An Answer To Yowp

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Well, here’s a “special extra” post, y’all! I really love Yowp’s blog, which is in my blogroll at the right hand side of this page. The cartoon dog does a unique and well-researched blog devoted to the early TV programs of the Hanna-Barbera studio. These cartoons, especially, Huckleberry Hound, Yogi Bear and Quick Draw McGraw were well-loved by my brother and I back in the late 1950s and early 1960s when they first aired on St. Louis television. The subject really doesn’t “fit” the Catblog, which is devoted to early animated cartoons and comic strips of the 1930s and 1940s for the most part (except “Patrick”). At the risk of incurring the wrath of Yowp (and getting dog-bit), the Cat dug into his files of old comic strip clippings and came up with the Yogi Bear Sunday pages of 8-6, 8-13, 8-20 and 8-27-1961, of which Yowp couldn’t find good copies for the current post on his blog. Here they are, the original half page versions in color, drawn by the late, the great Harvey Eisenberg, one of the¬†most accomplished¬†cartoon draughtsmen of animation (and comics). He was the layout man on most of the best Tom and Jerry MGM cartoons of the 1940s, and starting in about 1947, started drawing comic books, first the “Red Rabbit” and “Foxy Fagan” books, co-produced by Joe Barbera. Then Harvey took over the “Our Gang with Tom and Jerry” comic book for Dell, and did the lead Tom and Jerry story artwork, and illustrated a lot of other stories in the book, such as Droopy, Spike and Tyke, The Adventures of Tom and even Flip and Dip on rare occasions! I’m not going to make this a long-winded screed, but I’ve offered Yowp help with the Yogi Bear Sunday pages he posts from time to time, and Yowp just growled and wasn’t having any. This time I couldn’t resist posting these strips which I cut out of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch in that friendly year of 1961. Enjoy, if you can, and Yowp, down boy, I hope you will enjoy them too!

2 Responses to “An Answer To Yowp”

  1. Yowp says:

    Hi, Mark. It’s really nice seeing these in colour and with all three rows of panels. Thanks a lot.

    I’ve got all the strips/pages you sent me in a file and was going to use them as bonuses in September. I barely got this month’s post up because the ISP had a province-wide frap-out for virtually the full day I was trying to upload stuff.

    I hope you’re feeling better and getting up and around.

  2. Hey Kaus….Great to here your feeling better. Love the Catblog and the Yogi strips.

    Well got to step-trip-and fall back to the valley….

    Best,

    TW

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