Tuesday, May 08, 2012

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.


The Art of Bob Chambers said...

there was a Flintstone episode featuring a band called the "Wayouts". Not hard to see who influenced that name. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Obyuyajrz9g

Alberto said...

Hi Ger.

The Ken Muse (born 1925) who wrote and drew "Wayout" is not the same Ken Muse (1910-1987) who animated at Disney, Hanna-Barbera and DePatie-Freleng. I'm listing the *good* Muse's animation credits below.


MUSE, Kenneth (Ken) (26 July 1910-July 1987)

Animator: DISNEY 37-41 (Donald Duck 39-42 [The Autograph Hound 39, The Riveter 39, Donald's Dog Laundry 40, Mr. Duck Steps Out 40, The Village Smithy 42, Donald's Garden 42, Bellboy Donald 42], Fantasia 40, Mickey Mouse 40-41 [Tugboat Mickey 40, Mr. Mouse Takes a Trip 40, Mickey's Birthday Party 42], Pluto 40-41 [Pluto's Dream House 40, Lend a Paw 41]); MGM 41-58 (Tom and Jerry 41-58; Tex Avery cartoons 55); HANNA-BARBERA c58-69/73-84 (Loopy de Loop 59-60/63, Pixie and Dixie 59-61, Quick Draw McGraw 59-62, Top Cat 61-62, Hey There It's Yogi Bear! 64, The Hillbilly Bears 65-66, The Man Called Flintstone 66, Frankenstein Jr. and the Impossibles 66-68, The Secret Squirrel Show 67-68, Moby Dick and the Mighty Mightor 67-69, The New Adventures of Huck Finn 68-69, The Wacky Races 68-70, Dastardly and Muttley and Their Flying Machines 69-71, Help! It's the Hair Bear Bunch 71-72, Hong Kong Phooey 74-76, Tom and Jerry 75-76, The C.B. Bears 77-78, Scooby's All-Star Laff-a-Lympics 77-78, Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels 77-80, The Godzilla Power Hour 78, The Godzilla Super 90 78-79, Challenge of the Super Friends 78-79, Scooby's All-Stars 78-79, The New Fred and Barney Show 79, The New Shmoo 79, Godzilla 79/81, Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo 79-80, The Godzilla/Globetrotters Adventure Hour 79-80, The Godzilla/Hong Kong Phooey Hour 80-81, Space Stars 81-82 [Space Ghost, Herculoids], The Kwicky Koala Show 81-82, The Smurfs 81-80s, The Scooby and Scrappy-Doo/Puppy Hour 82-83, Super Friends: The Legendary Super Powers Show 84-85); DE PATIE-FRELENG c69-74 (Roland and Rattfink 70-71, The Tijuana Toads 70-71, The Further Adventures of Dr. Doolittle 70-72, The Barkleys 72-73, The Houndcats 72-73, The Blue Racer 73, Bailey's Comets 73-75, Pink Panther 74

Ger Apeldoorn said...

Ah, that's why we have you,Alberto...

rnigma said...

Interesting to learn that Ken Muse the animator and Ken Muse the cartoonist were not one and the same.
Anyway, the latter Muse wrote a book on drawing and selling comic strips, providing examples of his unsold ideas, and there were plenty, including a little-girl strip titled "Ardith."