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Beetle Bailey TV Cartoons – Part 1

Trade advertisement for King Comics Trilogy, 1962.

Trade advertisement for the Comic Kings series, 1962.

In the early 1960s King Features Syndicate signed a contract with Paramount Studios (formerly Famous Studios) to produce 150 animated cartoons for television. The “Comic Kings” series starred characters from three of King’s well-known comic strip properties, Beetle Bailey, Krazy Kat and Barney Google and Snuffy Smith. Al Brodax was the Executive Producer.
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Beetle Bailey Bobbleheads

BeetleBobbles

This set of figures from the early 1960s is one of the most sought-after Beetle Bailey collectibles. They occasionally show up on eBay for about $80 apiece and a complete set sold a few years ago for $240.

I used to have a few of these in my room when I was growing up in Greenwich, Connecticut. As I remember it, they were produced by a marketing company owned by New York Giants defensive end Andy Robustelli and sold at The Sports Shop on Greenwich Avenue.
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Beetle Bailey View-Master

Viewmaster cover

View-Master began manufacturing stereoscopic viewers in 1939. Their system used thin cardboard discs with pairs of color photographs which created a three-dimensional image when looked at through the viewer. Most of the reels were of tourist attractions and travel sites, although they also made sets with pop-culture themes, particularly after they acquired their main competitor, True-Vue, in 1951 and obtained the rights to the Disney properties. Viewmaster set
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