It’s story time again, and today’s story is “The Mark of El Kabong.”
A couple of auction web sites have story panels for what turned out to be the last Quick Draw McGraw cartoon put into production (J-136). It’s always interesting seeing what was cut out of a cartoon; the scenes that didn’t make it into the cartoon are covered with an X. It’s a shame they lost the “Tennis anyone” gag. It never dawned on me that the General was based on Basil Rathbone, probably because he doesn’t sound like him (an English accent just wouldn’t work), but it says so on the storyboard.
The cartoon was released on DVD not long ago, and the credits are incorrect (the credits for “Lamb Chopped,” made two years earlier,” were put on the home video version). I would have guessed Art Davis came up with this board (from Mike Maltese’s story) simply because of the way the villain’s mouth is drawn in the first two sets of panels; Davis liked to draw characters with the mouth up that far on the face. But the Big Cartoon Database claims Paul Sommer was the story director, with Harry Holt animating. It could be right, but I’m used to Sommer having incidental characters with beady eyes, not with irises.
Here are some drawings with colour notations. I really like the cheering townspeople. I’m presuming the notation on the right side of that drawing indicates cels for various parts of the characters.