Since the Big Little Book galleries have kind of taken over "Cool Stuff," and since it's the Christmas issue of Random Acts of Geekery, I figured you readers deserved a bonus "Cool Stuff" this month, so here it is!
Here's a foreign poster for Dr. No, and I have to say, I just love it! The painting has a real paperback book feel to it, and it's masterfully done. Look at just how little detail was needed to get a spot-on Sean Connery!
Compare this German Dr. No lobby card's painting of Connery to the poster prior to this, and you'll see what I mean. Not that I think this painting is any lesser of a rendition, mind you!
These James Bond figures from the 1960s are all kinds of cool, regardless of how little detail they have!
Japanese Goldfinger poster!
An alternate US Goldfinger poster!
I've probably shown these before, but this was such a nice photo that I had to share it. These Golden Records were the first book and records produced based on Marvel comics, and I remember seeing them in the record department at Kmart, among other places, and wanting them dearly! I eventually did pick up a copy of the FF record (without the reprinted comic) at a yard sale for a bargain price, even though the cover was splitting all over the place. I'm sure I ended up selling it at a comics or toy show back in the 1980s. I've been able to find online MP3s of the FF and Avengers records, but don't recall ever finding the Thor or Spider-Man ones anywhere. As you can guess, the seller of these records also included CDs with the records on them, plus copies of other, more recent, reprints of the books adapted. I remember back in the 90s or so, I went to a comic shop that had one of the reprint books on display, trying to sell it as if it were the original book. Something was off to my eye -- probably the missing cover price -- and I finally was able to convince the shop owner what the book actually was.
Book and record sets have long been an interest of mine, especially since I had a few of them as a kid (but there were many I wanted, but never got). These days, I'll pick up any I can find cheap enough, although it's mostly to turn around and sell on eBay. This Disney set based on 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, however, if I could ever find it, I just might keep it, as that's been one of my favorite Disney movies for years.
Here's a real rarity... this seven-record set of Power Records is something I don't ever recall seeing before. I'm guessing that it's a set of 45s that were originally sold individually (most of them, such as the Flash/Aquaman and Plastic Man/Metamorpho records, had been previously been featured on albums). It may be that these were packaged like this as a way for Peter Pan Records to try to move some remaining back stock. Note that the Power Records logo isn't anywhere to be seen!
This Batman book and record set was issued twice -- originally as a standard Power Records book and record set (in comic book size), and then later as seen above, under Peter Pan Records (the parent company of Power Records) own label.
Here's another book and record set I don't recall ever seeing before. I was very interested in The Black Hole when it came out, but I don't believe I ever saw it!
This one is kind of interesting for a few reasons... first of all, you'll note that Mel Blanc is cover-mentioned, so presumably this features Mel doing his classic voices. However, if you look closely, you'll see that the characters are drawn a bit off-model! One would've thought that Peter Pan might've considered getting one of the artists of the Gold Key/Whitman comics to do the art for this, but I'm guessing they had an in-house artist do it instead. Sylvester is particularly off-model.
Compare the art on this much earlier Bugs Bunny record with the previous one... this book and record set features much better artwork on it!
Sales on book and record sets must've been very lucrative at the time, given all the licensed properties Peter Pan Records paid for, such as Casper here. Again, this doesn't look like anyone drew the art who worked on the comics... Casper is on-model, but none of the animals look like they'd be in a Harvey Comic!
There've been a lot of Flash Gordon records over the years... some of them are just records, others are book and record sets. This one, as you can see, doesn't use any of the classic art (at least, not on the cover). Kid Stuff was one of the later book and record publishers.
This book and record with Fred Flintstone and Barney Rubble has the most off-model artwork I've ever seen on a book and record set! I don't think even the Charlton comics were this off! This was apparently an issue with most book and record sets based on Hanna-Barbera characters, as you can see by the Huckleberry Hound book and record set below:
I can only imagine that the voice acting on these weren't real close to the originals, either!
Here's the album version of the three G.I. Joe book and record sets, and they're all great!
Here's the book and record set of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, note that the cover promises story, music and photos from the movie, but not the original voices!
Disney did a lot of book and record sets, especially to tie in with their latest movie releases! Here's their album of Island at the Top of the World.
Yes, it's Kojak in a book and record set! Note that the layout of the album is the same as was used for Power Records, but it's got the Peter Pan logo instead.
I'd imagine that my kids would want to check out this book and record of The Last Starfighter, as they finally saw the movie this past summer!
Here's a Popeye book and record set I've never seen myself... the one Popeye book and record set I've owned had pretty decent art and voice work, and this one doesn't look too bad -- plus it cover-mentions Jack Mercer doing Popeye's voice!
Apparently Mercer wasn't available for this one... Arthur Korb's name rings a bell, though... a quick Googling shows that he did a number of projects for Peter Pan Records, so that's probably it.
