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Monday, July 23, 2012

COMIC BOOK COMPULSIVE — Huck and Yogi Jamboree

I have some strange items in my horde of of illegal digital downloads but one of the strangest may well be Huck and Yogi  Jamboree from 1961. It’s not a comic book (it’s definitely not in the Grant Comic Book Database), being a 117 page black and white paperback, and you could make a case that it’s not even “comics”, seeing as how it’s a collection of drawings with text (there’s not a word balloon to be found).  But there are drawings that are sequential which tell stories and it is an interesting artifact as well as evidence of just how popular The Huckleberry Hound Show was back in the early 1960′s.  Because it’s pretty clear from even a casual read (especially the somewhat  introductory  copy) that this was intended for Huck and Yogi’s adult fans.  Of which there apparently were more than a few, given the format and high price — $1!

Check out the crazy end papers,

 

There are a bunch of relatively long stories of Huck and Yogi that do a fairly good job of approximating their cartoon adventures; the art (which one pretty much assumes has to be done by Hanna- Barbera studio artists) is especially on model.  Here’s one featuring Huck; Yogi I don’t care so much about.

And here’s a brief bio of the “authors” of record of the work,  Bill Hanna and Joe Barbera ,

I especially love this back cover where Huck actually shows rank and lets that damn bear know who exactly the star of the show was.  It’s a pity it couldn’t last.


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