Much has been written at this Blog on my comic book mini-renaissance that began in MARCH, 2014, primarily centered on two titles: BATMAN '66 and SCOOBY-DOO TEAM-UP, both from DC Comics.
Indeed, I’m probably enjoying these TWO comic titles far more than when I used to bring home more than a dozen titles each New Comics Wednesday.
As undeniably great as BATMAN ’66 has been, SCOOBY-DOO TEAM-UP # 7 – guest starring The Flintstones (released on November 05, 2014, and previewed HERE), just might be the single best comic book of 2014 – at least per my particular sensibilities.
A hallmark of SCOOBY-DOO TEAM-UP, and its gifted writer Sholly Fisch, is that it doesn’t sidestep or ignore character version disparities or quirks, but REVELS in them!
This book says exactly what we obsessive fans are thinking. One of my favorite examples (…and you’ve seen it LOTS of times already) is again illustrated below.
But now, try a few of these magnificent Flintstones gags on for size – and let’s also offer BIG PROPS to artist Scott Jeralds for his right-on renditions of all of the characters and general ambiance of Bedrock! Click on all comic images to enlarge!
|Oh, YES! BIG PROPS to Scott Jeralds!|
Say, didn't *I* do that bit in a Donald Duck comic once?
Yep, I sure did!
Of course, we're ALL just tributing this classic scene!
Back to Our Story: The scientists' Stone Age time machine plucks Scoob and the gang out of the 21st Century.
|"Scooby-Doo WHEN are you?" Gotta love that!|
Velma’s observation was a laugh-out-loud line for me. And doesn’t the scientist really look like an incidental Hanna-Barbera character?
And, of course, Shaggy is “scared of cavemen”!
Judging by the upper-floor view that looks down upon the Flintstone and Rubble domiciles, are the scientists housed in the huge spooky old house next to Fred’s (never seen before The Flintstones Season Five) that was once occupied by The Gruesomes? What else could offer such a view?
What’s a good Flintstones story without a few “modern convenience” gags?
...Or, the old standard "talking animal device" gag? Even the best of the older Flintstones comics rarely, if ever, did those!
And, here’s an utterly amazing reference (in Fred Flintstone's aside comment to Fred Jones), and the type of thing that has put Scholly Fisch in my personal “Writer’s Hall of Fame”!
Everyone who has read one of my Disney comic book scripts knows how much I love to gag-up a story – but, I am truly in awe of this bit! (Click to Enlarge!)
|See! Barney's AT IT again!|
In my previous post on the upcoming SCOOBY-DOO TEAM-UP # 8 with The Jetsons, I anticipated a conversation encounter between Scooby and Astro. Here, we get one between Scooby and DINO…and it appears to be the converse of what I predicted for Scooby and Astro. Magnificent!
As I had hoped, The Gruesomes turn up (…where are THEY living, if the scientists are working in their huge spooky old house?), and we get a reference to THE NEW SCOOBY-DOO MOVIES encounters with THE ADDAMS FAMILY!
Finally, even the continuity of SCOOBY-DOO TEAM-UP itself is referenced by Fred (Jones, not Flintstone) recalling the gang’s encounter with Bat-Mite in the now-legendary (at least at this Blog) SCOOBY-DOO TEAM-UP # 3, when they meet The Great Gazoo!
That’s the absolute maximum I can show without spoiling, or otherwise compromising, the plot – so I’ll stop here. But, I think I’ve made my point!
Now, all I can say is “Yabba-Dabba… er, Doo!”
If there is only one "nit to pick" it would be that, in a story that goes so far as to include both The Great Gazoo and The Gruesomes, Hoppy the Hopperoo is nowhere to be found -- not even pictured as a background character in a group shot!
This is in keeping with his general invisibility in comic books, going back to when he had ONE appearance in the entire Gold Key run as as (all together now) "a background character" in this Gold Key Comics Film adaptation.
Perhaps, by the time of SCOOBY-DOO TEAM-UP # 7, he'd hopped back to "Australia-rock", or something! ...Or, maybe some Sabre-Tooth Tiger, with incessantly-blabbing kitten in tow, though he was a giant mouse-a-saurus.
|Naaaah! That's just plain SILLY!|
Despite that singular demerit, this might (not "Mite") very well be the best comic book appearance of The Flintstones since the Dell and Gold Key days – and better than quite a few of THOSE too. …Yes, I’m THAT impressed!
If you get only one issue of SCOOBY-DOO TEAM-UP, let it be this one. Then, you’ll wanna collect ‘em all!