OK, friends, since Blogger's polls weren't working for me, I went with a new approach... there's no sign-in needed this time around, although it is set to deposit a cookie to make sure you vote just once!
Oh, Spider Dart Set, how do you fail? Let me could the ways... 1) Spider-Man has nothing to do with dart guns; 2) There's not even a Spidey logo on the gun, making it obviously a repurposed toy in order to take advantage of a license without spending much extra money; 3) The Spider-Man image on the target is completely obscured by the gun; 4) The target features superheroes, not supervillains! Why would you want to shoot the heroes? 5) There's a LOT of wasted space on that card where they could easily have plugged in some extra clip art from the licensing library.
Hopefully the rest of this installment's stuff has less fail!
So here's an idea that's been bouncing around my head for some time... You guys are no doubt familiar with the Amalgam Comics that DC and Marvel produced some years ago, in which characters from both companies were combined together (such as Superman and Captain America to create Super-Soldier). So I got to thinking recently... what if television shows were amalgamated likewise? There's a few ideas of mine after the jump!
This time around, I'm looking at some ads from Charlton's Konga #11!
And first up is this ad for some encyclopedias... That would be the "Made Simple" brand of encyclopedias, a brand that... well, frankly, I've never heard of! Anyone out there ever heard of this set before? I'm guessing that it probably wasn't such a great set...
ITEM! I suppose I should start this out by making a SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT regarding the Random Acts of Geekery... between school and other stuff (which I'll write about below), I haven't been able to put any work in on this blog in way too long, so I've gone from being a few months ahead to not having quite finished this month's posts yet! And, since I want to think about developing some new features and reworking some things here, I've made the decision that starting June 1st, this blog will go into Low Content Mode, meaning that there'll only be one post each day, to give me time to get ahead again. When the Random Acts of Geekery returns to full content mode again (I'm shooting for September on that), there'll be some shaking up here, with some features you've been accustomed to on a particular day of the week moving, and other features changing their frequency. One of my goals is to make it so that there will be a nicer variety of things here. To help support my process, I'll be setting up a poll on the sidebar (if it's not up already by the time you see this) that will help me to find out from you, the readers, what features you like and what you don't like! I'll consider all input.
ITEM! This quarter at school -- my last quarter of full-time classes -- has been a real buttkicker! Usually by this time in a quarter, I've managed to get far ahead on homework for every class, but I'm currently running just on time (which I hate, as you might imagine). I'm really looking forward to the end of the quarter, and a nearly month-long break before summer quarter starts! That will comprise of my externship (where I'll be working for some doctor's office in the area, unpaid, and needing to get 180 hours in before the end of summer quarter) plus a class that will only meet three or four times during the summer.
ITEM! I should've mentioned this a few weeks ago, but we've had two foster children placed with us, making our total child count (with Tristan and Desi, our adopted kids) four! The new kids are six months and 21 months, siblings, and we have our work cut out for us with them! It's incredibly exhausting trying to keep up with two kids who need diapers changed, had to find a daycare for them, and we even traded in our Mazda 5 for a newer Kia Sedona because the Mazda didn't have enough room for us!
ITEM! Before the new kids arrived here, I'd done a bit of freelance transcription work, first doing some commentary track transcriptions for a few Roger Corman films from the 70s that'll be coming out on DVD, as well as a few others. More enjoyable (but lower paying, naturally) was the transcriptions I did for Andy Mangels' upcoming book about Filmation's Lou Scheimer! This has been a long-awaited biography, and I'm pleased to say that I've not only transcribed interviews for it, but Andy has also invited me to make comments and suggestions on what's been written so far, making me sort of an ad hoc editor, I suppose! My biggest suggestion concerns the preface of the book, but I won't give it away here. It's been just as fun reading each chapter as it's been written as it was to do the transcriptions! Sadly, with the new kids, I don't see that I'll be able to do any more in the future!
ITEM! A while back, you may recall my implying (or outright promising) a new View-Master blog in my future. As you can imagine, I've been too busy to make that a reality! Well, that and the fact that I haven't been able to purchase the needed scanner with transparency adapter so I don't have to rely on my brother's ability to do any scans when he has the time means that it likely won't come to pass any time soon. In fact, what I've been considering is making the View-Master videos (whenever I get around to starting them) a new feature here... but don't hold your breath waiting on that! If I had to guess, I'd say it could likely be January before those start up! On the other hand, there may be a few last gasps on the Give-A-Show blog coming up...
Original Appearances: Hokey Wolf segments of the Huckleberry Hound Show (September 1960-December 1961)
Other Appearances: Yogi's Gang, Laff-A-Lympics, Yogi's Treasure Hunt, Yo Yogi, as well as cameo appearances in a number of other Hanna-Barbera shows and movies. Hokey also appeared in a few Give-A-Show Projector slides, and probably was also made into a few toys here and there as well as appearing in some comic books.
Biography: Hokey Wolf and his side-kick Ding-A-Ling Wolf, was a con-man wolf who was always trying to con his way into the simple life. Naturally, his tricks always backfired on him.
Powers: Standard H-B character ability to recover from any damage off-screen.
Group Affiliation: Yogi's Gang, Yogi Yahooeys
Miscellaneous: Hokey was voiced by Daws Butler (impersonating Phil Silvers) and Ding-A-Ling was voiced by Doug Young (impersonating Buddy Hackett). Obviously, the Phil Silvers show “You'll Never Get Rich” must've been a strong influence on this series. Hokey's personality, voice, and Sgt. Bilko-like schemes were later transplanted to Top Cat.
Well, I don't know about your part of the world, but here in Western Washington, we're in kind of a dry spell so far as comic book conventions and shows go... so to help get through it, here's a few videos of people in costume from conventions!
The second story features Captain Future, with art by Kin Platt. This untitled adventure helpfully tells us how Dr. Andrew Bryant gained his powers to become Captain Future in a blurb on the half-splash.
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