Harvey-Tomb

This is the grave marker for Alfred Harvey (1913-1994), founder of Harvey Comics, who is buried at Mount Hope Cemetery in Westchester County in New York. (Click on image to see larger picture).

I’m tempted to make some bad taste wisecracks about friendly ghosts, or how this headstone replaced an earlier one marked “Noveltoons”… but I gotta admit, that’s a really cool tombstone.

(Thanks, Mark Arnold)


  • http://twitter.com/ClassicShowbiz Kliph

    AMAZING!!!!

  • Jonah Sidhom

    haha… I can only hope I accomplish something in life that warrants a cool tombstone like that.

  • Mike Fontanelli

    Noveltomb.

  • Fred Sparrman

    Is there anything on the other side, or is that really “it”?

  • Paul N

    We should all have as recognizable a logo on our tombstone…

  • startend

    “We gather here today to honor the memory of this man, and to try not to make a smirk while looking at his tombstone.”

  • http://MrFunsBlog Floyd Norman

    I gotta confess that really is a cool tombstone. Or, perhaps I should say, Toon Stone.

    Oddly enough, I remember working with a old Disney animator named, Harvey Toombs back in the fifties. He was a darn good animator.

  • http://tangoland.com Cynthia

    Yeah, cool Tombstone, and SO appropriate for the company..boy they made crummy cartoons! YEEESH!

  • http://thft.home.att.net Mark Arnold

    To Fred Sparrman: There is a bit more to it, a less impressive standard flat marker that states: “Alfred Harvey October 6, 1913-July 4, 1994″ and “Everyone Loved Him” — and some Hebrew text that I believe states the same thing.

  • http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3125612 Edward R. Cox

    Excellent tomb stone!

    (But do they clean it with “the dip”?) ;-D

  • top cat james

    “Th-Th-Th-That’s All, Folks!”

  • DW

    “Harvey is a funny name” – Ralph Kramden
    Also a six-foot-three-and-a-half-inch invisible rabbit.

  • Tom Heres

    Very memorable headstone. If I saw that from the road I’d have to stop and take a closer look, definitely.

  • http://robcatview.blogspot.com robcat2075

    That’s great!

    That’s right up there with “I told you I was sick!”

    I hope he had that made before he died so he could enjoy it a bit.

    The sculptor should be proud. I got curious and took a look at the online portfolios of “grave memorial” makers. None of them had anything this far out.

  • Fred Sparrman

    This would really freak out kids who were Harvey comics readers, walking through the graveyard. Or would they start digging, looking for a huge buried trove of comic books?

  • http://ramapithblog.blogspot.com David Gerstein

    Rumor has it that the grave also contains several of Katnip’s nine lives.

  • Tom D.

    cynthia says “…boy they made crummy cartoons! YEEESH!…”

    i disagree.

  • sporridge

    Gives new meaning to “Last Chance Harvey.”

    But seriously, the Harvey Clown* is beautifully detailed and a lighthearted spot in a place of sorrow.

    * Did he ever have a name? Can’t recall from all those Baby Huey comics I read for years.

  • http://dailygrail.com/blog/8389 red pill junkie

    Already envisioning your Hornswiggle tombstone, Jerry? :-P

  • Thad

    Fontanelli’s is best.

    Is it true you can press down on Mel Blanc’s tombstone and it will spout Looney Tunes phrases?

  • Paul N

    Dammit, Jerry! Thanks to you I’ve had the Harveytoons theme running through my head all day!

  • Thom Foolery

    Oh man, that’s better than Mel Blanc’s (for those that don’t know, his says “That’s all folks!”)!

  • http://www.swordandsarcasm.com/ Chuck Fiala

    As a fan of Harvey Comics, I have to approve.

  • Dave G

    Is Joe Barbera’s a marble dog wearing a straw hat?

  • Chris Sobieniak

    If I ever get one made for my passing, it should feature my trademark penmanship!

    Aside from Hornswiggle, I sorta picture Jerry’s having a Latin phrase of sorts thrown in as well, just can’t think of one right now!

  • RODAN

    crummy compared to what? Not compared to the ones they make today? Which are crummy, vulgar, shallow and just plane stupid.

    I always had time in the mornings for HARVEYTOONS….

    Thanks for posting this!

  • Bob Porrazzo

    Grave markers/tombstones are supposed to be sad. For some reason, this one makes me smile.

  • J Lee

    If you take off the front of the tombstone, is there a similar logo that says “Noveltoon” underneath?

  • rab smith

    ‘here I am…whoever I was’ is a personal favorite, apparantly this adorns UK comedian MARTY FELDMAN’S tombstone [at his own pre-death suggestion]………..

  • Bob

    Wow, that is amazing! It appears to have been carved by hand. I’d hate to think how much that cost!

    Could Casper or Hot Stuff be engraved on the opposite side??

  • James Cimarusti

    It’s a Booo-tiful marker!

  • Lara Smith

    “Could Casper or Hot Stuff be engraved on the opposite side??”

    Hot Stuff?! No way! You’d never put a devil on a tombstone!

  • marbpl

    Hebrew translation: “Efraim Hirsh son of Reb Avraham Abba, Died 25 Tammuz 5794″ folled by an abbreviation of the verse “May his soul be bound up in the bond of eternal life”
    http://www.jewishgen.org/InfoFiles/tombstones.html