Sunday, August 26, 2018

Ben Cooper Spiderman Costume

Scored this nice looking Ben Cooper Spiderman "TV Hero" costume and box for $8 today. It's all there, minus the clear plastic window (which is no real loss as that usually seems to be the first thing about these old costumes that breaks next to the rubber band on the mask.) But say, who's that crazy generic dude on the side of the box though with the cross eyeglasses? I totally wanna be him!! Or no wait, the bald clown ape on the other side! I do have to add that it's fun being reunited with the 'ol web head costume I wore for Halloween in the early 70's around 1st or 2nd grade-- which, come to think of it, I believe was the one and only time I ever dressed up as a superhero! After that it's been monsters every year since...

Friday, August 24, 2018

Buddy L Pop Art Buggies: Tony the Tiger

I recently found one (of six) fun Buddy L Pop Art Buggies from Japan, (1971), and lucky for me it was the Tony the Tiger Frosted Flakes ride which is easily the best of the bunch --the others being Bazooka Joe Gum, Coca Cola, Skippy Peanut Butter, a lightbulb, and Heinz Tomato Ketchup-- click HERE for tons more info about them and to see 'em all! Aside from one slightly mangled tiger ear, overall condition of our favorite cereal cat is grrrrreat!

Saturday, August 18, 2018


Time once again to venture into hick territory, and join Hickory himself (and Paw) as they attempt to unravel the bafflin' mystery up at the 'ol haunted house on the hill! Fun art by Harry Sahle to boot! "Dog'gone it, ah sure wish ah believed in ghosts too!"

From the June 1950 issue of Hickory #5.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

The Finger (Puppets)

My two all-time favorite things ever are: making puppets, and giving people the finger. So, when I saw this chapter in the Arrow Book of Tricks and Projects (Scholastic / 1960) I knew that I just had to share this wealth of amazing information with everyone! Yes, learn all the tricks to make simple and fun puppets from everyday, household objects, and then you too can secretly give everyone The Finger in the guise of putting on a puppet show! It's really this fuckin' easy!

Friday, August 10, 2018

3D Werewolf Poster (1978)

Also lurking in the mix of Dynamite Magazines I picked up recently (see previous post), was this cool 16x20, 3D werewolf poster from Scholastic, dated 1978, with art by Neal Adams. Pretty sure it didn't come with the "Monster Family" issue of our last post (as I'm not seeing any mention of a werewolf poster in the table of contents), so does anyone know where this beast originated?

Wanna buy the original art? It's available now on eBay HERE!

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Monster Style

I recently picked up a stack of old Scholastic Dynamite magazines, and the July 1979 issue contains this fun article on monster families full of great Walter Velez art-- and not to mention that super cool Dracula cover too!

This issue also contains a glossy, one-sided picture framed monster portrait printed on card stock, about the size of a postcard, and if you look close you can see the perforated lines around the monster faces-- this is where you're supposed to punch-out their mugs and stick your own gruesome family faces in instead! Print one out and have a monster mashin' blast!