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Monday, November 09, 2009

Hen-reeee! Hen-ree Al-driiiiiiich!



(Click on the page above to read the rest of the comic.)

Blog readers over the age of 60 may remember the (apparently) famous shout-out that kicked off every episode of what was once among the most popular radio shows in America. The Aldrich Family, which aired on the radio from 1939 to 1953, spawned eleven movies (two of which starred an awkward-looking, post-Our Gang, teenage Jackie Cooper), a comic book series, and a television show that ultimately served as an early template for the family-friendly teenage situation comedies of the 1950s. "Family-friendly" is perhaps the perfect choice of words to describe John Stanley's script for the first comic book in the Henry Aldrich series... in fact, if I were Henry's bf, Homer, I might feel that his family was a little too friendly... YOW!

Thanks to Frank Young for the tip! For more Stanley-scripted teenage antics, keep your eyes peeled for Thirteen Going On Eighteen, the next volume in our John Stanley Library series, in stores January 2010!

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