The Saturday Comics: The Flintstones

14 May

May 14, 2011

Before I start, any time I mention The Flintstones is a good excuse to post my favorite episode:

I hope you enjoyed that, unless Hanna Barbera sent some goons over to force me to take them down.

And while I’m at it, my favorite Flintstones name? Joe Rockhead, no question.

Thanks for indulging me.

The Flintstones comic strip, which if you’ve read any of these comic strip blogs you won’t be surprised to hear I never heard of before, ran from 1961 to at least 1998 and some sources claim it still runs in some places though I can’t prove it. For all I know some penny-saver in some hick town gets this strip. They run from faithful to the original cartoon to social commentary. Behold!

Did you catch that? They got Yabba Dabba Doo wrong! They forgot the “y”!

And this wasn’t the only Hanna Barbera ‘toon to get stripped:


8 Responses to “The Saturday Comics: The Flintstones”

  1. Mac of BIOnighT May 14, 2011 at 12:35 am #

    “some sources claim it still runs in some places though I can’t prove it”
    Probably it runs so fast that nobody sees it ;-P

    Anyway, I believe the Abba Dabba Doo thing might refer to the Abba tribute band from the UK

    or not. ;-P

    The strip is not bad, though, the one about Barney and the bird is a bit trite, but it makes me laugh 😀


    • bmj2k May 14, 2011 at 12:42 am #

      I liked it too, even the out-of-character Santa strip.


  2. Marc Barnhill May 14, 2011 at 8:16 am #

    I also didn’t know there was a strip, though I did have several Flintstones comic books in the 1970s. I have little memory of how faithful to the show they may have been.

    The hammock strip may as well have come from the first season (or, indeed, the first episode) of the show. And the mayor gag is one of those standard jabs that could have come from nearly any strip at all — Hagar the Horrible, Motley’s Crew, Wizard of Id; still, as the “modern stone age family,” The Flintstones got there first (by several million years).


    • bmj2k May 14, 2011 at 1:54 pm #

      For those not in the know, Mr. Barnhill is, among his many other talents, a foremost expert on The Flintstones.
      He also brings up an interesting point. Which strip takes place further back in time, The Flintstones or Wizard of Id?


  3. skinner May 14, 2011 at 5:19 pm #

    Well, isn’t Wizard of Id pretty middle-ages? It seems to me the real competition is between Johnny Hart’s other strip, B.C., and The Flintstones.

    (I mean chronologically, humour-wise there’s no comparison.)

    I choose to believe all three strips take place simultaneously, in a future catering to fetishist reenactors.


    • bmj2k May 14, 2011 at 7:33 pm #

      Wizard of Id and B.C. fall into the category of Strips I Don’t Read Because I Don’t Think They Are Funny.


  4. The Hook May 19, 2011 at 8:10 pm #

    I had no idea this existed! Good work.


    • bmj2k May 19, 2011 at 9:03 pm #

      Week in and week out I find things I had no idea existed for this feature. This week is one everyone already knew- Disney, but the week after that is a real rarity.


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