Ira Schnapp in PETER PORKCHOPS

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The final new DC title of the 1940s was this one, launched with a Nov/Dec 1949 cover date. It was headlined by friends/adversaries Peter and Wolfie, no doubt inspired by Disney’s “Three Little Pigs.” The book was edited by Larry Nadle and ran to issue #62 dated Oct-Nov 1960. I don’t know who designed the logo, it could have been Ira Schnapp, though he didn’t often use letters as rounded as this. It might also have been the unknown letterer I’ve nicknamed Proto-Schnapp because I think his work was the model for Ira’s own lettering. The sign on this cover could have been by either of them, but I’m giving the nod to Proto-Schnapp because of the wide letters in the last two lines.

The first cover lettering on the series I think is by Ira Schnapp is on issue #12, where he was able to use some handsome archaic styles. Many covers in the series, especially early on, had no lettering and were simply sight-gags.

By issue #24 in 1953, typical Ira Schnapp balloons were beginning to appear and became more common after that.

Ira’s cover style was well established by issue #39 in 1955, and seen on most DC covers of the time. This title’s ideas were simple and probably easy for him to do.

Issue #57 is the last one with Ira’s lettering. I see it on these issues: 12, 16, 24, 27, 29-32, 34-36, 39, 41-42, 44-55, 57. That’s 27 in all.

Ira did a fair amount of lettering on stories for this series beginning with most of the first issue, sample above, where his lettering is larger than usual. That trend did not last long. This page has an unusual attempt to show Peter throwing his voice to make it sound like Wolfie in the fifth panel. It’s not entirely successful. Most issues had less of Ira’s work than the first one.

As with all the DC funny animal books, this was an anthology with other features than the main one. Ira sometimes lettered those too, as with this Goofy Goose story from issue #10, where Ira’s method of fitting balloons in tight spaces is evident in the places where they overlap the panel above. That’s something I think he learned from Proto-Schnapp.

Some of the stories have small titles, many do not. This one from issue 31 has a title but it was kept small to fit the space.

Ira gradually did more stories for the book, but was never the main letterer, and identifying his work is made more difficult by at least two other letterers using a similar style, perhaps told to imitate Ira to make the book more consistent. There are several indicators of Ira’s work to look for including his question marks, which are small and like a number 2 over a dot, as seen in the first panel here from issue #50.

Ira lettered this story for the final issue #62, which appeared about a year after #61, so probably published to use up some inventory.

Here are all the stories I see lettered by Schnapp. Peter Porkchops is the only character in each issue with more than one story, so I’ve numbered those.

#1 Nov/Dec 1949: Peter Porkchops (hereafter PP) 6pp (1), 6pp (2), Goofy Goose 5pp, Ruff & Reddy 7pp, PP 6pp (4)

#2 Jan/Feb 1950: Goofy Goose 4pp

#4 May/June 1950: PP 6pp (2)

#5 July/Aug 1950: PP 6pp (1), 6pp (2), 6pp (3)

#6 Sept/Oct 1950: PP 10pp (2)

#7 Nov/Dec 1950: PP 14pp (1), 10pp (2)

#8 Feb/March 1951: PP 8pp (1), Goofy Goose 6pp, PP 8pp (2), Bertie Bacon 1pp

#9 April/May 1951: PP 8pp (1), 8pp (2), Biggety Bear 6pp

#10 June/July 1951: PP 8pp (1), Goofy Goose 6pp, PP 8pp (2), Biggety Bear 6pp, PP 8pp (3)

#11 Aug/Sept 1951: PP 10pp (1), 8pp (2), 6pp (3)

#12 Oct/Nov 1951: PP 8pp (1), 4pp (2), Goofy Goose 5pp, PP 6pp (3)

#13 Dec 1951/Jan 1952: Biggety Bear 4pp, PP 5pp (2)

#14 Feb/March 1952: Goofy Goose 5pp, PP 6pp (2)

