Friday, May 18, 2007

Comics Ad of the Day!

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From the December, 1978 cover-dated Charlton comics, here's a black and white ad for full color posters (yeah, it doesn't make any sense to me, either) that'll give you a pretty good idea who was considered "Hot" as the 1970s neared the end of that decade that broke up the Beatles and gave us Disco, the Donny and Marie Show, and a lot of comic books that some consider "Bronze Age" and others don't consider to be of an Age at all!

Shaun Cassidy and Parker Stevenson, you may recall, were the stars of ABC's Hardy Boys Mysteries, probably the most successful Hardy Boys adaptation ever (they'd previously been done in live-action form in a serial on the Mickey Mouse Club in the 1950s or early 60s, and then done in animated form in the 1960s by Filmation, including making them into a rock and roll group). Parker Stevenson was married for a while to Kirstie Alley, whose big break was playing Saavik in "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan" (and never looked hotter, IMHO)... but I digress.

Cheryl Ladd and Farrah Fawcett were both in Charlie's Angels, although at different times. Farrah was first (and was billed as Farrah Fawcett-Majors, being married to Lee Majors, best known as the Six Million Dollar Man), and when she left the show, Cheryl Ladd replaced her. Cheryl's biggest gig prior to this may have been being one of the singing voices in the Josie and the Pussycats cartoons (she may have been a speaking voice for one of 'em, for all I know).

The bearded chap, "Mr. Adams," was Grizzly Adams, of "The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams," although that wasn't the actor's name... and as I started writing this paragraph, I could recall his name (Dan something, I think... not that it really matters), but can't now.

The Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders were the tops in their popularity at about this time, as you might have imagined... They (or whoever promoted them) were probably chiefly responsible for the mainstream popularity of cheerleading, especially in professional sports... as a result, all the football teams and basketball teams got their own cheerleading squads upgraded a bit (American Idol judge Paula Abdul got her start, if I recall correctly, as a cheerleader or choreographer for the L.A. Lakers cheerleader squad in the 1980s).

I saved Cheryl Tiegs for last... in my opinion, she was the hottest celebrity babe of the 1970s, bar none. Unlike the top fashion models of these days, she definitely looked healthy and had some nice curves... as well as amazing eyes and a dazzling smile!

Jon

2 comments:

  1. Dan Haggerty
    From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Born November 19, 1941

    Dan Haggerty (b. November 19, 1941 in Hollywood, California) was the burly, bearded star of TV's "Grizzly Adams". He was born in Hollywood, growing up amidst the Southern California bodybuilding lifestyle. He had early roles in "Muscle Beach Party" and the Elvis Presley film "Girl Happy". His ease in working with animals got him work as a trainer and handler for Walt Disney films, and he found steady work as a stuntman on the Ron Ely's TV show "Tarzan".

    Haggerty was a free spirit, living in the Malibu Canyons with his animals while making his own furniture and clothing. He also worked as a set builder on films. He worked on the motorcycles featured in the film "Easy Rider" and had a bit part as a hippie. He showed up in several low-budget biker films of the era as both a supporting player and stuntman before being tapped to play the outdoorsman in the independent film "The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams". The picture was a surprise hit and spun off into a popular TV series that made Haggerty a household name.

    While filming the TV series, Haggerty was burned on the face while attempting to consume an alcoholic drink known as a "Flaming Eddy." Haggerty was reportedly inebriated at the time. The mishap delayed production of the TV show briefly during its second season.

    His fame was fleeting, however, as a well-publicized drug arrest and motorcycle crash kept him from work. He appeared often during the late 1980s in the direct-to-video boom, but by the early 1990s devoted his energies to the Studio City restaurant "Haggerty's Bistro" and marketing his own barbecue sauce. He continued to work as both an actor and infomercial spokesman, though his rugged presence proved more enduring than any of his products.

    He was also featured as a character in Al Franken's novel, Why Not Me?.

    Dan Haggerty's Sauces

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  2. Ha Ha, That's funny! When I was a young teen I used to have that CHERYL LADD poster...MEOW!

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