Tuesday, December 01, 2015

Cool Stuff: The Big Little Book Parade Continues!

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As promised, more of the Big Little Books with licensed characters, and this time around, we lead off with a bunch of Flash Gordon BLB's! Many of these were adapted from the newspaper strip, with blown-up (and often cropped or added-to) panels from the original strips accompanying the text pages.
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As noted previously, in the 1960s, Big Little Books based on TV shows and cartoons tended to dominate the line.
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This is pretty obvious by the fact that there were two different Flipper BLB's! There was even a Gentle Ben one:
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And here's one based on Gunsmoke:
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And here's one based on the Invaders:
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Here's an interesting combination of BLB's one seller had offered for sale... just look at the variety here in just four books! Two based on a comic strip, two based on radio shows (although I'd imagine by this point, the Green Hornet had made his way into the comic books).

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I've never heard of the Ghost Avenger, but it looks interesting, doesn't it?

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Here's one starring Goofy, I'm amazed I didn't find more with him! I guess Donald Duck could work better for longer stories than Goofy would!

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Here's another Green Hornet BLB... I believe one was published in the 60s based on the TV show, but don't seem to have that in my files.

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Hairbreadth Harry is a character I recall hearing about from the comic strips, but have never read a single story or strip with him in it!

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Doesn't this one look like it'd be an epic story to read? I don't know who Hal Hardy is, although I'd guess he was maybe a comic strip character. That guess would appear to be wrong, as a quick Googling only has his name come up in conjunction with this BLB!

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Harold Teen was kind of a predecessor of Archie, along with characters like Andy Hardy.

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Invisible Scarlet O'Neil is often credited as one of the first, if not the first super heroine in comics!

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I'm sure most of you have heard of Jack Armstrong, right?

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Jane Arden is a name that rings a bell, but I can't quite put my finger on why! A quick Google search reveals that she was a comic strip character that lasted from 1927 to 1968.

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You have heard of Joe Palooka, right? As you can imagine, a lot of his adventures related to boxing matches, although I believe during World War II, the character enlisted in the Army.

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This version of Journey to the Center of the Earth was based on the Filmation animated series, which was itself loosely adapted from a 1960s movie of Journey to the Center of the Earth. I'd love to get this book someday, just to see how well they adapted it to a novel!

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Not too surprising to see more than one BLB starring Jungle Jim, as he was popular enough to inspire at least one movie serial!

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Only two Li'l Abner BLBs? Well, there may have been more, but these were what I found when I was searching for photos.

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It's hard to imagine these days just how popular Little Orphan Annie was back in the day. While she started out in newspaper comics, her popularity spread as she conquered comics (even if those just reprinted the strips) and later, radio! Her radio program was so popular that premiums from the show are still very popular among collectors today, especially the Ovaltine-related ones.

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We'll wrap up this installment with these Lone Ranger Big Little Books. Note just how much of a variety there was in how the Ranger was dressed, with about the only common elements being the black mask and white hat! I'm pretty sure it wasn't until the Clayton Moore-starring TV series that the Ranger was set with the blue shirt and pants look... in fact, prior to that he was most often illustrated wearing a bright red shirt!

Next time: Mandrake the Magician and more!

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