Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Memory Lane -- Funny Books

Last week I talked about some fad foods that existed when I was a kid.

It seems to me, that except for Archie Comics, I rarely see humorous comic books anymore. They are all about superheros, which is fine in its own way. Superheros have been around almost as long as comic books have, but now that's all there is.

I want to remember some old comic titles that existed when I was a kid, and they really were funny books. Let's talk about Harvey Comics that existed when I was a child. Some of the characters from these books are still part of our culture such as Casper the Friendly Ghost (one of the world's most recognized icons), Wendy the Good Little Witch (who was played by Hilary Duff when she was a still a little girl in the movie Casper and Wendy) or Richie Rich (who was also the subject of a movie). These ones are still part of our popular culture, but others have been forgotten, some deservedly so and others sadly so.

Remember the worlds largest (and dumbest baby) -- Baby Huey! My mother used to say in disgust that she hated that particular comic whenever he showed up in any fashion or form (a comic book or cartoon on TV). He was probably my least favorite as well. Oddly, I can still remember several stories that he was involved in, perhaps more than the comics that I actually liked better.

Then of course there was Casper's pugnacious friend Spooky the tough little ghost. His pushy, tough-guy persona is etched into my memory but I cannot recall any actual stories of him.

Little Audrey was just a little girl who found a lot of strange adventures in her life. There was her friend Little Dot, a girl obsessed with dots. There was Little Lotta who was a BIG girl and the stories centered on her weight, appetite and prodigious strength.

There was also Hot Stuff who was a little demon and of course, my favorite, an inept army private named Sad Sack, who was almost a prototype of Beetle Baily. I was going to post pictures of all of them but Blogger is not letting me. Further information and pictures of them can be seen at Harveyville Fun Times, which is where I found these pictures.

Of course many other titles existed, and there were other companys printing real funny books in the days when comic books did not necessarily mean super heros. Do remember, and did you enjoy these when you were younger?


Blogger Skip said...

My favorite was Richie Rich.... ever notice how they all fell for the poor little girl next-door, instead of the rich ones??

9:34 PM  
Blogger ABFreedom said...

Sheeesh ... I feel real old now... i remember them all. They were fantastic to read. Now they fetch mega bucks if there in good condition....

9:53 PM  
Blogger Gayle said...

Yeah, I'm old too. Well, the good part about that is the alternative to growing old is being dead!

Archie was my all-time favorite. I remember the others, all of them, but I loved the Archie ones best. Probably because I never read comic books until I had a whole incredible amount of a 50 cents allowance to spend as a teenager, and once in awhile I could buy a comic book with that. Usually I had to purchase neccessities with it. Things my parents didn't think of buying... like Kotex's. I kid you not! So I went for the comic books about teenagers. Probably a normal enough thing for a teenaged girl to do. I met my "Archie" at the age of 17 and married him at 18. I'm still married to him and if I bought a comic book today it would be "Archie." I'm "Betty" and if he lusted after "Veronica" he would be in deep sh*t!"

I wonder if most teenagers even know what Kotex's are anymore?

Wow! You are certainly doing a good job of bringing back old memories! :)

1:12 AM  
Blogger shoprat said...

I still kind of like Archie, in fact I still read him and get an occasional chuckle. I guess on some level I understand his preference for Veronica (the heart reasons unknown to the heard) but they're kids and might grow up. (In fact there was a movie made Return to Riverdale made about 15 years ago that showed the Archie gang as "30 somethings" and still nothing changed. I never saw it but would like to.

11:35 PM  
Blogger Tim said...

I must admit that I was never a big fan of these comics and a superhero junkie. I also loved Sgt. Rock and the combat happy Joes of Easy Co.

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