Wednesday, 24 October 2018

Flintstones Weekend Comics, October 1970

Mice and multiple heads. That’s what we get in the Flintstones Sunday comics 48 years ago this month.
Better still, we finally get a comic that focuses on Baby Puss. You remember her being that cat that doesn’t stay out for the night in the closing animation of the series, but rarely appears in the cartoons themselves. (There was some Baby Puss merchandise during the run of the series).

The red-shaded comics come from the collection of Richard Holliss, as usual. Click on them to make them bigger.

October 4, 1970. We learn Baby Puss is female. Don’t you like the curly mouse tail in the opening panel?

October 11, 1970. Readers who didn’t see the top row in their paper (I suspect a majority didn’t use it so they could fit three comics on one page) didn’t miss much. It has nothing to do with the rest of the comic. Fred’s not only a letch, he doesn’t like ‘60s style protesters.

October 18, 1970. More mice. I like the one sticking out his tongue at a quizzical Pebbles.

October 25, 1970.

No Rubbles this month and the comics-only Pops character has been given the month off as well.


  1. In the debut of Hoppy, the mouse Fred had Dino catch was saurian (a mouse-a-saurus) in form; and while we're at saurian spoofs, In the "Captain Caveman and Son" Flintstone Kids short "A Tale of Too Silly", the cowasauruses that Yuckster used were saurian in form, but had udders, a signature trait of mammals.

  2. Materials 100% Gene Hazelton.
    Inked by Lee Hooper.

  3. In the Whitman Tell-a-Tale book "The Flintstones and Dino," Baby Puss is referred to as a male. And also in one episode of the original "Flintstones" series--I believe it's the Season Five episode "Pebbles' Birthday Party"--Baby Puss actually makes an aside to the audience before leaving the house to get away from Fred's snoring, and is voiced by Don Messick with a male-sounding voice.

    But consider--"Lassie" was female but played by a male, "Flipper" was male but played by a female. So who knows? A male saber-toothed cat may have played a female Baby Puss, or it could have been the other way around. So maybe it doesn't make that much difference when regarding fictional animal characters.

    In any case, it's great to see that the character was not completely forgotten by 1970. Thanks to Yowp and Tim Hollis for this post!

  4. Oops! I meant Richard Holliss! Sorry!

  5. I wish newspapers still had Yogi Bear and Flinstones strips in them. They're still popular characters - icons in fact - so you'd think there'd me a place for them in the funny pages.

    1. At least they appear to be popular references.