Frank and His Friend was a popular newspaper comic in the late 1970s and early 1980s, featuring an inventive and enthusiastic unnamed child and his rag doll named Frank. The comic was created by Clarence 'Otis' Dooley and syndicated by Button Features. At its height of popularity, the characters graced everything from lunchboxes and t-shirts to bed sheets and wallpaper. In 1982, creator Clarence ‘Otis’ Dooley was even in negotiations with Benday Studios to bring Frank and His Friend to television sets in an animated series. (Although the deal ultimately fell through when the studio folded as a result of heavy investment into the North American laser disc market, much of the pre-production work still exists.)