In the early 1960's,
Clutch Cargo cartoons held all the promise that
Jonny Quest pretty much managed to deliver a few years later.
Kids that I knew either reviled it or reveled in it,
(I waffled) but it was too bizarre to ignore.
This comic strip ran originally in the February, 1961 issue of Jack & Jill magazine.
The artwork here by Clutch's creator, cartoonist/animator
Clark Haas may be closer to full-process animation than what we saw in the TV series.
- - AND you don't have the distraction of the
'Syncro-Vox' (a.k.a. the unsettling 'real-lips-on-cartoon-faces' gimmick)
to contend with...
So: Enjoy visiting with Clutch, Spinner, Paddlefoot, and Prof.'s Stargazer and Knockwurst on their gripping lunar adventure!
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←page 2 ←page 3
←page 4 ←page 5
- More about cartoonist/animator Clark Haas at
The Lambiek Comiclopedia.
- Follow links to watch 'The Arctic Bird Giant', a 1959
Clutch Cargo animated adventure at Dailymotion - -
- (Part 1)
- (Part 2)
ADDENDUM, 6/20/08: In a similar 'Synchrovox' vein, here's a link to another 6-page Jack and Jill strip from April 1963. The great Alex Toth gives a similar treatment to the characters he designed for the 'Space Angel' show. (Via Socktopi)
ADDENDUM, 1/30/09: Cartoon Brew has posted scans of a nifty 1960 TV Guide article about the production of Clutch Cargo.
Wednesday, March 28, 2007