You've got a pretty good memory considering this was a cartoon from
half a century ago (can you believe it..?).
Here's the actual text from:
The Coshocton Ohio Tribune
Wednesday Evening, February 28, 1951
JOE PALOOKA by Ham Fisher
--Say Doc...D'you remember a guy nam Don Coyotee? He was a Spanish
light-heavy, I think.
--Never heard a him. Ast Alec...He oughta know.
--Before my time. Why don'tcha look it up in Nat Fleischer's record
book...say how's Joe comin' along...they say he...
--You bums don't know from nuttin'!
--Pssst, Leemy...I'm Jennings from The Mirror. I heard you asking
about Don Coyotee. Would you by any chance mean Don Quixote who
fought The Windmill?
--That's it. That's the guy...th' one which fought against th'
greatest winmill style of all time! Tell me...Where kin I find 'im...
I found the original strip (in image form, as it actually appeared in
the newspaper) at a wonderful site I recently discovered:
For a fee of $4.95, you can get one-day access to the site and peruse
as many old comic strips (or other items) as you'd like. The page I
pulled up with Joe Palooka also was running Red Ryder, Lil Abner, Out
Our Way, Captain Easy, Orphan Annie, and a good many other classics.
Monthly, quarterly, or yearly subscriptions are also available.
Be forewarned...searching the site and loading the pages is a
cumbersome process, but as I think you'll agree, the results can be
I looked to see if there was a book with Joe Palooka cartoons but
didn't find one. Now that you have a date when the strip appeared, it
may also be the case that your local library has microfilm copies of
the town newspaper that may well have carried Joe Palooka.
I hope this has been a fun read. Good luck in your search. If you
have any trouble at all with the newspaperarchive site, just let me
know through a request for clarification and I'll be glad to help you