Gene Hazelton’s letterer was starting to experiment with calligraphy in the Flintstones’ Sunday comics about 50 years ago. We saw one example in one of the Sundays in March 1966 and we can see more examples the following month.
I wonder if Gene was renovating his home around this time. Three of the four comics have to do with house repairs and bills.
I like the sour notes in the silhouetted third panel of the April 3rd comic. The clamshell/bell on the dial phone in the April 10th comic is imaginative (I’m sure the TV series had the same thing) and Baby Puss makes an appearance in an interestingly laid-out opening panel on April 17th. Nice end gag, too. Note the dinosaur off into the distance. It looks like little dinosaurs decorate the lamp shade in the long opening panel on April 24th.
Pebbles shows up in two of the four comics, and only incidentally. Barney and Betty are absent altogether. The focus this month is on grouchy Fred.
The colour comics come from the collection of Richard Holliss in England. Apparently, some of the papers used two-tone instead of full colour. Try to ignore the skunk stripe down the middle of the page of the others. These are the only scans I can find.
April 3, 1966
April 10, 1966
April 17, 1966
April 24, 1966