Seven Year Hitch
Tuesday Comic Strip Day.
I was very much surprised and thrilled by my find of Ken Muse's Wayout last week, so I went back to seen when it started and ended. Turns out, this charming little strip ran for a lot longer than I would have thought. I guess, it is the fate of strips that are very much of their time - that they are forgotten afterwards. Still, you would have thought that Ken Muse himself would have had his own fans. Anyway, Wayout seems to have started in october 1964 and run for more than seven years until december 1970. Strange that Muse didn't contribute to the other Hanna-Barbara strips, the Flintstones and Yogi Bear. But maybe, he was happy enough to do his own thing. Seven years of inspird silliness.
As for the name, searching for the earliest appearances of this strip I found that 'wayot' was the mot-du-jour for anything out of the oridnary. It was used to describe the hairdo of the Beatles, in ads for the Disney movie The Sword in the Stone and anything that was weird and hip and just not normal.