But, the most fascinating thing about this is their tendency to USE COVER IDEAS FROM DIFFERENT HANNA-BARBERA COMICS, and repurpose them for THE FLINTSTONES!
Okay, that COULD be a coincidence! But, try on a few more for size!
At least this is an interesting variation. A rare occurrence where Wilma is on the receiving end of some slapstick. Note Fred's almost inappropriately amused expression! Heh-Heh!
I don't even know what to make of this one!
Okay, I get wasting Wally and chucking Huck, in favor of Fred and Barney... but why replace Yakky Doodle and Ding-a-ling, with Augie Doggie and Mister Jinks (instead of other Flintstones related characters like Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm), yet LEAVE Touché Turtle, Pixie, and Dixie intact?
And what's with the semi-rapacious expression on Jinks? The meeces are BEHIND HIM, so what's got him so... like, desirous? Are they headed toward "Gold-en Fish Island", or something?
Even Augie seems a little too filled with anticipation. Maybe "Dear Old Dad" is stranded on that island with all those lovely "Gold-en Fish"!
Well, at least Fred tried to make up for Wilma's face-painting by naming the boat after her.
This odd cover also makes a fine transition to our next category... Even worse than mere swiping, is when Fred and/or Barney is DROPPED INTO another comic's cover illustration!
Not merely REDRAWN, mind you, but literally INSERTED into an existing cover illustration, taking the place of another character or element!
So, is this Fred's "second childhood", or his third, fourth or fifth?
Below: Maybe the Cave Kids are watching a rerun of "The Swimming Pool"?
At least they had the good sense to reprint this next cover without alterations. I'd hate to see the result, compositionally, if Fred and Barney were inserted here!
Adel is thanked for his contribution - and for all the fun we've had with it.
For anyone who cares to see ALL of these covers, take THIS LINK, and enjoy.