This will likely be the last in a series of “50 years ago this month” posts of Yogi Sunday comics. I clipped these before there was a change which, more or less, eliminates convenient searching on the site on which I was finding my newspaper content. To be honest, I’ve done little new work on the blog due to work and other things; almost all posts you’ll read in the weeks ahead were compiled last January.
Sorry, the quality of the scans is not all that great. You can click on them to make them bigger.
Oddly, there are no silhouette character drawings in any of these. Perhaps they were used in the missing first row.
Gene Hazelton, or whoever handled stories for these, borrows a bit of business from George Nicholas’ best Yogi cartoon, Lullabye-Bye Bear for the May 7, 1961 cartoon. The premise of the cartoon is Yogi is trying to stay awake through winter and not hibernate but keeps falling asleep. Can someone explain why people/bears hold their arms out when they sleep-walk?
In Runaway Bear, Yogi is a roller-skating bear in a circus. He adopts an arms-behind-bar/leg-up pose in that cartoon like he does in one of the panels in the May 14 cartoon.
The kid in the May 21 cartoon has the “low ear” that Walt Clinton favoured in his layouts but doesn’t look like any character ever used in any animated cartoon.
Yogi played a goody-stealing Robin Hood in a first season cartoon and Ranger Smith went undercover in at least one later cartoon. The two ideas get married as the plot for the May 28 cartoon. The curious bystanding fish is a nice touch; very Warner Bros.
Yogi’s really stretching his rhymes at times in some of the panels, but I suppose that’s what the studio wanted, so that’s what it got.