When Martin Nodell, creator of the Green Lantern comic character died recently I spoke of the Giants of the Earth passing on. Recently we have seen some really big guns of pop culture move on to the afterlife: Joey, Dee Dee, and Johnny Ramone, Ray Charles, Johnny Cash, Frank Gorshin, James Doohan, Don Adams, Lou Rawls, Al Lewis, Don Knotts, Bob Denver, Darren McGavin, Billy Preston, Jack Palance, Martin Nodell, James Brown, and now ... Joseph Barbera.
Talk about giants!
Well, anyone who's reading this already knows Joseph Barbera. I'll go ahead and assume that, but let's just remind each other of this great man's contribution to the world of smiles and laughter. The following is a list of the my favorite Hanna-Barbera characters and/or shows I grew up with. A complete list of Barbera's creative work would take all day to compile ...
Of course, coming into the world via 1963, the pre 1960's cartoons I saw in various syndicated formats, and the shows just got better and better, but perhaps peeking with Scooby-Doo Where Are You? in 1969.
Tom & Jerry (1940)
The Huckleberry Hound Show (1958)
The Quick Draw McGraw Show (1959)
The Flintstones (1960)
Top Cat (1961)
The Yogi Bear Show (1961)
Wally Gator (1962)
The Jetsons (1962)
The Magilla Gorilla Show (1963)
Jonny Quest (1964)
The Atom Ant/Secret Squirrel Show (1965)
Hillbilly Bears (1965)
Space Ghost (1966)
Frankenstein Jr. (1966)
The Impossibles (1966)
The Herculoids (1967)
The Fantastic Four (1967)
Moby Dick (1967)
Mighty Mightor (1967)
Birdman & the Galaxy Trio (1967)
The Banana Splits Adventure Hour (1968) "Banana Splits (Theme)" performed by THE DICKIES
The Wacky Races (1968)
Scooby-Doo Where Are You? (1969)
Where's Huddles? (1970)
Josie & the Pussycats (1970)
Pebbles & Bamm Bamm (1971)
Help! It's the Hair Bear Bunch (1971)
The Funky Phantom (1971)
Josie & the Pussycats in Outer Space (1972)
Wait Till Your Father Gets Home (1972)
The New Scooby-Doo Movies (1973)
Speed Buggy (1973)
Goober & the Ghost Chasers (1973)
Inch High Private Eye (1973)
Super Friends (1973)
Hong Kong Phooey (1974)
Partridge Family: 2200 (1974)
The New Tom & Jerry/Grape Ape Show (1975)
The Scooby-Doo/Dynomutt Hour (1976)
Captain Caveman & the Teen Angels (1977)
2 Stupid Dogs (1993)
The What A Cartoon! Show (1994)
The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest (1995)
Dexter's Laboratory (1996)
Johnny Bravo (1997)
Cow & Chicken (1997)
The Powerpuff Girls (1998)
Ed, Edd, & Eddy (1999)
Yes, this list isn't even near complete in terms of Joseph Barbera's accomplishments. There are some shows that obscure in mind or I just never had the pleasure of seeing, but even from this partial totem pole we can all witness the massive contribution Mr. Barbera made to the world of popular entertainment.
Think about it.
What would the world be like without Scooby-Doo, Fred Flintstone, and Yogi Bear?
A little less, that's all. We'd have a little less happiness in our lives.