Saturday, October 15, 2011

Geek TV #7.1: The Banana Splits Adventure Hour - The Banana Splits!

bananasplits2Introductory Note: Because the Banana Splits Adventure Hour had so many different aspects to it, I've decided to split it into multiple parts. This first part will deal with the segments featuring the Splits themselves, and then we'll have separate entries for The Arabian Knights, The Three Musketeers, and then a final one combining the Micro-Ventures and Danger Island.

Concept: Four anthropomorphic rock-and-roll playing animals have fun in their clubhouse, introducing cartoons and a live-action serial, and basically being a Saturday morning version of Laugh-In.

Total Episodes: 37 hour-long episodes, split into about 70 or so half-hour episodes for syndication.

Original Air Dates: 1968-1970

Original Network: NBC

Geek Factor: 7

bananasplits1Fleegle the Dog (suit acting by Jeffrey Brock/Jeff Winkless, voiced by Paul Winchell): Guitar-playing leader of the band.

Bingo the Gorilla (suit acting by Terence H. Winkless, voiced by Daws Butler): Drummer of the group.

Drooper the Lion (suit acting by Dan Winkless, voiced by Allan Melvin): Bass player, with a southern accent.

Snorky the Elephant (suitacting by James “Jimmy” Dove and Robert Towers): Keyboardist, Snorky usually communicated just by honking.

Fleegle, Bingo, and two of the "Charlies".
Charlie (Debra Thibodeaux, Colette Chenault, Julie Graham, Kathy O'Dare, Shirley Hillstrom): Messenger girl for the rival Sour Grapes Gang, she would show up, dance and intimidate the Splits, and hand them a message before leaving.

Dilly Sisters: Mexico musical act who would appear at the door of the Splits' clubhouse playing “The Mexican Hat Dance” or “Ta-ra-ra Boom-de-ay.”

Geek Guest-Stars: None, really.

Geek Pedigree: Daws Butler is known for originating the voices of Yogi Bear, Huckleberry Hound, Quick Draw McGraw, Snagglepuss, and many other Hanna-Barbera characters. Paul Winchell, known for his ventriloquist act, has also done many voices for Hanna-Barbera (especially Dick Dastardly), but is probably best known as the original voice of Tigger in the Winnie-The-Pooh movies. Allan Melvin also did a number of voices for cartoons, probably his most famous character was Magilla Gorilla.

DVD Release: None, sadly, because existing video of the show isn't of high enough quality.

bananasplits4Website: is the current Splits' official website, although it's the modern Splits, not the classic ones.
Notes: One of my favorite shows from my childhood, the Splits were a lot of fun! When the show went into syndication in the 1970s and was shown locally, for some reason, some of the students in my junior high school tried to nickname me “Bingo,” thinking that I resembled him... I'm not sure why!

Countdown to Halloween: Monster Trading Cards!

More of the Creature Features/You'll Die Laughing cards to start us off!

Of Mice and Magic: The Cartoons #7

And now we go on to Universal's cartoons, especially those made by Earl Hurd! Hurd worked with John R. Bray, but if nothing else, Hurd earned his place in animation history by inventing and patenting the process of using cels for animation. By the early 1930s, all of the animation studios had given up animating on paper and went to the use of cels, and Bray and Hurd formed a trust to demand license fees from any studio using their techniques.

Leonard Maltin noted that Earl Hurd's equally significant contribution to animation were his Bobby Bumps films, which Maltin said were "...among the most mature, most well-conceived cartoons of the slient era." Judge for yourself with this example!

Working at the Bray-Hurd studio as well was Wallace Carlson, who created Otto Luck, Goodrich Dirt, and Dreamy Dud. Below is a pretty bad video of one Dreamy Dud cartoon.

Also at the studio were F.M. Follett and Layton Budd, although I couldn't find any of their cartoons on YouTube.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Kirby Kovers #7

This week's Kirby Kovers segment begins with the cover to Boys' Ranch #1, yet another example of how Kirby could draw for any genre! This title, written about extensively in several books and articles, was a variation on the Kid Gang genre that Joe Simon and Jack Kirby more or less created, combined with the western genre. This is just a great cover! There's plenty of action, and one can't ignore the detail in it, specially Clay Duncan's fringe flying about!

Countdown to Halloween: Toy of the Week: Monster Records!

Decided to do one post for all the monster records I've got photos of, and let's start with one you all have probably seen if you've been checking out the Famous Monsters issues I've been posting about every other week!
Sorry for the grainy photo here... this is one of those records that monster fans like myself have long thought was lost forever to us, but thanks to the internet, everything is accessible, so long as you know where to look!

