Little Pebbles Flintstone’s birth (on February 22, 1963) didn’t just take up a half hour of TV time. It was heralded in the Flintstones newspaper comics, both the dailies and weekend editions.
The character changed the dynamic of the show. Family man Freddie couldn’t be seen picking on Mommy Flintstone like he had in the first two seasons of the show, so he got toned down a bit. Too bad. Still, some good cartoons were made with Pebbles at the centre of the plot (“Daddies Anonymous” comes to mind) but the show really wasn’t the same. And the less said about later, post-1966 Flintstones incarnations, the better (the cereal commercials with Fred and Barney were more entertaining than the Saturday morning cartoons).
So here are the Flintstones Sunday comics for this month 50 years ago. The last two deal with the arrival of Pebbles.
Did dinosaurs really live in icy, snowy conditions? They do in the February 3rd comic. The last panel is really a treat on all these comics. I love the smiling alligatorsaurus (or whatever it is). One of Fred’s schemes actually works for a change. The incidental character ice fishermen add nicely to the panel.
Ah, the cutsey neighbour girl Amber returns on February 10th. Once Pebbles came along—and started talking via thought balloons—there really wasn’t a need for Amber any more.
The story of how Wilma broke the news to Fred about the pregnancy is different in the comics than the TV show (Hints!? Why didn’t Wilma just tell him earlier?). I really like the layout of the last two panels of the February 17th comic.
I love the final panel of the February 24th comic. No, Fred, things haven’t changed since the Stone Age.
As a Pebbles Birthday Bonus, here are the daily comics from February 18-23. The scans are not all that great.
As usual, click on any of the comics to make them bigger.