Monday, September 21, 2020

More Ado About Holmes

As a combination clipping bureau and packrat, I accumulated these advertisements and articles about that ol’ Consulting Detective of Baker Street.

            A previous post about some other Holmesiana is here.

             When the public learned about the infamous 18-minute gap in Nixon’s secretly recorded White House tapes, speculation abounded as to the topic.  Aliens?  Pot-roast recipes?  Jimmy Hoffa?

            Well, a smart aleck named Stefan Kanfer decided to corral history’s most famous detective and sic him on the case.  Kanfer does a cute job of looping in England’s 1970s socialism, the Energy Crisis, and ... read for yourself!

            Of course, just because Holmes solved the case, that doesn’t mean he will tell us...

            Later that year of 1974, Nick Meyer’s masterful pastiche The Seven-Per-Cent Solution rated this review from Time.

            A couple of years later, the film adaptation was surveyed by Newsweek.

            And similarly in a review published in the Tulsa World, the day after Christmas, 1976.


 Holmes and Watson were sufficiently well-known to plug cars on TV and in print ads.  Even the tracking dog Toby (from The Sign of the Four but resurrected by Meyer in Seven-Per-Cent) makes an appearance!

           When Meyer’s sequel, The West End Horror, arrived, the paperback rights were snapped up by Ballantine, who took out the above ad in Publishers Weekly to lay out their publicity campaign.

             Well, that’s it for this collection of stuff exhumed from books.  See you next time!


Thursday, September 17, 2020

From "The Book of Nescafehiah"

In 1980 I was working for the Southwest Radio Church, which still exists today.

I was editing, proofing, and sometimes writing feature-type articles for them.

I got a sad reminder of the fallibility of human nature when I noticed small disagreements turn into backbiting behind-the-back phone calls, and such.  My separation after six months was due to one of my own faults.

One of the minor controversies involved the break area, and how folks would use a (metal) spoon for stirring their drink, then dip the wet spoon into sugar or powdered creamer, etc.  You ended up with an encrusted spoon and stuff in your drink from the encrustation.

Since SWRC also had a typesetting typewriter, I occupied myself one day making a bit of scripture applicable to the situation.

Get it?  NescafĂ© -- Nescafehiah?  You'll also notice that Chapter 1, verse 8, has a typo.  Instead of "and in labour they shall skim it," it says "it labour."  So much for inerrancy!

And Chapter 2, verse 2 features a phonetic transcription of the initials SWRC. 

So keep your spoons clean, and check back in on Monday.  See you then!

Monday, September 14, 2020

Save Me, Zeitgeist!

From the March, 2002 issue of Vanity Fair magazine, it's a column from their "cultural critic," James Wolcott.

Everything's in black-and-white because this is a photocopy of the article.  The stretches of lost time forbid me from relating why I ain't got the original pages.

Some people like the idea of Jerry Seinfeld piggybacking on Our Hero.  Not me.  Nothing about the alleged comic is entertaining in my opinion.  But this is America!  You can think different!  Hooray!

See you on Thursday.  Who knows?  Maybe you'll agree with me then ...

Thursday, September 10, 2020

I Wouldn't Call Them "Discards"!

On November 13, 1997, Diagnosis Murder aired an episode chock-full of 1960s secret agents.

Fellow spy maven Wesley Britton discusses "Discards" in depth here.

Here's an interview of the principal guests from the November 8, 1997 TV Guide.

Hard to think that this was all 20+ years ago!  *sigh*  Well, see you Monday, my friends!

Monday, September 07, 2020

Welcome to September 1970!

Yes, amongst my many acquisitions from the Bartlesville Bookland (now defunct) was this 1970-71 calendar from the fine folks at Paper Mate.

And, by happy happenstance, 1971's calendar is identical to the days of 2021 ... meaning that, beginning with the opening salvo from September 1970, I can share each month's pages as the time draws nigh -- and they'll match the current calendar!  Yippee!

