Saturday, March 19, 2011

Comic Book Advertisements!

I'm still looking at ads that appeared in Charlton's Blue Beetle Vol. 3, these are from issue 23!
Wubble Bubble? I don't believe I've ever heard of that before, and it would appear that from the Derby, CO address, it must've been something Charlton was involved with selling. It doesn't appear to be all that big a deal, it's just a huge bubble wand -- at least they weren't trying to sell you bubble soap as well! Of course, there's that magic ad we've seen in previous installments as well. And then there's the Learn to Play Guitar the Chet Atkins Way book! At $2.98, it was quite a bit more expensive than the martial arts school ads, eh? For those not in the know, Chet Atkins was a famous guitarist and record producer who helped create the "Nashville sound," and developed a picking style inspired by Merle Travis, Django Reinhardt, George Barnes, and Les Paul. Among Atkins' production clients were Elvis Presley and the Everly Brothers. You can visit the official website of this late, great guitar star here.

Movie of the Week: The Thing That Couldn't Die!

Click on these stills for slightly larger views!


Friday, March 18, 2011

Fandom Library: Batmania #3!


Give-A-Show Fridays: Chad Valley Winnie the Pooh!

So sometimes, just because I'm not sure if anyone's actually interested in coming back day after to day to watch a particular video series, I'll take an entire Give-A-Show set and create a single video of it... and that's what I've done with the 1966 Chad Valley Winnie The Pooh set!

Starting next week: The 1967 Batman Set!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Video: "Wacky Races Forever" Unaired Pilot!

I just saw this, thanks to Cartoon Brew, and wanted to make sure all of my readers had a chance to catch this! It's a pilot that Cartoon Network ordered for an updated version of "Wacky Races," and features some of the original characters, plus the son and daughter of Peter Perfect and Penelope Pitstop! Sadly, CN has apparently passed on this one, because it looks like it would've been fun!

If you'd like to try to get Cartoon Network to change their minds and pick this up anyway, I've started a Facebook group here that you can join!

Ten of a Kind: Favorite Restaurant Chains!

Wow, is this a different Ten of a Kind or what? Here's my favorite restaurant chains, as well as one or more of my favorite meals or menu items there!

1. Jack In the Box
Around where I live, if I'm going to get a burger and it's my choice as to where I get it, and it's going to be fast food or drive-through, chances are I'll be heading to Jack in the Box, and depending on what I'm in the mood for, it'll either be a Jumbo Jack or a Sirloin Burger. Well, how much cash I have on me is a factor there, too. Both burgers are great, although of course the sirloin burger tastes better. Both burgers come with fresh toppings and are cooked properly. Plus, since Jack in the Box's drive-through is open 24 hours a day, and you can order any menu item at any time, I can get these all the time!

2. Red Robin
This is my go-to place if I want to sit down and have my burger and fries brought to me, and my favorite burger at Red Robin is the Banzai Burger, which is a teriyaki-marinated burger patty with grilled pineapple slice and swiss cheese melted on top! It is absolutely wonderful (as all of their burger are), and of course, you can have as many helpings of fries as you want while you're there, with unlimited soda refills, too!

3. Olive Garden
This will be it for Italian sit-down dining, and I've got to tell you, I was almost iffy about including them, if only because the last time we went to dinner there, some of my favorite menu items were gone, and the specials didn't seem that special. I will say that their breadsticks rock, and the salad's pretty good... in fact, unless there's a special that I particularly want, I'd have to say my favorite thing to order there is their lunch special, with unlimited soup, salad and breadsticks -- and all the soups are great!

4. In-N-Out Burger
If there were any of these in Washington State, it'd be my number one favorite burger place. Sadly, the closest one is about 12 hours drive from here -- and that's a long way to go for a burger! I do think they have the best burgers of all time, though.

5. Papa Murphy's
Okay, this is a cheat, because Papa Murphy's isn't a restaurant, it's take-and-bake pizza... but it's still the best pizza you can get in a chain establishment! I highly recommend the Cowboy Pizza, although they are all good!

6. Papa John's
I haven't eaten Papa John's Pizza in way too long, but I recall it being a better pizza than Pizza Hut, Godfather's, or Round Table... although the latter two aren't bad, either.

7. Arby's
Gotta say, I love their cheddar and bacon sandwich, as well as their seasoned curly fries!

8. Wendy's
They're on this list for their 99¢ Junior Bacon Cheeseburger, which comes with lettuce (something most burgers for around a buck don't seem to have).

9. Starbuck's
Argue all you want about them not being a restaurant, this is my list! They're on it for a grande mocha latte with three extra shots, nonfat milk, no whipped cream. My second-favorite way to ingest caffeine (aside from Mountain Dew).

10. Kentucky Fried Chicken
At least when they have the barbeque boneless "wings" -- the kind with the sweet barbeque sauce, not the spicy!

Cool Stuff!

Well, now that we've gotten through all the classic GI Joe stuff, let's see what's up now!

OK, so this first item isn't cool so much as a curiosity! Was this the first sci-fi movie to try to get the sex factor going? Probably not...

There's definitely cooler stuff after the jump!

By the 10s: Fantastic Four, Part 2!

We're into the next 100 issues of the Fantastic Four, and Lee and Kirby are gone from the book! Agatha Harkness starts serving a larger role in the book, and the FF face problems they've never faced before! Above is issue 110!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Comic Book Advertisements!

The ads in this segment of "Comic Book Advertisements" all come from Charlton's Blue Beetle Vol. 3, No. 50! And above... the first ad I'll be mocking. OK, maybe I'm too young to remember it (and believe me, at my age it's nice to be able to start a sentence out that way), but has anyone ever successfully sold shoes door to door? Because I'm thinking that the suckers who fell for this ad didn't sell many, if any!

Oddly enough, it appears that this company is still in business, although their website doesn't say anything about advertising in comics to get other people to sell their shoes door-to-door. It seems these days they're still mostly doing catalog sales, with internet sales available, too!

Random Videos of Geekery: Power Records "Planet of the Apes"

Dog of the Geek: Shep

shepIBreed: Elephant

Original Appearances: George of the Jungle (Jay Ward/ABC, 1967)

Other Appearances: Comic books, possibly toys and books.

Biography: Shep is George's devoted pet elephant, although George thinks that Shep is a “great big peanut-lovin' poochie.” Shep's behavior appears to support George's opinion!

Powers: None that aren't standard for any elephant of Shep's size.

Group Affiliation:

Miscellaneous: Shep was portrayed in CGI as a more realistic-looking elephant in the 1997 George of the Jungle theatrical movie, and was also featured (in altered form, as were all the other characters) in the 2007 George of the Jungle cartoon series, of which the less said, the better!

Monday, March 14, 2011

Monster Monday!

This time around, we're starting with Dracula stuff, then a few other items, and finish with some Frankenstein goodies! First up is this Argentina poster for Dracula, Prince of Darkness!

Original Comic Art!

First up this time around is page 17 from Man From Atlantis #2, by Frank Robbins!

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Puzzle Sunday!

Last week's solution:

This week's puzzle:

Retro-Review: Glamorous Romances #48, Part 2!

The second story in this book is “They Called me a Heartless Flirt,” another uncredited story. Our tale opens up in a small town in the midwest, with Drusilla Parrish, whose father opens the biggest newspaper in town (yes, it's a small town with more than one newspaper). Because she was spoiled, Dru became a bit of a flirt. When Jerry Norwood came to town, he pursued her immediately, asking her to marry him!


CBT: DC Superheroes Good Health Activity Book!

Now, here's something different for CBT!