Milton the Monster is one of those cartoons from my childhood that I’ve always looked back on fondly. Certain cartoon properties are well-remembered and seem to come back for revivals every so often. Milton is one of those cartoons that seems to have slid into obscurity, unfortunately. Most cartoon fans either don’t remember it, or have never heard of it.
For those who don’t know about the show, the concept’s right there in the show’s theme song! Take a look. I hadn’t watched the show in a long time, so doing this cover was an excuse to watch some episodes and refresh my memory. Yes, it’s definitely limited TV animation, and the jokes can get a little cornball, but I still get a kick out of it. If someone were to actually do a revival of this show, it would be a blast to be involved!
Searching for actual character models to draw from, I couldn’t find any. I have a sense that TV animation in the ’60s sometimes had a much broader interpretation of “on-model” than what it does now, or even when I started working in animation in the early ’90s. It’s surprising to see how much the look of the characters on this show can fluctuate from episode to episode, depending on the animator.
And of course, this had to be a Gold Key cover. They actually did publish one issue of a Milton the Monster comic back in the mid-’60s. If you were a kid in the ’60s and wanted to buy a comic book featuring your favorite animated character(s), Gold Key had the rights pretty much sewn up to all of them!
Anyway, I hope you enjoy this. And Happy Halloween!