Yabba Dabba Bear
My attendance figure spiked today when Mark Evanier linked to my Flintstone scans. I met Mark many years ago in San Diego when I attended a round table discussion about international comics journalism (which included another of my heroes, Ron Goulart) and admire his dedication to his various hobbies. His book on Jack Kirby set a new standard on production values and I eagerly await his official biography of Jack Kirby. But I hope it won't be published for another year or so, so I can try and get my play about Jack Kirby and Stan Lee published before that, so there won't be anyone thinking I stole his ideas.
He has this to say about my post:
The blog of Ger Apeldoorn offers up some nice examples of the Flintstones newspaper strip of the sixties. By way of clarity, it should be noted that while Gene Hazelton was the primary artist and supervisor of this and the Yogi Bear strip, they weren't all drawn by Gene. Just about everyone good who worked at Hanna-Barbera at the time worked from time to time on them, including Pete Alvarado, Willie Ito, Bob Singer and Harvey Eisenberg. Several of the samples Ger offers were drawn by Eisenberg. Also, for much of their runs, both strips were lettered and inked by Lee Hooper.
I thank him for the information. Since putting up these strips I have read interviews wth Dick Moores and Roger Armstrong in the excellent Walt's People series of books, which I will talk about when I get back from my holiday) and found te same information (plus the fact that Richard Bickenback probably was involved as well). It is hard to identify different artists, but there are differences. Look this first Yogi Bear Sunday from a couple of months before that. It looks as if it is done by a completely different artist than later, when the Flinstones were added.
Feb 3 1961 Announcement:
Feb 4 1961 Announcement:
Feb 5 1961 first Sunday:
Sunday for March 5 1961 (bad quality, but good sample of the 'later' style):