Twinkle, The Star That Came Down From Heaven


In the mid-1960s, when I was in elementary school, I had a subscription to HUMPTY DUMPTY MAGAZINE. A very weird comic strip therein was titled "Twinkle, The Star That Came Down From Heaven." (Seen above, drawn by Jerry Smath, and courtesy of the Flickr stream of Glen Mullaly.) Even as a kid, I knew it was strange. A living, sentient star who manifested on Earth in a bipolar costume and kept his face-equipped iconic star head? And did he come from the celestial heaven or the Christian Heaven? Far out!

Little did I know until recently that "Twink" had earlier adventures in the 1940s, in the pages of CALLING ALL KIDS, that were even more bizarre in their fashion. Unfortunately, no information remains about the writer and/or artist who was crazed enough to invent Twinkle.


You can read several issues here.

This issue appears to be Twink's origin story.

I love those giant railroad engineer/welder's gloves he wears in his 1940s incarnation.
     Posted By: Paul - Mon Apr 15, 2013
     Category: Anthropomorphism | Fey, Twee, Whimsical, Naive and Sadsack | Freaks, Oddities, Quirks of Nature | Comics | Children | 1940s | 1960s

The illustrations remind me of the "Rocky & Bullwinkle" style. I vaguely remember the Humpty Dumpty mags at the doctors office during the '60's but Twinkle doesn't really ring a bell.
Posted by KDP on 04/15/13 at 05:40 PM
I thought the same thing, KDP.
It certainly looks like Alex Anderson's work, not Jerry Smath's, if this is the same Jerry Smath that's famous for children's books.

Sad note: Alex Anderson, who died in 2010, had to sue to get credit for creating The art for Rocky and Bullwinkle, settling for acknowledgement as the creator, and a lump sum giving for giving up the rights to the character's images.
Posted by Captain DaFt on 04/15/13 at 09:29 PM
Absolutely no recollection of either. I must have missed both as I was born in ...... 47!
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 04/16/13 at 12:15 AM
A Google Image search for "jerry smath" reveals such images as this:

Pretty consistent with Twinkle and the Humpty Dumpty magazine contents.
Posted by Paul on 04/16/13 at 10:36 AM
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