Wednesday, 5 December 2018

Yogi Bear Weekend Comics, December 1970

No Christmas comic for Yogi Bear in December 1970. Gene Hazelton and his crew could probably have tossed in a whole pile of cutesy animals into it if they had wanted to draw one. We find them in other comics this month. Boo Boo makes a very brief appearance.

December 6:Women in comics and cartoons are fickle. Ask Olive Oyl. In this case, ask Cindy Bear. You’ll recall in “A Wooin’ Bruin” (1962) how Cindy couldn’t make up her mind between Yogi and Bruno. Well, here we have the same thing. Look at the weary look the Wise Owl gives the reader in the second panel. Note Yogi in silhouette in the third row.

December 13: Does anyone use the word “ecology” any more? This is as about as message-y a comic you’ll get out of Yogi Bear, showing people humans can be unthinking lemmings when it comes to hot-button issues and sloganism. Hey, fish in the third panel, it’s been more than 40 years. Nothing’s changed. The final panel has an observational bird.

December 20: Ecology returns, taking a back-seat to a pun as the punch-line. A few hyper open-mouths in this comic.

December 27: We get an observational squirrel in the final panel, and a number of other talking animals. Apparently a bunch of stuff happened before the comic started, as Yogi was rough-housing with the kid. Yeah, there were helicopter parents back then. This colour comic comes from the collection of Richard Holliss in the U.K.

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  1. Materials 100% Gene Hazelton.
    Inked by Ed Nofziger.

    1. Ed Benedict also drew some Yogi Bear Sunday pages from this month (among them, the Sunday page from December 13, 1970, which has an ecological premise).

  2. Great comics.
    Not to anger you or anything,
    but December 1970 was almost 50, not 40, years ago.

  3. Since Yogi is so ecologically concerned, he should gather the classic Hanna-Barbera characters into an ark and go on a quest to find "The Perfect Place." Someone should write that up into a Saturday morning cartoon. What an idea, huh?

  4. Cindy's earrings look a bit like they were made in Bedrock.

  5. Nice to see the ilk of The Harlem Globetrotters & Josie and the Pussycats not showing up here, or their art style.:_) And that the old format and humor of Yogi still survives (19700, I can almost hear John Seely/Hoyt Curtytin/Shandlin music from earlier, rather than the actual era (Curtin/Ted Nichols) music..sure wish (like a certain Hanna-Barbera Productions dog here) sorta that they'd just never kept Cindy.:- Bye from that clay Clokey Horse! (whose show had the same stock music and more!) Looking forward to your next!