Friday, April 18, 2014

Fandom Library: Screen Thrills #7!

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Covers Redux!

Time for another round of "Covers Redux," in which I compare two Marvel Comics covers, the original and the reprint, looking for differences!
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First up, it's Amazing Spider-Man #131 and the reprint in Marvel Tales #10. There's been some changes made here, although I'm having a difficult time figuring out how it was done. If you look at the Spider-Man figure on both covers, he's clearly closer to the edge of the page on the original than in the reprint, yet when you look at Aunt May's bridal veil, it seems to be the same distance on both! Yet, I can't spot where there's any real changes made that would accommodate this! It's almost as though it was rotated slightly, which wouldn't make any sense. Of course, the blurb has been altered between the two covers, too.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Comic Reading Library: Space Detective #4!

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Since this issue isn't complete (only the first two stories are present) I'm including a bonus at the end!

CBT: Hokey Wolf and Ding-a-Ling Featuring Huckleberry Hound!

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

The Monster Times #24!

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Comic Book Ads: More Miscellaneous Ads!

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And it's more miscellaneous stuff, although we might touch back on an item or two from last time! Anyway, here's an ad for Nabisco Shredded Wheat with their latest gimmick to get kids to want to eat those huge, dry biscuits! Eventually they'd come up with the spoon size version, and then frosted, and that would get the kids eating even without a prize!

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I don't see how even this offer made Grape Nuts appealing to kids.. even as an adult, I can't stand 'em!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

My Favorite Movies: A Hard Day's Night!

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As promised, this time around, I'm taking a look at the Beatles first movie, A Hard Day's Night, which of course is one of my favorite movies! This movie was a bit of a risk by United Artists in some ways – only Elvis Presley had been making movies so far that featured a musical performer of the day (yes, there were movies that had other rockers, such as Little Richard, performing in them, but they were almost more guest spots, just to play their songs, and that was about the extent of their role). One would have to go back to Bing Crosby's movies (many of them co-starring Bob Hope) or Frank Sinatra to find a film that featured a musical performer starring in them – and Bing and Frank had been demonstrating on radio that they could act!

The story goes that United Artists mainly signed the Beatles to this film because it would give them a soundtrack album, which they figured would sell well (as it did), but at the same time, they filmed it in black and white instead of color to save money (pretty cheap of them, eh?). Of course, the follow-up film, Help!, was filmed in color (and had a lot more location shooting).

I didn't get to see A Hard Day's Night until sometime in the late 1980s or early 1990s, either on a videotape release rented from the local video store or when it was shown on VH1 (more likely the former, as I'd rent tapes pretty much every weekend back then). I'd had one opportunity previously to see the movie when it was shown in a limited engagement in Seattle, either in the late 1970s or early 1980s (more likely the latter this time), but it didn't happen... at the time, my family had relatives visiting from out of town, and they planned to go up to Seattle for the Underground Seattle tour. I'd asked if they could drop me at the theater so I could watch the movie while they did the tour, but my parents said if I wasn't going on the tour with them, I should stay home. So I stayed home (I never went on that tour until after I'd met my second wife, Jessi).

I'd heard the songs before seeing the movie, obviously, as I'd already picked up the CD release of the soundtrack (and probably the cassette version before that, I never owned the vinyl version). Of course, I had read about the movie in pretty much every Beatles biography I'd ever read (the only type of non-fiction books I'd read that outnumbered the history of comics books were probably Beatles books). Back in the 1970s, I recall that a cousin of mine, Lymon, had the paperback book based on the movie, and I read it during a visit one summer (this was the same cousin who introduced me to The Monster Times).

But like I said, until the videotape release, I never got to see it. I don't know why it didn't get the television airings that Help! managed, except that perhaps it was in black and white.