Coinciding with all of the big C2E2 announcements from just about every comics publisher, IDW released some information about more than one upcoming series bringing the characters created by Jay Ward to comics. The two big titles will include MR. PEABODY & SHERMAN, leading up to a March 2014 film release from DreamWorks Animation in 3D and a new ROCKY & BULLWINKLE series in early 2014. There are also hints that reprints of previous comics for ROCKY & BULLWINKLE will be in the works.
The cartoon Rocky & Bullwinkle, officially known as The Bullwinkle Show after its first two seasons, is one of those remarkable shows that’s incredibly dated but somehow doesn’t age. With its cold-war spy themes and current event references from its original run from 1959-1964, it becomes a kind of competition for modern viewers to catch all the references. At root, it’s probably a combination of the characters and the artwork that keep a cult following, and availability on DVDs doesn’t hurt either. IDW promises to bring many of those beloved characters into the limelight, including “Rocky & Bullwinkle, Boris & Natasha, Snidely Whiplash, Mr. Peabody & Sherman, and Dudley Do-Right” as early as this fall. It makes you wonder if, like the show, the comics will have that rapid-fire plot shifting between character arcs and the snappy interlude transitions. Here’s hoping that that artwork will stay as close to Ward’s designs as possible, from line-work to colors, since the world of Rocky & Bullwinkle is so much a part of the rendering.
Hannah Means-Shannon writes and blogs about comics for TRIP CITY and Sequart.org and is currently working on books about Neil Gaiman and Alan Moore for Sequart. She is @hannahmenzies on Twitter and hannahmenziesblog on WordPress.