Thursday, 5 May 2016

The Flintstones - "The Return of Superstone"

Michael Kraiger and Vincent Deporter have both contributed to DC's various lines of comic books over the years, writing or drawing iconic characters such as Batman and Superman, as well as all the classic Cartoon Network stars of yesteryear - including, but not limited to, Scooby-Doo, Johnny Bravo, Dexter's Laboratory and many others within the Hanna-Barbera / Cartoon Cartoons vault.

What with everyone going ga-ga over all things superhero, the time seems about right to share this great Flintstones story. The combination of Michael's script and Vincent's energetic artwork has made this a personal favourite of mine, especially as they've "continued" the story from the original Flintstones episode which first featured "Superstone". Now if only the 2016 Flintstones comic book were more like this...!


Friday, 1 April 2016

Goof Troop - Everybody Makes 'Misteaks'

Something else from the Big Time Magazine archives - a rather unusual Goof Troop comic drawn especially for an April Fools Day release. Whoever the writer / artist was, they must have had a LOT of fun with the "mistakes" made here...!

Thursday, 3 March 2016

The Jungle Book - "The Great Monkey Toss"

Continuing with the Chinese New Year theme - the Year of the Monkey - here's a neat Jungle Book comic story that was printed in the Big Time magazine in the 90's.

Now Big Time was one of my favourite magazines to collect as a young teen. Released monthly, it kept 7-to-11 year olds updated with entertainment news from upcoming movies / TV shows, along with featured articles on popular singers / actors of the time, and all this with puzzles, free gifts and comic strips as a bonus.

How they printed the comics was interesting. They appeared to be completely separate from the rest of the magazine itself, so kids were allowed to "pull them out" and read them whenever and wherever they wanted (at least that's what my 12-year-old self kept telling me). And as such, I'm afraid I can't say much on who wrote or drew this particular entry as the Big Time magazine this was originally part of has been lost to time...

However, short it may well be, it's also a great little read, with some peachy-keen artwork to complement it. It's almost as if whoever wrote this had turned to Rudyard Kipling's original Jungle Book - or even the Just So Stories - as inspiration here. That's what I think anyway...

Sunday, 28 February 2016

Fox Cub + Mouse

All the little guy wants is some chocolate - and so does the mouse...

Saturday, 13 February 2016

Friday, 12 February 2016

"Magilla's Guerrillas"

So according to D.C Comics' latest announcement, they're planning to "reboot" a few familiar Hanna-Barbera faces in some unfamiliar territory - and as usual, it's got everybody talking about it.

Now I'm not going to join in the arguing backlash discussions myself, but their talk about plans for a Johnny Quest / Space Ghost crossover brought to mind this rather interesting Magilla Gorilla story, which appeared in Issue #6 of  the Cartoon Network magazine in 1999 (in the UK).

Personally, I'm a bit of a sucker when it comes to crossover storylines, provided that they're done logically and if it's a "in-universe" scenario (aka; characters created by the same people or studio). After all, D.C Comics also produced the Scooby-Doo Team Up comic book line from 2013, and personally I would like to read more content like that - with someone other than the Great Dane himself, obviously.

Plus, not every "reboot" has to be dark or gritty, or somehow "reinvent" the characters completely. Change can be acceptable, so long as you don't go too overboard. And writer Mike Carlin seems to have done just fine with this particular story, thankyouverymuch.

And on top of all that, it's the Year of the Monkey in all the more reason to share this then!