The Milton the Monster Show
As far as monsters go, Milton lacked the fundamental ferocity to become a true terror. His appeal, however, was such that he was granted headliner status for the half-hour, The Milton the Monster Show. Each episode in the series consisted of three, 7-minute segments starring a different character. Unrelated to one another, a total of six character segments were created for the series: Milton the Monster, Fearless Fly, Flukey Luke, Muggy-Doo, Penny Penguin and Stuffy Durma. Milton the Monster was the only segment included in each of the episodes, the others rotating on a random basis.
In the Milton the Monster segment, self proclaimed master monster maker, Professor Weirdo, mistakenly added too great a dose of tenderness while creating Milton. From this misstep was born a friendly monster who respected others and refused to terrorize the community. In shame, the professor never passed an opportunity to rid himself of his greatest failure.
In the show’s main supporting segment, Fearless Fly, an average and unassuming housefly named Hirem transformed into the super-powered, bespectacled hero Fearless Fly when danger loomed.
Flukey Luke was a modern cowboy who moved to the city to become a private eye. His dumb luck made up for a lack of skill when putting his main adversary, the mobster Spider Webb, behind bars.
Muggy-Doo used his wily fox ways to con people out of their possessions or to make a quick buck. Unfortunately for Muggy, he was never quite crafty enough to escape justice.
Penny Penguin was a bratty little penguin whose lack of common sense created one misfortune after another for her beleaguered parents.
Stuffy Durma was a hobo who inherited $10,000,000. Despite buying a townhouse and hiring a handler named Bradley Brinkley to teach him culture, he continuously shirked his newfound responsibilities only to be put back on course by the ever-vigilant Brinkley.
The Milton the Monster Show lasted for 26 episodes and aired from 1965–1968. Created by Hal Seeger Productions, the series isn’t generally well known, but the studio did follow up in 1968 with perhaps its most popular creation, Batfink.