Scooby-Doo! Mask of the Blue Falcon
Scooby-Doo! Mask of the Blue Falcon is a 2013 direct-to-DVD animated superhero action comedy film, the nineteenth entry in the direct-to-video series of Scooby-Doo films; the film is a crossover, featuring Blue Dynomutt. It was produced and completed in 2012, released on February 26, 2013 by Warner Premiere. Scooby and Shaggy take the gang to a comic book convention called the "Mega Mondo Pop! Comic ConApalooza" to enter a costume contest as their favorite comic book superheroes, Blue Falcon and Dynomutt, Dog Wonder. Fred is eager to see the new and darker Blue Falcon film, produced by Jennifer Severin, starring Brad Adams as the new Blue Falcon. At the convention center, they meet Hank Prince, the owner of a comic book store Shaggy visits and his nephew, Austin, they find the actor of the original Blue Falcon show, Owen Garrison. They eagerly approach Garrison to get his autograph, but instead they listen to their favorite celebrity ranting about how the studio is planning to remove all the original Blue Falcon shows for the upcoming new Blue Falcon movie.
The gang watches the trailer of the upcoming Blue Falcon movie. During the screening, a monster unleashes a swarm of bats which terrorize the public; the gang offers to help investigate the situation. The next day, the gang returns to the convention to wait for another Mr. Hyde attack; the gang meets a former battle bots champion who makes a living signing autographs. Fred and Velma suspects Garrison is to blame, but Shaggy and Scooby refuse to believe their idol is the culprit, they show the gang there are other suspects through surveillance footage taken around the convention. They first show the others a recording of Severin boasting how the Mr. Hyde incident has been increasing publicity for the Blue Falcon movie; the second footage has Adams talking about how he dislikes his role as the new Blue Falcon and hopes that Mr. Hyde will draw the public’s attention away from him giving him a chance to quit, they found out from Austin that the Mr. Hyde attacks are based on original Blue Falcon episodes and that Mr. Hyde uses green ooze that turns people into monsters in his next appearance.
Meanwhile and Shaggy flee into the storage rooms where they find Mr. Hyde’s secret lair. Mr. Hyde chases them onto a big Frankenstein Jr. balloon. Mr. Hyde unleashes his green ooze on the entire town and at city hall, oozing Scooby and the mayor. Angered and humiliated by this assault, the mayor fires the gang. On, the gang watch a news report and learn that the premiere of the new Blue Falcon movie will now be held at the baseball stadium; the gang heads back to the convention center, Austin manages to acquire entry for them. With Jack Rabble’s help, Fred and Daphne find Mr. Hyde’s hideout and discover that Mr. Hyde has surveillance cameras of the whole convention center and the baseball stadium. From there, they see a giant Mr. Hyde rampaging in the stadium. Meanwhile, as they seek something to eat and Shaggy see people fleeing away from the stadium, causing them to run into the stadium and find the giant Mr. Hyde chasing Austin. Scooby rushes to confront Mr. Hyde. Scooby and Shaggy manage to rescue Austin.
Fred and Daphne arrive and manage to bring down the giant Hyde. They find Garrison in the giant robot; however Garrison claims that someone placed him inside the robot. Scooby and Shaggy witness the real Mr. Hyde stealing an armored vehicle. Scooby causes the vehicle to crash into the giant Mr. Hyde robot. Mr. Hyde unleashes his Hideous Hyde Hound on Scooby. Garrison, while wearing the original Blue Falcon uniform, saves Scooby, destroys the Hideous Hyde Hound using the Falcon Car, stops Mr. Hyde from escaping; the gang unmasks the real Mr. Hyde. Rabble explained that he was in a RC combat league but was kicked out when one of his robots went haywire and destroyed the arena, it was during his autograph career. He built the Mr. Hyde robot to attack the convention to force the movie premiere into the stadium, he put Garrison's knocked out body in the giant Hyde robot to frame him in the stadium attack. The attack would also force a detour for the armored truck he was targeting for it was carrying more than $5,000,000 from the entrance fees for the convention.
