Friday, January 29, 2016
Cool Stuff: Coloring Books!
First things first: I want to apologize for the unexpected and unscheduled absence this week. Things got a little crazy around here for a while, and even a four-day weekend I didn't expect last week helped me catch up with things. I'll go into more detail about what's happening sometime next week, but in the meantime, here's some cool stuff to ogle and possibly search eBay for!
Still looking at some vintage licensed coloring books, including this Daffy Duck one! As you can see, this is clearly using the Gold Key/Western Publishing model, as you might expect, as opposed to the classic Warner Brothers look!
This Daffy coloring book is a bit closer to being on-model with the cartoons, although the characterization is clearly way too helpful for Daffy!
Here's another Western Daffy coloring book... Just how many did they make, without worrying about giving them individual titles, anyway?
Next, we've got this really old Dennis the Menace coloring book, and as you can see, they did not veer from Ketcham!
Devlin, as you might figure out from here, was Hanna-Barbera's answer to Evel Knievel, and I'm guessing that they might've originally tried to license him for the show, but couldn't; alternatively, perhaps having a lead character whose name is phonetically pronounced "Evil" didn't work!
I wonder if Mark Evanier has a copy of this Dick Van Dyke coloring book? Clearly the original owner didn't care for Little Ritchie that much.
Whitman was a bit closer to being on-model with the Jay Ward characters, such as Dudley Do-Right, than they were with the Looney Tunes!
While not licensed, I thought you'd enjoy checking out the cover of this Electro-Man coloring book! I wonder if I search enough if I'd find a picture of Batman and Robin in these same poses?
The artist on the cover of this Fat Albert coloring book didn't worry too much about whether the characters were actually making contact with the Earth, eh?
I'll never understand why Flash Gordon went into this full-on foil spacesuit look, which for me, completely defeats the purpose of him!
I prefer Flash's look on this coloring book, although it's still not the classic look, is it?
If you went to Bedrock City in Custer, South Dakota (which I never did as a kid, even though my family went there practically every freaking summer, and even though I kept asking, we wouldn't go), you could pick up this souvenir coloring book!
At least this Flintstones coloring book was more on-model than the souvenir one! I wonder if I know the artist on this one...
Flip the Frog was one of the earliest animation stars, as you might've guessed from his predominantly black and white look!
I've always liked Frankenstein, Jr. I wonder if he's going to be included in the upcoming H-B comics DC is putting out?
Yes, even Elmer Fudd got to headline in his own coloring books!
One of these days, I hope to acquire some of these old GI Joe coloring books and trace and color books, just to be able to share them!
This Green Hornet coloring book may be the most valuable book in today's gallery!
Gumby and Pokey, two of my favorites from when I was a kid!
Not licensed, but a neat Halloween coloring book anyway!
This Hanna-Barbera coloring book is probably a lot more recent than I usually feature here, given that Tom and Jerry are included in it!
Was there any Hanna-Barbera Saturday morning cartoon that didn't get a coloring book? Well, I'm guessing there was never a Scooby-Doo Movies one... Here's the Harlem Globetrotters!
I think I may want this Mighty Hercules coloring book more than any of the others! Here's a few sample pages:
This Howdy Doody set looks like a great deal, but I can't tell how big each book was...
This is the second coloring book cover today with a Looney Tunes character and a frog in it... weird, eh?
As you can see, there were a number of Huckleberry Hound coloring books, including at least one published by Charlton!
I wonder how many kids wanted a Jackie Gleason coloring book at all?
Jonny Quest! I think this is #2 on my list of wants from today!
I can't think of any way this crossover between Jonny Quest and the Jetsons works for me, as it means that the Flintstones are also part of the same universe as Jonny Quest!
Kimball the White Lion was one of the earliest anime programs to be shown in the US, and has been recognized by many as being one of the "inspirations" for Disney's The Lion King.
I always thought Korg was a neat idea for a TV series... none of the cavemen spoke English, but instead their own made-up language! The Charlton comic really didn't follow the historic accuracy the show aimed for, though.
Clearly, the interior pages of this coloring book gave up on the characters not speaking English!
I can only assume this Krazy Kat coloring book was based on the later cartoon series that started going off-model from the original strips!
Okay, this Land of the Giants coloring book may have moved to the #1 spot on my want list from today!
Land of the Lost had surprisingly few licensed products, this coloring book was one of them. It's amazing to me they didn't even consider making plastic toys using existing dinosaur molds with new molds for the Marshall family, Chaka, and a Sleestak or three!
Oh, man, I want this Laugh-In coloring book, too!
Nice art on this vintage Li'l Abner coloring book, I hadn't realized that Capp's style had changed that much over time (not that this cover was done by Al Capp, but I would imagine that his current style would've been aped).
This old Little Lulu coloring book is just odd to me!
This is the first time I've posted a bunch of Lone Ranger stuff that didn't have him wearing differently colored clothes in every one (the main difference between these is the variation on his gloves, whereas there's usually at least one with a red shirt).
These two Looney Tunes coloring books show just how far the design of the characters went!
This Marvel UK coloring book is so much cooler than any coloring book we ever had in the USA, isn't it? It's a skinny Essentials, for all intents and purposes!
I suspect this Marvel Activity Book wasn't one of the Owen McLaren-produced books, but I could be wrong!
I always like finding Mighty Mouse stuff, especially if it's somewhat unusual!
I have to admit, I didn't know there was a Nanny and the Professor coloring book until I saw this one on eBay! It was when FX started running reruns of this show back when that channel first started that I realized this was where I started my attraction to women with British accents (aided and abetted by later exposure to The Avengers and Emma Peel, obviously).
Did you know that Newt and Tewt had their own coloring book? Neither did I, until I came across this one.
I wish I had a larger photo of this Osmonds coloring and activity book, based on their TV cartoon!
This is an awesome coloring book with all sorts of comic strip characters... can you name them all? I sure can't!
Charles Schulz's art style is so perfectly appropriate, I can't imagine they would've needed to do more than enlarge his panels for each page of this coloring book!
Pebbles Flintstone color by number book!
As cool as this Phantom coloring book looks from its cover, wouldn't it have been about 100 times cooler if Charlton had published one, and had Jim Aparo do the artwork for it?
All Hanna-Barbera characters seem to have eventually headlined their own coloring book, it seems!
A couple of Popeye coloring books here!
And with this whole mess of Porky Pig coloring and activity books, we'll wrap this up... but fear not, I will (with any luck) continue the coloring book parade on Monday!