. 48 pages, Full Color. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #31
    Joe Palooka (1945 Harvey) 31

    Cover by Ham Fisher (credited). Stories and art by Ham Fisher, Tom Doerer and Bob Powell. Ham Fisher's comic-strip boxer has adventures both inside and outside the ring. Acquitted of murder, Knobby's life is still in danger. Running low on money, Joe agrees to fight a Venezuelan boxing sensation. Joe is distraught about Ann's fate, unaware he's already seen her. Plus true tales of athletic greats. Also featuring a vintage ad for the "Slide-o-matic" lighter and cigarette case. The Story Behind Ham Fisher's Joe Palooka; Joe Palooka Winds Up Training; Can Joe Keep His Title Single-handed?; Comics News; Jerry to the Rescue; Joe Fights a Ghost; Sidewalks of Manhattan; Joe Palooka's Album; Sportales; Sport Short: The Dean Story; Sportopics: Jim Londos. 48 pages, Full Color. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #32
    Joe Palooka (1945 Harvey) 32

    Cover by Ham Fisher (credited). Stories and art by Ham Fisher, Tom Doerer and Bob Powell. Ham Fisher's comic-strip boxer has adventures both inside and outside the ring. Escaping the thugs, Knobby and Jerry race to the scene of Joe's latest fight, hoping to give him the will to carry on. Plus true tales of athletic greats, including Babe Ruth and legendary race horse Man O' War. Joe Palooka; Story Session; The Fight That Joe Was Sure to Lose; Babe Ruth Was Smart; Fowl Play; Winnie the Waitress; The Prizefighter and the Lady; Joe Palooka's Album; Sportales; True-Thrilling Sport Short: The Mighty Man O' War; Sportopics: Jim Londos. 48 pages, Full Color. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #33
    Joe Palooka (1945 Harvey) 33

    Cover by Ham Fisher (credited). Stories and art by Ham Fisher and Bob Powell. Ham Fisher's comic-strip boxer has adventures both inside and outside the ring. After months separated, Joe finally tracks down Ann Howe, but she is still an amnesiac, who has committed her love to a handsome doctor. Plus true tales of athletic greats. Joe Finds Ann; Strange Meeting of Ann and Joe; Joe Palooka's Album; Sportales; True-Thrilling Sport Short: Swimming Stars. 48 pages, Full Color. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #34
    Joe Palooka (1945 Harvey) 34
    • INCOMPLETE. Centerfold missing, interrupts art and story.
  • Issue #35
    Joe Palooka (1945 Harvey) 35

    Joe Palooka untitled story. Little Max back-up story. No Bob Powell art this issue. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #36
    Joe Palooka (1945 Harvey) 36

    Joe Palooka in "Hollywood Films the Palooka Story" and "The Birth of a Champion." Little Max and Humphrey back-up stories. Back-up baseball story, "True-Thrilling Sport Short: Bob Lemon" (art by Bob Powell; 2 pages). One-page Tootsie Roll ad, "Captain Tootsie to the Rescue!" by C.C. Beck. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #37
    Joe Palooka (1945 Harvey) 37

    "The Joe Palooka Story: Joe as a Boy." Little Max and Humphrey back-up stories. Back-up baseball story, "True-Thrilling Sport Short: The Story of Lon Warneke" (art by Bob Powell; 2 pages). One-page Sad Sack strip by George Baker. One-page Tootsie Roll ad, "Captain Tootsie to the Rescue" by C.C. Beck. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #38
    Joe Palooka (1945 Harvey) 38

    Cover by Ham Fisher (credited). Stories and art by Ham Fisher and Bob Powell. Ham Fisher's comic-strip boxer has adventures both inside and outside the ring. The life story of Joe Palooka continues, revealing his first championship bout. Plus true tales of athletic greats and solo stories featuring Little Max and Humphrey. How Joe Became Champ; Little Max: The Big Problem; Humphrey: The Big Parade; Football Hero; Joe Palooka's Album; Sport Short: Alvin Dark - Rookie of the Year; Sportales! 32 pages, Full Color. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #39
    Joe Palooka (1945 Harvey) 39

