Little Audrey

1948 Series

Publisher: St. John
Publication Dates: April 1948 – May 1952
Number of Issues Published: 24 (#1 – #24)
Color: color
Dimensions: standard Golden Age US
Paper Stock: newsprint
Binding: saddle-stitched
Publishing Format: was ongoing series
Publication Type: magazine

Indicia title changed to “Little Audrey Comics” in issues #7-#9, then back to “Little Audrey” in #10.

Numbering continues with Little Audrey (Harvey, 1952 series) #25

1952 Series

Publisher: Harvey
Publication Dates: August 1952 – April 1957
Number of Issues Published: 29 (#25 – #53)
Color: color
Dimensions: standard Silver Age US
Paper Stock: newsprint
Binding: saddle-stitched
Publishing Format: was ongoing series
Publication Type: magazine

“Paramount Pictures Favorite Star Little Audrey” on cover.

Little Audrey and Melvin

Publisher: Harvey
Publication Dates: May 1962 – December 1973
Number of Issues Published: 61 (#1 – #61)
Color: color
Dimensions: standard Silver Age US
Paper Stock: newsprint
Binding: saddle-stitched
Publishing Format: was ongoing series
Publication Type: magazine

Numbering continues with Audrey & Melvin (Harvey, 1974 series) #62

TV Funtime

Publisher: Harvey
Publication Dates: September 1962 – October 1971
Number of Issues Published: 33 (#1 – #33)
Color: color
Dimensions: standard Silver Age US
Paper Stock: newsprint
Binding: saddle-stitched
Publishing Format: was ongoing series
Publication Type: magazine

Playful Little Audrey

Publisher: Harvey

Publication Dates: June 1956 – April 1976
Number of Issues Published: 121 (#1 – #121)
Color: color
Dimensions: standard Silver Age US; later standard Modern Age US
Paper Stock: glossy cover; newsprint interior
Binding: saddle-stitched
Publishing Format: was ongoing series
Publication Type: magazine

‘Playful’ dropped off cover title from #111 to #115.

Information thanks to the Grand Comics Database

Little Audrey (full name: Audrey Smith) is a fictional character, appearing in Paramount Pictures’ Famous Studios cartoons from 1947 to 1959. She is considered a variation of the better-known Little Lulu, devised after Paramount decided not to renew the license on Marjorie Henderson Buell’s comic strip character. Despite some superficial similarities between the two characters, the Famous animators were at pains to design Audrey in contrast to Lulu, adopting an entirely different color scheme and employing the stylistic conventions common to Famous Studios’ later ’40s repertoire, as opposed to Buell’s individualistic rendering of Little Lulu. Little Audrey was voiced by Mae Questel, who had also voiced Little Lulu, as well as most of Paramount’s other major female cartoon characters including Betty Boop and Olive Oyl.

Animation historian Jerry Beck notes Famous Studios animator Steve Mufatti drew a short-lived “Little Audrey” comic strip in 1951 syndicated by King Features. These strips were also reprinted in 1952-55 Harvey Comics.

The Birth of Little Audrey

To recap, Little Audrey was created by Seymour Kneitel in 1946. In the first story, a mother needs a little girl, and finds herself an artist (Nudnik) to paint her one. With one spritz from a bottle of water of life, the painting springs to life with the words “Hi, I’m Little Audrey

Later comic series were titled Playful Little Audrey and Little Audrey & Melvin. In the latter, Audrey and Melvin become less antagonistic and Audrey demonstrates affections for and jealousy towards him, much like Little Lulu had tone with Tubby Tompkins.

During her most successful period, Audrey starred in at least four of her own titles and was a back-up feature in Richie Rich, Casper, and Dot. The character lasted until 1976, when an industry-wide distribution slump brought an end to most of Harvey’s line and most children’s comics in general. Since that time, the character has undergone several revivals and made scattered television and video appearances, most notably in The Richie Rich Show (1996) and Baby Huey’s Great Easter Adventure (1998).

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UPDATE 18-11-2019

Harvey Classics 1,2,6,7,8 And Melvin 13,23,35,36,39

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Playful Little Audry 2,79,85,92,97,109

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10,26,31,42,43

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And Melvin 3,4,12,21,25,27,31,33

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And Melvin 37,42,43,47,48,52

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And Melvin 55,56,60,61

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Clubhouse 1, TV Funtime 4,8,14,17,18

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Playful 7,9,12,15,45,53,55,58,70

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Playful 73-76,78,80,84

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Playful 86-88,91,96,104,107,112

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Playful 113-121

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Harvey Hits 11, 2,4-9

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