Saturday Morning TV #6: Comic Book Ads

There's a certain feeling you get when you are abruptly confronted with a memory that you haven't thought about for a long, long time.   Certain things get lost to the deep recesses of the brain - they were either too brief or benign to warrant keeping a handle on.  These thoughts, smells, or images aren't necessarily eradicated, just buried under an ever growing sediment of new memories...... and then, out of nowhere, a trigger comes along and plucks it free.

Such is the case with the cartoon advertisement above. I can honestly say I haven't had a second thought about Pandemonium and Meatballs & Spaghetti since they went off the air.... and yet here they are in my face once again. They were pretty horrible cartoons, so I'm not sure I'm grateful for the recollection.

One recollection I am grateful for, however, are those wonderful Saturday mornings.  Unlike today, where children's cartoons literally play all day long seven days a week.... on multiple channels.  It's hard to imagine that, once upon a time, there were just a few hours a week on TV that were reserved for kids. For those brief moments, it was just you in your footie pajamas, a bowl of Count Chocula, and Speed Buggy. It simply didn't get much better than that.

Well, that's the end of my 'extensive' collection (I really need to hit the scanner). Thankfully, there's more ads out there from like-minded preservationists....

The last two via JPox

via Josborn


  1. Even though I'm a UK resident, a lot of these shows are very familiar and fondly remembered.
    Sadly, in this day and age of instant-television viewing - internet, digital... - the days of Saturday morning kids' shows are now but a thing of the past. Is this the same situation over there?

    Now we wake up to monotonous and countless cookery shows on the box every weekend.

    It's a real shame. My eldest daughter (10 y/o) can only just remember the last remaining show that was screened and probably won't look back with the same rose-tinted specs as me.

    1. Wow.. looks like the Beatles still had their cartoon going 15 years after they broke up. Who could forget 'Meatballs and Spaghetti'? Can someone explain why the Road Runner got equal billing with Bugs Bunny?

    2. AnonymousMay 15, 2012

      Keir,the ad with the Beatles cartoon dates from 1967.

      On the other hand, the musical group appearing alongside the bear and Rod Hull and Emu in the ad with Shazam heading CBS's socko Saturday morning is the Hudson Brothers and that one dates from ca. 1974.

  2. AnonymousMay 03, 2012

    Dear Gilligan: The drawings of the characters on the Gilligan's Planet TV show duplicates the appearance of the cast of Gilligan's Island very closely, with the exception that the "blonde" female cartoon character looks nothing like Ginger Grant. I was wondering if Tina Louise had refused to take part as a voice or even allow her image to be used for the cartoon?

    1. AnonymousMay 07, 2012

      If memory serves, that sounds about right about why she wasn't in the cartoon. I believe Tina Louise was upset about how her career had been derailed by "Gilligan's Island" and wanted nothing more to do with the series.

  3. ahahahah! very nice pictures! un bacio e passa a trovarci!



  4. Pure GOLD! Yes, I too fondly remember Saturday morning cartoons and saw many of the ones pictured here.

  5. Wow... these really are a blast from the past. I love seeing them again!

  6. I remember waking up at 6am and sneaking downstairs with my brother and sister, so that we wouldn't miss a minute of cartoons. Saturday mornings were such a special time when I was a kid. My dad would make us french toast and we would plop ourselves in front of the TV for several hours. Good times! I also remember back when the new television season would start that each of the networks would air specials advertising the new cartoon lineup....I really looked forward to watching those!

  7. AnonymousMay 06, 2012

    I can recall when the three major networks would 'preview' their new Saturday morning line-up the night before in prime-time, that's was pretty much the signal that summer was officially over and the school year was again starting.

  8. AnonymousMay 07, 2012

    I knew I was too old for cartoons when I looked forward to the live action sequences of "The Hardy Boys" cartoon just to see the cute blonde.