Broom Hilda – Enchanted Forest

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Broom Hilda is a wacky, ill-tempered, comic-strip witch who showed up on television in 1971 as a rotating segment of the Saturday morning Archie cartoon show (produced by Filmations) and later resurfaced on animated segments of NBC cartoon series FABULOUS FUNNIES (1978-79). Jane Webb provided Broom Hilda’s cartoon voice.

Broom-Hilda lives in an enchanted forest with surreal landscapes. She is 1500-years-old, smokes cigars, guzzles beer, flies on a broom, and claims to be married to Attila the Hun.

Her forest friends are a blue, furry naive troll named Irwin and a purple intellectual buzzard with glasses named Gaylord.

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Broom Hilda once dated Quasimodo, the Hunchback of Notre Dame. But the date didn’t go very well. As Broom Hilda confessed “How was I to know that his idea of fun was to sit on a ledge and imitate gargoyles?”

In a moment of passion, Broom Hilda dive-bombed a marching band and thoroughly kissed them all before flying off with her broom into the wild blue yonder.

As for Technology, Broom Hilda is not very hip. Once when a computer said “You’ve got mail!” she walked outside to her mail box then returned to shout “Liar!” at the computer screen for misleading her.

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NOTE: The Broom Hilda character was created by cartoonist Russell Myers who hails from Pittsburg, Kansas.

An alumnus of the University of Tulsa, Myers was hired by Hallmark Greeting Cards in Kansas City, Missouri in 1960 to write and illustrate greeting cards. On April 19, 1970 his Broom Hilda comic-strip was born in the Chicago Tribune Syndicate.

Astonished at his success Myers said “I created a little witch, a little troll and a little buzzard. What’s so magical about that? They paid all my bills!”

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Broom Hilda
c/o The Enchanted Forest

Fabulous Funnies (Website)
Broom Hilda Cartoon – 1 (Video)
Broom Hilda Cartoon – 2 (Video)

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Born in Philadelphia, Jerome Alphonse Holst worked 30 years as a librarian. He has since retired and lives in Greensboro, North Carolina. Mr. Holst is also the author of the children’s books “Norman the Troll,” "Norman the Troll and the Haunted House," and "Gretchen and the Gremlins." In addition, he penned the fantasy novel “The Adventures of Glinda Gale,” a retelling of “The Wizard of Oz" and the reference text “The Encyclopedia of Movie and TV Insults.” .

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