Jealous of the “writing cartoon books” part, not the “you’ve probably passed away by now” part.

§ July 2nd, 2014 § Filed under cartoons, paperbacks § 5 Comments

Also rescued from that collection I was talking about a couple of days ago were a few of these Flintstones paperbacks from the mid-1970s:

I like the look of these, particularly that moody cover on The Bedrock Connection. Inside, the artwork (usually alternating pages with the prose, but sometimes sharing a page with some text) was…occasionally off-model, one might say. But it sufficed, I suppose, even if they cheated with similar poses and layouts in the images, like when they followed this pic:

…with this one just two pages later:

I think they’re supposed to be in the same place, but the moon has moved farther away, the house suddenly sprouted another tree and a new window treatment, the rocks at their feet have changed positions, etc. “Suddenly, Fred and Barney found themselves in a parallel dimension, just slightly different from their own. ‘Darn you, Gazoo!’ bellowed Fred.”

Here’s the first page of Gentlemen Farmers, to give you bit of a taste of what these books are like:

“A tall, thin who?” you may be wondering? The Thin Whiteschist Duke himself, David Boulderie? No, it’s this terrifying looking gentleman:

…who seems a bit creepily outside the standard Flintstones model, but not as much as this guy from the first page:

…which looks like some freakish proto-Barney who’s somehow escaped the studio’s round file and has entered the fictional world of the Flintstones to stalk and eventually confront his successor. Kinda like that Simpsons episode where Current Bart confronts Tracey Ullman Show Bart which is something that actually happened I’m assuming, and I didn’t just imagine it.

Anyway, I was posting some of these scans to the Twitter when Twitter pal Teresa asked who the author was. I repliced “Horace J. Elias,” and Teresa discovered that the fella wrote a whole lot of cartoon-related books. I’m assuming that’s an actual guy and not a pseudonym used by the publisher for the army of people they had cranking these out, but I didn’t have much like finding any info on the fellow. I did find this page on one of those ancestry sites which could be him, but I have no idea. Anyway, here’s to you, Horace…you had a good gig writing books based on cartoons, and I’m just a bit jealous.

5 Responses to “Jealous of the “writing cartoon books” part, not the “you’ve probably passed away by now” part.”

  • Joe S. Walker says:

    If Bendis had written the Flintstones that Fred-and-Barney page would have been repeated a dozen times, with a couple of pages’ text consisting of “Yeah?” and “Uh-huh”, and one or two left blank.

  • Now I know where Renato Arlem learned to draw

  • G23 says:

    The Simpsons-Bart confronting Tracey-Ulman-Show-Bart thing happened. You didn’t imagine it. It was brilliant.

  • Snark Shark says:

    those were done on the cheap!

  • Steven Gauthier says:

    Charlton was publishing the Flintstones comic in the ’70s, so this is by comparison top flight artwork.