Why, oh, why, was there this obsession with turning Fred Flintstone from a jerk who gets his come-uppance to a doting softy? Why?
Pebbles hadn’t been invented by April 1962, so Gene Hazelton and his staff working on the Flintstones comic strips came up with a stand-in, the oooh-too-cute neighbour girl, Amber. She’s featured in two of the weekend comics that month (Saturdays in Canada, Sundays in the U.S.). However, we get three of the original versions of Fred in the same month so that balances it out.
Well, we can’t get away from having a cute girl in the April 1st comic; the child is an incidental character in the first panel. Cobblestone Lane is apparently a downtown, not a residential, street.
April 8th features Betty with stripes in her hair and Dino saying “Gleef!” At least Fred isn’t spending his birthday in jail, like the animated version did.
Nice mastodons on April 15th. The second panel has a neat angle on Wilma; it’s not quite front view.
Oh, Fred. You really want to run into Little Amber, don’t you? Sentiment in the April 22nd comic. There’s a silhouette panel, the only one this month.
And more sentiment on April 29th. And a front version of Wilma. Hey, who would leave burning pancakes on a stove?
As usual, click on the drawing for a larger version.