In the first entry, from Plastic Man #3, and credited to Cole's oft-used "Ralph Johns" pen name, Cuthbert and his pitiable Dad emerge on the scene with no introduction or ceremony. It's as if there were 200 CUTHBERT one-pagers already published (and oh, how I wish there were!).
Plastic Man #3 (Quality, Spring 1946)
Part of what is so funny is Cole's ability to write a lisp into the dialogue in a way that works beautifully. The combination of Cuthbert's malevolent focus on filling his own needs, and his lisp is truly inspired.
The next entry, not signed, published as a toss-off one-page filler in The Spirit #4, is even funnier, I think.
from The Spirit #4 (Quality, Spring 1946)
from The Spirit #5 (Quality, Summer 1946)
As far as I currently know, Jack Cole created only three one-page CUTHBERT stories. If anyone out there knows of any further examples of this demented, delightful strip, please email me!