Wednesday, February 28, 2018
Comic Shop Comics: February 28th
Over the course of the last 35 issues, writer Sholly Fisch's stories have tended to fall into one of two categories, with very few exceptions. Scooby and Mystery Inc meet with a DC Comics superhero or some combination of various heroes, or they meet a fellow Hanna-Barbera character. This might be due the fact that I am more of a DC superhero fan than a Hanna-Barbera funny animal character fan, but I've generally found the former to be the more successful of the two types of story. I think, in large part, that is because the Scooby-Doo narratives reliance on ghost, monster and crime-fighting--even at its most gentle--lends itself to the good vs. evil, law vs. crime conflicts of superhero comics more than the sitcom-like premises of The Flintstones or Jetsons or Quickdraw McGraw or Top Cat.
That said, Yogi Bear's gluttony offers an area of crossover with Scooby and Shaggy, and so the pieces fit together surprisingly comfortably in this outting. Fisch's usual collaborator, Dario Brizuela, sits this issue out, with pencil artist Walter Carzon and inker Horacio Ottolini stepping in; they do a fine job, but there's an inevitable gulf between the character designs that can't be bridge without altering the designs of the Yogi characters. This is most evident whenever the human being share a panel.
Anyway, Scooby and the gang head to an unnamed national park for a picnic, and Scooby and Shaggy's over-sized basket immediately draws the attention of Yogi. His pic-a-nic basket predation draws the attention of the ranger. And there's a ghost haunting Yogi's cave--or is it really just some criminals pretending to be a ghost? If you've seen a single episode of almost any Scooby-Doo show, you know the answer to that mystery. Still a fun comic, though.