Article #38

 

Oh Those Wacky Jetsons!

 

OR…

 

 

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Why is Elroy Humping Astro?

 

Ah yes, here’s something you just don’t see every day.  I don’t know what’s going on in the panel above, but whatever it is, it looks like Elroy’s having some, ah, difficulty, and that Astro really isn’t liking it.  Believe it or not, this interesting panel is taken directly out of The Jetsons #1 by Charlton Publications, which is our focus for the day.  Enjoy the dementia that is the Jetsons!!!

 

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Looks rather harmless doesn’t it, what with its big CCA approval stamped on the cover.  A wholesome beginning to the issue to be sure.  The family being served by their loyal domestic, but oh, the drama that unfolds within!  Let’s turn the page…

 

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Uhm, I don’t know why, but I get the feeling that robots in the future are second class citizens.  Elroy appears rather worried by the spectacle before his young eyes.  Robot abuse is the worst kind of abuse (I’m sure our pal Bender from Futurama would agree).  I wonder what effect living in this household has done to Elroy’s psyche…

 

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Okay, robots are definitely second class citizens.

 

You know what’s weird.  I don’t quite get why Astro has an antenna tied to his tail.  Isn’t that some sort of animal cruelty?  Besides, what kind of reception are you going to get from a dog?  In the original cartoon series Astro never had a freaking antenna on his tail!  Here’s a closer look…

 

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Doesn’t the Astro on the left look so old and depressed?  He doesn’t even shave anymore.  Poor, sad doggy, trapped in a drab comic book series with an antenna on your tail!  Could explain why Astro doesn’t say a word through the entire story…

 

I’d also make a point about the Jetsons’ home, but maybe they had to move out of their old, posh digs after their show went off the air.  Could explain the antenna on the tail, they couldn’t afford cable and had to resort to using their dog as a TV antenna.

 

Let’s continue…

 

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Uhm, okay?  I always thought Elroy was a creepy little bugger, and here’s the proof.  I love Jane’s response to this though – HER SON JUST BIT HER HUSBAND ON THE LEG AND SHE LAUGHS!!!  Is she stoned?  That kid needs therapy ASAP and she’s laughing!  The stoned theory would also explain why she isn’t wearing any shoes.  Even Elroy, the rabid dog boy is wearing shoes.  Maybe women aren’t allowed to wear shoes in the future?  No, wait, Judy’s wearing slippers on the cover.  Yeah, Jane must be high.  Astro, poor Astro, looks on like this is something that occurs every day… or like he knows something is coming next…

 

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And there you have it, Elroy is humping Astro in a bid to comfort himself after seeing his dad murder Rosey the maid.  You know, all things considered, Jane’s taking things rather well – she MUST be high!  Some kind of hallucinogenic must definitely be involved with what happens to George’s head in the next panel…

 

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Doesn’t Astro look like he wishes he was anywhere else.  I feel the same way my dog brother, I feel the same way.

 

We’re almost there folks, I promise!

 

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Everyone together now, awwww!  Noticeably absent from this story (along with Jane’s shoes), Judy, but that’s okay, she appears in another story in the book, but there’s no dog humping in that one so we’ll skip over it to the third and final tale in the Jetsons #1, featuring Touché Turtle.  Who?  It’s a fencing turtle in the middle ages.  Every bit as interesting as it sounds.  Yes, this book may be called the Jetsons, but that doesn’t mean they have to be the only feature in the book.  Keeping our theme alive, guess what animal sidekick Touché had…

 

We enter the story partway through as our intrepid turtle and his pal are invited into a castle they pass by…

 

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Yes, give yourself a pat on the back if you guessed that Touché’s pal is a dog, and his name is Dum-Dum.  And you know what I find disturbing?  Okay, here it is, the two denizens of the castle want to EAT THE GIANT TALKING TURTLE AND DOG!!  This story, oddly enough, completely passed the Comics Code Authority censorship scrutiny.  I guess dog was on the menu at the good old CCA offices.  I wonder what sort of animal meat the CCA would censor?  I do know they once censored Superman’s organs (check out the Archives for more details), but that’s about it.

 

Eventually our hapless duo discover the dastardly plan…

 

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… and promptly escape.  Say what you want about Dum-Dum, but he isn’t a fool.

 

Oh, and in case you’re wondering, Rosey got her sweet revenge on George…

 

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You know, I used to sleep soundly at night, but after reading this delightfully haunting tale it’s just impossible…

 

Image Within the Image

 

Taken from Young Romance #208 (the final issue of the long running romance series), here’s a cover that gives the reader a good clue as to why romance books were so popular for a long period of time.  Nowadays there just doesn’t seem to be the same need for subtlety, I suppose…

 

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See you later!!!

 

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