Saturday, 5 January 2013


Back around 1996, EGMONT/FLEETWAY editor PETE
KEMPSHALL got in touch with me to see if I was up for lettering a
four-page strip for a try-out magazine for the foreign market.  "Sure!"
I said, and he promptly sent me a FLINTSTONES strip, along with a
script in Danish, I think - can't quite remember.  (Or Swedish, Finnish,
or Norwegian.  Best to cover all the options.)  I had lettered comics
translated from Spanish or Italian into English before, so this was
just the same thing in reverse.

Above is the cover of the 'finished' product.  As it isn't priced I
assume it's a dummy, and I received it as a folded sheet which I then
trimmed and stapled into comic form.  I don't think it ever progressed
to a regular periodical which was on sale anywhere, so this is quite a
rare product.  So, here it is, you lucky peeps, just for your perusal.

(Incidentally, I wasn't responsible for the rather lacklustre and
badly-positioned 'GAME TIME' logo, so don't blame me.)


TwoHeadedBoy said...

Looks good, never seen so many expressions on Fred and Barney's faces before - in particular the first panel of the second page, and their reactions to the freezing water.

If I was Norwegian, I'd've been into this, certainly.

Kid said...

Danish, Finnish, Swedish or Norwegian - it all sounds Greek to me.

The strip comes from a comic published by DC Comics in America, if I'm not very much mistaken, THB. (And I very well could be.)

Christopher Sobieniak said...

Probably was, I recall CD publishing a "Cartoon Network" comic over here for years.

Kid said...

Thanks, Chris. I think I've actually got a couple of them. Must dig 'em out for a look.

Pete Kempshall said...

Wow, haven't seen that in a while.

That particular comic was commissioned by Cartoon Network as a promo they could hand out at launches and fairs to drum up business for the satellite TV channel. We did a couple of them, and there was talk of doing more, but I moved to Australia before I got the chance to see the project through.

The other issue we created promoted the new wave of cartoons they were introducing at the time, shows for which no reprint existed. That meant we had to create our own strips from scratch, and I'm reasonably sure that made us the first to generate strip material for Dexter's Laboratory and Two Stupid Dogs.

Kid said...

Ah, Pete - how the devil are you? Hard to believe it was so long ago I last spoke with you. Thanks for clearing up what happened - but why didn't I get to letter the second one? I'm hurt, man - hurt I tell ya! (Feeling guilty yet?) All the best to you, sir.

Pete Kempshall said...

I'm well, thanks - still in Australia, still editing, but making progress with writing too now. And yes, it's been a loooong time.

As I remember, the page rates for all the Cartoon Network jobs were a bit higher than the usual (they were paid for by someone with a bigger budget than Fleetway...) and we tried to make sure as many regular contributors as possible got to take advantage of the better rate. That'll be why you didn't get a go at the second issue -we were sharing the love!

Kid said...

I don't remember it being higher than normal, but I'll still have the invoice that came with the cheque. No doubt I'll stumble across it one day. I'm writing a stern letter to Mr Maxwell if it isn't serious wonga.

Glad to hear you're doing well. Ever miss Britain?