You can still buy Flairs at Staples and other places.  I need to get more!

You can print out each month and hang 'em on yonder wall of your domicile!

See you on Thursday!

Thursday, September 03, 2020

Welcome to Metropolis -- National Lampoon Style

From the May, 1991 National Lampoon:

 I really like the ads above.  Who knows if they are legit, or made up by the NatLamp staff!
No comment on the above ads ...

See you on Monday, Super Correspondents!

Monday, August 31, 2020

New Year's Speculations for the Year 2000 -- from 1967

In the midst of my excavations for my new blog, Mark's Moon Memories, I discovered a few more fun things in the box.

Note the "potential horrors" in the final paragraphs.  Some have been realized in one way or another.  I don't see any signs of letting the intellectual elite take over -- thank heavens!

And the surrender of personality to drugs and electronic devices is underway, that's for sure!

See you on Thursday!  Until then, put down the device and talk to somebody (no yelling allowed)!

Friday, August 28, 2020

Visit My New Blog to Learn About the Race to the Moon!

Yep, this is a proffering of all the hundreds of newspaper and magazine clippings I collected in the late 1960s.

Read all about it in the first post.

And there'll be new posts of a different contemporaneous news item (sometimes many pages at once) over MOON-DAY (get it)?

See you over there every Monday, at Mark's Moon Memories !

See you here (and there!) on Monday, campers!

Thursday, August 27, 2020

Superman Comic Flies off Shelves!

Yep, if he bleeds, it sells.

Some of us were at the age that we believed what they told us ... NOT a dream, NOT an imaginary story!

The wonderful folks at Planet Comics were "nice" enough to "let" me buy several copies of the Death of Superman run.  A couple of years later I sold one clump of the storyline for $60 (about twice the cover prices).  Believe it or not!

Well, if you can believe me, we'll be back on Monday.

Monday, August 24, 2020

Aliens and a Werewolf -- Wowsa!

All of these breathless and absolutely factual tales are from the April 2, 1991 issue of The Sun.
 Who knows, maybe for a while she was a Face on Mars!
Don't you wonder who's gonna pay to dig it out of that basement?
Where wolf?  There wolf!  In them thar woods!

I hope you will remain baffled until something new appears on Thursday ...

Thursday, August 20, 2020

National Museum of American History Superman Postcards!

As part of their exhibit "Superman: Many Lives, Many Worlds," the National Museum of American History sold some merch.  There was a poster with a Dick Giordano-style Supes superimposed on a bunch of comic-book covers, and these postcards.

See you right back here on Monday, campers!

Monday, August 17, 2020

Move Along, There's Nobody Buried There

Yes, Weekly World News digs up the dirt by not digging up JFK!

 Not only was he still alive in 1992, he was mucking about with world leaders!
Just because WWN disappeared from your grocery-store point-of-sale racks in 2007, never fear!  Now it's a digital monstrosity!

Put that in your conspiracy and smoke it.

See you on Thursday for something.

Thursday, August 13, 2020

MA-156 - Seventies Strut

Yes, this cover design is an intentional deceit.  Because these boffo tracks are not the kind of song you'd hear on Top-40 radio in the Seventies.  They're better!

Even if a little odd.