Give-A-Show Fridays: 1973 Chad Valley World of Disney, Parts 5 & 6!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

The Indexible Hulk #7!

Fantastic Four 012Issue: Fantastic Four #12

Title: “The Incredible Hulk”

Credits: Written by Stan Lee, Art by Jack Kirby, Inked by Dick Ayers, Lettered by Art Simek

Supporting Cast: Thunderbolt Ross, Rick Jones.

Villain: The Wrecker

Hulk Intelligence: Not-so-crafty brute, but still nowhere near “dumb Hulk”


Plot: Ben Grimm and Alicia Masters are leaving the City Symphony Auditorium (Ben in trenchcoat, hat, and sunglasses) when a man bumps Ben's sunglasses and hat off as he gestures at infantrymen marching down the street. The man gets Ben's temper going, and the resulting interaction causes one of the soldiers to think that Ben's the Hulk! When they surround Ben, the Thing reacts by pulling a hydrant out of th street and using it to douse the soldiers, but then one of them shoots a special flexible steel band shell at him. Ben easily breaks free of the trap, but then he's hit by a gas shell. Minutes later, when Ben awakens, the captain of the soldiers apologizes, saying they mistook Ben ffor the Hulk. Alicia talks Ben into returning to the Baxter Building, but the Thing fumes all the way. Later, at the Baxter Building, Ben's temper gets the best of him when he realizes he's lost the special key to the FF's private elevator, rips the doors off it, and climbs up the cables, only to see his partners waiting for him. Reed tells Ben that they just had a call about the Hulk, and almost immediately, General Ross and his aid, Captain Nelson (whom I don't recall seeing in a previous Hulk tale) arrive to brief the FF about the Hulk, since Ross wants their help finding and destroying ol' Greenskin. The hunt's been intensified because missile installations in the desert have been sabotaged, and the Hulk is believed to be the only one who could've done it. Ross shows them film of the Hulk, as well as footage of the damaged special cannon that was later destroyed by the Hulk. Sue's so startled by the footage she becomes invisible. Ben then tells Ross how he would take out the Hulk, followed by Johnny Storm's rendition of how he'd handle the beast, and then Mr. Fantastic tells his version of how he sees things happening. Sue doesn't believe she has anything to offer, but Ross says a pretty young lady can always keep men's morale up (a sentiment Reed agrees with, male chauvinist pig that he is). Ross is then shown the Fantasti-Car, and later, the FF take their amazing vehicle to the site of Project 34, one of the sites damaged supposedly by the Hulk. Ross orders a conference with Reed, Bruce Banner, Rick Jones, and Dr. Karl Kort. Banner, of course, doesn't believe that the Hulk is responsible for the sabotage, but his theory is put on the back burner. Kort excuses himself from the meeting, bumping into the Thing and the Torch (Sue's there too, just invisible) on his way out, and dropping his wallet on the way. The remaining members of the FF burst in on the meeting, causing a ruckus that's quickly toned down. When Ross accuses the Thing of being afraid of the Hulk, Ben grabs an armload of Ross' bound set of telephone books and tears them in half. Banner offers his and Rick's help in finding The Wrecker (their name for the real saboteur), and Sue remarks how odd it is that they are so sure the Hulk isn't the guilty one. The Torch gives Rick Kort's dropped wallet, and shows off to Rick as well (the Torch has a habit of doing this – he showed off to Peter Parker in Spider-Man's mag the first time he met him, too). Later, Bruce and Rick decide it's up to them to prove that the Wrecker exists. Rick goes to take Kort's wallet back to him, and finds a membership card to a subversive communist-front organization in the wallet. He's about to report this to the Hulk when Kort discovers him, and Rick realizes Kort is the Wrecker! In the meantime, the FF have decided to test a rocket sled, which Reed's worked out the kinks in so Ben can test it for the base (I don't know why Reed figured this was more important than finding the Hulk). As the test proceeds, Ben spots a kink in the tracks, causing a crash of the rocket sled, which Johnny and Reed manage to sae him from. Banner shows up at this time, saying Rick is missing, and he's afraid the Wrecker has him. Ben still thinks it's the Hulk who's responsible. Banner walks away, and looks at the note he found from the Wrecker telling the Hulk to drive the FF from the area or Rick will be killed. He goes to his underground lab, and transforms himself into the Hulk! Meanwhile, Kort and Rick are using an underground catacomb system to go to Kort's own lab, which is apparently hidden near a Western ghost town. Kort is not aware that the Hulk also knows about the tunnels, nor that the FF has found them as well! The Hulk runs into the FF in the tunnels, and the battle soon begins, with the Hulk taking on the male members of the FF, who take him on one at a time, although still using some teamwork. The Hulk takes out Reed and Johnny before the Thing wades back into the battle, but before the Thing can get in more than a minor blow or two, the Hulk is struck by an atom-powered ray from below, which puts the Hulk down! Sue spotted the ray, though, so Ben tears into the earth, finding first a giant robot that Ben immediately decides belongs to the Wrecker, and which was used for the sabotage. It's the work of a single panel for Ben to destroy it, and then the Thing and Sue (who's invisible again) confront Kort. Kort's about to fire the same ray at Ben (set at full intensity), but Sue gets the drop on him. Seconds later, Reed and Johnny show up to learn that Kort is the Wrecker. On the surface, the Hulk's recovered from the ray, and decides to leave to change back to Banner. The FF learn the Hulk's gone when the emerge from underground, and before very long, Bruce arrives with Ross to get the news. Reed tells Banner that he'd like to talk to Banner more about himself, Rick, and the Hulk... leading Rick to ask Bruce later if he thinks Reed suspects. After the FF get an honor guard passing in review for their efforts, they return to New York, unaware that the Hulk's watching them leave!

