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Thursday, June 30, 2011

Whitman Coloring Book Display - 1980

I found this little curio for sale at a Hake's auction last week--a header card for a coloring book display made by Whitman.

This was one of those cardboard displays (or "dumps", as they are less-than-charitably known) that sat in department stores, just eye-level for kids. They worked on me, that's for sure. Even without the color yellow, Wonder Woman and Aquaman are easily recognizable, thanks to Alex Toth's genius character designs.

I think we can all agree, it was great when The Lone Ranger joined the Super Friends. Wait, what?


Earth 2 Chris said...

Man, that Super Friends coloring book is so awesome. The characters are on-model throughout. Nice that they used the heads from the cover here, although odd that the Lone Ranger is the only additional character, since Whitman published all the Marvel coloring books back then, too.


Wings1295 said...

Hah. If you think of it that way, they are all being polite to the Lone Ranger, but are obviously thinking "Who the hell is this dude?"

Aaron said...

Hey, if Rima the Jungle Girl can do two guest spots on the All-New Super Friends Hour, I say the Lone Ranger would have been a step in the right direction. I'd love to hear the conversations between Tonto and Robin.

Russell said...

I would have paid good money to read "The Super Friends meet The Lone Ranger & Tonto"

Moïse said...

I'm making believe that he's Gregory Sanders, the Vigilante or better yet, Johnny Lash the Whip. The Whip looks just like the Lone Ranger.