We've been having so much fun and interesting discussion in OUR LAST POST, where we contrasted the cover of Gold Key Comics' THE JETSONS # 21 (1966) with that of DC Comics' SCOOBY-DOO TEAM-UP # 8 (2015) that I thought... Why not do that sort of cover-contrast again?
You can take the link above, or just check 'em out here!
I still wonder if the SCOOBY cover wouldn't have been ever so slightly improved if Shaggy had said "George! Stop that CRAZY THING!", instead of that "Vacuum of Space" stuff. ...Naaah!
Say what you will about your own individual preference, ultimately I think both are perfectly fine in their own way, despite my opting for the 1966 cover.
Sadly, we cannot say that about our next "Jetsons Cover Competition"...
Meet the reigning champion: Gold Key Comics' THE JETSONS # 8 from 1964... (YAAAY!)
...And, our artistically-challenged challenger: Charlton Comics' JETSONS # 1, from 1970... (BOOOO!)
Um... Does this even qualify as a cover-comparison? I guess so, since the subject matter and character posing are (Eeesh!) similar.
Just look at Tony Strobl's perfectly on-model character work on the Gold Key issue, vs. that (presumably by Ray Dirgo) of the Charlton issue.
Even if the Charlton character designs were more professional, the STAGING is atrocious! Why is Rosey's BACK turned to the audience?! How could any editor have approved such an outright BAD cover composition?
|Even George turns-up his nose at this... and HE was THERE!|
And finally, exactly WHAT is the GAG on the Charlton cover?
Ice-Cream Sodas? What's so funny about that?
Er, maybe if they were somehow "color-coded" to match their hungry recipients -- or had some other defining attribute that would match soda to family member? And, even that wouldn't exactly be a laugh-riot, but it's the best I could come up with on such short notice.
Or, maybe if the "Cherries-On-Top" floated, circling each soda like little orbiting satellites! YEAH! That might have been good.
Oh, wait... Gold Key did that gag back in 1965!
But, even if Charlton duplicated that "orbiting food product" gag, it would have been a far sight better than this!
|Turn around, Rosey!|
In contrast, the Gold Key cover offers-up a definite gag about what Robot Rosey's idea of a "birthday cake" might be...
Maybe that's why she's proud to be on the Gold Key Cover...
...And can't show her face on the Charlton one!
On the subject of the Charlton Hanna-Barbera comic books, I said this in another comment thread:
"...And that, to me, was the overarching problem with the Charlton Hanna-Barbera comic books of the ‘70s… no one (…and I mean NO ONE) there seemed to have ANY sense of what was “good” and what was “bad” for these comics – and “bad” became the default setting… for BOTH writing and art!"
It amazes me that the controversy over the abominable job that Charlton did with these comics has lived on from 1970 into 2015 -- and beyond.
|This one's for our great friend Scarecrow33! Enjoy! Or, RECOIL IN HORROR!|
Let's have your thoughts...