Sunday, May 31, 2020

70's Stuffed Cap'n Crunch

My big post-pandemic return to my favorite antique mall happened this weekend (wearing my mask, of course, and yes, I realize it's not over) and what do I find, you ask? Why, it's a stuffed Cap'n Crunch from the 70's! I love Cap'n Crunch cereal, and all of the various flavors too. Collecting the prize premiums over the years, and revisiting the wonderful Jay Ward animated commercials of the 60's and 70's is still something I do practically weekly, so it was quite the treasure to discover 'ol Cap waiting for me, in not only perfect condition-- but for only $3 to boot!

Did I mention he's over a foot tall? The date seems to vary depending on what tag you're looking at here, the original colorful paper Animal Fair, Inc. tag (yes, STILL attached to his arm) clearly says 1976, while the backside of fabric tag sewn to his leg says 1978.

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Hip-Pocket Tommy James

A friend of mine who owns his own record store recently bought a huge vinyl collection from someone, and amongst the mountainous mix of classics was a small stack of Hip-Pocket flexi disc records from the 60's. Despite an early career in record retail that spanned some 10+ years myself, I was a bit unfamiliar with these neatly packaged mini 45's that could be carried around easily in your hip pants pocket. I looked through the stack and, though it's unfortunately damaged, I immediately grabbed the one which contains two of my all time favorite Tommy James songs. Discogs' description is as follows: Hip Pocket Records were 3 7/8 inch flexi-discs manufactured from 1967 to 1969 by Philco, and came in colorful packaging that was about 6 1/4 inches tall by 5 inches wide, simply listing the two tracks with a photo of the artist or band. 

SIDE ONE: I Think We're Alone Now

SIDE TWO: Mirage

Friday, May 22, 2020

The Robots Take Over

It's another two-page magazine comedy spread, and edited together for your added excitement and enjoyment! And if you saw the recent "zany" post over at THOIA (be sure to CLICK HERE for it if you've missed it), then here's another extra bonus from the December 1958 issue of Zany #2, featuring one of Mr. Karswell's favorite subjects-- ROBOTS! The writing is a bit dated, but the artwork is "fun, fun, fun til the robots come and take you awaaaaaaay..."

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Stay-At-Home Amusement Park

Driving passed a Six Flags the other day, it occurred to me that one of the saddest things in the world is a theme park closed due to an unfortunate, world crisis pandemic. Hopefully, it's only temporary, but in the meantime, never fear-- that's why AEET and the April 1978 issue of National Lampoon Magazine #97 is here-- as clearly there's tons'o thrilling razzle dazzle to still be had in the comfort of your own home! Why, I've already visited Kitchen Land a half dozen times today alone!


Saturday, May 16, 2020

Just Look in the Phone Book

I've been using this nifty 1951 telephone book card / calendar for a few years now as a bookmark, and looking at it again and thinking about how weird the idea of a big floppy book filled with thousands of phone numbers and ads really is in our current modern way of living. In fact, just yesterday I found the new phone book wrapped in plastic, and lying at the end of my driveway, the pitiful 2020 edition still struggling to be relevant, and definitely struggling to reach even 100 pages long anymore. In the age of nearly all information instantly available at your fingertips via smartphone, does anyone really still use a phone book? I honestly don't think I've cracked one out of the plastic wrapping in over a decade, though I do have some from the 70's still because they're full of great advertising art and memories of fave childhood business long gone. (I even did a post about it in 2010, just CLICK HERE for it!) So, in the meantime, enjoy the attractive girl art on this card, she's looking tempted to call information-- but no, she's letting her fingers do the walking instead!

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Road Runner Puzzle '79

Man, I am so terrible at these type of sliding tile puzzle games, but god I love 'em just the same! And yeah, you can call me a quitter, as this is about as good as I can get it-- but quarantined Karswell (Quarswell?) gave it his best, and after giving up all hope on getting that white border completed, ultimately settled for just getting the 'ol Meeper fully assembled instead, *MEEP! MEEP! From 1979, and clearly made by ACME as this "genius" will remain forever stumped and beaten to a pulp by these confounded contraptions.

PS: And yes, I am fully aware of the cheater walk-thrus on youtube! ;)

Monday, May 11, 2020


Let's keep the cute girl posts going for a little bit longer, and today it's a half dozen pages of some of the cutest ever, from the fun August 1948 issue of Teena #3 (aka A-1 #15.) Hilda Terry's art is full of wonderfully loose, curvy lines, sweet details, and combined with the funny writing and hilarious era dialog, Teena is seriously one of the true comic book gems of the late 40's.

Friday, May 8, 2020

Monster Carnival

I picked up these 3 handsome little fellows in Japan a few years back. I had no idea who they were or what they were from, I just liked the fun way they're designed.

After opening them (and putting their arms and legs on as is typical with most gashapon toys), I found tiny folded brochures with each containing a cool comic printed on one side, and the rest of the characters in the set listed in their actual colors on the other side (two of mine are apparently greyscale variants.) The name "Monster Carnival" which when googled, produces only hits about a completely unrelated game bearing the identical same name, and the only other English in the brochure is: G Dama, Copyright Akira Noguchi / Reigning Looney Corp, East Up Co. / EU Works, Ages 13 and Up, and of course, Made in China. Googling any combination of these words together produces absolutely zero information. Anyone know anything about these guys?

I'm bummed I didn't get the rest of these while I was there, but I figured I'd just look them up online when I got home. Ahh well... and apparently, pirate monkeys were to be the next series from whoever this company is:

Who are you?

Thursday, May 7, 2020

Babel 2

If you saw and enjoyed my Giant Robot post back in April HERE, then here's some good news, today I have a follow-up post featuring a few fun items from another Mitsuteru Yokoyama robo-classic, BABEL 2, --specifically, the rad robot called Poseidon. In this series a young boy discovers that he is not only the reincarnation of an alien entity, but that he is also entrusted to protect the Earth with the help of a shape-shifting panther, a dragon-like flying creature, and a giant robot that lives at the bottom of the ocean. I was able to read the entire original 1971 manga series for FREE online a few years ago thanks to one of the many fanslation sites, --but unfortunately I have only seen a few of the actual animated episodes from the original 1973 television series, and that was without translation too. Still, I adore the story and absolutely love the robot, so here he is as part of the superb Furuta gashapon toy collector set based on the works of Mitsuteru Yokoyama (meaning he came blind boxed and yes you had to assemble him.) Also pictured below is a neat little BABEL 2 pencil sharpener that's shaped like a TV set-- found this in Japan as well!


And speaking of giant robots, I recently downloaded the free TUBI app on my phone and it's amazing... I mean, aside from thousands of great movies and TV shows, they have a ton of anime (old and new) and I was finally able to see all 26 episodes of GIANT GORG (1984) with English subtitles. It's an incredible series, and super highly recommended if, like me, you're into exciting tales of scrappy boys and their giant fighting robots!

Sunday, May 3, 2020

Sideshow '49

A selection of sexy girl gags from Avon's 1949 one-shot issue of Sideshow #1, featuring a cavalcade of artists you'll likely recognize from other funny (and adult) magazines of the era, ie: Don Flowers, Michael Berry, Bill Wenzel, E. Simms Campbell, Arthur Ferrier, and more...