Foxy Fagan was not a commercial success and only ran for seven issues, but the title has a rather unique and interesting history. It was first published in 1946 by Dearfield Publishing, which was a collaboration between Harvey Eisenberg and Joe Barbera.

At the time Joe Barbera, one half of the famous partnership Hanna-Barbera, was working on Tom and Jerry cartoons co-directing them with Bill Hanna.

Eisenberg, who had previously at the Fleischer and Van Beuren studios, was also employed on Tom and Jerry, as a layout artist. A highly experienced and admired cartoonist, he was for many years the main artist on the Tom and Jerry comic books. He also had a lot of input in the creation of such Hanna-Barbera shows as Huckleberry Hound, Top Cat and The Flintstones.

Eisenberg and Barbera were both under contract with MGM. For this reason, Dearfield Publishing does not show any credits for the pair, as effectively they were moonlighting. While Eisenberg drew the comic Barbera found financial backing, which included putting in some of his own money, which was lost when the title folded.


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