Here’s the bonus comic post we promised. The Flintstones Sunday comics debuted 50 years ago this month so let’s spend the anniversary looking at what Stone Age family fans got to see back then. The debut comic has been grabbed from Mike Lynch’s website, the others are scans of newspaper photocopies. Jerry Eisenberg told me his dad Harvey did the first five Sunday comics then begged off because of the workload.
The Flintstones’ first appearance in the Sunday (in Canada, Saturday) papers was October 8th. The overhead view of the garage is a nice layout variation.
Why Dino is going “gleech,” I don’t know. And there’s a bit of unintentional inside humour with Barney pretending to be Dino’s voice, since Mel Blanc did both of them on the cartoons. Wilma batting Fred like that doesn’t strike me as something that would happen on TV, especially after Pebbly-poo was born and the show became tame. Fortunately, that little shark-jumping bait hadn’t been invented yet.
The guys are floating in the air on October 15th, reminiscent of ‘The Flintstone Flyer’ episode. One of the things I’ve noticed about these early comics is the character designs look pretty much like what you see on TV (Wilma in the lower left-hand panel for example). Their faces started to look disconcertingly odd after awhile; I won’t begin to speculate who was drawing the comics then.
A couple of silhouette panels highlight the October 22nd comic. I can see this as a gag they’d use on the TV show.
They must have loved dentistry in Bedrock. This comic from October 29th predates the ‘Nuttin’ But the Tooth’ episode of The Flintstones with Smiley Molar, dinosaur dentist (only on the TV show, Barney is the patient).
As with the Yogi Sunday comics, you can click on them to enlarge them.