Sunday, April 22, 2018

Kenner 16-Page Fun Catalog (1973)

Found an old 70's issue of Whitman's Wacky Witch recently, and though it's full of cute art and silly stories, none of that comes close to the awesomeness of the Kenner 16-Page Fun Catalog inserted right in the middle of the whole thing! Yes, brilliant toy advertising in the guise of a comic book itself-- inside a kids comic??!! And 1973 was a big year for me (I turned 6), as this was the year that I think I really began to take notice of toys and toy commercials and most importantly the fact that I could actually choose what I wanted to get for my birthday or xmas! Every kid had a Spirograph, and I'm pretty sure I had some of the Chip-Away Sculptor sets, though I don't think it was Flintstones-- but I absolutely, and with utmost certainty had the SSP Racers (cars and motorcycles), the incredible Smash-Up Derby, and the Snoopy Toothbrush! What did you have?































Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Ban-It-Yourself Exorcism Products

A funny section in the September 1975 issue of The Monster Times #43, aka the ALL-DEMON ISSUE, entitled Ban-It-Yourself Exorcism Products-- from the headline: Merchants and advertisers have barely yet begun to plumb the enormous commercial possibilities of the Occult. This is puzzling, because the very drives which lead people to turn to the occult-- mainly a deep-rooted horror and revulsion of the Flesh, and a desire to achieve some super-human, ultra-antiseptic "Perfection of Spirit" --are precisely the same drives that keep them buying deodorant soap and air freshener. Certainly the hysterical popularity of THE EXORCIST should've given Madison Avenue a hint, and set them to merchandising products like this.















Friday, April 13, 2018

Kitty and Bob: The "Hep" Cats

Highly unique looking funny animal story from Hi-Ho Comics #1, illustrated by the ever awesome Ellis Chambers for Four Star Publications in 1946. This series only ran for 3 issues, but the "Hep" Cats appeared in every one of them. Cute stuff, and "Lord! What corn!" --I love that silly writing!















Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Universal Studios Monsters Big Coloring Book: Wolfman

Mr. Cavin asked to see the Wolfman pages from the Universal Studios Monsters Big Coloring Book, and here they are --see our last post too! I suppose some of these images could've been a bit more exciting, but the few that are, truly are. Hope to see more superb colored versions too!















***UPDATE!!!*** Mr. Cavin does it again! 



***UPDATE #2!!!*** JMR777 gets in on the coloring book fun too!







Thanks again to everyone that participated! :)

Monday, April 9, 2018

Universal Studios Monsters Big Coloring Book: Creature from the Black Lagoon

I found a copy of this Universal Studios Monsters coloring book a few weeks back at an antique mall, and though it's not too terribly vintage, it does contain some super cool artwork inside that is definitely worth getting out your coloring crayons and/or markers for! The six big ones are featured on the cover, (but unfortunately no Invisible Man!), and lo and behold there's an individual, multi-page chapter inside for each monster-- but for today's post we'll focus on my all time favorite Universal creation-- The Creature from the Black Lagoon!












If anyone's interested, I'll scan more pages for upcoming posts-- have fun!

***UPDATE!!!***

Mr. Cavin took the plunge and expertly colored one of the pages! Anyone else up for the challenge?