Saturday, 18 February 2017


I don't know if BARNEY BEAR ever appeared in
a comic strip in America, but he had his own page in the
weekly TV COMIC here in Britain.  The strips featured
in this post were drawn by BILL TITCOMBE, one of
the finest cartoonists this country ever produced.

So, enjoy a 'threesome' of Barney Bear strips from
TV Comic Annual for 1977 (issued in '76).  Go on, have
a laugh on me.  (On, I said, not at, you rascals.)

(Note that the stories have an element of wit about
them, usually lacking in today's offerings.  If they were
still writing them like this, maybe more people would
be buying what few British comics remain.)


TC said...

MGM's cartoons, including Barney Bear, were rerun in syndication on American TV for many years. I don't know if there was ever a Barney newspaper strip in the US, but Barney, Droopy, and some other MGM characters did appear in stories that ran as back-ups in Gold Key/Western's Tom & Jerry comic books.

Some Barney Bear stories were by Carl Barks, and some of those were reprinted in Harvey comic books sometime around 1990, when that company acquired a license to publish comics using the MGM cartoon characters.

Kid said...

Thanks, human comics encyclopedia TC. At least he appeared in some U.S. comics, even if he didn't have one of his own. As for Harvey, I got some of the '90s Yogi Bear comics they did.

Paul McScotty Muir said...

I loved those old Barney Bear cartoon , some of my all time favourites the animation is so rich - a really well designed character. I had a few of those Carl Barks Barney strips in comic form. and like everything that man drew it was excellent - I seem to recall having a few strips of Barks with Barney and a Donkey.

Kid said...

Strips with Barney and a donkey? Nah, I don't go in for that 'under the counter, plain brown wrapper' stuff, PM. Oh, wait a minute - it couldn't have been if it was by Barks. Okay, I'll let you off the hook this time.

TC said...

Benny the Burro first appeared in a cartoon where Barney Bear was prospecting for gold. He was only in two or three animated cartoons, but became a regular co-star for Barney in the comic books.

Similarly, AFAIR, team-ups and crossovers with Looney Tunes (or Toons?) characters in comic books were almost the opposite of the movies. Daffy Duck often co-starred with Bugs Bunny or Porky Pig in animated cartoons, but seldom appeared with either of them in comic books. And Porky seemed to be Bugs Bunny's semi-regular sidekick in comic books, but they rarely appeared together in animated cartoons.

Kid said...

I guess it was all down to what characters the writers of the comics wanted to use, TC. Incidentally, I can't actually remember how long it's been since I last saw a Barney Bear cartoon. Must be decades.

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