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Cool T-Shirt Design: Cartoon Wigs Museum

I love this T-shirt design by Rodrigo Leonardo Batista Ferreira (aka rodrigobhz). Ferreira submitted this to and won their weekly contest. Now you can purchase it as a limited edition tee here. How many characters can you name?

(Thanks, Tara O’Neil)

  • Ah, that’s clever! I’m not positive about a lot of these but I think I know most of them:

    1919: Olive Oyl
    1929: Tintin
    1930: Betty Boop
    1935: ???
    1950: Charlie Brown
    1952: Astro Boy
    1959: ???
    1960: Wilma Flintstone
    1966: Smurfette
    1969: Shaggy
    1970: Josie (of the Pussycats)
    1983: He-Man
    1984: ???
    1985: Lion-O
    1986: Calvin (sans Hobbes)
    1987: Homer Simpson
    1993: Beavis
    1995: Freakazoid
    1996: Dexter
    2000: Master Shake

  • Oh! 1935 is Little Lulu, of course.

  • Katella Gate

    Absolutely brilliant.

    ps: 1984 is also throwing me for a loop.

  • George

    All but one…

    Olive Oyl, TinTin, Betty Boop, Little Lulu, Charlie Brown, Astro Boy, Obelix, Wilma Flintstone, Smurfette (did she exist that early with blonde hair?), Shaggy, Josie, He-Man, ???, Lion-O, Calvin, Homer Simpson, Beavis, Freakazoid, Dexter, Master Shake

    In any case, thanks for the heads up, the shirt’s been ordered ;p

  • charlemagne

    1959 is Obelix.

  • JC Loophole

    I believe 1959 is Obelix from the Asterix comics/movies. I recognize the 1984 but can’t quite place it…

  • Kion

    1984 egon from ghostbusters cartoon

  • CecilTheTurtle

    1959: Osterix

  • CecilTheTurtle

    Sorry: OBELIX, of Asterix and Obelix

  • Kevin

    I think 1959 is Obelix as in Asterix and Obelix.
    But 1984 evades me as well.

  • 1959 is Obelix (from Asterix)

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  • George

    Never mind, Kion is definitely right, the year threw me, but that’s Egon’s hair!

  • Dokeck

    I vote for Egon too. Thats his curl.

  • startstop

    That one on the lower left is from Beavis and Butthead!

  • Sat

    I couldn’t find 1984 and 1996. It does teach something about character design though!

  • Christopher Cook

    Egon is right, but the year is wrong. While Egon was dark-haired (Ivan Reitman) in the Ghostbusters movie of 1984, his blond cartoon counterpart came out in 1986.

  • Chuck Howell

    Well done, troops! I couldn’t place Egon either, and the correct year wouldn’t have helped one whit.

  • Man, I loved Freakazoid!

  • Thom Foolery

    What I find interesting is that Calvin (1986) is among the group. He is the only character listed that has never appeared in an animated cartoon.

  • Alfons Moline

    George: Yes, the Smurfette had already blonde hair by 1966. Peyo created her that year in the comic story precisely titled ‘The Smurfette’, published in the Belgian comic weekly SPIROU in serialized form, and then reprinted in album the following year. In the beginning of that story, she had been created by Gargamel and had black hair, but Papa Smurf embellished her, turning into a blonde.

  • I join the many other individuals stumped by 84. It DOES look like the ego-curl, but yeah.. wrong year. :/

  • You mean… Harold Ramis.

  • Whoops, accidentally submitted my post before I finished. I was saying, with Harold Ramis’ hair being dark in Ghostbusters, even as a kid I was confused why Egon was a scary blond dude in the Real Ghostbusters. That and their jumpsuits were different colors. Ah, ’80s cartoons.

  • I’m pretty sure I’ve got them all but ’84 and ’93. The design is an interesting little commentary on how cartoons (and viewer tastes) have evolved over the years, too.

  • I like the nod to the much underrated Freakazoid!
    It was ahead of it’s time.

  • Tom Pope

    Totally wiffed on Obelix, knew “84” was Ghostbusters but didn’t know which Buster.

  • Ron

    @Trevour- I would bet it has something to do with image copyright and likeness laws. If the Egon cartoon character looked too much like Harold Ramis, he’d be entitled to money for them using his likeness. Harrison Ford and Robin Williams both got in to legal tangles with studios over that issue. Ford over the Han Solo action figures and Williams over the Genie from Aladdin.

  • Ah, I had never heard of Obelix (or Asterix) before. No wonder I couldn’t figure out who he was.

    Yeah, 1984 does look very much like Egon (now that people have pointed it out) but that cartoon didn’t start until 1986. 1984 was the right year for the movie, though, so maybe that’s what the artist intended.

  • I thought Calvin was from 1985 (when the strip started).

  • Chris Sobieniak

    Without reading anyone else’s response, here’s my list…
    1919 Olive Oyl (Thimble Theater
    1929 Tintin
    1930 Betty Boop
    1935 Little Lulu
    1950 Charlie Brown (Peanuts)
    1952 Atom/Astro Boy
    1959 Obelix (Asterix The Gaul)
    1960 Wilma (The Flintstones)
    1966 Smurfette (The Smurfs)
    1969 Norville “Shaggy” Rogers (Scooby Doo, Where Are You?)
    1970 ??? (Josie & The Pussycats)
    1983 Adam/He-Man (He-Man and the Masters of the Universe)
    1984 ??
    1985 ??
    1986 Calvin (Calvin & Hobbes)
    1987 Homer Simpson (The Simpsons)
    1993 Beavis (Beavis & Butt-Head
    1995 Freakazoid
    1996 Dexter (Dexter’s Laboratory)
    2000 Master Shake (Aqua Teen Hunger Force)

  • Christopher Cook

    “You mean… Harold Ramis.”

    Correct. Dunno what I was thinking.

  • I always thought they made Egon blonde to more easily differentiate between the characters. Aykroyd, Murray, and Ramis all have nearly the same hair color. The Ray, Peter, and Egon of the cartoon all had very different shades (Peter had light brown, Ray had black).

  • Keith

    Correction, Ray had light brown, Peter had dark brown. Ray’s was almost red in the cartoon.

    Re: the different-colored jumpsuits, that bugged me as a kid, too, but–unlike the hair color–they actually explained it in one episode! There was a flashback to right after the movie, they return to the firehouse post-Stay-Puft, though I don’t think they had marshmallow all over their suits–just slime in general. Egon says they’ve gotta ditch the suits, kinda like what happens in GB2, too much bad stuff on ’em, so they break out the colorful ones… and the nasty movie suits manifest ghosts of the 4 ‘busters, if memory serves. Something like that.

    Anyway, neat design!

  • s.w.a.c.

    Something off about Master Shake though…maybe it should just have been a lid and a straw.

  • beauty

    Betty Boops hairstyle looks the best

  • Kevin Martinez

    That had to have been done by someone who loves his cartoons and did his homework on animation history. The fingerprints are just too obvious.

  • I like how smurfettes is little and blue. Clever piece!