“The Gremlins”

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  • First published:
    • December 1942 issue of Cosmopolitan (making this Dahl’s second published story after “Shot Down Over Libya”)
    • Written under the pen name of “Pegasus, a noted Gremlinologist”
    • Illustrated by Disney animators, thought to be primarily Bill Justice
  • Trivia:
    • This “preview” was published by Disney as an attempt to secure copyright for specific character designs ahead of a planned Gremlins feature film, since the concept of Gremlins in general were well known within the RAF and Dahl was unable to prove sole ownership. (Source: Leonard Maltin’s introduction to the 2006 reprint of The Gremlins.)

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