Saturday, November 22, 2008
Comic Book Interlude: Muggy-Doo Boy Cat
Dave Mackey's comment in my previous post about my father's comic book work re Hal Seegar made me realize I have some Muggy-Doo Boy Cats scanned -- so let's have a story while I continue to pull together the Graham material. Muggy was a Seegar creation who showed up again -- albeit as a Boy Fox -- about a decade later in the animated Milton the Monster Show. The comic book series itself lasted only four issues.
This titleless lead story, although not his best, co-stars a recurring Muggy foil, the fez-topped Osh, and is from issue #1 (1953) in which my father wrote and drew the cover and all stories. He was working for Famous Studios during this time, yet seems to have simultaneously produced quite a few comics, as well as his Sunday strip Coogy. Animator Bob Jaques, animation ID-er and comic book sleuth extraordinaire (among other attributes), has mentioned to me that he probably "knocked off the comics during his Famous coffee breaks". I don't doubt that, due to the loosey-goosey inking and quick-and-easy gags. Only a few years earlier his comic book style could easily have been confused with Dan Gordon's, but by the time Muggy was produced he'd moved past that, and if he's retained any Gordon traits than the most apparent to me is the occasional tongue hanging out of a mouth.