Sunday, 17 January 2010
Loved, loved, loved Top Cat as a kid. Even if he was renamed Boss Cat in the UK ( for fear of it being confused with Top Cat cat food! ) I think it was basically the fact that it was a cartoon about a small-time crook and a street gang that sold it to me, even at that age. ( And Boss Cat, of course, makes him sound even more like a gangster ). It also subtly, or maybe not so subtly, told kids that grown-ups/authority figures were generally fools and idiots. And don't tell me the animators weren't completely aware of that.
Gold Key, Dell & Charlton all had a go at publishing Top Cat comics. This story is, I think, from Gold Key or Dell, looking a little too old for Charlton's run. Regardless, it's a fun piece, even if it seems as if the uncredited scripter has never actually seen the show. Neither T.C. or Benny The Ball talk or behave like we're used to here; I mean Top Cat? Willingly clearing up trash? Handing back a treasure map because 'honesty demands it'? Man, talk about neutering the poor guy. Anyway, if I were you, I'd read this quick before Officer Dibble gets here, or to put it another way: mmmokay boys blue blur blur!!