Invention Exchange: Flexible steel band shell (inventor unknown), Project 34 (Bruce's electro-magnetic projector that would make any city invulnerable to enemy missiles), Rocket Sled X 2 A-7, the Wrecker's robot.

Reprinted In: Marvel's Greatest Comics #29, Marvel Masterworks #6, Essential Fantastic Four #1, Fantastic Four Omnibus #1.

Notes: Interestingly enough, the splash page title for this story simply uses the Hulk's logo as the title! So far as Karl Kort goes, isn't it strange that he'd have his communist organization membership card in his wallet while he's on base?

Cool Stuff!

Well, now that the non-alphabetic stuff from the last volume has been taken care of, it's time for a new volume of photos! Volume 15 of my "Cool Stuff" files is a bit smaller than the usual volume (I'm not sure why I cut it short, to be honest... this has about 500+ photos in it, and I usually put closer to 1,500+ in a volume).
Anyway, this time around, we begin with some 8" Mego figures, and the first one is Mego's Fist Fighting Batman!

Next, the Green Arrowcar! Sadly, it doesn't really resemble any Arrowmobile from the comics...

From Empire Toys, here's the Spider-Man Crime Lab scaled for the 8" Megos... apparently AHI wasn't the only company stuck in the idea of producing the same crap for Spider-Man that they did for Batman, regardless of whether or not it made any sense!

This item was a surprise... Action Jackson Colorforms! I had no idea the line was popular enough that someone would've paid Mego a licensing fee for AJ!

And now, we begin a bunch of Batman items, beginning with this 1960s Magic Slate!

1960s Batman Frame-Tray Puzzle!

Batman Pocket Combs?!? That concept makes zero sense to me!

This 1966 kids' shirt must've been a bootleg of some kind, given the miscoloring of the gloves and boots, the insignia being completely weird, the head being too small... oh, and the fact that it shows Batman flying! Must'be been traced from a Superman figure and then Batman's costume added to it.

1966 Batman buttons, manufactured by Lone Star!

1966 Batman pencil box, obviously manufactured by someone who doesn't know Batman doesn't carry a gun!

That's right, your eyes don't deceive you... those are freaky-looking 1966 Batman roller skates!

1967 Batmobile tin toy!

1970s Argentina temporary tattoos!

1973 Batman puzzle, with Neal Adams art!

Battery-operated Batman Speedboat, by AHI! Did I already do a Batboat post for Toy of the Week? If so, then you just saw this probably last month, eh?

AHI Batplane glider with launcher! You'll likely see this again next month when I do Batplanes on Toy of the Week, as well as the one below, also by AHI!

Super Gyro Pull Strip Batmobile by AHI!

AHI remote controlled Batmobile! Yes, AHI made a lot of Batmobiles!

Here's another Batmobile tin toy by AHI, with more photos of it below:
More Batman stuff next time around!

Countdown to Halloween: Gorgo #2!

Read the rest of this issue after the jump!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Countdown to Halloween: Famous Monsters #25!


Comic Book Advertisements!

