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Thursday, January 19, 2006

Worst concept ever?

Quite possibly. Check out Hanna-Barbera TV STARS #2 (October 1978, Marvel), which cover-features the C.B. Bears.

You remember C.B. radios, right? Sure. It was a big deal back in the '70s. You could actually get a Citizen's Band Radio in your car and TALK to other motorists around you... long-haul truckers used them, and there was the weird notion that "truck drivers are America's last cowboys" that surfaced back then for some unknown reason. Ah yes, the noble Trucker. Ahem. Anyway. So here we have the C.B. Bears: Bump (who mysteriously wears a garbage can lid as a hat), Boogie, and Hustle, named for three "Disco" dance styles that still make me shudder as I remember my PARENTS taking lessons to learn them all. (Do NOT ask me about watching my Mom and Dad do the "Dirty Bump"... those memories still keep me awake nights.) Written by Mark Evanier (!) , this poor thing was dated before the ink was dry. Wotta hoot! And I have absolutely NO memory of that television cartoon... wonder if there was any merchandising? Garbage Can Lid Hats, perhaps?


At 1/19/2006 12:57 PM, Blogger Linnen said...

How can you bad-mouth it? It says right on the cover that it was a "Hit of the New TV Season"!!!

At 1/19/2006 3:05 PM, Blogger AlbertJohn3 said...

Back when the Cartoon Network used to show some classic older cartoons on what is now called Boomerang, I remember seeing this cartoon. It was very hokie, but so were a lot of Hanna-Barbara concepts that weren't Scooby Doo or the Flintstones. I have a lot of the old Marvel Hanna-Barbara books. They did a good job with those. Someone should bring them back for this generation of kids to enjoy.

At 1/20/2006 3:15 PM, Blogger Bill at Comix Connection said...

Hey, if they didn't make a lunchbox of it, the cartoon must have stunk up the airwaves...

At 1/20/2006 4:07 PM, Blogger Linnen said...

That's not always a good way to judge a show's quality! If I recall correctly, they never made a lunch box out of Street Hawk or Automan.

Mmmmmm......never mind.


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