Today is Election Day in the US, in a Presidential Election year. This of course brings to mind one of the most beloved "also rans" of all time—that ballot-baiting beagle, Snoopy. The Snoopy for President campaigns took various shapes, sizes and forms throughout the election years, but some of the most delightful artifacts from the nonpartisan puppy came via Interstate Brands. Bakers of bread under such brand names as Weber, Butternut and Millbrook—and most famously as the makers of Dolly Madison treats, major sponsor for many years of the Peanuts animated TV specials on CBS—this major Peanuts licensee provided some free campaign materials to Snoopy supporters everywhere.
Monday, October 31, 2016
Well, Halloween is here and the Countdown to Halloween 2016 blogathon is over. Many thanks to all who dropped by, especially new visitors, whether you had a costume or not. (If you have already done so, please check out the other participating blogs here.) To celebrate the spookiest day of the spooky season, here's Huck Finn again, with some cartoon monsters as only Hanna-Barbera could scare them up. It's all from the new DVD release of Hanna-Barbera's The New Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. As you enjoy these monstrous apparitions—and perhaps consider adding the new Huck Finn DVD to your trick-or-treat bag—remember to have a safe and of course fun October 31st. Happy Halloween to one and all!
Sunday, October 30, 2016
Have you met Lio? One of the best newspaper comic strips to come along, this merry but macabre comic, written and drawn by Matt Tatulli, is a complete delight. Here is today's Sunday strip, marvelously getting us ready for the big day. Speaking of that big day (and night), stop by tomorrow for the conclusion of our Countdown to Halloween 2016.
Saturday, October 29, 2016
McDonald's is helping Peanuts fans celebrate 50 Years of the It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown with these wonderful Halloween treat pails. Decorated with authentic art from the beloved TV special, these Happy Meal premiums help everyone get ready for the big night (whether that's spent in the pumpkin patch or going door to door for tricks and treats). Rock not included.
Friday, October 28, 2016
A little known show with a rabid cult following, Hanna-Barbera's The New Adventures of Huckleberry Finn featured live-action Huck, Tom Sawyer and Becky Thatcher in an animated world—where the adventurous trio often met up with monsters. Here, in the comic book based on the TV series (1968-1969), the kids encounter the Mummy. You can see all the adventures of Huck and his pals—and all the monsters they meet—in the new DVD of the show, The New Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: The Complete Series. And come back to Tulgey Wood for more Countdown to Halloween 2016, and you'll see more off Huck (and more monsters, too).
Thursday, October 27, 2016
50 years ago on this date, It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown made its debut on CBS. One of the greatest animated specials ever produced, the Halloween adventures of the Peanuts gang became an instant classic. However, one segment was only seen a few times: the portion of the delightfully spooky TV title sequence that showcased the sponsors of the show. Here, to celebrate five enduring decades of Charles M. Schulz's animated masterpiece, here are a few shots from that rarely seen sequence.
Wednesday, October 26, 2016
On this date, October 26, in 1985, Marty McFly met his scientist (some might call him "mad") friend, Doc Brown, at Twin Pines Mall in Back to the Future (1985). To celebrate, and to help emphasize the Halloween-like or at least horror aspects of the time-travel tale, here's the cover (or one of the cover variants) of the new comic book series, Back to the Future Citizen Brown (from IDW, that great publisher that also issues Disney Comics) featuring new BTTF adventures. It's all part of the Countdown to Halloween 2016.
Tuesday, October 25, 2016
It's just not Halloween here at Tulgey Wood without a visit from Bugs Bunny. As evidenced from the many Halloween-themed comic book stories Bugs appeared in, the long-eared galoot certainly knows how to have a good time at Halloween. Here, featuring two double-w's (the wasically wabbit and a wicked witch), is the cover of the Bugs Bunny Halloween comic (No.3) for 1955.
Monday, October 24, 2016
Can you name a CBS character from TV history whose hit show spun off a spine-off and then that show was spun-off? Here's a hint: His name is Archie. But it's not Archie Bunker, it was Archie Andrews. When The Archie Show debuted on CBS in September 1968, it was a smash. So it was decided to add a character from the Archies comics universe to the show for the following season, and thus (You knew I'd get around to the Halloween connection sooner or later, didn't you?) in September 1969, CBS presented The Archie Comedy Hour. Not only did Saturday morning vid-kids get more of Archie they also got Sabrina the Teenage Witch. One hit leads to another, and the very next year Sabrina got her own show, Sabrina and the Groovie Ghoulies, also starring cartoon versions of the Frankenstein Monster, Dracula and the Wolf Man, who just happened to be the teen age witch's cousin. (Archie soldiered on with another hit show, Archie's Funhouse.) The following year, The Groovie Ghoulies debuted starring Sabrina's cousins in their own show. Here are two comic-book ads celebrating these characters.