Though it might look to some like I’m pretty much exclusively a fan of superheroes, I actually enjoy many different types of comics. And lately, I’ve had reason to go back and re-examine a lot of the old Harvey Comics.
I’m dating myself by admitting it, but I remember when they still published Harvey Comics. The publisher did many different types of material over the years they were in business, but they’re best known for producing really good comics for kids, featuring characters like Casper the Friendly Ghost, Richie Rich, Little Audrey, Little Dot, Little Lotta and many others.
Like a lot of comics fans around my age or older, I have fond memories of reading Harveys, purchased off the spinner racks of the local drugstore or 7-Eleven. Unfortunately, aside from a very brief revival in the early ‘90s, Harvey ceased publishing comics a long time ago, so kids today have rarely had the privilege of meeting those characters.
I hadn’t really looked at any Harvey books in a long time, so it was something of a revelation to go back and re-examine some of those stories recently with a more experienced artist’s eye than what I possessed as a child. I was pleased to find that the work stands up exceptionally well! The characters are well-designed and well-drawn. Though uncredited in the comics themselves, the template was established by artists Steve Muffatti and Warren Kremer, and the other Harvey artists (like Howie Post, Ernie Colón and Sid Couchey) worked to maintain that high level of craftsmanship.
I thought it might be fun to re-interpret one of the old Harvey covers and take it in a more flat and graphic direction. Little Dot #11 seemed like a really good candidate. I redrew the cover on paper first, then used Adobe Illustrator to complete the job. Enjoy! 🙂