When I was a kid, channel 11, KTVT, in Fort Worth, Texas was an independent superstation in the Southwest (They have since become a CBS affiliate). The Monday night late movies each summer were the Andy Hardy series which I discovered one evening by accident. I've since recorded most of the series off TCM.
Anyhow, I immediately fell in love with the Hardy family who lived the American Dream in the quaint little town of Carville. They were decent, moral, and patriotic people.
The first Hardy family movie was A Family Affair in 1937 which centered around Judge Hardy's entire family. The film was so popular it became a series, with much of the cast being replaced for the series. Lionel Barrymore, the first Judge Hardy, was replaced by Lewis Stone, the quintessential Judge Hardy. It wasn't long before teenage son Andy, played by Mickey Rooney in every installment, stole the show. The films then revolved around Andy's misadventures, including girl trouble, car trouble, and various other "jams." Many of the films have the name Andy Hardy in the title.
In all there were sixteen Hardy films, with the original series from 1937 to 1946, and a sequel in 1958. The series took Andy from high school through college and beyond. After the series' demise, the Hardy family could be heard on radio in 1949-50.
The final Hardy movie, Andy Hardy Comes Home, was in 1958. A grown and married Andy, now an attorney, comes home to Carville after having been away several years. This film was intended to be a revival of the series as the words "to be continued" appeared on screen during the final scene. But the movie was a box office flop failing to capture the magic of the previous series. Andy Hardy is one of those forever young characters who'll forever be frozen in time as a high school or college boy.
So did Andy Hardy ever have a comic book connection? I'm only aware of one Andy Hardy comic bearing Mickey Rooney's likeness. It's a movie adaptation of the 1946 film Love Laughs at Andy Hardy. It was issue # 3 of Fiction House's Movie Comics. I recently saw a copy on ebay with a Buy it Now price of around $100. A mint copy would be worth over 400 bucks. I guess I won't be adding this one to my collection any time soon.
Dell did about six Andy Hardy comics from 1952-54, but the character doesn't look much like Mickey Rooney. Never having read one of these comics, I don't know how closely it resembles the movie series or if Andy had been updated for the 50s.
I have read that Andy Hardy was the inspiration for the Archie character which may very well be one of the legacies of Andy Hardy. One more comic connection: Ann Rutherford appeared in 13 episodes as Andy's high school sweetheart, Polly Benedict, from 1937-1942. Rutherford went on to marry William Dozier, producer of the Batman TV series.
Only a few Hardy movies are available on video, so you might have to try broadcast television. If you've never seen one, I highly recommend them, especially if you're a 40s nostalgia buff like me. As Andy might say, "They're good clean fun."