Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Inventions Wanted / Mimi Wanted!

I've been posting highlights from a few early 60's issues of Mechanix Illustrated over the last week, and by golly, here are a few more. Inventions Wanted was basically an ongoing shout-out in each issue from the MI editors to their readers, asking them to send in their own ideas for clever new concepts, or even improvements on old ones. Some of them ain't too shabby, while some need more work-- but the neato accompanying illustrations definitely make for a fun article none the less! Also fun, was the attractive appearance of "Mimi" in each MI issue as she bats her eyes and shows off her legs while showcasing something newly conceived and constructed from deep within her own "testing workshop." And now you no longer have to read Mechanix Illustrated just for the articles, Mr. C, as Mimi definitely puts the X into MechaniX!

Tuesday, March 13, 2018


There's a funny article in the June 1962 issue of Mechanix Illustrated called How Chiselers Beat the Phone Company. It's basically about people milking, bilking, and basically taking advantage of the telephone system. There's even some great illustrations by David Lockhart, one of said diabolical milker loading his pockets with change pouring from a pay phone. But my favorite is the half page, central piece featuring scrambling masked bandits literally chiseling away at a giant phone. Other topics in the article cover (and remember, this is from a time well before cell phones and answering machines) the aggravation of late night calls, and also how people purposefully used to call home and let it ring and ring and ring forever because they knew back at home the ringing noise was giving their obnoxious pet some exercise. And did you know when old time phones went out of fashion, people used to use them in the kitchen to make doughnuts instead? No foolin'...


Saturday, March 10, 2018

Backyard Monorail, or Twin Sails for Your Bike

As winter winds down, and spring time approacheth, the need for (outdoor) speed arises! Ehhh... that's about all I can muster this morning for an intro, as my need for other indoor things far exceeds anything spring or speed could provide. Annnnd I guess these two pages from the June 1953 issue of Science and Mechanics (the magazine that shows you how) are probably self explanatory enough. I totally love those bug-eyed boys on the cover though...

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Cartoon the Easy Way!

We've all seen the ads in the pages of old comic books-- luring you with frisky female curves-- enticing you into the sexy, lucractive world of cartooning and art! Kits! Booklets! Amazing Inventions! Talent? Who needs talent?! Didn't you know it's easy as pie to become Alex Raymond on Day One? Come on! Do you have a dollar? Do you have $10? Hell, you don't even need any money in some of these, you just need to be enthusiastic and totally ready to start rolling in all that cartooning dough before you can even utter the words "Milton Caniff!" So actually, none of the ads in today's post are from the funny books. Nope. These come from a variety of Science and Mechanics mags, like Mechanix Illustrated for example... you know, those square bound, do-it-yourself from your own home shop class collections that teach you things like building a backyard monorail system out of wood planks, or adding twin sailing ship sails to your bicycle. And please note that in these magazines the ads are printed so incredibly small that I was actually forced to scan them in at 600 dpi for full affect. A few of them might be familiar, (and a few aren't even about becoming a cartoonist!), but the focus of this post was to find relative ads that haven't already been blogged to death by all the other comic book and cartooning sites out there which are also making easy peezy boo-koo bucks thanks to the world of art. Enjoy!

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Giant Robot vs. Super Infra Man

One of my all time favorite TV shows from my childhood (and from Japan) is Johnny Sokko and his Flying Robot ('67 - '68.) And recently, thanks to Bizarre Bazar in Philadelphia, I added this great vinyl figure made by Marmit in '96 to my personal toy collection! He's so awesome I literally took a billion pix of him, but here are just two because I'm not totally insane like Emperor Guillotine. The only way GR could more awesome is if he shot actual missiles out of his fingertips --and also if he was ten hundred feet tall instead of ten inches! (see also: FLYING)


Alllllllso, one of my all time favorite movies from my childhood (and from China) is Super Infra Man ('75), and recently Unbox Vinart teamed up with the Shaw Brothers to release what is seriously one of the most killer 10" vinyl figures ever-- Super Infra Man!!! Incredibly colored, his helmet is removable to reveal the actor underneath, plus he has a back-up set of alt colored fists you can swap out. The box design is just as spectacular.



Get more info and order your Super Infra Man HERE! Also-- if it's villains yee be after, then click HERE for info about Unbox's awesome Skeleton Spectre pre-order too! You know you need somebody for Infra Man to fight!!

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Bob Hale's Cartoon College: How to Draw Cats

My buddy Brian went to an estate sale recently and found a neat pile of old "Cartooning for Profit" manuals, plus this incredibly fun Bob Hale Cartoon College lesson #3 packet from 1962 on How to Draw Cats-- my favorite animal!! Brian (of MondoPiece Theatre fame) was also cool enough to give all of these great finds to me!! THANKS AGAIN, MAN!! Anyway, I'll spare you the other overly excited and rather long winded introduction pages by Bob Hale himself (except for one, this way you get a proper taste of the artistic enthusiasm he has for all budding young arteests) --and just like a feline, we'll pounce right in with the main point of everything, by golly-- drawing pussy cats!! Hale possessed a very cute, very unique style, and these pages are also a slick showcase on the differences between inking your creations in with a pen vs. a brush.

Now get to work drawing-- and with hours upon hours upon nine lifetimes upon reincarnations, very soon you too can be an ultra rich and famous artist-- just like Bob Hale!

Saturday, February 17, 2018


Kentucky Fried Chicken had hilarious Scratch 'n Sniff Valentines this year at participating locations, (free with the purchase of a meal deal), and yes they actually do smell like fried chicken-- you don't even have to scratch them to get that delectable scent a'rising! I sometimes wonder how the real Colonel (RIP) would feel about all this current funny business with his image? Anyway, here are all 4 Valentines, front and back (the backs are all the same) --and yes, it's another holiday post that's better late than never!