Here's a real oddball Popeye record... the art is completely terrible, as you can see... and it was part of the then-popular personalized books and records craze that happened for a short time... "If your name sounds like..." indeed! I can only imagine that they had a limited selection of names available.
Here's a very cool poster that was produced for shops to display promoting the Power Records albums. The Spider-Man and Star Trek ones, and possibly the Batman and Superman ones, were previously released as 45rpm book and record sets, although none of these were actual book and record sets.
Here's a book and record set of Rankin-Bass' The Return of the King!
This may be the oddest book and record set I've seen! Why is that? Well, this Road Runner book and record is not only based on the Whitman/Gold Key version of the Road Runner (i.e., he talks and has three sons who speak as one), but this appears to be adapted from a Whitman book, which was itself produced in two versions -- an oversized hardcover as well as a smaller, paperback version! I happen to own the hardcover one.
Next up is this Scooby-Doo book and record set... really off-model art here, but one can never tell about the voices... I've had one Scooby book and record set, and it had more on-model art, and the voices were done by the original cast.
Here's one of the Six Million Dollar Man book and record sets in album form! Again, we have a formatting for the cover that was used by the Power Records imprint, but this time with Peter Pan's logo. Obviously, you were not going to hear Lee Majors' voice, but rather an impersonator.
Here's the first Spider-Man album, and it features repasted versions of two of the 45rpm book and record sets. "The Mark of the Man-Wolf" was from the all-too-shortlived line that adapted actual Marvel comics into book and record form, while "Invasion of the Dragon Men" was all-original.
Here's the second release of "Invasion of the Dragon Men", with the Peter Pan logo and format.
I don't believe either of the stories on this Star Trek book and record album were done as 45rpm book and record sets... this would be one of those infamous Star Trek book and record sets where Lt. Uhura was shown as a blonde woman, and Sulu became a black man!
As you can see, that same album got reissued with a photo cover using a Star Trek: The Motion Picture still, even though the interiors had original series uniforms.
"Passage to Moauv" was another book and record set that had two releases... one with the original series-styled comic book cover, and this reissue with a ST:TMP photo cover, but with the interiors the same.
Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan book and record set... I wonder how they dealt with Spock's death?
By the time Return of the Jedi came out, Book and Record sets were in their last gasps (they'd be briefly replaced by book and cassette sets), but that didn't mean Peter Pan wasn't going to give up without a fight, especially with the Star Wars license in their hands!
Here's another of the Star Trek albums, this one based on the motion picture!
Here's an odd pairing of book and record sets one seller had... one of the Superman ones, paired with a Star Trek one! Both of these were originals done for Peter Pan, although I think the Superman one had been previously released under the Power Records imprint. "Dinosaur World" was one that featured the Enterprise crew in their Motion Picture uniforms, and was also included on an album.
Here's another of the Kid Stuff book and record sets... this one featuring Tarzan. I think that there was a Tarzan movie released around this time. Along with Flash Gordon and Tarzan, Kid Stuff did a lot of other licenses, including Masters of the Universe.
And once again, here's a Hanna-Barbera-based book and record set, and as you can see, Yogi Bear and Ranger Smith are quite off-model! It's kind of odd to see this, as even Kenner was much more on-model with their Give-A-Show Projector sets by this point!
Okay, how about a few non-Book and Record Set items for this edition?
Here's a Buck Rogers Halloween costume... I'm guessing this predated the TV show with Gil Gerard!
Speaking of the Gil Gerard show... here's models of the two main spaceships seen in that TV series. I always liked the design of the Straighter... obviously inspired by the X-Wings in Star Wars, but still pretty cool! I recall my brother had the model of the Marauder.
A still from Buck Rogers in the 25th Century. I believe a lot of location shots for this show were done at the Hotel Bonaventure in Los Angeles, a go-to location for futuristic location shooting in the day!
There's something suspicious about these Buck Rogers Sunglasses... especially since there's nothing about them that says "Buck Rogers." That's probably because Larami just took their old Cylon Sunglasses from Battlestar Galactica and just put them on a new card!
Buck Rogers and Twiki costumes!
Buck Rogers giant coloring book!
What's that? You'd like some more items in this installment? Oh, very well, since it's Christmas Month and all...
Bullwinkle coloring books!
Bullwinkle Badge Set!
Bullwinkle and Friends greeting cards!
Bullwinkle card game!
A different Bullwinkle card game -- with June Foray's signature on the Rocky card!
Bullwinkle and the Cheerios Kid tableware!
Bullwinkle Halloween costume!
Dudley Do-Right Bank!
Bullwinkle and friends glasses!
Bullwinkle painting set!
Bullwinkle token, I'm guessing from a Bullwinkle Family Fun Center!
Bullwinkle "Coins" (probably a vending machine item).
Bullwinkle trapeze artist toy!
And last, but not quite least, this Bullwinkle Electronic Quiz Game!