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!"|
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"!
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!
...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?