Monday, October 13, 2008

The Abominable Birdman

Here is a standard, but fun, story formula of Woody searching for a mysterious snow-creature. It is from Dell Comics, Woody Woodpecker, #55, 1959.

Something that is very different, from Disney Comics, in Walter Lantz's Woody Woodpecker comic book adventures is that Woody and his family, nephew and niece Knothead and Splinter, are often the only anthropomorphic animals in a world of humans. Walter Lantz told the story of the inspiration for Woody as being a woodpecker that was annoying him and his wife when they were on their honeymoon. If the story is true or not doesn't matter; but it does establish the woodpecker as being at odds with the world of human beings.

©1959 Walter Lantz Productions

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