In the beginning, Donald Duck found pirate gold, in the aptly titled early classic "Donald Duck Finds Pirate Gold"!
He "found it again" in this more recent issue...
Named after my former Fanzine and APA column est. 1994,"The Issue At Hand"! This Blog offers "The Universe of Things that Interest Me" – Now just a click away! Comics, DVDs, Animation, Classic TV, and occasionally more. Please enjoy your visit! Blog est. 2008.
Today's "Pop (Up) Quiz": Which animated character was Bugs Bunny's closest successor, or "HARE apparent", if you will?
If you ask me, I'd say it was The Pink Panther!
Both were tall, slim, and handsome figures, with a theatrical bent.
Both were profoundly influenced by animation legend Friz Freleng.
Both confounded the heck out of smaller, often fiery, regular adversaries.
And both were published by Gold Key Comics!
In fact the only thing missing might be... a SEPARATION AT MIRTH!
Well, we're here to remedy THAT little bit of business right now... with LOONEY TUNES # 218 (Dell Comics, Cover Date: December, 1959)...
And MARCH OF COMICS # 376 (The Pink Panther) 1973. Dell, Gold Key, and March of Comics all emanated from good old Western Publishing in Poughkeepsie, New York!
Beyond the gag, even the layout is almost identical! ...Screwdriver and all!
And there you have the answer to our "Pop (Up Toaster) Quiz" - another electrically-powered jolt of SEPARATED AT MIRTH!
It's always sad to prepare a "R.I.P." post, as every one of them I create is in tribute to someone who "made my life a little better, or nicer", by either their presence or their accomplishments.
But, it's all the more so when it's a member of the small creative community that I've been privileged to be a part of - the Disney comic book creative community.
Pat McGreal passed away May 31, 2021.
I never met, and know little or nothing about, Pat McGreal, but I DO know that he was too young to be the subject of a post like this!
With his spouse Carol, Pat McGreal wrote some of the best contemporary Disney comic book stories, which have appeared in comics published by Gemstone and IDW.
Among my personal favorites were the "Shambor" series of Mickey Mouse tales, and "Ten Little Millionaires", an outer-space version of "Ten Little Indians" - with ROBBERIES taking the place of murders, of course! The latter is reviewed in my Blog post on the issue!
In that post, I discuss a few "McGreal-isms" that have worked their way into Disney comic book dialogue - my favorite of which is Gyro Gearloose's exclamation "Great Tesla's Coil!"
Sometimes ya just gotta let these darn fool cartoon and comics characters learn a lesson for themselves...
Consider MARCH OF COMICS #24 Felix the Cat (1949)...
OH, WAIT... I'M SITTING HERE IN 2021, AND THIS COMIC WAS PUBLISHED IN 1949 - AND, TO MAKE MATTERS EVEN MORE DIFFICULT, IT REPRINTS THIS FELIX NEWSPAPER STRIP FROM 1932...
THIS IS IT!
OOOHHHH! I CAN'T LOOK!