Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Yogi Bear Weekend Comics, April 1964

For the first time in a long time, the Hanna-Barbera “Kellogg’s” characters get together in one of the Sunday comics as we look back at 50 years ago this month. Attempts to do this sort of thing on TV in the 1970s never worked for me for a variety of reasons. But in this comic, at least, the situation isn’t contrived, and it makes sense for the characters to be together. That’s even though Quick Draw McGraw belongs in a nether-world that is sort of the Old West but isn’t.

I again apologise for the lousy quality of these comics but they’re the best I can find on the internet.

The April 5th plot is imaginative, if nothing else. I like the galloping beavers in the last panel. There’s a lot of content in the panel but the composition is such that it’s not cluttered. And there’s perspective, too.

Did Ranger Smith ever get as emotional on TV as he did in the first panel of the April 12th comic? In his first appearances, he had a quiet annoyance. Pretty good expression on Yogi, too.

Sorry, I have trouble believing Yogi’s so stupid, he doesn’t know what a fossilised skeleton is. This is from April 19th.

I don’t see Snooper in the April 26th comic, but Blabber’s there. We get Huck, the meeces, Mr. Jinks, Augie Doggie and Doggie Daddy, Quick Draw and Baba Looey, Snagglepuss, Chopper, Yakky and Hokey Wolf. Oh, and Boo Boo, Cindy and Ranger Smith. And three silhouette piles of characters.

Click on each comic to enlarge.


  1. Oops. Didn't you mean April 19 and 26 instead of August 19 and 26, Yowp? :?

  2. All these materials were drawn by Harvey Eisenberg.

  3. Bruce, you can now tell how far in advance I am on the other blog. I've got the wrong month in my head.

  4. I kinda liked the idea of the H-B characters from the Huck / Quick Draw / Yogi shows getting together on occasion. Though I’ll also emphasize “on occasion”. It’s not as if they didn’t do it in the no-longer-seen interstitials, within each individual show.

    And, the “Yogi’s Birthday gathering” thing really worked well in the Dell comic book “Yogi Bear Birthday Party” (Dell Four Color # 1271, also drawn by Harvey Eisenberg), for anyone who remembers that!

    We should have seen more of Huck, though. If your paper didn’t carry the top tier, you’d think he wasn’t there.

    And Hokey could have asked Yogi how being on “The Huckleberry Hound Show” could lead to his having his own show!