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    Stories and art by Al Capp (credited as Ham Fisher) and Bob Powell. Ham Fisher's comic-strip boxer has adventures both inside and outside the ring. Joe Palooka meets hillbilly strongman Big Leviticus, in a story likely written by Ham Fisher's assistant, Al Capp. Big Leviticus was a prototype for the future "L'il Abner" comic strip by Capp. Plus true tales of athletic greats and solo stories featuring Little Max. The Big Leviticus Fight; Little Max: Sherlock Max; Little Max: The Big Kicker; Knobby's Golf Bet; Joe Palooka's Album; Sport Short. 32 pages, Full Color. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #40
    Joe Palooka (1945 Harvey) 40

    Stories and art by Ham Fisher and Bob Powell. Ham Fisher's comic-strip boxer has adventures both inside and outside the ring. Joe Palooka agrees to fight British boxer Eustace Pinkney-Grimes to earn the money for his and Ann's impending wedding. Humphrey and Jerry get up to shenanigans while Joe is training for the fight. Plus true tales of athletic greats and a solo story featuring Little Max. Joe Gets Set For the Pinkney-Grimes Fight; Little Max: Buddies; Humphrey's Visit Gets "Complurcatered"; Joe Palooka's Album; Sport Short: Gene Bearden. 32 pages, Full Color. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #41
    Joe Palooka (1945 Harvey) 41

    Joe Palooka in "The Secret Plot to Help Joe." Humphrey in "Humphrey's Grudge Fight." Back-up football story, "Sport Short: Otto Graham of the Cleveland Browns" (art by Bob Powell; 2 pages). One-page "Sportopics" feature on baseball player Ted Williams. One-page Tootsie Roll ad, "Captain Tootsie and the Snow Slide" by Bill Schreiber. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #42
    Joe Palooka (1945 Harvey) 42

    Cover by Ham Fisher (credited). Stories and art by Ham Fisher and Bob Powell. Ham Fisher's comic-strip boxer has adventures both inside and outside the ring. Joe Palooka faces one of his toughest fights ever, with British boxer Eustace Pinkney-Grimes. Jerry has to talk fast to get himself out of a dangerous situation. Plus true tales of athletic greats, and an article about Joe Palooka winning the Christian Athlete Award for 1950. Also featuring a vintage ad for Harvey's "Hi-Teen Club." The Big Pinkney-Grimes Bout; Jerry's Troubles; Little Max: Soap Gets in Your Eyes; Humphrey: The Chump-ion; Joe Palooka's Album; Queen of the Ice!: Barbara Ann Scott; Sportales; Sport Short: Ring Champs of To-day. 32 pages, Full Color. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #43
    Joe Palooka (1945 Harvey) 43
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    Cover by Ham Fisher (credited). Stories and art by Ham Fisher and Bob Powell. Ham Fisher's comic-strip boxer has adventures both inside and outside the ring. In the Amazon jungle, Joe must box a gigantic native warrior with his life in the balance. Then it's a race against time to get out of the jungle. Plus true tales of athletic greats. Joe's Fight For Life in the Wilds of Brazil; Joe Faces the Savage Giant; Joe Palooka's Album; Sportales; Sport Short: Kentucky Wildcats; Ring Champs of To-day: Sandy Saddler. 32 pages, Full Color. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #44
    Joe Palooka (1945 Harvey) 44

    Cover by Ham Fisher (credited). Stories and art by Ham Fisher and Bob Powell. Ham Fisher's comic-strip boxer has adventures both inside and outside the ring. Joe Palooka finally marries his longtime sweetheart Ann Howe, an event that was a bona fide media sensation in June 1949. Then Joe takes on the fixed-fight racket. Plus true tales of athletic greats (including boxer Rocky Graziano) and solo stories featuring Little Max and Humphrey. Joe and Ann Get Married; Bachelor Daze; Joe Foils the "Fix"; Humphrey: False Alarm; Little Max: Acrobat Show; Sport Short: Joe Page, Fireman; Ring Champs of To-day: Rocky Graziano. 32 pages, Full Color. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #45
    Joe Palooka (1945 Harvey) 45

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    Stories and art by Ham Fisher and Bob Powell. Ham Fisher's comic-strip boxer has adventures both inside and outside the ring. Humphrey visits Hollywood to re-enact his fight with Joe, and the good-natured goofball manages to save Los Angeles from destruction. Plus true tales of athletic greats and solo stories featuring Little Max and Humphrey. Joe Palooka and Humphrey Film Their Famous Fight; Little Max; Sport Short: Hank Greenberg. 32 pages, Full Color. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #46
    Joe Palooka (1945 Harvey) 46

