by Sheldon Mayer 1917-91

Whiz kid Sheldon Mayer started working for Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson at the young age of 18
but quit within weeks when he discovered he wasn't going to get paid.  He next showed up working for Charlie Gaines packaging comic books for Dell.  Most of the contents of Popular, Funnies and The Comics were newspaper reprints but Mayer sandwiched in a few original pages there too.  Here is Scribbly's first appearance from Popular Comics 06, July 1936.

Scribbly ran here until issue 9 and then moved to the Funnies. where he ran until issue 29. (March 1939). That's Scribbly's brother Dinky on the cover with him.

He then moved to All-American Comics, the new book that Charlie Gaines was co-publishing will Jack Liebowitz of Detective Comics Inc.  All-American looked pretty much like The Funnies and had most of the same features including Scribbly.


The same cast of characters followed Scribbly around.  Here's Miss Loomis, his teacher again. From All-American #8. Here's Ma Jibbet from All-American 06.

Here's his boss at the newspaper, Mr. Macklin. from All-American 08 Mr Jenkins the Principal- from All-American  08.

The Hunkels showed up in All-American #3. June 1939.  Huey Hunkel was Scribbly's friend.
Here he is with Ma, Uncle Gus, Uncle Herman and Sisty.  from All-American 6.
Ma Hunkel's husband Hank, as usual  is sleeping through the action.  From All-American 11.

    Sisty Hunkel and Dinky Jibbet had a "special" relationship.  From All-American 12 But when Sisty and Dinky were kidnapped, Ma took the law into her own hands
and became a "mystery man"- The Red Tornado- All-American 20

But Sisty and Dinky weren't the kind to let anybody hog the action.  Soon they joined the frey as the Cyclone kids.
All-American 24,
Sometimes Mayer himself got in on the act!  All-American 48.

Scribbly ran until July 1944 in All-American 59.  By then Mayer had too much other work as editor of the All-American line to continue the feature.  But when he "retired" in 1948 Scribbly made a comeback, now in his own magazine!
From Scribbly #4. Somehow or other Dinky Jibbet is now named Snoony.
Scribbly ran for 15 issues before Mayer and DC put him aside for "more commercial" funny animal projects.
In 1956, however, Mayer made his big return to "funny human" comics with Sugar and Spike, a strip he would stay with for the rest of his working life.
But even "Tomorrow's Teens Today" weren't safe from the urge to scribble.
Sugar and Spike #30.