A Comics Tribute to Annette Funicello

A beloved Disney icon whose burgeoning adolescence entranced a generation of Mickey Mouse Club Watchers—before she went on to become a beach blanket staple and Skippy peanut butter enthusiast—Annette Funicello died earlier this week at the age of 70. In a very full life she also managed to have a surprisingly large comic book presence. While this cover gallery speaks to Disney’s endless—and disturbing—series of chintzy movies, looking at Annette’s essential perkiness in a jaunty scarf and pristine white gloves, gives ample evidence of why she was so beloved in her day.

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Despite that essential jauntiness, for her life story, Annette appears haggard, heavily retouched and perhaps in need of a good lip waxing. On the plus side: Kitty!

Farewell, Annette. May your surf ever be up!

Images courtesy of Torsten Adair.]

Comments

  1. V.E.G. says:

    Rest in peace, Annette!

  2. george says:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XcKgC6hJqDg

    Dig Annette’s backup band in this clip: The Beach Boys!

    At least Annette never felt the need to “change her image” by making an R-rated raunchfest, like the current Disney starlets in “Spring Breakers.”

  3. Hey, I’ve actually got that Dell Comic with “Spin and Marty and Annette.” Picked it up ages ago because I am a fan of Annette, both as a Mousketeer and her Beach Party movies. She seemed like a nice lady with a lot of class. Her passing is sad, but I’m glad she’s no longer in pain from her illness.

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