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  •  Wallace Wood did #1 ... (5+ / 0-)

    ... and Alex Toth did another toy tie-in called Hot Wheels. (Both cancelled after about six issues.)

    I acquire these covers from the Grand Comic Database, but the arcane knowledge itself comes from a mis-spent youth among other Comic Fans.

    On Topic: Anne Francis' show lost out badly, not only to Diana Rigg, but to Hullaballoo, Shindig, Batman, Patty Duke/Patty Duke, and Peyton Place with Mia Farrow and Ryan O'Neil.

    Julie Newmar's fans did NOT follow her from Batman to My Living Doll, either. We liked our Bad to be funny, not putrid.

    Chic detectives had their place too -- we went for Bob Wagner and Angie Dickenson, but their shows were MUCH better written than Honey West.

    ... my income falls because you’re spending less, and your income falls because I’m spending less. And, as our incomes plunge, our debt problem gets worse, not better. -- P. Krugman

    by MT Spaces on Sun Sep 23, 2012 at 07:14:51 AM PDT

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    •  Good heavens (2+ / 0-)
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      I knew about My Living Doll thanks to Isaac Asimov eviscerating it in one of his columns.  It sounded quite horrid, even if it likely was the inspiration for that dreadful Small Wonder thing a while back.

      •  The Insane Dr. Slump (2+ / 0-)
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        I suspect that part of Small Wonder's DNA might have come from a popular manga/anime series called Dr. Slump.  It was created by Akira Toriyama, who went on to create the downright unkillable Dragonball, but Dr. Slump was more about comedy than cosmic destruction.

        The title character was a genius inventor (and pervert) who builds a little robot girl named Arale.  (Presumably because children are chick-magnets; he may be a lech, but he's not that kind of pervert).  Arale is super-strong and hyper-smart, but has your standard robot-trying-to-fit-into-human-society misunderstandings.

        I have a volume of Dr. Slump in Japanese, but I've never seen an english translation.  Unfortunately, it tends to get overshadowed by Dragonball.

        "All the World's a Stage and Everyone's a Critic." -- Mervyn Alquist

        by quarkstomper on Sun Sep 23, 2012 at 04:02:42 PM PDT

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        •  The name alone is marvelous (1+ / 0-)
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          "Dr. Slump."

          giggles

          •  More on Dr. Slump (1+ / 0-)
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            Wikipedia on Dr. Slump

            Dr. Slump is set in Penguin Village (ペンギン村 Pengin Mura?), a place where humans co-exist with all sorts of anthropomorphic animals and other objects. In this village lives Senbei Norimaki, an inventor. In the first chapter, he builds what he hopes will be the world's most perfect little girl robot, named Arale Norimaki, in scenes parodying the Italian children's classic The Adventures of Pinocchio. Because Senbei is a lousy inventor, she soon turns out to be in severe need of eyeglasses. She is also very naïve, and in later issues she has adventures such as bringing a huge bear home, having mistaken it for a pet. To Senbei's credit, she does have super-strength. In general, the manga focuses on Arale's misunderstandings of humanity and Senbei's inventions, rivalries, and romantic misadventures.
            Description of the TV series from Toei Animation
            The word robot, makes one think that it is mechanically strong enough to protect human beings and to fight wickedness. But Arale is not super robot. Arale can neither fly in the air nor fire missiles from her belly. A glimpse of Arale gives the image of an ordinary girl. She is a playful, sweet girl robot wearing glasses.

            "All the World's a Stage and Everyone's a Critic." -- Mervyn Alquist

            by quarkstomper on Sun Sep 23, 2012 at 06:06:46 PM PDT

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