I’m continuing to sift through boxes of stuff that was salvaged from my house flood, and the item that surfaced today coincidentally ties in to my weekend’s television viewing.The Decades TV network fills each weekend with a marathon of a different vintage television series. This time around, the selection was The Millionaire, an anthology series that ran on CBS from 1955 to 1960. The premise of the show was that an unseen multi-billionaire called John Beresford Tipton (voiced by animation actor Paul Frees), each week tasked his executive secretary, Michael Anthony (played by Marvin Miller), with delivering a $1,000,000 cashiers check to a random person of Tipton’s selection as a gift. The remainder of the half-hour dramatized how these people from all walks of life were impacted by their unexpected windfall.
I parodied this series in my work for Archie Comics through a character I called The Elevenaire. The late great Stan Goldberg brought The Elevenaire’s visuals to life, and Stan was kind enough to send me copies of his pencils for the inaugural story of this occasional series. Those photocopies turned up in a box stored in my basement today, so I thought I’d share some samples.
Continue reading The Elevenaire!
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Wally Walrus, another character in the Walter Lantz stable, was a comic foil for Woody Woodpecker in that character’s early cartoons, starting in 1944. Typical of the type, he was dim-witted with a short fuse.
Space Mouse was an odd addition to the Walter Lantz roster. Western Publishing, the comic book publisher that licensed the rights to publish comics based on the Walter Lantz properties, wanted to widen their line of Lantz titles, but didn’t see anything suitable after Woody Woodpecker and a couple others among the studio’s cartoon library.
Continue reading Space Mouse!
Created in 1939, Andy was the Walter Lantz studio’s second series star (after Oswald the Lucky Rabbit).
Chilly Willy, created by Paul J. Smith for the Walter Lantz Studio in 1953.
Another Walter Lantz creation, designed to make life tough for Woody Woodpecker. Buzz first appeared in 1948’s animated short, Wet Blanket Policy.
Created in 1940 by Walter Lantz and Ben Hardaway for theatrical shorts, first appearing in the Andy Panda cartoon “Knock Knock,” quickly graduating to his own series.
Love interest of Dudley Do-Right!
Another Jay Ward Production, Dudley Do-Right of The Royal Canadian Mounted Police was originally a segment on The Rocky and Bullwinkle show starting in 1961 before spinning off into a show of his own.