Thursday, 26 February 2015

Hey There, It's Mel Crawford

Mel Crawford didn’t animate any of the Hanna-Barbera cartoons, but he was intimately familiar with many of the studio’s early characters.

Word has come from Jerry Beck about Mel’s death. Read more at this post.

If you don’t know who Mel Crawford is, he illustrated a number of the Little Golden Books featuring Yogi Bear, Top Cat, the Flintstones and other H-B stars. His shadowing on the characters is very distinctive.

We’ve posted some of his work here before, but here’s what he drew for Whitman’s adaptation of “Hey There, It’s Yogi Bear.” We’ve grabbed these from the Golden Gems website. You can see more of Mel’s work by clicking HERE. Enjoy the layouts and the rest of the artwork.


  1. RIP Mel Crawford. A great artist from my home state. I've always liked how his Little Golden Books artwork looks distinctive and yet is at the same time faithful to the original cartoons.

  2. Yogi's hat is red instead of the usual green. Looks nice, though...

    Crawford makes the characters look like themselves.