Impressed by the action following Jack Rabble's arrest, Severin makes a sequel to the new Blue Falcon film with Garrison as the original Blue Falcon and Scooby-Doo as Dynomutt. Matthew Lillard as Shaggy Rogers Frank Welker as Scooby-Doo, Fred Jones and Dynomutt Mindy Cohn as Velma Dinkley Grey DeLisle as Daphne Blake Diedrich Bader as Brad Adams/Blue Falcon II Dee Bradley Baker as Hideous Hyde Hound, Horten McGuggenheim/Manic Minotaur of Mainsley Manor Jeff Bennett as Owen Garrison/Blue Falcon Gregg Berger as Hank Prince/Zorak John DiMaggio as Mr. Hyde Nika Futterman as Jennifer Severin Kevin Michael Richardson as Mayor Ron Starlin Mindy Sterling as Caterer Tara Strong as Austin, Nora Bingleton Fred Tatasciore as Jack Rabble and Dynomutt II Billy West as James Becker Scooby-Doo! Adventures: The Mystery Map was released on July 23, 2013. Scooby-Doo! Mask of the Blue Falcon on IMDb
Dell Comics was the comic book publishing arm of Dell Publishing, which got its start in pulp magazines. It published comics from 1929 to 1974. At its peak, it was the most successful American company in the medium. In 1953 Dell claimed to be the world's largest comics publisher, selling 26 million copies each month, its first title was The Funnies, described by the Library of Congress as "a short-lived newspaper tabloid insert" rather than a comic book. Comics historian Ron Goulart describes the 16-page, four-color, newsprint periodical as "more a Sunday comic section without the rest of the newspaper than a true comic book, but it did offer all original material and was sold on newsstands". It ran 36 weekly issues, published Saturdays from January 16, 1929, to October 16, 1930; the cover price rose from 10¢ to 30¢ with issue #3. This was reduced to a nickel from issue #22 to the end. In 1933, Dell collaborated with Eastern Color Printing to publish the 36-page Famous Funnies: A Carnival of Comics, considered by historians the first true American comic book.
It was distributed through the Woolworth's department store chain, though it is unclear whether it was sold or given away. In early 1934, Dell published the single-issue Famous Funnies: Series 1 printed by Eastern Color. Unlike its predecessor, it was intended from the start to be sold rather than given away; the company formed a partnership in 1938 with Western Publishing, in which Dell would finance and distribute publications that Western would produce. While this diverged from the regular practice in the medium of one company handling finance and production and outsourcing distribution, it was a successful enterprise with titles selling in the millions. Most of the Dell-produced comics done for Western Publishing during this period were under the Whitman Comics banner. Comic book historian Mark Carlson has stated at its peak in the mid-50s "while Dell’s total number of comic book titles only 15% of those published, it control nearly a third of the total market. Dell more million-plus sellers than any other company before or since".
Dell Comics was best known for its licensed material, most notably the animated characters from Walt Disney Productions, Warner Bros. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Walter Lantz Studio, along with many movie and television properties such as the Lone Ranger, Felix the Cat, Howdy Doody, Yogi Bear and other Hanna-Barbera characters. From 1938 to 1968, Dell's most notable and prolific title was the anthology Four Color. Published several times a month, the title saw more than 1,300 issues published in its 23-year history, it served as a try-out title and thus the launching pad for many long-running series. Responding to pressure from the African-American community, the character Lil' Eightball was discontinued as one of the featured characters in the Lantz anthology comic book New Funnies. In 1948, Dell refused an invitation of membership in the nascent Association of Comics Magazine Publishers; the association had been formed to pre-empt government intervention in the face of mounting public criticism of comic books.
