This is the cover of DC Comics’ SCOOBY-DOO TEAM-UP # 8, from 2015.
When I received my mail subscription copy of THE JETSONS # 21, back in 1966, the year 2015 alone was inconceivable – much less that there would still be a comic book featuring The Jetsons. Especially one that would essentially repeat the same cover gag, but with (future-creation) Scooby-Doo rousted by Rosey rather than “Rrorge”… I mean “George”!
|Just call me "Rrorge!"|
If we were to examine the two covers side-by-side (...or, as this Blog is formatted, "over and under") my view is that the 1966 JETSONS cover is superior in execution to the 2015 SCOOBY-DOO cover, for one important reason...
The JETSONS cover conveys its gag in silence, while the SCOOBY-DOO cover offers-up a needless dialogue balloon.
Now, I may be second-to-none in my appreciation of a good pun, but this insertion adds nothing to the cover gag, and seems reminiscent of the very many misguided, unnecessarily-dialogued cover gags employed by Harvey Comics in its later years.
Compare this with the same gag done by Carl Barks' Uncle Scrooge.
|RICHIE RICH CASH # 20|
|UNCLE SCROOGE # 20 (How coincidental!)|
All that needs to be done is to change Shaggy's expression to one of amusement, not unlike Jane and Elroy on the 1966 cover, and the gag works wordlessly.
Just for kicks, here's the published cover again, followed by an "ad image" without the balloon.
Which do you prefer? Me? I'll take the latter.
As a bonus, here are two versions of the same BUGS BUNNY cover gag. The original silent version, and the reprint with a dialogue balloon -- a virtually UNHEARD-OF practice for Gold Key!
|BUGS BUNNY # 74 (Dell)|
|BUGS BUNNY # 137 (Gold Key)|
We'll be back soon with out actual Comic Book Review of SCOOBY-DOO TEAM-UP # 8 - where, needless to say, the dialogue INSIDE far surpasses the dialogue on the cover!