Ok, how about this for an idea. We take it in turns to post a favourite (British spelling) comic cover every day. This went really well on the comic fan website that I used to frequent. What we tried to do was find a theme or subject and follow that, until we all got bored with that theme. I'd like to propose a theme of letters of the alphabet. So, for the remainder of October (only 5 days) and all of November, we post comic cover pictures associated with the letter "A". Then in December, we post covers pertaining to the letter "B". The association to the letter can be as tenuous as you want it to be. For example I could post a cover from "Adventure Comics" or "Amazing Spider Man". However Spider Man covers can also be posted when we're on the letter "S". Adventure Comic covers could also be posted when we're on the letter "L" if they depict the Legion of Super Heroes. So, no real hard, fast rules - in fact the cleverer the interpretation of the letter, the better, as far as I'm concerned.
And it's not written in stone that we have to post a cover every day. There may be some days when no cover gets posted. There's nothing wrong with this, it just demonstrates that we all have lives to lead.
If everyone's in agreement I'd like to kick this off with one of my favourite Action Comic covers, from January 1967. Curt Swan really excelled himself here.
I think this makes the second appearance of this title this month. It was one of the last "Saturday Morning Cartoons" I paid much attention to....
...at least until my third year of university, when my roommates and I discovered The 13 Ghosts of Scooby Doo running late mornings, about the time we got up on Saturday.
This is a very early Flintstones promo item, created before the show aired. Initially, they thought Dino would talk and Fred and Wilma would have a "Fred, Jr.":
However, it's technically a kid's illustrated Golden Book, and not a comic. So I'm also posting that one time that Spider-man traveled through time and space and encountered events from various novels...
Interesting. Pitching this as for kids with a different child makes me think that this is before they turned it into a tribute to The Honeymooners, complete with a couple mirroring the friends in that show. The Flintstones, IIRC, was the first prime-time cartoon.
JD DeLuzio said:
I have no idea when The Honeymooners aspect entered the picture, but The Flintstones were originally going to be entitled The Gladstones. There is even a test reel of the characters in action under that name but it hasn't aired publicly since the show's last major anniversary during Hanna-Barbera's actual existence before being swallowed up by Ted Turner and Warner Brothers.
Meanwhile, since it's Sunday, let's have a little fun.
Everyone, on three...
"NOT THE MOMMA!"
(Image courtesy of the Grand Comics Database)
They went through development phases as the the Flagstones and the Gladstones. Fred Jr. was a recurring concept from early on. It's very clear that Gleason's Ralph Kramden served as an inspiration for Fred from the start, but some of his circumstances vary from Kramden's, so the show didn't just stone-age clone The Honeymooners. It would be difficult to miss the similarities, of course.
Lee Houston, Junior said:
I have no idea when The Honeymooners aspect entered the picture, but The Flintstones were originally going to be entitled The Gladstones. There is even a test reel of the characters in action under that name but it hasn't aired publicly since the show's last major anniversary during Hanna-Barbera's actual existence before being swallowed up by Ted