Dell vice-president Helen Meyer told Congress that Dell had opted out of the association because they didn't want their less controversial offerings to serve as "an umbrella for the crime comic publishers". When the Comics Code was formed in 1954 in reaction to Wertham's Seduction of the Innocent, Dell again refused to join and instead began publishing in its comics a "Pledge to Parents" that promised their editorial process "eliminates, rather than regulates, objectional material" and concluded with the now classic credo "Dell Comics Are Good Comics." Bart Beaty in his book Fredric Wertham and the Critique of Mass Culture describes a concerted campaign by Dell against publication of Wertham's Seduction of the Innocent to the extent of recruiting several of the companies that it licensed characters from to send letters of protest to Wertham's publisher Stanley Rinehart. Dell in this period burnished its image by taking out full-page ads in the Saturday Evening Post in late 1952 and early 1953 that emphasized the wholesomeness of its comics.
From mid-1950 to Spring 1959 Dell promoted subscriptions to its non-Disney titles with what it called the Dell Comics Club. Membership was automatic with any one year subscription to such titles and came with a certificate of membership plus a group portrait of the most prominent non-Disney characters published by Dell. Dell offered various subscription premiums during the 1940s and 1950s in what Mark Evanier has dubbed a coordinated concerted "aggressive subscription push" and offered the option of an illustrated note or card be sent to the recipients of a gift subscription for birthdays or Christmas. Multi-year subscriptions were available (in the case of Walt Disney's Comics an
Hanna-Barbera Productions, Inc. was an American animation studio, founded in 1957 by Tom and Jerry creators and former Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer animation directors William Hanna and Joseph Barbera, in partnership with film director George Sidney. The studio was a prominent force and a leader in American television animation for over three decades in the mid-20th century as it created a wide variety of popular animated characters and produced a succession of cartoon series, including The Flintstones, The Yogi Bear Show, The Jetsons, Wacky Races, Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! and Smurfs. Hanna and Barbera's cartoons won them seven Academy Awards, eight Emmy Awards, a Governors Award and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. With their studio now established as a successful company, the two men and original investor Sidney sold it to Taft Broadcasting on December 29, 1966. Taft would run it for the next quarter-century. By the mid-1980s, when the profitability of Saturday-morning cartoons was eclipsed by weekday afternoon syndication, Hanna-Barbera's fortunes had declined.
Turner Broadcasting System purchased the studio from Taft in late 1991 and used much of its back catalog as programming for its new channel, Cartoon Network. After Turner purchased the company and Barbera continued to serve as creative consultants and mentors; the studio became a subsidiary of Warner Bros. Animation in 1996 following Turner Broadcasting's merger with Time Warner, was absorbed into Warner Bros. Animation in 2001; as of 2019, Warner Bros. now distributes subsequent Hanna-Barbera cartoons, as well as now owning the rights to its back catalogue. William Hanna, a native of Melrose, New Mexico and Joseph Barbera, born of Italian heritage in New York City, first met at the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer studio in 1939, while working at its animation division and thus began a partnership that would last for six decades, their first cartoon together, the Oscar-nominated Puss Gets the Boot, featuring a cat named Jasper and an unnamed mouse, was released to theaters in 1940 and served as the pilot for the long-running short subject theatrical series Tom and Jerry.
Hanna and Barbera served as directors of the shorts for over 20 years, with Hanna supervising the animation and Barbera in charge of the stories and pre-production. Hanna did the screams, yelps and yells of Tom. In addition being nominated for twelve Oscars, seven of the cartoons won seven Academy Awards for Best Short Subject between 1943 and 1953, awarded to producer Fred Quimby, not involved in the creative development of the shorts; the pair served as animation directors for the hybrid animated/live-action musical sequences in MGM's feature films Anchors Aweigh, Dangerous When Wet and Invitation to the Dance and wrote and directed a handful of one-shot cartoons for MGM: Gallopin' Gals, Officer Pooch, War Dogs and Good Will to Men, a 1955 remake of the 1939 MGM cartoon Peace on Earth. With Quimby's retirement in 1955, Hanna and Barbera became the producers in charge of the MGM animation studio's output, supervising the last seven shorts of Tex Avery's Droopy series and directing and producing a short-lived Tom and Jerry spin-off series and Tyke, which ran for two entries.
