Being the month of American Thanksgiving, it shouldn’t be surprising Yogi Bear has two turkey feasts in his weekend newspaper comics 50 years ago this month.
Richard Holliss supplied the tabloid format colour comics from his personal collection. We had to fiddle with the black-and-white one to get panels and dialogue you can read.
That opening panel in the November 6th comic is awfully plain. The gag is a variation of the old “wife-can’t-cook” routine. Note the duck appears in the second row, helping to set up the gag.
Ah, the colonel who owns a circus and the moustachioed circus master! Not a cloud in the sky in the November 13th comic. A very nice trotting giraffe and toddling elephant in the top row.
“We smoke-um peace pipe”?! Native American stereotypes return in November 20th comic. Yogi is smarter-than-the-average in this story. I like the silhouette panel in the bottom row.
It’d be funny if the November 27th comic was inspired by Joe Barbera, Alan Dinehart or one of the recording engineers dropping a reel of newly-recorded dialogue. Take my word for it; those things can roll if you drop one. Fortunately, perhaps, everything is digital today so this whole story would be obsolete. Yogi’s writer rhymes “fur” and “sir.” And Jellystone Park, for reasons I still don’t understand, has a “general” in charge.
Click on any of the comics to enlarge them.
All of next month’s Yogis are in colour. The Christmas comic is particularly nice, but you’ll have to wait for it.