Sunday, September 05, 2010

Colouring Book Theatre: The Dukes of Hazzard

Dukes of Hazzard" by Modern Publications
I'm going to preface today's CBT with the confession that I have little to no nostalgia for Dukes of Hazzard. I don't hate it or think people who like it are dumb, I just don't really dig it.

My fondest memory of the show is it became the subject of my first "dick move" as a child. When it first aired, my friend Neil and I began discussing it with another kid on the block who could be best described as "uptight". We went on about how cool it was, how he was missing out blah blah blah.

About a month later he came running up to us saying he'd seen the Dukes and  loved it. I simply said "That shows for babies" and went on about KISS records or something. If you're reading this Michael, I apologize, trust me when I say I got paid back in spades for that one.

Anyway, you might have noticed the price on this sucker, $7.95 is pretty steap for a colouring book now, let alone 1980 but I want to preface this thing is thicker than my local phone book.  Let's take a look at the surprising insides after the jump.

This is probably the nicest illustrated colouring book I've ever seen, who ever did this was a real pro at capturing likeness.
The plot of this book is actually on the same level as an actual episode of the show, actually there may be more dialogue in this book. The Dukes help out some new family and have an (uh oh) run in with the local authorities
Here young Jack has a little quality time in the wood shed. Hey, who am I to judge?

As one might imagine, the book is filled with page after page of car chase stuff like this. It's well drawn and likely culled from stills. We sure did like our southern culture in the 1970s.

Roscoe P Coltrane has three arms, this is the sole flaw I found about this well rendered book which I consider a pallet cleanse from last time. It's so nice that my children have demanded it, it would be rather ironic if they ended up life long fans as a result.

If you have a colouring book you'd like to guest review, I'd like to hear from you!


REX said...

Actually, what happened on that last panel is, Roscoe's such a quick draw it turned into a time-lapse photo.

R.Sterling Carody said...

Being a youngster in the 70s and 80s in the south, this really brings back memories.

Monsterforge said...

Roscoe's third arm is one of those rare beneficial genetic flukes that inbreeding causes from time to time.

That is one seriously beautiful coloring book. I don't know if I could have messed it up with crayons as a kid. It is pure ART.

Republic Monetary Exchange said...

Oh man, I would have gladly paid that amount to get some pictures of Daisy Dukes! We used to pretend we were the Dukes and jump our bikes and yell "yee-haw!" - this really brings back some great memories!


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