Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Huckleberry Hero Hump-Day

This is Huckleberry Hound. He was the first star of Bill Hanna and Joe Barbera's first venture into prime-time television. After twenty plus successful years at MGM and seven Academy Awards for their Tom & Jerry cartoons, Bill and Joe started their own animation studio and introduced to the world Limited Animation. These cartoons could be made with a lesser amount of cel drawings...meaning their movement was limited. This meant smaller budgets so they could be produced on a weekly basis for television. But what these cartoons lacked in action, they made up with witty dialogue and great personalities and characteristics.
Huck was an everyman character, meaning that he played everything from a policeman, a fireman, postman(see above), cowboy, jungle explorer, spy etc., etc. But he remained true to his character in each one of his 'toons, a simple country dog who never let the worst of any situation get the better of him or rile him. He would always smile at the audience and make a comment at the current situation he was involved in, take his lumps and move on to the next scene all the time singing (badly) his favorite song "My Darling Clementine".

With this in mind, I did a few sketches of Huck dressed as some of my favorite super-heroes. When done and liking how they turned out, I decided to do a series of Ol' Huckleberry as some of Earth's Mightiest Heroes.

Here are a few:

Green Lantern - The Sentinel of the Space-ways!

Daredevil - The Man Without Fear!

Dr. Strange - The Sorcerer Supreme!

I hope to make this a regular feature every Wednesday, hence the title Huckleberry Hero Hump-Day. I hope you like them.

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