Cartoon Network Presents #8

Now where’s their uncle?

Cartoon Network Presents #8

DC Comics (March, 1998)

LETTERER: Phil Feliz
EDITOR: Bronwyn Taggart
“Magilla’s Guerrillas!”
WRITER: Mike Carlin
ARTIST: Bill Alger
COLORIST: Dave Tanguay
Huckleberry Hound “War Is Huck”
WRITER: Matt Wayne
PENCILERS: Ivan Brunetti & Thad Doria
INKER: Ivan Brunetti
ASSISTANT: Mike Brisbois

This was supposed to be a “tie-in” with the “Kung-Fu Month” event, where the Cartoon Network comics would all have martial arts, based stories. Not that you’d know it here.

Our first story has Space Ghost, Jan, and Jayce captured by a rampaging robot monkey. So Blip calls on the help of Magilla Gorilla, Monkey (from Dexter’s Laboratory), So-So (who traveled with Peter Potimus), and Igoo (of the Herculoids) to stop him.

What they got right: While the writing is closer to Space Ghost Coast To Coast and I could complain about mixing serious and comedic primates, it was all in good fun. We also got a fight with some primitives on Amzot over the banana boomerang the robot uses. I didn’t personally find it amusing but I’m sure others would.

What they got wrong: I wouldn’t call the fighting style martial arts, making this an odd choice to lead a kung-fu fight. And I don’t care if they have Igoo, how is it a meeting of Hanna-Barbera’s top primates if you don’t have Grape Ape! Instant fail!

The Huckleberry Hound tales find the blue canine flying a plane into not-Iraq where blowing up a baby food factory unleashes a germ warfare germ, complete with his own plane. This being Huckleberry Hound things go very wrong very fast.

What they got wrong: The art was spot-on for how Huckleberry is drawn around that time, and we also sneak in a jab at an actual event, when then President Clinton ordered an air strike at what they thought was a biological weapons factory but turned out to be a baby food factory.

What they got wrong: I’m sorry, but one panel where Hong Kong Phooey (who by the way SHOULD HAVE HAD THE LEAD STORY!) shows up watching Huck deliver a flying kick at the now-giant germ isn’t a “kung-fu” story. Also I’m pretty sure they ripped off the old Huck cartoons for this story as I’ve seen parts of it before.

Recommendation: I just wasn’t amused by this story, at least not as much as I thought I would be when I first bought it, but I can see easily where someone else would. I wasn’t into the Huckleberry Hound story but that could be changing tastes as I get older. I don’t get into a lot of his adventures. The first story may be worth a look for fans of more than one of the guest heroes but that’s pretty much it.

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2 responses »

  1. Sean says:

    Today, I did read Cartoon Network Presents issue #8 which I purchased from your “Clutter for Sale”, Tronix. In “Magilla’s Gorillas”, it was an interesting concept of various Hanna Barbera gorilla and monkey characters uniting together to “save the day”. I agree with you that Grape Ape definitely should have been part of this heroic team though! In “War Is Huck”, I saw lots of specific 1990s references in it such as Forrest Gump and Patriot missiles.

    Both stories were very quick to read. In fact, they seemed TOO quick to read. This particular Cartoon Network Presents issue was definitely not as wordy as an Arak, Son of Thunder comic book! It doesn’t have to be, but I feel this issue should have been wordier than it actually was.

    The article about kung fu was actually quite educational, and I learned some interesting information from it.

    My conclusion? Overall, I liked both stories. I just wish both stories had more words in them. Comic book stories shouldn’t be read as quickly as these two tales were. The artwork and coloring was excellent….truly captured the essence of classic Hanna Barbera cartoons. The educational article at the end is a nice feature.

    On a related side note, I saw something Hanna Barbera connected when I was grocery and supply shopping at Walmart on Thursday. I happened to notice plush toys of Captain Caveman, Muttly (the dog with the odd laugh), and Dastardly (although he looked more like Family Guy’s Stewie Griffin with a moustache) on sale there. There was a whole display of them. So it appears that Hanna Barbera “stuffed animals” are part of the current consumerism in the U.S. I was actually very surprised to see those cartoon characters from the 1970s now as “stuffed animals” on display at Walmart for sale.


  2. […] they got wrong: Cartoon Network Presents did something similar with the primates of Hanna-Barbera and it actually kind of worked. This story not so much. It just […]


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