THE TEENIE WEENIES IN BOOKS

Without a doubt the best book about the Teenie Weenies is The Teenie Weenies Book:  the Life and Art of William Donahey, by Joseph M. Cahn (Green Tiger Press, 1986).  It is full of information about the author and his creations, tracking them through places I have never been.  It focuses on the Teenie Weenies books, but contains much information about the comic strips and about the other places they appeared.

Donahey himself wrote the following books containing stories of the Teenie Weenies:

The next four books are collections of short stories, usually adapted from stories that appeared in the newspapers.

During the hiatus of the strip, the Teenie Weenies disappear from the bookstores, except for the unusual Alice.  However, in 1940 Rand McNally & Co. issued cut-down versions of Adventures, Down the River, Rosebush and Wildwood.  Would-be collectors are warned that book-sellers often get confused and offer these smaller versions as the original 1920, etc., versions.  

After the strip reappeared in 1941, three more books were published:

The Teenie Weenies also appeared as reprints in two comic books issued by the Ziff-Davis company, numbered #10

and #11.

In addition to these books, the Teenie Weenies occasionally appeared or were mentioned elsewhere.  I am usually disappointed in the treatment.  The following list is not exhaustive.

Nemo, the classic comics library, # 6, April, 1984.  A really fine article on the TW's, with illustrations.

The 10/12/24 strip is reprinted in black and white in The Good Old Days magazine, July, 1973.

The National Lampoon printed a Teenie Weenies parody, "The Ittie Bitties" in its July, 1975 issue.

Great Comics syndicated by the Daily News / Chicago Tribune, edited by Herb Galewitz (1972).  This book contains fabulous reprints from many of the Trib's strips, but only 8 Teenie Weenies, all from 1960 and printed in black and white.  Sometimes the stories and the pictures don't match up, either.  I don't think Galewitz was really trying with the TW's.

The Great American Comic Strip:  One Hundred Years of Cartoon Art by Judith O'Sullivan (1990).  The Teenie Weenies do not appear in the index, but there is a very brief biography of Donahey, and they are mentioned.

The Encyclopedia of American Comics by Ron Goulart (1990).  There is a very nice entry on the Teenie Weenies, and includes the information (which I did not know and am willing to dispute) that there was a daily strip in the '30's.

The Funnies:  100 Years of American Comic Strips by Ron Goulart (1995).  Two paragraphs in 1914 about the start of the strip, a mention in a list of strips that ended in 1970.

The Art of the Funnies, an aesthetic history by Robert C. Harvey (1994).  Three mentions in passim, but with some interesting commentary about decisions of the time period that involved the Teenie Weenies.

Tom White of "Old Time Comics" (a web site that doesn't seem to be around anymore) tells me that The Teenie Weenies are listed in 100 Years of American Newspaper Comics (1996) by Maurice Horn. I haven't seen this book, but I'll take Tom's word for it.

Syndicated Comic Strips and Artists 1924-1995 compiled by Dave Strickland (1995).  This book is just a list by comic strips and then by artists; no articles, but the TWs and Donahey did rate entries.

The Big Book of American Irish Culture edited by Bob Callahan (Viking, 1987) contains a two-sentence synopsis of The Teenie Weenies, comparing it to Rose O'Neills Kewpies as a sample of of the saga of the "wee people".  The publishing information is completely incorrect, but there is a full-page color reprint of the 12/2/23 strip.  (Upon finding this reference to Donahey, I searched several other books on Irish-Americans, without finding another entry on any Donahey.)

Harvey Magazine # 7 (June, 1999) reprints an exerpt from The Adventures of the Teenie Weenies.  Its most interesting feature is that it renamed the Chinese Man "Henry".  (Harvey Comics publishes Casper the Friendly Ghost, Richie Rich, and Little Dot, among others.)

The Teenie Weenies appeared in a "Tiajuana bible", a pornographic 8-page comic book, called "In the Hole".  It is unusual because the Chinese Man speaks in Confucian aphorisms, something he didn't do in the real stories.  (It's unusual for other reasons, too; this is the only one I choose to mention.)

And here are some purported comics reference books in which Donahey and the Teenie Weenies don't appear at all:

Great Cartoonists and their Art by Art Wood (1987); The World Encylopedia of Comics edited by Maurice Horn (1999); America's Great Comic Strip Artists by Richard Marschall (1989); Children of the Yellow Kid by Robert C. Harvey (1998); A History of the Comic Strip by six French guys (translated 1968).


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