A New Video For The Monkees – Using Their Old Dell Comics

Yes, The Monkees are back: Michael Nesmith, Mickey Dolenz, and Peter Tork have reunited for a new album, and Rivers Cuomo has written them a classically Monkees song. “She Makes Me Laugh.” Aside from being a fun, poppy song — the kind the group is often remembered for, though there’s a lot of deeper stuff in their catalogue — the video also pays homage to their younger days and their fallen member, Davey Jones.

And here’s the connection to Fanboy Planet: using panels (possibly randomly assembled) from The Monkees comics from the 1960s, published by Dell Comics, this video highlights MonkeeMania. There’s even a few panels of MonkeeMan (Peter). Poking around the internet, the art credits are either Sal Trapani or Dick Giordano on pencils, and it looks suspiciously like Bob Oksner inking. UPDATE: Thanks to Tom Galloway for suggesting it’s actually mostly art by Jose Delbo, with possible panels by Trapani, Giordano, and Frank McLaughlin. UPDATE 2: Scott Shaw! confirms that all the art is by Jose Delbo.

So how long before somebody gathers a nice hardcover of 1960s Dell “Teen Idol” comics?

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In addition to running Fanboy Planet, Derek has written for ActionAce, Daily Radar, Once Upon A Dime, and The Wave. He has contributed stories to Arcana Comics (The Greatest American Hero) and Monsterverse Comics (Bela Lugosi's Tales from the Grave). He performs with ComedySportz San Jose and ShakesBEERience, in addition to occasional screenwriting and acting jobs. If you ever played Eric's Ultimate Solitaire on the Macintosh, it was Derek's voice as The Weasel that urged you to play longer. You can buy his book "I Was Flesh Gordon" on the Amazon link at the right. Email him at editor@fanboyplanet.com.