Time for another round of "Covers Redux," in which I compare two Marvel Comics covers, the original and the reprint, looking for differences!
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.
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!
I don't see how even this offer made Grape Nuts appealing to kids.. even as an adult, I can't stand 'em!
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!
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).
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).
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
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.
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