Someone at the Hanna-Barbera comic art department tried a little experiment 50 years ago this month. At least it appears that way. Unfortunately, one scan of the comics for March 1966 isn’t all that good so it’s tough to see. The colour comics come from the collection of Richard Holliss in England. Thanks, Richard, for these nice-looking comics.
The March 6th comic features different lettering for Pebbles. And Dino talks (to himself) in this one. There are also panels with no background; solid colour was used. It’s odd, considering how elaborate some of the drawings for these comics could be. I wonder if someone was behind a deadline and had to hurry to get the comic out or if it was deliberate on the part of Gene Hazelton to see how a more minimal comic would go over. Certainly by the early ‘70s, the Flintstones comics had less detail.
Lots of cars in the March 13th comic. Now you know that dinosaurs say “Ghornk.”
Another “What’ll they think of next?” gags lands in the panels of March 20th. I like the streetscapes. There’s a little lizard in the first panel, second row, and it appears the lady pedestrian is glaring at the driver stopped in front of her.
I don’t know what Wilma’s so sad about in the March 27th comic. Fred is taking out the garbage, isn’t he? Betty gets a gratuitous line.
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