Monday, August 13, 2012

"Beep Beep the Roadrunner"(Gold Key) #20, October 1970: "Feather or Not"

This Roadrunner story from 1970 (possibly earlier, as the "Beep Beep" comic featured a lot of reprints at the time) has a twist. Instead of just Wile E. Coyote trying to catch the Roadrunner and his rhyming sons, this time a goofy Indian named Sleepy Wolf wants them for their feathers. If he doesn't get new feathers for his bedraggled headdress, his tribe will kick him out. It adds a little more spice to the story by giving Wile E. someone else to play off of (the Indians) and lets the Road Runners do something Chuck Jones would never have allowed in a cartoon.

*Update: Art by Phil De Lara.

1 comment:

  1. This was an original, as were all of the stories in the issue, save the Bugs Bunny “text” page.

    It may not be easy to tell, because this was a rare case of a ‘70s story looking as good as an earlier one. Kudos to Phil De Lara on that. All the Road Runner stories in this issue were by De Lara, with the Cool Cat “guest” story by Pete Alvarado.

    You can also tell it was an original because of the larger lettering in the balloons – and Gold Key’s little “The End” logo in the final panel, which the older Dell comics did not use.