Trying to get back on track with Monday through Friday posts here... so here's another edition of Cool Stuff!
Here's a cool item... or at least, it might be! As you can see, this H.R. Pufnstuf book is three books in one: A coloring book, a photo book, and a song book! I can't speak about the latter two (although I'd at least hope the songs would include the theme song as well as "Oranges Smoranges"), but based on the cover, it looks like the coloring pages might just be line tracings from promotional photos... which is kind of disappointing, given the relative lack of quality you can see here.
Is it just me, or were the 1960s the Golden Age of cartoon character coloring books? Here's a Quick Draw McGraw book, one of many that were published!
Clearly, this Road Runner coloring book is based on the Gold Key/Whitman version of the character, who had three kids, and all of them spoke in rhyme.
This Road Runner dot book at least looks like it has a little more in common with the classic cartoons!
Honestly, I had no idea that Samson and Goliath had a coloring book of them done! For the uninitiated, they were kind of the 1970s version of He-Man and Battlecat.
Given Scooby-Doo's apparent hatred of cats (based on a few incidents in the various cartoons), I can't imagine he'd be happy about doing a dot-to-dot that was obviously a cat!
Well, at least the first one didn't have Scrappy-Doo in it!
I always liked Secret Squirrel!
Coloring books based on Krofft shows tended to make some of the characters look downright weird on the covers, didn't they? Check out poor Johnny Whittaker on this Sigmund and the Sea Monsters coloring book!
While this one wasn't licensed (so far as I am aware), this coloring book just looked too cool not to share!
A couple of Six Million Dollar Man activity books here!
Skeezix was one of the characters from the long-running comic strip Gasoline Alley, which allowed the characters to more or less age in real time, unlike most comic strips!
Smilin' Jack was another popular comic strip from back in the day!
I'd love to have this Space Ghost coloring book, although I've got an uncomfortable feeling the interior art would be dissatisfying...
...same for this one!
Here's a Space Mouse coloring book... was this an actual character in a cartoon, or was he just created to be included in comics with Walter Lantz characters?
I'm sure this Spider-Man and the Endangered Species coloring book was just a thrill-a-minute for the kiddies...
Seriously, though, I'll bet these two were much more appreciated Spider-Man coloring books!
Unless I'm mistaken (and I'm pretty sure I'm not), Spike and Tyke were occasional supporting cast members in Tom and Jerry shorts, so it's kind of surprising to see them headlining their own coloring book!
This Spirit coloring book has to have been one of the first coloring books designed for adults, and not children!
I've always found Harvey's comic books featuring Casper and his friends, like Spooky, much more entertaining than the cartoons... probably because they had the expanded cast, and weren't limited to "Casper wants to make friends, everyone's afraid of him until he helps someone out, who is now willing to be friends with him."
I'm guessing that this Star Trek coloring book, based on the animated series, was a fan project, and not an officially-licensed one!
Man, Spock looks weird on the cover of this coloring book!
This Three Stooges coloring book must've come out during the resurgence of the Stooges back in the late 1980s.
This one, however, is not only definitely 1960s, but it's even designed to look like the covers of the Gold Key Stooges comic book of the era!
Superman coloring books through the ages!
The Super Six looks vaguely familiar to me, but I just can't place them... anyone familiar with them?
Tarzan coloring books through the ages!
Tennessee Tuxedo coloring book!
A pair of Terry and the Pirates coloring books with gorgeous covers!
Thunderbirds are go in this coloring book!
Man, I haven't seen a Tom Terrific cartoon since I was a kid!
Even the Lone Ranger's faithful companion, Tonto, got his own coloring book!
I'm sure there were many more Tweety and Sylvester coloring books than this one!
There's no need to fear, Underdog is here in these two coloring books!
This "We Land on the Moon" coloring book would've been welcomed by me as a kid!
This Where's Huddles book probably sold about as well as the cartoon's ratings were high!
I'd say it's a safe bet this Woody Woodpecker coloring book came out around 1976!
A fairly rare Wonder Woman coloring book!
Yogi and Cindy Bear!
A pair of Yosemite Sam coloring books!
And we wrap up the coloring book gallery with this classic Zorro coloring book!