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solid writing
skilled art
historical bonus 2
total score 6
Myron Moose #1
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Only Printing / 1971 / 32 pages / Myron Moose Comic Book Works
Bob Foster's Myron Moose character is an anthropomorphic bull moose with a sinus problem, leading to frequent nostril picking and mucus drips from his snout. Foster self-published the first two issues of Myron Moose Funnies in the early '70s while working for the animation studios Filmation and Hanna-Barbera (a three-issue second volume, with some new and some reprinted work, was published by Fantagraphics in the mid '80s).

Foster implemented a sparse rendering style and simple compositions for several strips in Myron Moose #1, focusing entirely on Myron and his movement (or lack thereof) within the panels. Some strips are completely wordless while others have minimal words and sound effects, along with minimal plotting. This approach has been used effectively and ineffectively before and after Foster employed it, and his utilization here falls somewhere in the middle; at best these strips are amusing but sometimes they fall flat.

However, several other stories in the book show off Foster's extensive knowledge of comics, as Myron Moose is featured in brief parodies of Batman, Little Orphan Annie, Carl Barks' Donald Duck, Buck Rogers, Dick Tracy and Fritz the Cat, among others. Foster not only demonstrates personal knowledge (and affection) for the original comics, but exhibits an adept skill for spoofing the original artists' cartooning style. If these types of parodies (and Foster's versatility with pen and ink) were on display throughout the book, Myron Moose #1 would've earned a slightly better review, but even as it stands this is decent entertainment, especially for aficionados of vintage comics.
It is currently unknown how many copies of this comic book were printed. It has not been reprinted.
This comic is slightly oversize (7.5 x 10") and the interior pages are printed on white offset paper instead of newsprint.


Bob Foster - 1, 3-30, 32
Vincent Davis - 2, 31