This week's ads come from Hanna-Barbera Fun-In #7, and begins with this inside front cover ad for posters featuring horses! It must've been bizarre to readers of some of Gold Key's non-cartoon titles to find this ad staring them in the face, eh? There was definitely a mini-craze of sorts in the 1970s concerning horses, especially where posters are concerned... or maybe it was an overall poster craze?

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Kirby Kovers #6

This week's installment of Kirby Kovers begins with What If #11, featuring the original Marvel Bullpen as the Fantastic Four! Kirby's drawn himself as The Thing, Stan Lee as Mr. Fantastic, Flo Steinberg as the Invisible Girl, and Sol Harrison as the Human Torch! It's a pretty silly issue, but a fun read!

CBT: 1966 Batman Coloring Book, Part 1!

This coloring book was added to my collection along with several other Batman coloring books of the era, which I'll no doubt get to in the months ahead. Unlike the other books, though, this one pretty much follows a single storyline, and doesn't jump around (you'll see what I mean when we get to the other books).

Countdown to Halloween: Original Horror Comic Art!

This installment of Original Horror Comic Art starts with page 25 from the magazine edition of Tomb of Dracula #3, by Gene Colan!

Monday, October 10, 2011

Dog of the Geek: Black Tooth!

SoupyShow-LPBreed: Puppet

Original Appearances: The Soupy Sales Show

Other Appearances: Cover of a record album, perhaps others.

Biography: Black Tooth, the biggest and sweetest dog in the USA was only seen as a giant black paw with white triangular felt claws. Apparently female (based on the voice), Black Tooth's role on the Soupy Sales Show was primarily to pull him off-camera to give him loud and noisy kisses.

Powers: None

Group Affiliation: None

Miscellaneous: Clyde Adler and Frank Nastasi performed both White Fang and Black Tooth at different times.

Countdown to Halloween: Monster Monday!

This week's Monster Monday begins with lobby cards and a still from The Crawling Eye!

Sunday, October 09, 2011

Countdown to Halloween: Candy!

With just over three weeks until the big day, it's time to get your candy plan in place for the hordes of trick or treaters that'll be knocking on your door or ringing your bell (of course, those kids dressed up as classic monsters, superheroes, or other geeky characters get extra candy, right?).... or maybe you just need to satisfy your own personal sweettooth!

Well, I have a place you can consider when getting your plan together... a company called Blair Candy, which contacted me last month with an offer to send me some free candy in exchange for posting about them here... well, they came through for me, and so here's the post! When I checked out their website to select what kind of candy I wanted them to send, I was kind of overwhelmed, because there was so much to choose from! I mean, there's all kinds of Halloween-specific candy there, from lollipops to candy bars and more, including stuff I've never seen offered in stores in my neighborhood! But where I think they really excel is in their nostalgic candy bars, the kind of stuff that we had as kids that you can't seem to find these days... Abba Zabba, Big Hunk, Black Cow, Clark Bars, Chick-O-Stick, Chocolate Ice Cubes, Necco Waers, Mallo Cups, Oh Henry, Sky Bar, Zagnut, Zero... and that's not all of them! Plus, they also carry candy with other themes, such as sports, plus there's categories for gluten free and sugar free candy, and you've got to check out their concession candy selections! It would be so easy for me to drop a lot of cash there getting goodies... and it's not all candy, either! You have a variety of shipping options to choose from, too!

Anyway, what they sent me to try out included a Witch's Finger lollipop (which was tasty, but I personally don't have the patience for lollipops), Fright Bites (chocolates shaped like a vampire's mouth -- pretty tasty stuff), and a mixed bag of Twizzlers and Jolly Ranchers (love the former, will save the latter for when we're making Christmas cookies this year). So, yes, I did already get something out of this, but I'll tell you, the package arrived well packed, and it was a nice surprise to see what they sent me (as I said above, I was kind of overwhelmed at the variety, so I asked them to pick for me).

So go check them out, you hear?

Countdown to Halloween: Toy of the Week: Aurora Monsters of the Movies Models!

It's tempting to make these first three Toy of the Week entries for October all about the Aurora Monster Models, but then we wouldn't have the pleasure of waiting and seeing the rest of them later on! So, this first week's entry is on Aurora's Monsters of the Movies kits, and you can see what I believe is the full line after the jump!

Halloween Countdown: Forbidden Worlds #28!


Puzzle Sunday!

Last week's solution:

This week's puzzle:

Fandom Library: Marvel-Con '76 Program Book!

For all of you, like me, who wasn't there, here's the program book, at least!