Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Yogi Bear Weekend Comics, November 1965

What’s with that Ranger Smith? He’s happy one week and angry the next. Maybe it’s from being cooped up in the woods for so long. Oh, well. We get the two sides of Mr. Ranger in the Sunday Yogi Bear newspaper comics from 50 years ago this month. He appears in three out of four of them. Yogi also shows why he’s “smarter than the average bear” with some ingenuity.

As usual, I urge you to go to Mark Kausler’s web site where he’ll have two-row versions (and maybe three) in full colour from his personal collection.


Guest appearances are always fun, and the writer works them into the November 7th comic, where Huckleberry Hound, Quick Draw McGraw and Baba Looey show up for a game of baseball. The artist gives us various depth levels in a number of the panels and solid poses on Yogi. The effect lettering in the last row is nice, too.



Yeah, Yogi, if I were you, I’d get fed up with Ranger Smith’s foul moods, too. He’s so angry he doesn’t even rhyme in the November 14th comic (see the burn drawing, last panel, second row). A Yogi heel click again this month. Notice how the artist has some white space in the final panel to make the rope attached to the water tower more visible.


Mr. Ranger’s in a good mood in the top row of the November 21st comic. Observe the squirrel in the upper left corner of the first row and the rabbit next to Yogi. The rabbit has a more modern, stylised design, kind of like the White Rabbit in the 1966 Alice Hanna-Barbera special. Our favourite bear uses his inventiveness to save the dance for Peg, Mrs. Vicki Ranger and another young lady.


While the “reveal” gag at the end of the November 28th comic is good, my favourite is the throwaway in the first panel where the rabbit feeds Yogi’s worm bait to a bird. It’s a good thing the letters on that sign are made of something that floats. Boo Boo’s in all four comics this month. Where’s the grouchy Ranger Smith when the canoeist’s life needs saving? I don’t get the line in the middle row, second panel. Why is the canoeist in “double trouble”? Or is the writer stretching for a rhyme?

Next month, Yogi meets up with a crook, modern art, beavers, a rhyming “general” and snow (Shouldn’t he be hibernating? Oh. There’d be no comics if he were).

8 comments:

  1. He's drowning AND Yogi can't swim. (That's the best I can come up with.)

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    1. He's losing his deposit on the canoe rental.

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  2. Maybe instead of hibernating, Yogi takes short catnaps (bear naps?).

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  3. Last panel: Yogi is dreaming the worst nightmare of both Yowp and many (i.e.Cindy Bear, though that's all she has to do with this particular strip shown,for the final Sunday comic shown here.SC

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  4. Jerry Eisenberg and Iwao Takamoto drew these materials.
    Alias, I saw the Yogi Bear Sunday page from November 7, 1965 (drawn by Jerry Eisenberg) at the Mark Christiansen's blog, Mark Christiansen's Other Stuff.

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  5. To add to the list of amenities, note that Jellystone Park has its own railroad station (maybe more than one scattered throughout the park, who knows?), its own greenhouse, its own glass-bottomed boat that gives tours, and its own water tower (well, of course it would have its own water tower if trains make regular runs through the park). I'm wondering about that Swiss Chalet-type building behind where the parade spectators are standing...does Jellystone have its own Swiss village, too?

    One last ponder--how on earth did Yogi manage to hit a baseball through the floor of the glass bottom boat if it was supposedly carrying sight-seers at the time? The boat must have already gotten upended in order for Yogi's baseball to shatter the glass, so the overturned boat, which the gag implies is somehow Yogi's fault as well as the shattered glass, had to have already been that way ahead of time. There is no way a baseball could fly through the air, land on the glass deck, shatter the glass, and cause the boat to turn up in the water like that. (It is also much less likely, if the boat were riding flat on the water, for the ball to reach the glass from the angle at which Yogi swung. The chances would be greater for the ball to fall straight into the lake and miss the boat entirely.) If Yogi's ball had struck the boat while it was moving across the water, the glass in the bottom would have broken and the water from the lake would have started leaking in, eventually causing the boat to submerge straight down without being turned upward like it is. No, the boat HAD to already have been "in trouble" BEFORE Yogi hit the ball. That is the only way the trajectory of the ball could shatter the glass in that position. Did Yogi break the glass? Most likely. Was he responsible for the boat's foundering? Not so likely.

    It still makes a funny gag, though.

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    1. I'd say if a bear can walk and hit a baseball, anything else is possible.

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