In addition to their work on the cartoons, the two men moonlighted on outside projects, including the original title sequences and commercials for the CBS sitcom I Love Lucy. With the rise of television, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer decided in early 1957 to close its cartoon studio, as it felt it had acquired a reasonable backlog of shorts for re-release. While contemplating their future and Barbera began producing animated television commercials and during their last year at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, they had developed a concept for a new animated TV program about a dog and cat duo in various misadventures. After they failed to convince the studio to back their venture, live-action director George Sidney, who had worked with Hanna and Barbera on several of his theatrical features for MGM, offered to serve as their business partner and convinced Screen Gems, a television production subsidiary of Columbia Pictures, to make a deal with the producers. A coin toss would determine. Harry Cohn and head of Columbia Pictures, took an 18% ownership in Hanna and Barbera's new company, H-B Enterprises, provided working capital.
Screen Gems became the new studio's distributor and its licensing agent, handling merchandizing of the characters from the animated programs. The duo's cartoon firm opened for business in rented offices on the lot of Kling Studios on July 7, 1957, two months after the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer animation studio closed down. Sidney and several Screen Gems alumni became members of the studio's board of directors and much of the former MGM animation staff — including animators Carlo Vinci, Kenneth Muse, Lewis Marshall, Michael Lah and Ed Barge and layout artists Ed Benedict and Richard Bickenbach — became the new production staff for the H-B studio. Conductor and composer Hoyt Curtin was in charge of providing the music while many voice actors came on board, such as Daws Butler, Don Messick, Julie Bennett, Mel Blanc, Howard Morris, John Stephenson, Hal Smith and Doug Young. H-B Enterprises was the first major animation studio to produce cartoons for television. Animated programming was rebroadcasts of theatrical cartoons.
Its first animated TV original The Ruff and Reddy Show, premiered on NBC in December 1957. The
Joseph Roland Barbera was an American animator, producer, storyboard artist, cartoon artist, whose film and television cartoon characters entertained millions of fans worldwide for much of the 20th century. He was born to Italian immigrants in New York City, where he lived, attended college, began his career through his young adult years. After working odd jobs and as a banker, Barbera joined Van Beuren Studios in 1932 and subsequently Terrytoons in 1936. In 1937, he moved to California and while working at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Barbera met William Hanna; the two men began a collaboration, at first best known for producing Tom and Jerry. In 1957, after MGM dissolved their animation department, they co-founded Hanna-Barbera, which became the most successful television animation studio in the business, producing programs such as The Flintstones, Yogi Bear, Scooby-Doo, Top Cat, The Smurfs, Huckleberry Hound and The Jetsons. In 1967, Hanna-Barbera was sold to Taft Broadcasting for $12 million, but Hanna and Barbera remained heads of the company until 1991.
At that time, the studio was sold to Turner Broadcasting System, which in turn was merged with Time Warner, owners of Warner Bros. in 1996. Hanna and Barbera won seven Academy Awards and eight Emmy Awards, their cartoon shows have become cultural icons, their cartoon characters have appeared in other media such as films and toys. Hanna-Barbera's shows had a worldwide audience of over 300 million people in the 1960s and have been translated into more than 20 languages. Joseph Barbera was born at 10 Delancey Street in the Little Italy section of Manhattan, New York, to immigrants Vincent Barbera and Francesca Calvacca Barbera, born in Sciacca, Italy, his family moved to Flatbush, New York when he was four months old. He had two younger brothers and Ted, both of whom served in World War II; as a member of the United States Army, Larry participated in the invasion of Sicily. Ted was a fighter pilot with the United States Army Air Forces and served in the Aleutian Islands Campaign. Barbera's father, was the prosperous owner of three barbershops who squandered the family fortunes on gambling.
