The Force in the North


The Comic

“When will you learn, Snidely Whiplass, that virtue is its own reward?”

Ward Production Inc. published the comic book Rocky and his Fiendish Friends in the early 1960s with a full cast of characters created by Jay Ward and Bill Scott. The main characters were Rocky (a flying squirrel wearing an aviator’s helmet), Bullwinkle J. Moose, the evil Boris Badenov, the genius dog Mr. Peabody and his human Sherman, and Dudley Do-Right of the Mounties. The comic portrays the Mounted Police in the Yukon as virtuous and deprived of decent wages.

In 1970-71, Charleton Comics picked up the license for the publication and produced seven Dudley Do-Right booklets. The plot remained the same, with Dudley repeatedly competing with Horse for the heart of his beautiful Nell, saving the world from the likes of Snidely Whiplash and getting fired from his job by the unreasonable Inspector Fenwick. 

The Comic Goes to Television

The witty and satirical animated cartoon Rocky and His Friends first aired on television in 1959. In 1961, the show changed networks and became The Bullwinkle Show for three years on NBC. The cartoon moved back to ABC and aired until 1974 when Rocky and his Friends and The Bullwinkle Show were combined and syndicated as The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle and Friends. In 1969, NBC premiered Dudley Do-Right as a new half-hour animated series. Dudley Do-Right remains an endearing and enduring classic caricature of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.