Everyone following this blog (as well as THOIA) knows that Mr. Karswell is a collector of some highly unusual, very creepy things! But ooh boy, he's got nothing on the collection in this shiver inducing story from the December 1953 issue of Marvel Tales #119! Oh yeah, and happy Friday Frights, everyone-- need I even mention the attractive art by John Forte?!
Wednesday, July 21, 2021
Acquired this interesting little block of painted / carved wood this week, it's a kitschy piece of groovy 60's - 70's cuteness, and judging from the holes on the side edges, (likely meant for a piece of looped string), it was to be hanged or hung or hunged over a doorknob to give the illusion of peeping through a keyhole at a lovely young lady within the next room. And something tells me she knows you're looking! It also appears to have maybe been mounted on something originally as well... found nothing online for reference.
Sunday, July 18, 2021
The novelty gag hits just keep a'comin', and you best tuck in that tongue, because the first one fools you with the 'ol one / two punch when you lift the box lid and see that you're not exactly getting the piece you were imagining, eh, amigo? Followed by a vintage ceramic mug I found for 50 cents that plays on the very popular one panel, adult mag gag comics of animalistic obsessions and danglin' bikini strings. Oh, who am I kidding, I like to pull the damn strings myself! (with nods to those old enough to remember the cute art of the puppy pulling down the bikini bottoms in the vintage Coppertone ads.)
Friday, July 16, 2021
Friday Frights takes center stage this week to deliver a powerhouse shock rocker hit from the October 1989 indie issue of (lol) Tipper Gore's Comics and Stories #1. Illustrated by Ken Landgraf-- who actually used to follow THOIA years ago, though I'm not sure if he ever made it over here to AEET-- this is a rather slicing bit of commentary on the "gimmick" bands from back in the day. So get up, leave your seat, and move your feet to the beat of The Electric Dead, as they show you how their lurid light show can seriously become horrifically heavy. Turn it up, maaan...
Wednesday, July 14, 2021
An awesome novelty gag gift box o'fun from 1964 (made by Golden's Magic Wand), and like the best of them, this Do-It-Yourself Go To Hell Kit implies one thing on the box lid, only to deliver something completely different, and ironically hilarious, once you open it. We're all heading that direction anyway, so why wait for a boring slow ending when you can go out explosively! CLICK HERE for some appropriate music while you pull the pin-- and thank you again, Slayla! XXX
Sunday, July 11, 2021
Here's a cute little booklet from 1966 about loving your pipe. Funny, (though uncredited) illustrations accompany everything you ever needed to know about the subject, from picking and breaking-in your pipe, to cleaning, treating, and even caring for one that has become "sick." So enjoy a healthy pipe today, even if everyone around you is pinching their noses and making grimacing faces to your rather unhealthy little habit / hobby. (Please not that comments mentioning the "Prince Albert in a can joke" will not be approved.)
Friday, July 9, 2021
Friday Frights takes yet another wild 'n weird turn this time around, and heads into the furthest reaches of space --and the imagination! And it's not so much "frightening" this week as it's more about finding something interesting as well as different, though still maintaining the good 'ol twist endings and top notch artwork. And it doesn't get much better than mean Gene Colan and fantastic Frank Brunner stories, along with some of the coolest painted cover art ever from killer Kelly Freas (those aliens are definitely worthy of a Friday Frights post), PLUS joltin' Joe Romita, and bad ass Boada! So, does anyone remember this great, but short lived, black and white adult magazine series from Marvel / Curtis? If not, here's your rockin' reminder. First story is from the September 1975 issue of Unknown Worlds of Science Fiction #5, followed by our second hilariously sexy feature from the January 1975 debut issue, aka #1!
Tuesday, July 6, 2021
Everybody remembers Ideal's awesome JAWS game from 1975, but does anyone remember Aurora's equally amazing attempt to cash in on the then Great White terror phenomenon with Jaw Breaker from 1976? I sure as heck didn't, but I'm glad I found it while junkin' the other day, because not only does it look super fun-- from the hilariously great box design, right down to the vinyl game board and grimacing game pieces-- but it's seriously one of the most oddball concepts ever for a 70's jump scare game. As you've probably already noticed, I took a TON of photos of this thing because every aspect of it is downright radical. As you scroll down we'll first look at the box art / photography detail, then on to the colorful oceanic play field illustrations, and finally the shark itself and the individual game pieces. The game play is simple enough: "With the roll of a die, shipwrecked castaways in tiny colored rafts make their way through a number of obstacles from shipwreck to shore. Lurking nearby is a giant shark with a balloon in its mouth, its jaws manually moved towards a closed position by rotating the dorsal fin when a player lands on a red game board space, thus being penalized if the balloon bursts." POP! If you've already looked at the very last photo you'll notice the sword of Damocles hanging inside the shark's mouth. That's not really what it is, but it assists in the popping of the balloon as the shark's teeth aren't really sharp enough to perform said task on their own. Oh, I'm unfortunately missing the game instruction sheet, so if anyone has this game and could scan it in for me and email it to my Karswell at hotmail dotcom address I'd be very happy, and would likely mail you something neato in return.