Friday, August 27, 2010

Peter Pan (Peanut Butter) Coloring Book '63

If you're a fan of Peter Pan, or a fan of Peter Pan Peanut Butter (or both!), then this is your lucky day. In 1963, Derby Foods published this great coloring book featuring some really super fun artwork, and re-telling the famous J. M. Barrie story with 31 easy-to-color pictures! And in line with the Peter Pan Peanut Butter mascot of the time, our flying hero in this version actually becomes a heroine (and poor Tinker Bell pulls a gender-switcheroo too!) All of the other characters: Captain Hook, Wendy, The Lost Boys etc., remain recognizable. Enjoy a small sampling of the coloring pages, as well as the full color covers and inside cover ads.










15 comments:

Lysdexicuss said...

A Female Peter Pan... Karswell~ why must you confuse me into a state of unrecognized mixed emotions ;~j

Karswell said...

because you love it.

Mykal Banta said...

Karswell: I find this "Tinker" deeply disturbing, i.e. pot-belly, jug ears, and Dracula hairline - not to mention that serial-killer, amoral grin. Walt Disney must have peed himself twice with anger (as the character morphs were probably done to escape the Disney commando-squad of lawyers).

Also, I should not be turned on by "Peter Pan." This is all so wrong.

Cool drawings, though, and great post!

Cindy M said...

Well uh...I guess whoever the dingbat was who drew this coloring book didn't know the correct genders for the characters?? But it wasn't just the artist. Beats me...

Speaking of gender bending, a friend named Barbara went trick or treating (our last) with a Captain Hook mask on -- with a DRESS. She didn't know it was Capt. Hook; hadn't noticed the pencil-thin "mustache" painted onto the mask (one of those dime store 1970s style masks that came in lightweight cardboard boxes with plastic covering on top so you could see the mask inside) until I pointed it out. >:-\ Then she felt dumb, but it was too late to go home and change.

I cannot abide Capt. Hook since Dustin Hoffman's portrayal in the film. I don't know what happened to that man after "Tootsie" (and what's up with this bizarre string of coincidences), but he should have retired from acting after "Kramer vs. Kramer."

Anywho. Peter Pan is my favorite peanut butter, and meanwhile I'll forget this goofy comic (but thanks for posting it anyway Karswell).

Pappy said...

Ah, you whippersnappers don't remember that Peter Pan was on Broadway with Mary Martin in the title role; later on Olympic gymnast Cathy Rigby became associated with the part. Both of those versions were made into television specials.

Karswell said...

I'm well aware of females in the role of Peter Pan, in fact, as a kid I think I saw Sandy Duncan play PP onstage before I ever saw the amazing Disney animated movie version! I guess I've always found it strange that most stage productins always cast a female in this role... afterall, how many girls do you know named Peter?!!

My favorite thing in this comic is the back page of color floating heads--- Tinker Bell looks like some crazy Rankin Bass version of Prince Namor to me, haha...

KW said...

I wish they made Captain Hook female too.

Lysdexicuss said...

KW: would a female Captain Hook be Captain Hooker ? Either way, she'd rip off your tinker-balls.

Cindy M said...

"Lysdexicuss said...
KW: would a female Captain Hook be Captain Hooker ? Either way, she'd rip off your tinker-balls."

LOL!

As for real female actors portraying Peter, I guess it's their lithe build. But a young teenaged boy wouldn't do?

I'm especially confused by Tinker Bell being portrayed as male in this comic. He looks a bit like Looney Tunes' "The Gambling Bug."

I just might stick to Jif Natural after this.

prof. grewbeard said...

Tinker Bell portrayed by Sid Melton? never!

Aaron Bias said...

Hey, I remember Sandy Duncan as Peter, but the weirdly feminine Peter in this coloring book is still kinda creepy. Perhaps this should be called "The Flying Game" ?

Spectergirl said...

I think this Peter Pan has more of a rack than Sandy Duncan EVER had.

Anonymous said...

Peter Pan has been traditionally played on stage by a woman- since the first production, decades before Mary Martin took the role. Obviously an adult woman was easier to direct than a little boy. But how does this excuse drawing Peter as a woman? And how did Peter first become associated with the Robin Hood outfit? That's never mentioned in Barrie's novel, where Peter dresses in an outfit made of leaves. He makes his own clothes. He's a little boy. How is he going to create a get-up with boots and a feathered hat? Once a misinterpretation gets into the public consciousness, it's all over.

Craftypants Carol said...

this is sooooo cool. seriously.

wow. i kinda have a crush on girly-coloring-book peter pan now.

Karswell said...

Indeed, she's hot and I have zero problems with anything contained here in.