Get out your crayons! Today, courtesy of Aaron Higgins, who through his Retro Reprints archive of classic coloring books, is allowing me to share selected pages from this jaw-dropping 1963 Bob Clampett Coloring Book.
Clampett, my favorite cartoon director, was a master at licensing and exploiting his characters through toys and comic books. He was also quite good at promoting his name and likeness. Despite his numerous swipes at Walt Disney in his Beany and Cecil cartoons (and earlier Warner Bros. cartoons), Clampett must have looked to Disney as role model for animation success. If Disney (or even Walter Lantz) were becoming as famous as their creations – why not Bob Clampett? He had already introduced himself to the audience through his “appearance” in the opening titles of the Funday Funnies show.
Check out these selected pages from the coloring book, officially titled Bob Clampett TV Stars Pictures To Color. It’s a family affair with Clampett himself, Baby Ruthy, son Robbie, wife Sody and others in beautiful images drawn by Willie Ito. The complete coloring book is 82 pages and available for download through Aaron’s Retro Reprints page. Here are some of the highlights: