During this time, Baker's Sad Sack
caught the eye of Alfred Harvey. The two men met, became friends and
eventually drew up an agreement for Harvey Comics to publish a regular
comic book in 1949.
This time, as in the Sunday comic
strip, the adventures of Sad Sack showed our hero as a civilian.
This idea did not last
because when the Korean War broke out, Sad Sack reenlisted in a story
entitled, "The Specialist", in issue #22.
||Suddenly, Sad Sack's popularity soared
and "Sad Sack Comics" became one of the first to be published
monthly. This popularity led to a live-action firm called "The Sad
Sack", in 1957, starring Jerry Lewis.
This feature was
loosely-based and really just another vehicle for Lewis' crazy antics.
This was not Sad Sack's first appearance outside the printed page, as
Mel Blanc starred as Sad Sack in a short-lived radio show during World
By the mid-50s, other artists like
Fred Rhoads, Jack O'Brien, Paul McCarthy and Joe Dennett turned their
pens to writing and drawing the further exploits of America's beloved
George Baker continued to illustrate virtually all of the
covers up until his death in 1975. Rhoads is probably the artist
most-associated with the character in the comic books. He drew the
drawing at the top of this page and passed away in 2000.
Sad Sack, like most other popular
Harvey characters had his share of spin-off titles, such as "Sad
Sack and the Sarge" and "Sad Sad Sack World". The
"Sad Sack Comics" series had the longest continuous run of all
Harvey Comics produced. 287 issues were produced from 1949-1982.