Friday, May 22, 2015

From Comics to Toons: The Captain & the Kids shill for Pepto-Bismol (1968)

After a dispute with the Hearst Corporation, Rudolph Dirks left behind the Katzenjammer Kids, who stayed at Hearst and were now under the direction of Harold Knerr, and cloned them as The Captain & the Kids. After a series of shorts for MGM in the late 30's, this version of Hans & Fritz, with Mama, the Captain, & the Inspector, resurfaced in a 1-shot ad for Pepto-Bismol in 1968.

I have to guess, then, that this ad helped Filmation decide to use Captain & the Kids on Archie's TV Funnies (1971), and The Fabulous Funnies (1978).

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