© 1998-2006 Lyle P. Blosser
Huckleberry Hound and Yogi Bear
Weekly magazine Huckleberry Hound Weekly
from City Magazines Ltd was the first British comic dedicated to William Hanna and
Joseph Barbera cartoon characters. It was tabloid sized, and dedicated its pages
to the likes of Mr. Jinks, Pixie and Dixie, Yogi Bear And Boo Boo, The Flintstones,
Top Cat, Wally Gator and Atom Ant amongst others. And, for a time, that included
actual serial pages and more info!
Hollywood Reporter magazine from October
9, 1964 ran a full page ad
that has Jonny and Race Bannon fighting off the evil frogmen from "Mystery of the
Ad for CBS 1967 season "Saturday's Super Hero Schedule"
The ad is a 2-page ad from a
1967 comic book for Saturday morning superheroes; features Superman, Moby Dick,
the Herculoids, Shazzan, Jonny Quest, the Mighty Mightor.
Here's a close-up scan of Jonny's ad
in the bottom right corner, thanks to Dan Johnson!
The Jonny Quest Files
Cartoon Files Magazine Spotlight on the Jonny Quest Files by James Van Hise.
-- Canoga Park, CA : Psi Fi Movie Press, 1986. 51 p.
-- Includes an episode guide, model sketches, and interviews with Doug Wildey, Mark
Young, and Joe Barbera.
I finally was able to examime a copy of "The Jonny Quest Files" publication recently.
That's the good news. The bad news is...well...the book's pretty bad. There are
no color pictures, it's all in B&W. They did have a few classic series model
sketches, but about half of the sketches were for hardware used in the pretend-it-never-happened
"2nd season". Nice to see sketches for the diving bell, the VTOL plane and a couple
of others, but not much else. The episode descriptions are almost word-for-word
the same as in the H-B Jonny Quest Character Reference Guide -- so, if I noted an
error in that book, it's
in this one, too! Kinda makes you wonder who copied from who -- the H-B book is
dated 1995, while this one is 1986, but I guess there could've been an earlier edition
of the H-B book (even though nothing indicates that in the H-B book). Quite a few
typos, misspelled names (like Dr. Zinn, with 2 n's, Pash instead of Pasha), and
other less-than-professional (IMHO) mistakes make for a disappointing outing. (For
example, who ever thought of printing an article on top of large line drawings?
Not only was the article a letdown, but it was hard to read, too!)
The author, James van Hise, tries to come across as an expert, but even in his introduction,
he gets a number of things wrong; things that anyone who has actually watched the
episodes would know were wrong. A particularly bad example: "That original opening
of Jonny Quest with a montage of action scenes, including a man being chased through
the jungle by lizard-drawn chariots..." (p.11). Lizard-drawn chariots?!? UNBELIEVABLE!!
There are more errors...I'll leave locating them as an exercise for the student.
I was looking forward to the interview sections, especially the Doug Wildey interview,
but there was precious little to like there, either. A few of the same, tired old
questions (about the ending credits, about the violence, etc.) The majority of the
interview talked about how the networks interfere with cartoon shows, and how they
have silly rules about what can and can't be in a cartoon, etc., etc., ETC. They
also went quite a bit into "the future of Jonny Quest" (read: plug for new 1986
show). There were a few good tidbits from Wildey, but not nearly enough to satisfy
this fan. This is a Jonny Quest book, right? So let's concentrate on Jonny, not
the industry, political correctness, or other topics.
Bottom line: If you can find this book at a garage sale for something less than
the cover price of $6.95, it may be nice to snap it up. Anything above a couple
of dollars, though, and you'd be better off keeping your money,
unless you can find a copy autographed by Doug Wildey as seen in
this image; the signature alone is worth more than the book.
Amazing Heroes #95 - May 15, 1986 - Jonny Quest Issue
This wonderful issue has a lot of info, including articles about the show and the
(then-upcoming) Comico comic book series. It has a nice set of sketches as well;
if you can find this book, I think you'll be pleased. And, of course, it's got that
great cover painting by Doug Wildey!
(image courtesy Gary Karpinski)
Amazing Heroes #103 - September 15, 1986 - William Messner-Loebs
(image courtesy Gary Karpinski)
William Messner-Loebs was the story writer for Comico's _Jonny Quest_ comic books.
Dec 1992 - Saturday AM and Animation issue
Epi-Log is well-known for its numerous reviews of nearly every TV show produced.
This issue contains a review of the 1964 Jonny Quest series; with several large
images (see below) and a synopsis of every episode. These synopses are done rather
well, and are nearly (but not quite) error-free, being much better than the summaries
found in The Jonny Quest Files and
the Jonny Quest Character Reference Guide,
which were, simply, horrible.
The back of the magazine contained a
full-page color image based on the CJQ episode "Mystery of the Lizard Men".
While not technically a cel, it appears to be constructed like one (in layers on
clear plastic over a painted background).
The following links lead to images from the magazine; these are obviously B&W
copies of images produced by Wildey or someone else on the production staff, which
is why I've also added the links on the Production
The November 2004 issue (#113) of "Video Watchdog" contains an 18-page article reviewing the history of Jonny Quest,
each of the 26 1964-65 season episodes, and the recently-released DVD set. Our web
site (www.classicjq.com) gets a brief mention! Visit
http://www.videowatchdog.com for more info.
Toon - vol 1. no.8 Fall - Doug Wildey tribute Issue
(image courtesy Dan Johnson)
TV Gold magazine's premier issue mentioned
Jonny Quest on its cover (select
this link to see cover image). It includes an article by James Van Hise...including
a synopsis of ONLY the first 12 episodes that are essentially copied verbatim from
his book "The Jonny Quest Files".
Of interest to trivia fans are the episode titles reported in this article; especially
the "preliminary" names used for "Arctic Splashdown" (Splashdown Antarctica) and
"Riddle of the Gold" (The Voices). Here are links to scanned images of the 5 pages
of the article: page 1,
page 3, page 4,
and page 5. (Thanks
to Martin Sentmanat for both the images and the info.)
Comics Feature magazine issues #30 and #31,
by James Van Hise
Written by the author of the disappointing
The Jonny Quest Files, this article appears to be a duplicate of the article
that appeared in that book, but without the annoying presentation over graphic images.
While Kitbuilder magazine, issue 27 has a
nice cover focusing on Jonny Quest, that front cover is essentially the ONLY reference
made to Jonny Quest in the entire publication.
(Thanks to Martin Sentmanat for info.)
Model and Toy Collector magazine
Issue 27 mentioned Jonny Quest on its cover; inside is a mention of the resin kits
made by The Shape Of Things and some info on the 1964 and 1987 shows. Here are links
to scanned images of the article:
page 1, page 2,
(Thanks to Martin Sentmanat for both the images and