BWAHHHHHHH! (In my spooky vampire voice.) It's once again time for that orangy-and-blackiest holiday of them all, Halloween! Which is coming up in only thirty-one short, chilly fall nights, so you'd better stock up on candy to hand out now. I really mean it.Do not run out of Halloween candy! This month, all month, you should be checking my humble little puppet-town cow-blog for titanic tales of those terrifying tots, those beastly babbling babies, the carrot- and tow-headed kids of komedy, of whom it has been said, and well-said: bplsfhh! That's right: it's time for the pair that's a precious as a pumpkin but in more mischief than a monstrous mummy: it's A Sugar and Spike Halloween! And, as in pervious spine-tingling Octobers, I'm once again part of the Countdown to Halloween web ring of Halloweeny horror! Because, y'knowm two kids, not toilet trained yet...horrific! Be sure to visit the other members of Countdown to Halloween for lots of other fun stuff leading up to our scariest day, because I'm pretty sure you'll find witches, goblins, ghouls, vampires, and a Frankenstein or two in there.
So, in the words of Bernie the Brain: let us commence our celebration of A Sugar and Spike Halloween!
Splash panel from "Sugar and Spike Tackle Halloween" in Sugar and Spike #31 (October-November 1960); script, pencils, and inks by Sheldon Mayer
Yes, what once started out as a cute and charming toy for little girls to cut out and play with, has eventually produced this: Gender-Swapped Flintstones Paper Dolls.
"Fred and Barney Paper Dolls" from The Flintstones and the Jetsons #4 (DC, November 1997), pencils by Glen Hanson (?)
Yep, it's from an issue where Fred and Barney wish that they could have the "easy life" Wilma and Betty do, staying home in the house day after day while they have to slave away in the rock quarry, so Harvey Korman The Great Gazoo makes it so!
Cover of The Flintstones and the Jetsons #4 (DC, November 1997); pencils, inks, and colors by Glen Hanson
But hey, what happened to Wilma and Betty, you ask?
In concluding this Paper Doll Month: I'm sorry that I wasn't able to bring you anything from Bunty, but I'm pleased that I was able to keep my promise of no Katy Keene.
A special Movin' On Up to the East Side Bull-Prize to my good pal "Marvelous" Mike Sterling for getting this altogether wacky comic into my sweaty little hooves!
Just to prove that paper doll pages are not only features from by-gone fashion and romance magazines or modern-day spoofs, here's a couple paper dolls from Cartozia Tales, the shared-world indie-comics anthology series edited by my good pal Isaac Cates!
Issue #5 of the series has just been published, featuring new work from Eleanor Davis, Shawn Cheng, Corinne Mucha, and Luke Pearson, plus a beautiful fold-out full-color adventure map by Jason Thompson! The series has been a fave of mine (you can read my gushing review of it here, not merely because of, but certainly contributing to my love of it...paper dolls!
Postcards: "Cartozia Tales Paper Figures: Reshii and Sylvia," published to accompany Cartozia Tales #2 (September 2013); art by Lucy Bellwood (Click picture to Cartosisize)
"Cartozia Tales Paper Figures: Reshii and Sylvia" from Cartozia Tales #2 (September 2013); art by Lucy Bellwood
Rather than providing a larger format of the paper doll clothes just above here on my site, clicking on the clothes image will take you to the Cartozia Tales website where you can download a printable PDF of the outfits! And while you're there, take a look around Cartozia.com for news, sample stories, creator bios and much more! You can order the comics right here, as well as follow Cartozia on Twitter!
"ALF's Dress-Up Dali" from ALF #33 (Marvel, September 1990), script by Michael Gallagher, pencils by Dave Manak, inks by Marie Severin, colors by George Roussos (?), letters by Rick Parker (?)
And nope...Marvel never published any reader submissions for ALF's fashions in the comic book, which was cancelled with issue #50. I do have to say this about Marvel: they gave ol' ALF a better saga wrap-up and story finish than NBC ever did.