Thursday, October 21, 2021

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Back to the 80s

ComicBase Columnist Mark Arnold shares his encyclopedic knowledge on a few obscure titles that may otherwise be forgotten. “The Chipmunk Song” anyone?


3-D Dolly

3-D Dolly is one of a string of Harvey 3-D titles that came out in 1953.

Overall, it is not very significant except the fact that the very first Richie Rich story from Little Dot #1 was been redrawn and reformatted to 3-D and appears here.

Alfred Harvey was apparently so thrilled by the 3-D process that he actually purchased a huge quantity of the red/green glasses and placed the big H Harvey logo all over them. When 3-D died a quick death, the leftover glasses were thrown into a warehouse.





Alvin and the Chipmunks

David Seville’s “The Chipmunk Song” from Christmas 1958 was an unexpected smash hit. This begat other hit singles and an animated series called “The Alvin Show” in 1961.

Seville (real name Ross Bagdasarian) continued to put out new Chipmunk albums until 1969 before he passed away in 1972. His son, Ross, Jr. resurrected the act in 1980 with “Chipmunk Punk” which led to a new animated series called “Alvin and the Chipmunks” of which this comic book series is based.

One of the few titles during the reign of Harvey Comics published by Jeff Montgomery that actually featured new material (although it had originally appeared in Europe some months before).




Andy Panda (Gold Key)

Andy Panda was Walter Lantz last major animated cartoon creation before he created his signature character, Woody Woodpecker. Andy first appeared in animated form in the cartoon short “Life Begins for Andy Panda” in 1939.

Dell Publishing eventually published “Andy Panda” for over a decade before finally canceling the title in 1961.

12 years later, this Gold Key series debuted, restarting the numbering with #1, and featuring nothing but reprints from the earlier series.

Backup features included ones starring Lantz lightweight Charlie Chicken.

Mark Arnold is a comic book and animation historian and a writing, art, and film/video production professional. He writes comic books and articles on comic books and animation for various publications in addition to scripts, short stories and novels. He is also skilled in sales, marketing and promotion, and has film and TV production experience with digital video, video tape, and film. He has many online websites including Fun Ideas, Mark's Rare Comics, The Harveyville Fun Times!, So Rare!, and Food Shop. He also writes an (almost) daily blog and writes and draws a weekly comic strip called Protecto, the Little Robot. For the curious, Mark can be reached online at Whew!

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