Monday, December 31, 2007

Found on eBay!

I promised that next time around, I'd start out with a Prefab Four...

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Betcha you thought I was referring to the Monkees, eh? Well, for a lot of people my age, the Banana Splits probably bring back as many fond memories as the Monkees do! Sadly, word is that there's not a good enough set of prints available for Warner Brothers to ever consider releasing the series on DVD!

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As you can imagine, at my age, the Hanna-Barbera cartoons were a big part of my childhood, especially on Saturday mornings. Oh, to be sure, as I've written before, the Filmation series have a special place in my heart... but you know, the Hanna-Barbera shows got all the licensing!

Dastardly and Muttley and Their Flying Machines was a spin-off of Hanna-Barbera's Wacky Races show... in this series, Dick Dastardly and Muttley were placed in World War I, head of a squadron of rotten pilots (rotten in the sense of how effective they were, mostly), assigned purely to capture a pigeon who always evaded their traps.

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Despite what you see here, I've seen evidence that there are more fans these days of Muttley than of Dick Dastardly!

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Devlin was a one-season wonder from Hanna-Barbera that, as you can imagine, was developed to take advantage of the popularity of Evel Knievel! I don't think I ever saw the show when it was originally on, but I did catch a rerun on Cartoon Network a number of years back, and was delighted to find that former Monkee Mickey Dolenz voiced Devlin's mechanic!

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Above you see an inflatable of Droop-A-Long, who was the deputy to Riccochet Rabbit! As Riccochet was the fastest gun in the west, Droopy (as he was usually referred) was the slowest gun in the west... and talked slow, too! They were part of the Magilla Gorilla show.

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I trust that I don't have to tell you guys who Huckleberry Hound is! This bath mat would appeal to my son greatly, but not because of Huck, but because of the train!

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I'm pretty sure the art for this Huckleberry Hound Giant Storybook was by the same guys who did the art for Dell's Hanna-Barbera comics!

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Hey, there's Magilla Gorilla himself there! I don't know if that cat was a regular on the show or not... I'm guessing it was just there for the sight gag.

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This Quick Draw McGraw boardgame is kind of a surprise to me, because the box art style looks very 1970s, and I thought the Quick Draw merchandising was mostly in the 1960s! Still, Charlton was doing Quick Draw comics then...

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Ah, and there's Ricochet himself... and I see that I misspelled his name a few entries above! You can see Droopy in the background there.

More Hanna-Barbera stuff next time I show off pictures that I... Found on eBay!

Jon

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