When I came across the Flintstones' strips in my previous post, I actually found a great storybook as well.Huckleberry Hound: Giant Story Book from Whitman Publishing is a great cartoon book from 1961. The book offers short stories based on 20 classic cartoons from Hanna-Barbera's The Huckleberry Hound Show.The interior artwork is illustrated by Frank McSavage who does a great job with H-B's character designs. Here are some examples of the illustrations that are found through-out the book.The 192 page book is also a fun, retro read since a lot of the classic cartoon action, violence and sterotypes are still intact as you read it.
For example, here's a line of text from "Wolf! Wolf!" the classic Huck Hound story that introduced early versions of Hokey Wolf & Ding-a-ling:
"Why the Indian outfit?" asked Shorty.
The wolf painted a yellow streak across Shorty's nose. Then he answered, "They always blame things on the Indians, don't they? This is the plan. You go out and give some bloodcurdling war whoops. That dumb sheepherder Huck will panic and run away! And we grab the sheep!" He shoved Shorty out of the doorway. "Go get him, Brave Eagle!"
Soon the wolf heard bloodcurdling cries. Very nice ones, he thought.
Then, BLAM! BLAM! Gunshots.
And a very sad-looking Brave Eagle returned.
"Brave Eagle got blasted," said Shorty, removing his tattered feather.