Fred Gwynne, as Officer Francis Muldoon from the 1961 TV series, Car 54, Where Are You?, created by Nat Hiken. In addition to playing Muldoon, as well as Herman Munster on The Munsters, among other acting roles, Gwynne was an accomplished cartoonist, illustrator and children’s book author.
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.
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.