Saturday, August 25, 2012
"Looney Tunes" (Dell) #208, February 1959: "Daffy and Sam"
In some cases, the classic-era Looney Tunes comics had ideas that would have worked beautifully in cartoons, but for some reason were never attempted. Daffy Duck and Yosemite Sam only encountered one another a couple of times in the cartoons, and while they were funny, the characters' potential chemistry was largely wasted. Take, for instance, "Along Came Daffy" (Friz Freleng, 1947) in which Daffy encounters Sam and his nameless twin brother. Both of the Brothers Yosemite are mostly silent.
The two sparred more often in Mel Blanc's Capitol kiddie records, and here's a great example from 1950 with Blanc's memorable voice work on both characters:
Also this classic by Blanc as Sam, with a reference to Daffy: "I like to hunt fer big black ducks a-way up in the sky..."
Now, visualize how Blanc's vocals and the Daffy/Sam chemistry of the first record could have been combined with this comic story and expanded into a memorable cartoon, or series of them! From 1959, here's a story in which Daffy annoys the hell out of Yosemite Sam for the umpteenth time in comic book form.