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The Flintstones, by Gene Hazelton

Strip run:  1961 - Present

The Hanna-Barbera studios produced the first prime-time animated series on television when they introduced The Flintstones.  The series debuted on CBS in the fall of 1960, with characters reportedly modeled after The Honeymooners.   The Flintstones was William Hanna and Joseph Barbera's most popular and successful creation, spawning movies and comic books.  The strip began in 1961 after the great success of the TV series. The first artist on the strip was a veteran animator named Gene Hazelton, and the strip was distributed by McNaught Syndicate.  When the syndicate went out of business in the mid 1980s, The Flintstones was picked up by Editors Press Service.

 

Example of The Flintstones daily by Gene Hazelton, September 7, 1968.  Copyright Hanna-Barbera Productions, Inc., distributed by McNaught Syndicate, Inc.  This strip was purchased by the previous owner at an art auction in 1970;  the strip itself was donated by Hanna-Barbera.  The frame is not in the greatest shape but the original strip is matted within.

 

Example of The Flintstones daily by Karen Marchette, January 1, 1996.  Copyright Hanna-Barbera Productions, Inc.

 

Example of The Flintstones daily by Karen Marchette, July 15, 1996.  Copyright Hanna-Barbera Cartoons, Inc.

 

Example of The Flintstones daily by Karen Marchette, March 5, 1997.  Copyright Hanna-Barbera Cartoons, Inc.  Note the ridiculous amount of creases in the art courtesy of the United States Postal Service.

 

Example of The Flintstones daily by Karen Marchette, December 30, 1997.  Copyright Hanna-Barbera Cartoons, Inc.

 

Example of The Flintstones daily by Karen Marchette, July 27, 1998.  Copyright Hanna-Barbera Productions, Inc.

 

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