Tuesday, 30 October 2012

White House Huck, Part 1

This is a painful time for Huckleberry Hound. In case you’ve forgotten, it was 52 years ago that he lost the election for president of the United States.

We here at the Yowp blog avoid the arena of American politics. Except, of course, when it involves one of our friends in the Hanna-Barbera world. So let’s look back at when Huck reluctantly ran for president. It wasn’t on TV. It was in the pages of Dell Comics.

Whoever came up with the main story for this comic book borrowed ideas from some of the Huckleberry Hound cartoons. You should recognise “Freeway Patrol” and “Hookie Daze.” Not all the gags in those two cartoons from the Joe Barbera-Charlie Shows-Dan Gordon team are in the comics but if you’re familiar with the TV show, you’ll recognise the ones that are. The artwork is by Harvey Eisenberg.

We won’t print the whole comic book here. Just the first half. We’ll try to fit in the second half in a separate post.

Read Part Two of the comic book HERE.

In hunting around for Huck election-related news on-line, we spotted this cute little letter to the editor of the Twin Falls Times-News, November 18, 1962.

Now that the election is past and the speech-making is over, we should take time out to analyse the campaign. Television appears to be the battleground for many candidates.
It is my conclusion they are a bunch of cowards. In the entire campaign, not once was “Huckleberry Hound,” “Yogi Bear” or “Popeye” pre-empted for a political speech.
We note the same thing has happened again during this year’s campaign in the U.S. Huck still has the candidates in fear, 52 years later.


  1. Thanks, Yowp, for posting about my favorite Huckleberry Hound comic book. There was a reprint in 1968 with the "Hookie Daze" story taken out. There is also a campaign record "Huckleberry Hound For President" that was released on Golden Records but I have never been able to get a copy for some reason. Huck would get my vote any, as well as Yogi Bear. He also ran against Magilla Gorilla in another presidential campaign in a comic book story and their campaign songs were on a 45 rpm record that I used to have.

  2. Boy Yowp. You weren't kidding about " Freeway Patrol " practically being lifted from the film and put on the printed page. Just looking at the panels, I can hear Daws saying;" Goodness Gracious yesss, my tire is flaaat, and I'm sooooo helpless!"-Ha!!