Monday, 13 July 2015

Early Bedrock?

Flagstones concept art?

Reader Pat Caldore has pointed out these pieces below were recently put up for auction at the Van Eaton Gallery in California. Nowhere does the site indicate who is responsible for the artwork or when it was drawn. Is it retro? Or was it actually drawn in 1959 or 1960 in preparation for The Flintstones? Sorry, but I don’t have the answers. But here’s the artwork, especially for fans of the ‘50s flat look that Ed Benedict liked so much.

Note that the middle drawing has an ice-box pretty much like the one in the Kramden’s apartment in The Honeymooners


  1. Wow! That's some pretty amazing artwork! The third painting looks like the unused pilot that H-B shopped around.

  2. The caveman in the second image really reminds me of Scratch, from Colonel Bleep--thanks for sharing!

  3. Tableau #1 commemorates Joe Barbera showing future Flintstones guest star, Ann-Margret to his private office for "contract negotiations".

    1. Kind off look like Ursula from George of the jungle to me

  4. The first picture, the girl looks like Ursula, George of the jungles wife.