Teach with Fun Mentor: Count Morbida the Vampire?

Teach with Fun Mentors:

Each week I hope to focus on a creator (illustrator/designer/idea person) that I consider a mentor — teaches in books, magazines — in innovative and fun ways. This week we look at a pink vampire or the brilliant creators, Linda Williams Aber (Author), Arthur Friedman (Illustrator).

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I grew up on Scooby Doo, peanut butter, and Dynamite magazine. (I pretty much lived on peanut butter, which probably explains why I didn’t grow past 4′ 11′, but that’s another story).

There was a character that was featured in each issue named Count Morbida who entertained the kids with story and puzzles to solve. It was colorful and fun with a mix of spooky, and I was deeply in love. Looking at the magazine now I can feel myself transported to my little kid place of wonder.

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This weird pink vampire ultimately taught creative problem-solving within a funky fun environment that you could jump right into, and if you are into spooky without the horror/gore but all the whimsy, this was excellent. My brain was forced to bend and stretch to figure out his weekly puzzle.

A couple of blogs I found mention the magazine:

70s Child

Dynamite Magazine on Wikipedia (all the issues)

Looking for Count Morbid I found this fab book I HAVE to have

The old recording

A blend of Edward Gorey and Sesame Street

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I have this book I bought off Ebay. It’s consists of all black and white drawings so it loses its colorful appeal, but the writing is still entertaining.

Go explore a little Count Morbida.

Until next time,


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