Saturday, 31 October 2009
BRITISH BIG BAD WOLF STORY AND PUZZLE FROM 1940'S
An annual-type obscure British Donald Duck book from the 1940s includes a six-page story with the Big Bad Wolf once again dressing in drag to catch the pigs, as he had frequently done in several cartoons and cartoon-derivative stories and comics from the 1930s.
One of the puzzles featured in the book also involves the Big Bad Wolf:
This 125-pages long book, which carries the tagline "Top-Score Fun" on its cover, was published by the British publisher Collins. It is unfortunately undated, but the copy I have has a pencilled inscription dated"Xmas 1949". Collins had published at least five Donald Duck annuals in the late 1930s and early 1940s, but the format of this book is different from the previous annuals in that it is not as thick as the customary annuals not to mention that the word "annual" does not appear anywhere in it, but its content is similar to annuals with a mixture of illustrated text stories, gag comics and games, etc and the last page carries the sign "More Next Year".