Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Here are just a few pages from The Flintstones newspaper comic strip reprinted in the Pocket Books paperback THE FLINTSTONES FEATURING PEBBLES, which is copyright 1963 by Hanna-Barbera. The uncredited art is by Gene Hazelton (1919 - 2005), who was an animator and character designer. A matter of fact, he created Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm for the series.
With a long background in animation (at Disney, MGM, Warner Brothers, as well as his own studio) and a syndicated panel under his belt ("Angel Face" for the McNaught Syndicate, which was around for about a year in 1957), Gene was the go-to comic strip guy as far as Hanna Barbera was concerned.
Gene helmed the FLINTSTONES and YOGI BEAR comics from 1961 to 1986, overseeing the work of other talented cartoonists like Roger Armstong, Dale Hale, Harvey Eisenberg, Dick Bickenbach, Joe Messerli, Jerry Eisenberg, Iwao Takamoto, Bob Singer, Tony Di Paola, Lee Hooper and Jesse Marsh. Although I can find support for his involvement in the comic strips, I'm pretty sure that he was behind the scenes of the many HB Dell, Gold Key and Charlton comic books.
Here are a few samples of his great, bold cartoony line from the strip. The jokes -- well, the jokes are not the most fresh ones. But the art is still a standout.
Posted by Mike Lynch at 1:27 PM