Comic Book Cats, number 186: Cartoon Network Block Party #21

Comic Book Cats, number 186: Cartoon Network Block Party #21, drawn by Mike DeCarlo, written by Jim Alexander, lettered by Travis Lanham and colored by Heroic Age, published by DC Comics in July 2006.

“Fishy Sitter” sees Johnny Bravo asked to keep an eye on his neighbor Pop’s goldfish Bertie. Pops should have known better, because asking macho lunkhead Jonny to do anything responsible is a recipe for disaster. Case in point: Johnny goes to the grocery store to get fish food for Bertie, leaving Puss the cat to keep an eye on the goldfish. You gotta love that very cat-like expression of carnal hunger on Puss’ face in panel three.

After debuting as a trio of shorts on Cartoon Network’s anthology series World Premiere Cartoons between 1995 and 1997, Johnny Bravo ran for 179 episodes from 1997 to 2004. It chronicled the misadventures of Johnny, who Wikipedia vividly describes as “a sunglasses-wearing, muscular, conceited narcissist and dimwitted self-proclaimed womanizer with a pompadour and an Elvis Presley-esque voice.” Jonny regularly featured in the Cartoon Network Block Party comic book series published by DC Comics between 2004 and 2009.

Mike DeCarlo has been working in comic books since the early 1980s. During the first two decades of his career he worked primarily as an inker / embellisher over such diverse pencilers as Joe Staton, Keith Giffen, George Perez, Jim Aparo, Tom Morgan, M.C. Wyman, Mike Zeck and Mike Vosburg. Since the early 2000s DeCarlo has focused on doing full artwork, and has often worked in an animated style. Last month I interviewed DeCarlo for my blog.

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