PopMatters | Sarah Boslaugh | August 10, 2009
MELVIN reviewed by PopMatters
In 1965 America was awash in comic monsters. On CBS Fred Gwynne, Yvonne De Carlo and Al Lewis were camping it up on The Munsters, while their ABC rivals The Addams Family featured John Astin, Carolyn Jones and Jackie Coogan in a series based on the New Yorker cartoons of Charles Addams. Boris Karloff performed Bobby “Boris” Pickett’s novelty song “The Monster Mash” on Shindig! and cartoonist John Stanley, best known for his work on Dell’s Little Lulu comics, produced the comic Melvin Monster which featured a little monster boy who is a disappointment to his parents because he want to be good.