#15 April/May 1952: Goofy Goose 6pp, Biggety Bear 5pp

#16 June/July 1952: Biggety Bear 5pp, Goofy Goose 5pp

#17 Aug/Sept 1952: PP 6pp (1), Goofy Goose 6pp, Biggety Bear 4pp

#18 Oct/Nov 1952: PP 6pp (1), Goofy Goose 5pp, Pinky & Winky 3pp

#19 Dec 1952/Jan 1953: Pinky & Winky 4pp

#20 Feb/March 1953: PP 4pp, 4pp, 4pp (2-4)

#21 April/May 1953: Pinky & Winky 5pp

#22 June/July 1953: PP 4pp (4)

#23 Aug/Sept 1953: PP 6pp (1), Biggety Bear 4pp, PP 4pp, 6pp (3-4)

#24 Oct/Nov 1953: PP 6pp, 4pp (1-2), Goofy Goose 6pp

#25 Dec 1953: Pinky & Winky 5pp

#26 Jan 1954: PP 6pp (1), Goofy Goose 6pp, PP 4pp (3)

#27 March 1954: PP 6pp (4)

#28 April 1954: Goofy Goose 5pp, PP 4pp (3)

#29 June 1954: Pinky & Winky 5pp, Bernard 4pp, PP 6pp (3)

#31 Sept 1954: PP 6pp (1), 4pp (2)

#32 Oct 1954: PP 5pp (2), Dizzy Dog 6pp

#33 Dec 1954: PP 4pp (2)

#34 Jan 1955: Pinky & Winky 4pp, PP 4pp (3)

#35 March 1955: PP 4pp (2)

#36 April 1955: PP 6pp (1), Doodles Duck 4pp, PP 6pp (3)

#37 June 1955: PP 4pp, 6pp (2-3)

#38 July 1955: PP 6pp (1)

#39 Sept 1955: PP 6pp, 4pp (1-2), Roly & Poly 6pp, PP 4pp (3)

#40 Oct 1955: PP 4pp, 6pp (3-4)

#41 Dec 1955: PP 4pp, 4pp (2-3), Dizzy Dog 6pp, PP 6pp (4)

#42 Feb/March 1956: PP 6pp (1), Doodles Duck 6pp, PP 6pp (3)

#43 April/May 1956: PP 6pp, 4pp (1-2)

#44 June/July 1956: Doodles Duck 6pp

#45 Aug/Sept 1956: PP 6pp, 4pp, 4pp (1-3)

#46 Oct/Nov 1956: PP 6pp (1), 4pp (3)

#47 Dec 1956/Jan 1957: PP 6pp (3)

#48 Feb/March 1957: PP 6pp, 4pp, 4pp, 4pp (1-4)

#49 April/May 1957: Dizzy Dog 6pp, PP 6pp (3)

#50 June/July 1957: PP 6pp (1)

#51 Aug/Sept 1957: Bo Bunny 6pp, PP 6pp (3)

#52 Oct/Nov 1957: PP 6pp, 6pp (2-3)

#53 Dec 1957/Jan 1958: Barney Beagle 6pp

#54 Feb/March 1958: PP 6pp (1), Barney Beagle 6pp

#55 April/May 1958: PP 6pp, 4pp, 4pp, 4pp (1-4)

#56 June/July 1958: PP 6pp, 4pp, 6pp (1-2, 4)

#57 Aug/Sept 1958: PP 6pp (2), Custer Cat 5pp, PP 6pp (3)

#58 Oct/Nov 1958: PP 6pp (2), Biggety Bear 5pp

#59 Dec 1958/Jan 1959: PP 6pp, 6pp, 7pp (1-3)

#60 March-May 1959: PP 8pp (1), Biggety Bear 5pp, PP 6pp (3)

#61 Sept-Nov 1959: PP 12pp, 8pp (1-2)

#62 Oct-Dec 1960: PP 6pp, 6pp (1 & 3) Note: story 2 is a reprint lettered by Schnapp

That’s a total of 796 pages on this title. More articles in this series and others you might enjoy are on the Comics Creation page of my blog. Next, on to titles that began in 1950.

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