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average writing
skilled art
historical bonus 2
total score 6
Space Dog Back Cover
Back Cover
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Space Dog Inside Front Cover
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Space Dog Inside Back Cover
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AVERAGE SCORE 6
Space Dog
Only Printing / 1978 / 36 pages / The Greenwood Organization
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After Warren Greenwood and Pete Von Sholly moved out to Los Angeles from Syracuse in the mid 1970s, they self-published their second issue of Zero Comics. Brimming with confidence and riding momentum, Greenwood and Von Sholly networked with local cartoonists and Greenwood took a studio job with Hanna-Barbera Productions. During a Hanna-Barbera night class, Greenwood produced a short animated film starring his character Space Dog. His employers were duly impressed by the film and began rumbling about developing a TV series around the mutt, but Greenwood felt them smuggling away control of his creation (see inside-back-cover link in the right column).

Folowing his lawyer's suggestion, Greenwood produced this comic book, Space Dog, that emphatically declared copyright protection of his Space Dog character on the front and inside covers. He self-published the book in 1978 and soon thereafter left Hanna-Barbera for Filmation Studios, a production company that was less parasitic but also less successful.

So the publication of Space Dog was essentially a legal maneuver by Greenwood to ensure that Hanna-Barbera didn't steal his character. It obviously proved successful, but didn't spur anyone else's interest in developing Space Dog into an animated series, either. Which was probably okay with Greenwood, as he had no problem keeping busy in the late '70s through the '80s.

As for the book itself, Space Dog is a decent sci-fi/adventure one-off that features Greenwood's capable but humdrum early style. The drawing is a little less detailed than most of Zero Comics, but never less than professional, and the scripts for the two stories that make up the book keep the plots moving along nicely but never build any real suspense. If not for the female character who appears topless in most of the second story, the book would barely be dangerous enough for a PG-13 rating.

On the final page of the book Greenwood declares the latter story, a 15-page, thinly-veiled parody of Hanna-Barbera and their sweatshop working conditions, is "dedicated to my lawyer, Paul Supnik." No one could ever say Space Dog was all bark and no bite.
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HISTORICAL FOOTNOTES:
The Greenwood Organization printed approximately 10,000 copies of this comic book. It has not been reprinted.
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COMIC CREATORS:

Warren William Greenwood - 1-36
Pete Von X - 3-19 (script assistance), 20-34 (editing)
George DiCaprio (editorial and technical guidance)
Suzy Chang - 35 (photo)