Gene Hazelton and his crew decided to keep über-cute Amber out of the comics in the month of July 50 years ago. Alas, there’s no Baby Puss, either, but we do get one Sunday comic (Saturday in Canada) devoted to Wilma and Betty.
All the versions I’ve found have a top row. Some aren’t the best quality and a couple have been clipped together from different newspapers.
Mr. Slate is unnamed in his appearance on July 1. The gag is a huge rock is mistaken for an dino egg. Something interesting is the partial silhouette panel, with the lovelorn mother rendered in full while Fred and his dino digger in the background are in silhouette. Dinosaurs apparently spoke in only one syllable.
Fred and Barney quit their jobs and go into business for themselves on July 8. Instead of a drive-in, like on the cartoon series, they open a car wash. Barney’s a little dim in this one. Love the mastodon drawings.
A great end panel highlights the July 15 comic. Fred’s expression is great. The “slurpp” in the middle of the heart is imaginative. Wilma and Betty lean in a bit for a bit of variation. And in the top row, there’s a silhouette. All in all, very attractively drawn.
Fred’s drawn, on July 22, with those beady eyes George Nicholas loved using in various animated H-B shows. We get the pissed-off version of Wilma in this one. Nice Fred laughing panels. Were Italian suits gaudy in the early ‘60s? I’m missing something.
One of moments I liked on the TV Flintstones was when the trumpet blared “charge” and Wilma and Betty would shout “Charge...it!” in unison (someone will, no doubt, remember the title of the episode). They don’t do it in the July 29 comic. But they’re busy shopping. Nice set up of the gag. Wilma must still be annoyed from last week. Note the separate beds in the top row and a cameo appearance by Dino.
As usual, click on any cartoon to enlarge it.