Saturday, January 11, 2014

Monster Stuff!

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First up in this installment of Monster Stuff is this pressbook for The Giant Gila Monster!

Give-A-Show Video Feature!

Time for another pair of videos created from Talking Show Projector sets! First up, it's Penelope Pitstop, which mostly features Gary Owens' voice, with a few interjections by Mel Blanc (who may or may not have known he was providing voices for a character originated by Paul Lynde):


Next, Wacky Races! This is Mel Blanc again.

Friday, January 10, 2014

Fandom Library: Star Trek - Robot Masters (Book and Record Set)

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Time for another dip in what had formerly been the Power Records pool! Power Records, in case I haven't mentioned it before, was an imprint of Peter Pan records for their comics book and record sets. At some point, they gave up on the imprint, and continued to produce the same kind of book and record sets (and in some cases, reprinting the same ones with new covers) they were before!

Cover Redux!

Once again, it's time to compare covers of Marvel Comics, the original comic plus the reprint book it also appeared in! Let's get started:
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First up, we have Amazing Spider-Man #96 and the reprint in Marvel Tales #77. Now, this one is a tricky one, because as you can see, the original cover had that bar on the left side, which is gone for the reprint cover. Was a stat of the original art used for this reprint? There've been a number of alterations made, either way. Either the original art stat was used to provide the art on the left side not covered, or new art was added. Also, the word balloon has been completely changed (completely changing the meaning of the cover), and the burst has been replaced with the "Starring: Spider-Man!" panel. Most notably, the building Spidey is on has been shifted to the right, with more added between it and the building across the street. It's also been shifted up a little bit. I guess the new panel wouldn't have worked with this layout

Thursday, January 09, 2014

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

The Monkees, Episode 11: "Monkees A La Carte"

monkeeslogoSo it's back to the Monkees again... and hopefully we'll continue to keep a monthly schedule on this feature (well, every four weeks, anyway). We're on to episode #14, "Monkees A La Carte." This episode originally aired on November 21, 1966, and it was written by Gerald Gardner, Dee Caruso and Bernie Orenstein. Songs featured in this episode are "(I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone" and "She," both of which appeared on the Monkees' second album, More of the Monkees, and both written and produced by Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart.

The guest cast features Karl Lukas as Rocco, Dort Clark as the Inspector, Paul Sorenson as Red, Helene Winston as Flora, Jon Kowal as Paddy, Mousy Gamer as Benny, Paul Deville as Pop, Don Kennedy as Policeman, and Harvey Lembeck as Fuselli. You may remember Karl Lucas as Pvt. Stash Kadowski in The Phil Silvers Show, or his four appearances in different roles on Bewitched, or maybe from playing a cutthroat in Blazing Saddles. He also played Cyrus in the Ark II episode "The Slaves." Dort Clark would return for two more Monkees episodes, "The Picture Frame" and "Monkees on the Wheel," also playing policemen. He also appeared in four Bewitched episodes. Likewise for Paul Sorenson, as well as a trio of appearances on My Favorite Martian, but you might best recognize him either from playing Andy Bradley on Dallas or an unnamed Captain in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock. Helene Winston would also appear in another Monkees episode, "Monkees on the Line." You may best remember Jon Kowal from playing Herm Gossett in the original Star Trek series episode "Mudd's Women." Paul 'Mousie' Garner appeared in 20 episodes of The Spike Jones Show, but you might more easily recognize him from playing Mousie in Surfside 6. Paul Deville's only other role was as Hugh in Moon of the Wolf. The Don Kennedy in this episode also appeared in the Monkees episode "Monkees Race Again," but his most well-known roles in geekdom would be providing the voice of Tansut, the Announcer, and Fake Bill Manspeaker in Space Ghost Coast To Coast, voicing Marlon in three episodes of The Brak Show, and a trio of voices on Aqua Teen Hunger Force. Quite a change of pace from a long career mostly playing policemen onscreen, eh? Harvey Lembeck was probably the most famous of the guests in this episode, having placed Cpl. Rocco Barbella on 141 episodes of The Phil Silvers Show, as well as playing Eric Von Zipper in Beach Party, Bikini Beach, Pajama Party, Beach Blanket Bingo, and How to Stuff a Wild Bikini. He also played Eagle-Eye in two episodes of Batman, "The Penguin Goes Straight/Not Yet, He Ain't." He also played a gangster in the 1975 Superman TV movie, which adapted the Broadway play, It's a Bird, It's a Plane, It's Superman.

Famous Monsters #46!

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Tuesday, January 07, 2014

Comic Book Ads: Dubble Bubble Gum!


And we're back again, with yet more of the  Dubble Bubble Gum half-page ads from the Golden Age Fawcett Comics!
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Cool Stuff!

It's the first Cool Stuff post of 2014! And let's get started with more Marvel goodies, shall we?

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First up, this Iron Man iron-on transfer, probably from the late 1960s or early 1970s! More after the jump!

Monday, January 06, 2014

Kirby Kovers!

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Time for another round of Kirby Kovers! This time, we begin with Strange Tales #144, which is primarily given to the Nick Fury feature, as you can see. Could anyone pull off drawing the SHIELD flying cars as well as Kirby? Perhaps Steranko did as well, I don't recall at the moment. Jack certainly was the king when it came to designing outlandish headgear, wasn't he?

Sunday, January 05, 2014

Puzzle Time!

Well, now that I've gotten through those Marvel Superheroes and X-Men activity books that, frankly, weren't a challenge for you readers at all, let's get back to the basics, Fun and Games Magazine! We're going to start this time around with the first issue, and since this blog is back to two posts a day, seven days a week, I'll be only featuring two puzzles each installment. Solutions after the jump!
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Comic Reading Library: Strange Planets #18!

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Looks like a sci-fi book, right? Oh, but you would be wrong...