By the time Barbera was 15, his father had abandoned the family and his maternal uncle Jim became a father figure to him. Barbera displayed a talent for drawing as early as the first grade, he graduated from Erasmus Hall High School in Brooklyn in 1928. While in high school, Barbera won several boxing titles, he was managed by World Lightweight Boxing Champion Al Singer's manager but soon lost interest in boxing. In 1935, Barbera married Dorothy Earl. In school, they had been known as "Romeo and Juliet". Barbera and his wife separated when he went to California, they reunited but were on the verge of another separation when they discovered that Dorothy was pregnant with their first child. They had four children: two daughters; the marriage ended in 1963. Shortly after his divorce, Barbera met his second wife, Sheila Holden, sister of British rock and roll singer Vince Taylor at Musso & Frank's restaurant, where she worked as bookkeeper and cashier. Unlike Dorothy, who had preferred to stay at home with the children, Sheila enjoyed the Hollywood social scene that Barbera frequented.
During high school, Barbera worked as a tailor's delivery boy. In 1929, he became interested in animation after watching a screening of The Skeleton Dance. During the Great Depression, he tried unsuccessfully to become a cartoonist for a magazine called The NY Hits Magazine, he supported himself with a job at a bank, continued to pursue publication for his cartoons. His magazine drawings of single cartoons, not comic strips, began to be published in Redbook, Saturday Evening Post, Collier's—the magazine with which he had the most success. Barbera wrote to Walt Disney for advice on getting started in the animation industry. Disney wrote back, saying he would call Barbera during an upcoming trip to New York, but the call never took place. Barbera took art classes at the Art Students League of New York and the Pratt Institute and was hired to work in the ink and paint department of Fleischer Studios. In 1932, he joined the Van Beuren Studios as storyboard artist, he worked on cartoon series such as Cubby Bear and Rainbow Parades, an earlier Tom and Jerry.
This Tom and Jerry series starred two humans. When Van Beuren closed down in 1936, Barbera moved over to Paul Terry's Terrytoons studio. In 1935, Barbera created his first solo-effort storyboard about a character named Kiko the Kangaroo; the storyline was of Kiko in an airplane race with another character called Dirty Dog. Terry declined to produce the story. In his autobiography, Barbera said of his efforts..."I was, quite not in the least disappointed. I had proven to myself that I could do a storyboard, that I had gained the experience of presenting it. For now, enough."The original storyboard, passed down through the Barbera family, went on sale at auction in November 2013. Lured by a substantial salary increase, Barbera left Terrytoons and New York for the new Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer cartoon unit in California in 1937, he found that Los Angeles was suffering just as much from the Great Depression as Brooklyn and returned to Brooklyn. Barbera's desk was opposite that of William Hanna; the two realized they would make a good team.
By 1939, they had solid
William Denby Hanna was an American animator, producer, voice actor, cartoon artist, musician whose film and television cartoon characters entertained millions of people for much of the 20th century. After working odd jobs in the first months of the Great Depression, Hanna joined the Harman and Ising animation studio in 1930. During the 1930s, Hanna gained skill and prominence while working on cartoons such as Captain and the Kids. In 1937, while working at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Hanna met Joseph Barbera; the two men began a collaboration, at first best known for producing Tom and Jerry. In 1957, they co-founded Hanna-Barbera, which became the most successful television animation studio in the business, creating and/or producing programs such as The Flintstones, The Huckleberry Hound Show, The Jetsons, Scooby-Doo, The Smurfs, Yogi Bear. In 1967, Hanna-Barbera was sold to Taft Broadcasting for $12 million, but Hanna and Barbera remained heads of the company until 1991. At that time, the studio was sold to Turner Broadcasting System, which in turn was merged with Time Warner in 1996.
