Forbidden Adventures: The History of the American Comics Group

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The Last Laugh

Other men have sons they can be proud of, boys who can DO something--but what have WE got? A LITTLE FAT NOTHING who does nothing.

Pincus Popnecker [Herbie's dad] in Herbie #1

My God, when are we going to relax and know and accept all this, and get on with our creativity without feeling or having to alibi for great loves which seem silly or trivial to others?

Ray Bradbury in his preface to The Collected Works of Buck Rogers

During World War II, Ha Ha and Giggle often sold 500,000 copies of each issue. Many of the titles from other publishers that featured material from the Sangor Shop sold as well or even better. It was a brief but Golden Age for Sangor's company.

Hubie Karp was a principal writer for Ha Ha and Giggle, and many non-Creston humor stories for the Sangor Shop. Karp wrote more of the Sangor material that came from the Jim Davis organization in California than all the other scripters put together. "Spencer Spook," "Witch Hazel," and dozens of other titles were his, including "Starlet O'Hara." This last was illustrated by another of the great talents, Owen Fitzgerald. Starlet was a movie-

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