Thursday, October 21, 2021

Mark Arnold:

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Mark Arnold reviews two television shows turned comics.


Krofft Supershow

During the late 60s and well into the 70s, Sid and Marty Krofft created a number of Saturday morning television series utilizing a number of characters wearing full body costumes to create different bizarre settings and lands. The most memorable of these were H.R. Pufnstuf, Lidsville and Land of the Lost.

Krofft Supershow was a latter-day example that utilized both new and recycled segments using these same sort of costumed characters hosted by the inimitable Kaptain Kool and the Kongs, a fictional rock band that was later replaced by a “real” band, The Bay City Rollers.

Laurel and Hardy (DC)

Possibly one of the rarest latter-day DC Comics, this version of Laurel and Hardy was based not on the original black and white comedy films made by the very real Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy, but rather the more cartoony versions now owned by Bozo the Clown Larry Harmon and animated by Hanna-Barbera.

Though only one issue was released, a front cover exists of a second issue featuring our boys encountering a certain “Man of Steel.”

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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