Hanna and Barbera won seven Academy Awards and eight Emmy Awards. Their cartoons have become cultural icons, their cartoon characters have appeared in other media such as films and toys. Hanna-Barbera's shows had a worldwide audience of over 300 million people in their 1960s heyday, have been translated into more than 28 languages. William Hanna was born to William John and Avice Joyce Hanna on July 14, 1910 in Melrose, New Mexico, he was the third of the only son. Hanna claimed there was sibling rivalry in their home. Hanna described his family as "a red-blooded, Irish-American family", his father was a construction superintendent for railroads as well as water and sewer systems throughout the western regions of America, requiring the family to move frequently. When Hanna was three years old, the family moved to Baker City, where his father worked on the Balm Creek Dam, it was here. The family moved to Logan, before moving to San Pedro, California, in 1917. During the next two years they moved several times before settling in Watts, California, in 1919.
In 1922, while living in Watts, he joined Scouting. He attended Compton High School from 1925 through 1928, where he played the saxophone in a dance band, his passion for music carried over into his career. Hanna remained active in Scouting throughout his life; as an adult, he served as a Scoutmaster and was recognized by the Boy Scouts of America with their Distinguished Eagle Scout Award in 1985. Despite his numerous career-related awards, Hanna was most proud of this Distinguished Eagle Scout Award, his interests included sailing and singing in a barbershop quartet. Hanna studied both journalism and structural engineering at Compton City College, but had to drop out of college with the onset of the Great Depression. On August 7, 1936, Hanna married Violet Blanch Wogatzke, they had a marriage lasting over 64 years, until his death; the marriage produced two children, David William and Bonnie Jean, seven grandchildren. In 1996, with assistance from Los Angeles writer Tom Ito, published his autobiography—Joe Barbera had published his two years earlier.
After dropping out of college, Hanna worked as a construction engineer and helped build the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood. He found another at a car wash, his sister's boyfriend encouraged him to apply for a job at Pacific Title and Art, which produced title cards for motion pictures. While working there, Hanna's talent for drawing became evident, in 1930 he joined the Harman and Ising animation studio, which had created the Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series. Despite a lack of formal training, Hanna soon became head of their paint department. Besides inking and painting, Hanna wrote songs and lyrics. For the first several years of Hanna's employment, the studio partnered with Pacific Title and Art's Leon Schlesinger, who released the Harman-Ising output through Warner Bros; when Hugh Harman and Rudolph Ising chose to break with Schlesinger and begin producing cartoons independently for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in 1933, Hanna was one of the employees who followed them. Hanna was given the opportunity to direct his first cartoon in 1936.
The following year, MGM decided to terminate their partnership with Harman-Ising and bring production in-house. Hanna was among the first people. During 1938–1939, he served as a senior director on MGM's Captain and the Kids series, based upon the comic strip of the same name; the series did not do well. Hanna's desk at MGM was opposite that of Joseph Barbera, who had worked at Terrytoons; the two realized they would make a good team. By 1939 they had solidified a partnership. Hanna and Barbera worked alongside animation director Tex Avery, who had created Daffy Duck and Bugs Bunny for Warner Bros. and directed Droopy cartoons at MGM. In 1940, Hanna and Barbera jointly directed Puss Gets the Boot, nominated for an Academy Award for Best Short Subject; the studio wanted a diversified cartoon portfolio, so despite the success of P
Charlton Comics was an American comic book publishing company that existed from 1945 to 1986, having begun under a different name in 1944. It was based in Connecticut; the comic-book line was a division of Charlton Publications, which published magazines, puzzle books and books. It had its own distribution company. Charlton Comics published a wide variety of genres, including crime, science fiction, horror and romance comics, as well as funny animal and superhero titles; the company was known for its low-budget practices using unpublished material acquired from defunct companies and paying comics creators among the lowest rates in the industry. Charlton Comics were the last of the American comics to raise their price from ten cents to 12 cents in 1962, it was unique among comic book companies in that it controlled all areas of publishing - from editorial to printing to distribution - rather than working with outside printers and distributors as did most other publishers. It did so under one roof at its Derby headquarters.
