Wednesday, 10 April 2013

Yogi Bear Weekend Comics, April 1963

Frolicking Disney-like animals are not something you’d usually see in a Hanna-Barbera cartoon, though a number of the studio’s artists had worked for Disney. But that’s partly because of the fiscal restraints of TV animation. In comics, that’s not a problem, so we get cutsey animals in the Yogi Bear Sunday newspaper comics 50 years ago this month.

April 7th has a flying squirrel that wouldn’t be caught dead in a Rocky and Bullwinkle cartoon. Though, to think of it, that could be pretty funny. Ranger Smith is particularly moody in this one.

More refugees from Bambi greet us on April 14th, with a Cupid to match. Cindy evidently doesn’t care who comes on to her. Yogi doesn’t seem all that concerned, either. Hearts aplenty, including in one enveloping the title in the opening panel. I wonder why this story wasn’t saved for Valentine’s Day.

The final drawing on April 21st is a lot of fun with the multiple Yogis. Sorry I can’t get a better version. The terrified look on the Ranger in the previous panel is pretty good, too. What kind of copying machine has a huge entrance like that, anyway? Oh, right. It’s supposed to be a tall tale.

Other than the appearance of the nameless Mrs. Smith, the plot of the April 28th comic reminds me of one of those cartoons-between-the-cartoons on the Yogi show. This is the first time I can recall seeing a split upper-lower panel.

As usual, click on each comic to enlarge it.


  1. Yowp--once again, thanks for posting these! They continue to be a rare treat.

    Interesting to note Yogi and the Ranger's relationship--Yogi's ingenuity impresses the Ranger in the first comic, but by the third the idea of duplicate Yogis is the stuff of nightmares. There is also a kind of balance in that Yogi and the Ranger share the first and fourth stories, but the Ranger is absent from the second, and Yogi is technically absent from the third, only appearing in the "dream" sequence. Then in the fourth, Yogi and the Ranger are collaborating again. The first time they work together, the Ranger is skeptical and even irate about Yogi's air service, yet eventually accepts it as a good idea. In the fourth adventure, Yogi's one mistake brings about some damage and dismays the Ranger. The Ranger goes from skepicism and disapproval to approval, to nervous fear, to acceptance of Yogi as helper, and then to his usual frustration over Yogi's antics.

    I also note that in the second one, Cupid is referred to as "Dan Cupid" which is consistent from the cartoons (I think it was "Love Bugged Bear" but I could be wrong). The design of Cindy Bear is of course the early version before she was redesigned for "Hey There It's Yogi Bear." I guess it could be called her "blue period." I agree it is strange that she doesn't seem to care who is wooing her--in the cartoons, nobody could take the place of Yogi in her affections.

    1. Well, yes and no, SC33. Cindy was willing to be impressed by Bruno in "A Wooin' Bruin."
      The Yogi-Ranger relationship isn't dissimilar to the impression left by the cartoons. The two of them, when it comes down it to, like each other. That manifests itself more in some cartoons than others. But Smith has an overriding sense of duty and that's where the conflict with Yogi enters; in other words, it's nothing personal.