GROOVY BONUS! The original art for the cover of Flash #123,
the inspiration for this DBB issue of "Secret Origins."
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Our story starts with author Max Shulman, who created a character named Dobie Gillis, a love-sick teenage high school boy, and portrayed him in a series of short stories which were collected in paperbacks...

Dobie got his own movie in 1953, The Affairs of Dobie Gillis, starring Bobby Van as Dobie, and Debbie Reynolds as his girlfriend...
Then came the Dobie TV series, "The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis." Actor Dwayne Hickman was cast as Dobie, but Hickman had recently played a character named Chuck on the popular series "Love That Bob." To make sure no one confused the two characters, the producers made Hickman dye his hair blonde.

BELOW: Brown-haired Hickman as Chuck on "Love That Bob," and blonde Hickman as Dobie Gillis on the cover of TV Guide.
TRIVIANOTE: The cast of "Dobie Gillis" was the inspiration for the "Scooby Doo" cast. Fred was based on Dobie (blonde Dwayne Hickman), Shaggy on Maynard (Bob Denver), Velma on Zelda (Sheila James Kuehl) and Daphne on Thalia (Tuesday Weld).

At this time (1960), DC had several licensed titles-- comic book versions of Jerry Lewis and Dean Martin, not to mention fabled funnyman Bob Hope...

There's Hope -- pictured below reading the second issue of his DC title.
DC added "The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis" to their line in 1960.

BELOW: DC in-house ad for The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis #1, story by Arnold Drake, art by Bob Oksner and Tex Blaisdell.

TV Dobie (below, left) opened each show by musing in front of a replica of Rodan's famous "Thinker" statue. Comic book Dobie (below, right) followed in his footsteps, starting with the splash page of issue number one...
A typical Dobie Gillis splash page, by Bob Oksner...
A year into the Dobie television series, Dwayne Hickman was allowed to let his hair return to its natural brown color, and Dobie became a brunette without any explanation. It just happened.
Comic book Dobie's hair did the same, staying brown for the remainder of the series...
The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis ran for 26 issues, ending with the October 1964 edition, outlasting the Dobie television show (cancelled in 1963) by almost a full year. After this, Dobie Gillis and Maynard Krebs were never again seen in comic books. OR WERE THEY?!?!?!?