I don't know if it's because I felt like punishing myself, or because August, 2014, marked the 44 th anniversary of that horrifying day in August, 1970, that I saw my first CHARLTON Hanna-Barbera comic book (above), after a lifetime of quality H-B comic books from Dell and Gold Key.
Whatever the reason, I recently found myself looking through Charlton's THE FLINTSTONES # 1.
|No joke here... Charlton's pages even SCAN bad! Can't tell if it's the PAPER, or the PRINTING, but I scanned this (and the ones below) in the usual fashion, yet look at the result!|
An aside, this marked the FIRST "Number One" issue for the FLINTSTONES title, because Dell began the run with a Dell Giant, which reflected the numbering of the Dell Giant series. Gold Key, of course, continued the Dell numbering - giving Charlton an undeserved distinction among collectors.
For what it's worth, the art in Charlton's THE FLINTSTONES # 1 wasn't nearly as bad as it would eventually get. (Like this kind of "bad"!)
|From Issue # 25|
|Though I kinda like "Don't hit us again, Sir!"|
But, the real reason we're here is for this amazing AD found therein.
"FREE STAR PHOTOS" (!!!)
Imagine that we once lived in a time where a service like this was not only desirable, but NECESSARY to the well-being and completeness of anyone of the "fannish" persuasion!
Now, all we need do is type the name of the "Celebrity-Of-Your Choice" into Google, select "Images", and you are met with a torrent of these things. Need I say that's how I illustrate this Blog?
...SAY, just look at all the great names of sixties stardom on that "Free-Photo List"!
And, from the "Not-Free Poster Gallery"...
You could even join their FAN CLUBS!
And that "Lifetime Membership" would still be good in 2014! Pretty good "Bang for your [one] Buck"!
One thing that particularly stands out is Jonathan Harris, immediately followed by George Harrison!
I'll bet that appeared in NO OTHER CONTEXT in the entire history of entertainment and pop-culture!
In fact, Jonathan Harris even dressed for the occasion!
...And, just two doors down were GIRL FROM U.N.C.L.E.'s Noel Harrison and VOYAGE TO THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA's David Hedison!
If I were collecting photos and posters in 1970, instead of comic books, I'd have been all over this!
...I wonder if I can still order that Raquel Welch poster?