    Stories and art by Ham Fisher, Bill Schreiber and Bob Powell. Ham Fisher's comic-strip boxer has adventures both inside and outside the ring. A five-round exhibition fight with Antoine L'Boeuf for the Delinquent Children's Camp turns into a grudge match. Joe reveals that L'Boeuf was a Nazi collaborator he encountered during WWII. Plus true tales of athletic greats and solo stories featuring Little Max and Humphrey. Also featuring a vintage Tootsie Roll ad, "Captain Tootsie: The Rain Maker," by Bill Schreiber. Humphrey's Puzzle Page; Five Rounds of Terror; Identity Revealed; Little Max: Practice Makes Perfect; Humphrey: Hysterical Hist'ry; Joe Palooka's Album; Sportales. 32 pages, Full Color. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #47
    Joe Palooka (1945 Harvey) 47

    Cover by Al Avison. Stories and art by Ham Fisher, Bill Schreiber and Bob Powell. Ham Fisher's comic-strip boxer has adventures both inside and outside the ring. Joe injures his side just before his big fight with Red Rodney. Joe faces an underwater battle with a swordfish to save his buddy Jerry. A retelling in comics form of the legendary "long count" boxing match of 1927, a rematch between former champ Jack Dempsey and the then-Champion, Gene Tunney. Plus solo stories featuring Little Max and Humphrey. Also featuring a vintage Tootsie Roll ad, "Captain Tootsie: The Rain Maker," by Bill Schreiber. The Training Camp Mystery; Joe's Breathtaking Underwater Battle; Little Max; Humphrey; Joe Palooka's Album; Sport Short: The Famous Long Count Knockdown. 32 pages, Full Color. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #48
    Joe Palooka (1945 Harvey) 48

    Cover by Al Avison. Stories and art by Ham Fisher and Bob Powell. Ham Fisher's comic-strip boxer has adventures both inside and outside the ring. It had to happen sooner or later: Joe Palooka wrestles a bear. Joe injures his side while training to fight Red Rodney, so his Native American pal Grey Cloud suggests a traditional healing technique to get him back to fighting strength. Plus true tales of athletic greats and solo stories featuring Little Max and Humphrey. The Training Camp Mystery and Red Rodney Fight; Little Max; Humphrey; Joe Palooka's Album; Sport Short. 32 pages, Full Color. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #49
    Joe Palooka (1945 Harvey) 49

    Cover by Al Avison. Stories and art by Ham Fisher and Bob Powell. Ham Fisher's comic-strip boxer has adventures both inside and outside the ring. Joe intervenes in a bullfight to save a bullfighter's life. Joe takes on Bateese, but his countryman Balonki is the real threat. Plus true tales of athletic greats and solo stories featuring Little Max and Humphrey. Champ of Comics; Disaster in the Arena; Little Max: Scared Silly; Humphrey: Bum Joke; Humphrey's Good Deed; Joe Palooka's Album; Sport Short: Joey Maxim; Ring Champs of To-day: Gus Lesnevich. 32 pages, Full Color. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #50
    Joe Palooka (1945 Harvey) 50

    Cover by Al Avison (credited as Ham Fisher). Stories and art by Ham Fisher and Bill Schreiber. Ham Fisher's comic-strip boxer has adventures both inside and outside the ring. To help Joe, Bateese goes undercover in Balonki's training camp, but when he's found out, Balonki's people arrange a trap. Joe and his pals take the injured Bateese back in, but he insists on fighting despite his condition. Plus true tales of athletic greats and solo stories featuring Little Max and Humphrey. Also featuring vintage ads for Tootsie Roll, "Captain Tootsie Tames Lion," (by Bill Schreiber) and Ringling Brothers Circus Dog Training (!). Bondage cover by Al Avison (credited as Ham Fisher). The Frame-Up; Roadwork For Bateese; The Story Behind the Cover; Little Max: Dog Daze; Humphrey: In the Bag; Humphrey's Day At the Beach; Joe Palooka's Album; Sport Short: Joey Maxim; Ring Champs of To-day: Gus Lesnevich. 32 pages, Full Color. Cover price $0.10.