An Archie special from the era of Radio Shack giveaways for kids gives useful information on the History of Electronics. Then, Mark Arnold reminisces about Augie Doggie and Doggie Daddy, which was once a syndicated Hanna-Barbera cartoon.
Archie and the History of Electronics
Radio Shack has given away a number of comic books usually related to electronics including The Story of Electronics and various giveaways featuring Superman and Wonder Woman.
This time Archie and the gang takes the lead in tales showing the comical happenings at a school science fair as well as giving a lesson in how today’s usage of electronics came to be.
Useful information such as a listing of Morse Code signals is included and of course, the requisite advertising plug for Radio Shack products.
On television, Augie Doggie and Doggie Daddy was one of three segments that aired in the syndicated Hanna-Barbera package of cartoons along with Snooper and Blabber as part of Quickdraw McGraw, a show that originally aired from 1959-62. All three segments spawned comic book titles with this one only appearing as a one-shot.
Sentimental and cute more than funny compared to other H-B series of that time, it is a still memorable segment for such lines as “My son, my son” and “Dear old dad” as the father and son canine duo had their adventures together.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Whew!