Saturday, June 23, 2012

"Looney Tunes" (Gold Key) #77, December 1977: "Cool Cat: Trophy Trickery"

For those unfamiliar with Looney Tunes (and I'm assuming anyone reading this is, but I digress), Cool Cat was one of the final characters created by the Warner Bros. cartoon studio in the late 1960's, along with characters like Bunny and Claude, Norman Normal, Rapid Rabbit and Merlin the Magic Mouse. This beatnik hipster tiger's animated career was brief, but he made occasional comic book appearances well into the late 1970's, pursued by his nemesis, big game hunter Colonel Rimfire.

Cool Cat was shelved for good by mid 1980's, until he was used as a memorable running gag in "The Sylvester and Tweety Mysteries" TV series in the mid 90's. Neither Cool Cat nor any of the other late 60's WB characters have appeared in the modern DC comics series, mainly because, as writer Dan Slott once told me: the writers despise them!

Still, this 1977 story is an interesting curio. There weren't many Cool Cat stories! "So COOL it now, ya hear?"

1 comment:

  1. Credits, for the curious: Written by Vic Lockman. Art by Pete Alvarado. They did many, many comics together over the decades – even a Flintstones or two for Archie in the ‘90s.

    In the Gold Key comics, “Col. Rimfire” was never referred to by name… just as “The Hunter”. Why? Just another thing about Western Publishing and its mysterious workings that we’ll never know! It was that way in the first Cool Cat story published in 1968, and never changed.

    Is a page missing here? Four pages was more the norm for stories like this, and there appears to be a gap between pages 2 and 3.

    Gotta love the use of a SNAKE as a bookstand!