Saturday, April 28, 2012

More Fractured Fairy Tales - Plus a Cartoon!

Let's finish up with the remaining stories from Fracture Fairy Tales No. 1, October 1962. As with last post, all story art for these three stories is Mel Crawford working in the style of Al Kilgore (who usually handled the art for Dell and Gold Key Bullwinkle titles). Judging by the response to last post folks remember this cartoon, which was a feature on the Rocky and Bullwinkle Show in the late 1950s and early 1960s, as fondly as I do.

PS: Make sure you stick around after the stories for the cartoon original of the first story, "Cinderella!"

Folks commented last post when reading the stories how easy it was to imagine the voices from the original cartoons. I felt the same way! Well, now need to imagine this post. Here's "Cinderella" from Fractured Fairy Tales (1960). The great vocal talent shapes up like this: Edward Everett Horton (Narrator), June Foray (Cinderella), Daws Butler (Prince Fascinato), Bill Scott (Fairy Godmother & Frobisher).

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Fractured Fairy Tales October 1962

Fractured Fairy Tales (the cartoon), for those that may not know, appeared as a feature on the great Rocky and Bullwinkle Show (Jay Ward, creator - 1959-1964). The following stories, adapted from the wonderful cartoons, appeared in Fractured Fairy Tales No. 1 (of 1). Al Kilgore, who normally drew all the Bullwinkle and Rocky titles for Dell and Gold Key, only did the cover here and the story scripts. The artwork is actually Mel Crawford (Grand Comic Book Database).

Monday, April 9, 2012

Frazetta and Bradbury: Funny Animal Masters!

Frank Frazetta (Fritz) became a legendary artist in his lifetime, one best known for his powerful illustrative work. Who among us of the appropriate age hasn't bought a John Carter of Mars or Conan the Barbarian paperback reprint on the strength of the cover alone? But that doesn't mean Frazetta wasn't a master funny animal cartoonist, too. See for yourself! Early in his career, he did a fair share of funny animal work. This Dodger the Squirrel story comes from Coo Coo Comics No. 41, September 1948.

You want to see more kids' comics from Frazetta, right? Then, boy, do I have good news! Craig Yoe and IDW Publishing have collected all of Frank Frazetta's funny work in one volume! Needless to say, I've already got mine on preorder. I know you will want to do the same. Just click HERE!

And just for good measure, let's do a seldom seen Jack Bradbury story from the same issue! Masterful, indeed! For those that may not know, Bradbury is at the top of my personal favorites list. Isn't it easy to see why?
This ad comes from the back cover of the same issue. A flashlight, much like a pocket knife, was one of those tools a boy longed for to feel grownup like his Dad.

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