This time around I want to make a poster. Unlike a Golden Books book cover, a poster doesn't have to introduce a story or feature a gag. It only has to be representative of the character. Keeping that in mind, here are the captures.
Here's the first capture:
I love the Art Lozzi fall colors in the trees and the shading of the grass, as well as the faded purplish, rolling hills/mountains in the background. This is a great representation of Snagglepuss in his famous, "Exit! Stage left!" pose.
Here's the next capture:
One thing that appeals to me is the desert backdrop. All those saguaro cactus against a peach sky... very Hanna Barbera from the early '60s. When I was a kid I'd watch these cartoons on a little black and white set and I couldn't appreciate the wonderful soft colors used for the backgrounds. Shame because I'd have enjoyed them more.
Lastly, here's another high resolution capture:
Here we have Barney, Fred, and their little buddy Kazoo (according to Iwao Takamoto, Kazoo is the only Flintstones character he designed; incidentally, I just finished reading the late Mr. Takamoto's book, My Life with a Thousand Characters; I highly recommend it!)
Unfortunately, nothing funny is happening here. Fred's laughing... but why? I thought maybe if Kazoo had a dinosaur egg wedged between his antenna... I dunno, that's not very funny. Well, it's kinda funny. But you see the thinking process: with a little work this could be made into a solid comic book cover.
Actually, because it isn't a gag and it doesn't tell a story, and it is somewhat representative of the characters (Fred's a ham; Barney's worried; Kazoo is just plain pissed off) this is also good poster material.
Hmmmm.... decisions, decisions.
You know, I think I'm going to go with choice number one, Snagglepuss, because the capture is so perfectly representative. But I do intend to use numbers two and three in future projects.
So, let's begin.