01 - Do the Boob - The Real Kids - 1977  (2:17)
02 - Don't Talk to Me - The Eyes - 1978  (1:31)
03 - Popgun - Mary Monday and the Bitches - 1977  (1:20)
04 - Empty - SST - 1978  (2:00)
05 - Death to Disco - Notsensibles - 1979  (3:16)
06 - (I Wanna) Burnout - The Korps - 1978  (2:09)
07 - Amateur Surgeon - The Vores - 1978  (2:19)
08 - Money Talks - Penetration - 1978  (1:41)
09 - Nobody Knows - Destroy All Monsters - 1979  (3:25)
10 - IRT - Snatch - 1977  (2:05)
11 - You're So Strange - The Zippers - 1977  (2:46)
12 - Aerosol Burns - Essential Logic - 1978  (1:59)
13 - Ambivalence and Spark Plugs - Immune Systems - 1979  (2:54)
14 - Stimulation - Penetrators - 1979  (2:35)
15 - Eddie and Sheena - Electric Chairs - 1978  (4:26)
16 - Action Time Vision - Alternative TV - 1978  (2:31)
17 - I Wanna Play with Guns - Needles and Pins - 1977  (3:00)
18 - All Queued Up - Deaf School - 1978  (3:02)
19 - Counting (demo) - The Motels - 1978  (4:41)
20 - I Can't Do Anything - X-Ray Spex - 1978  (2:56)
21 - Disco's Dead - The Bags - 1979  (2:12)
22 - Happy Song (live) - The Eyes - 1978  (2:37)
23 - Exhibition - Pneumania - 1979  (2:53)
24 - I'm Talking to You - The Maps - 1979  (3:02)
25 - I Woke Up Dreaming - Teenage Jesus & the Jerks - 1978  (3:05)
26 - CN Tower - The Poles - 1977  (2:52)
27 - I'm Alive - 999 - 1977  (2:28)
28 - Don't Misbehave in the New Age - Animals and Men - 1979  (2:04)
29 - Animal Instincts (live) - Model Citizens - 1979  (2:22)
30 - Strange Boy - Blitz - 1978  (3:02)

So, DL a little Seventies weirdness and give it a listen.  You'll thank me for it!

See you back here on Monday, campers!

Monday, August 10, 2020

WATCHPANELS, Part the Eighth

One compulsive reader’s observations ...
after gazing into Watchmen for the umpteenth time


All right, I’ve got photons in my teeth and my wrist brace on ...
           Today’s Sunday, October 27 – If Halloween is “next week,” why the heck are kids putting on their costumes and wearing them tonight?

           In panel 2 of the second page, we see that Mason smokes from a regular pack of cigarettes just like in our Earth.

            In a jarring Briticism, Bernard the all-American uses the Briticism “27th October” instead of the American usage “October the 27th” or even “the 27th of October.”

            Beginning with page 4 ... Can somebody explain to me the sudden jump in time?  As we turn the comics page from 3 to 4, all of a sudden, instead of October 27th, it’s the 31st.  I guess nothing happened for four days?

            Here’s another Briticism.  This was my own first exposure (in 1986, at age 30) to the phrase “early days.”  It’s a Briticism (according to the nigh-scriptural OED).

            On page 8, we’re reminded that Detective Fine smokes regular cigs, too.

           On page 11, Max Shea pinpoints Veidt’s island as being on “the Coast of Mosquitoes.”  This is in the Western Caribbean, off Nicaragua and Honduras.

           For the first time, the clock over Dan’s kitchen door is on 12-hour time.  It was on 24-hour time in 3:8:6 and 7:11:3.  But now the clock says that  it's “11:5_  – obviously PM.  and as Sally says in another panel, in an hour it’ll be November.

            In the comic, this speech balloon of Jon was mistakenly left white, not colored blue.

           In this scan of the bound versions of this page, the speech balloon has been recolored blue.  But as you’ll notice, it’s a different tinge of blue, and this blue doesn’t contain the comic-book dot-pixilation you can see in the balloon in the panel to the left, which was blue all along.

            On the last page of the story, the comic did not contain the epigraph, just a solid black bar with the clock face.

            But the bound editions include the lines from “Hallowe’en,” by Eleanor Farjeon.  By the way, Farjeon wrote many poems and children’s books.  You might be most familiar with her poem “Morning Has Broken,” popularized by Cat Stevens.

           On “page 3” of the paste-up of the New Frontiersman’s October 31st edition, there’s another of those odd Briticism-date-things, when Hector Godfrey says, “Sunday 20th October” instead of “Sunday, October 20th.”

            Well, we’re two-thirds of the way through.  Only three chapters to go!

See you on Thursday.
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