The company was formed by John Santangelo, Sr. and Ed Levy in 1940 as T. W. O. Charles Company, named after the co-founders' two sons, both named Charles, became Charlton Publications in 1945. In 1931, Italian immigrant John Santangelo, Sr. a bricklayer who had started a construction business in White Plains, New York, five years earlier, began what became a successful business publishing song-lyric magazines out of nearby Yonkers, New York. Operating in violation of copyright laws, however, he was sentenced in 1934 to a year and a day at New Haven County Jail in New Haven, near Derby, Connecticut where he and his wife by lived. In jail, he met Waterbury, attorney Ed Levy, with whom he began legitimate publishing in 1935, acquiring permissions to reproduce lyrics in such magazines as Hit Parade and Song Hits. Santangelo and Levy opened a printing plant in Waterbury the following year, in 1940 founded the T. W. O. Charles Company moving its headquarters to Derby; the company's first comic book was Yellowjacket, an anthology of superhero and horror stories launched September 1944 under the imprint Frank Comunale Publications, with Ed Levy listed as publisher.
Zoo Funnies was published under the imprint Children Comics Publishing. Another imprint was Frank Publications. Following the adoption of the Charlton Comics name in 1946, the company over the next five years acquired material from freelance editor and comics packager Al Fago. Charlton additionally published Merry Comics, Cowboy Western, the Western title Tim McCoy, Pictorial Love Stories. In 1951, when Al Fago began as an in-house editor, Charlton hired a staff of artists that included its future managing editor, Dick Giordano. Others who would work with Charlton included; the primary writer was the remarkably prolific Joe Gill. The company began a wide expansion of its comics line, which would include notoriously gory horror comics. In 1954–55, it acquired a stable of comic book properties from the defunct Superior Comics, Mainline Publications, St. John Publications, most Fawcett Publications, shutting down its Fawcett Comics division. Charlton continued publishing two of Fawcett's horror books—This Magazine Is Haunted and Strange Suspense Stories—initially using unpublished material from Fawcett's inventory.
Artistic chores were handed to Ditko, whose moody, individualistic touch came to dominate Charlton's supernatural line. Beset by the circulation slump that swept the industry towards the end of the 1950s, Haunted struggled for another two years, published bi-monthly until May 1958. Strange Suspense Stories ran longer, lasting well into the 1960s before giving up the ghost in 1965. Charlton published a wide line of romance titles after it acquired the Fawcett line, which included the romance comics Sweethearts, Romantic Secrets, Romantic Story. Sweethearts was the comic world's first monthly romance title, Charlton continued publishing it until 1973. Charlton had launched its first original romance title in 1951, True Life Secrets, but that series only lasted until 1956. Charlton picked up a number of Western titles from the defunct Fawcett Comics line, including Gabby Hayes Western, Lash LaRue Western, Monte Hale Western, Rocky Lane Western. Six-Gun Heroes, Tex Ritter Western, Tom Mix Western, Western Hero.
Al Fago left in the mid-1950s, was succeeded by his assistant, Pat Masulli, who remained in the position for ten years. Masulli oversaw a plethora of new romance titles, including the long-running I Love You, Sweetheart Diary, Brides in Love, My Secret Life, Just Married. Superheroes were a minor part of the company. At the beginning, Charlton's main characters were Yellowjacket, not to be confused with the Marvel character, Diana the Huntress. In the mid-1950s, Charlton published a Blue Beetle title with new and reprinted stories, in 1956, several short-lived titles written by Superman co-creator Jerry Siegel, such as Mr. Muscles and Nature Boy, the Joe Gill-created Zaza the Mystic; the company's most noteworthy period was during the'silver age' of comic books, which had begun with DC C
Ranger Smith is a fictional character in the Yogi Bear cartoon series. A former US Army soldier, he is the serious and stern authority figure in Jellystone Park, in contrast to the antics of the troublesome Yogi, he disapproves of Yogi's picnic basket thievery because it repels parkgoers and creates a lot of extra work for him. In the original Yogi Bear shorts on Huckleberry Hound, a different and unnamed character that would evolve into Ranger Smith had a much different appearance, looking older and with a white mustache, though his voice was the same. After his trademark appearance had been established, Ranger Smith's design was notably inconsistently drawn throughout each episode of "The Yogi Bear Show". In one episode, he appears as his young self, but this may be his first actual encounter with Yogi as he doesn't appear to recognize him and refers to Yogi as "that bear". Ranger Smith is sometimes friendly with Yogi. In other episodes, he wants nothing more than to send Yogi away to the zoo.
