For some time now, one of my most favorite comic book titles has been SCOOBY-DOO TEAM-UP, especially as written by the great Sholly Fisch.
The brilliance of what Fisch does with this title is to take the Scooby-Doo Mystery Inc. gang and plunk them down into adventures with characters from across the vast Time Warner Communications Empire – meaning DC Comics, Warner Bros., MGM, and Hanna-Barbera.
In each case, Fisch knows his guest subject well – and trades in gags that revel in the specifics and peculiarities of the visiting property. DC Superhero gags, Flintstones gags, and Jonny Quest gags all meld perfectly with the expected Scooby-Doo character and continuity gags.
Issue # 2: Ace the Bat-Hound.
Issue # 3: Bat-Mite.
Issue # 5: Wonder Woman.
Issue # 6: Super Friends.
Issue # 9: Superman.
Issue # 10: Jonny Quest.
As extremely enjoyable as these team-ups have been, notice that (to one extent of “realism” or another) they are all “Human” characters. If an animal character exists, it would be the “pet” or “mascot” of the guest starring character(s), as is Scooby himself.
Not once have we seen a SCOOBY-DOO TEAM-UP with an honest-to-anthropomorphic funny animal character, despite the legions of such creations that exist over Hanna-Barbera, Warner Bros., MGM, and sometimes even DC Comics.
But, take a look at the scheduled pairing for SCOOBY-DOO TEAM-UP # 11, scheduled for a July 01, 2015 release!
Yep, it’s SECRET SQUIRREL!
Debuting on NBC Saturday Morning during the Fall Season of 1965 – and a direct response to the SPY CRAZE that was ongoing at the time, Secret Squirrel ran for two seasons, and at least one more complete rerun season.
But the character did not have much of a run in comic books, the exception being this Gold Key one-shot.
I can't wait to see HOW Scholly Fisch reconciles Secret Squirrel with Scooby and the gang! I've been wondering how (or even IF) they would handle a TRUE "funny animal" character - and not one analogous to Scooby like Astro, Dino, Bandit, or Ace the Bat-Hound.
Maybe SS is a REAL secret agent in the guise of a squirrel, because HE'S THAT GREAT A MASTER OF DISGUISE! Perhaps we'll even see Yellow Pinkie!
I'd have really bet on Yogi Bear, Bugs Bunny, Tom and Jerry, or Pinky and The Brain as the first actual "funny animal" team-ups. But never Secret Squirrel! Wow!
Come, Pinky, we must prepare for tomorrow night.
Why, Brain... What are we gonna do tomorrow night?
The same thing we do every night, Pinky... Try to team-up with Scooby-Doo!
Maybe it has something to do with the upcoming SECRET SQUIRREL DVD release from Warner Archives, some unspecified time in 2015.
In any event, it won’t be the first completely bizarre character come-together in a “secret agent” comic book story…