Help me solve a cartoon and political mystery: Who was Magilla Gorilla’s 1964 running mate?

In a brilliant marketing move, Hanna-Barbera studios plunged Yogi Bear and Magilla Gorilla into the presidential race against LBJ and Barry Goldwater. Yogi was already an established cartoon star, but Magilla had just been created as a vehicle to sell a new line of toys.

Now, my self-esteem is in jeopardy, as I cannot identify the slouchy Droopy character that H-B put up as Magilla’s running mate. I know there is a sad-sack Droopy the Dog character, but he is not the same animal pictured on the button.

Anyone deemed particularly helpful in solving this mystery will be entitled to a vintage 1960 “Peanuts for President” cocktail napkin, from the same box that I comment on in this Slate magazine analysis of fictitious presidential advertising campaigns.

Offer good while supplies last.

(I always wanted to say that).

Looking forward to hearing from some cartoon scholars!

If you like offbeat political and pop culture memorabilia like this, then please check out my new Slate magazine slideshow devoted to the fake presidential bids of Archie Bunker, Fred Flintstone, Snoopy, Charile Brown, Lucy Van Pelt, Linus Van Pelt, Barbie, Ken Griffey, Jr., Mr. Clean, Captain Morgan the Rum Pirate, Fonzie, Yogi Bear, Boo Boo, Huckleberry Hound, Magilla Gorilla, and MAD magazine’s Alfred E. Neuman!


Filed under Election 2008, politics

2 responses to “Help me solve a cartoon and political mystery: Who was Magilla Gorilla’s 1964 running mate?

  1. Michael Price

    That is “Droop-Along” (sp?) He was the slow talking deputy to “Ricochet Rabbit”, whose eponymous cartoons were a feature of the Magilla Gorilla show. I’m too young to be certain, but I think Droop-Along was a parody of the character of Chester (played by Dennis Weaver) on “Gunsmoke”.

  2. Trevor

    Wasn’t Droopy Ricochet Rabbit’s deputy?

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s