The attitudes of the Ranger towards Yogi parallel Yogi's behavior: if Yogi is up to mischief Smith wants to be rid of him. There seems to be a deep down, if not grudging respect for Yogi. Although the two have a somewhat antagonistic relationship, if serious trouble were to befall one of them, the other attempts to rescue him, they have a long-running friendly rivalry. Ranger Smith genuinely likes Boo-Boo, because Boo-Boo always tries to stay out of trouble, unlike Yogi; some episodes have Ranger Smith answering to his superior the park commissioner. Ranger Smith has appeared in some episodes of Yogi's Gang. In those appearances, he is seen with blond hair instead of black. Ranger Smith was a supporting character in Yogi's Treasure Hunt. Ranger Smith appeared only once in Scooby's Laff-A-Lympics. Ranger Smith made a guest cameo in "The Story Stick" from A Pup Named Scooby-Doo. Ranger Smith appeared in two television films which were part of the Hanna-Barbera Superstars 10 series: Yogi's Great Escape, Yogi and the Invasion of the Space Bears.
In Yo Yogi!, Ranger Smith is shown as Officer Smith, a security guard at Jellystone Mall and would be the one who arrests the bad guys upon their defeat. Ranger Smith has become a starring character in parody shorts produced by the now-defunct animation company Spümcø including Boo Boo Runs Wild, A Day in the Life of Ranger Smith, Boo Boo and the Man. In those appearances, Ranger Smith was voiced by Corey Burton. Various designs for Ranger Smith made non-speaking appearances in the Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law episode "Identity Theft", referencing the noticeable inconsistencies the design experienced in the original cartoon. Ranger Smith appeared in the Robot Chicken episode "President Evil" voiced by Seth Green. In a movie trailer segment that featured Yogi and Boo Boo, Ranger Smith tells the sheriff that the cops won't catch Yogi since he's smarter than the average bear. Ranger Smith appears in the Yogi Bear feature film, released December 17, 2010, he is portrayed by actor Tom Cavanagh.
In this film, Ranger Smith learns that Jellystone is being shut down by Franklin City's Mayor R. Brown and he tries to avoid this with a firework celebration during the 100th anniversary, accidentally ruined by Yogi and Ranger Smith is sent to a fake patch of land. However, this does not to stop him from helping Yogi and Boo Boo stop Mayor R. Brown from cutting down all the trees and revealing the rare frog-mouthed turtle that lived in Jellystone which Boo Boo kept as a pet. Ranger Smith can be spotted in a Metlife commercial that aired in 2012. From the time of the character's debut until 1994, Ranger Smith was voiced by Don Messick in his last performance as Yogi the Easter Bear. In Yo Yogi!, Ranger Smith was known as Officer Smith and voiced by Greg Burson. In the Spümcø shorts, Ranger Smith is voiced by Corey Burton. In the Yogi Bear film, the character is portrayed by Tom Cavanagh; the Huckleberry Hound Show The Yogi Bear Show Yogi's Gang Laff-A-Lympics Yogi's Treasure Hunt The New Yogi Bear Show A Pup Named Scooby-Doo A Yabba Dabba Doo Celebration: 50 Years of Hanna-Barbera Yo Yogi!
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