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A rather bald-faced rip-off
on January 1, 2004
Sure, sure, the art and the story were great (even full of enough suspense to choke you), but the main characters, especially Fone Bone (and ESPECIALLY the cigar-chomping Smiley Bone) look very much like long-lost Casper ghosts of certain well-known characters from an ancient comic strip that met an unfortunate tragedy in the modern funnies. Not even the presence of Bone's corrupted, money-hungry twin or the nubile young girl that he befriended or the whole swarming army of so-called "Rat Men" would be enough to distract the reader from such an open fact. Even the organizers of Pogo Fan Club seemed to accept - and even warmly embrace it.
So what's next? Felix the Cat in prehistoric setting with roaring dinosaurs and busty cavewomen and Betty Boop in a futuristic anime with slimy tentacles?