Observation for Now

It has always seemed to me that the human race needs more things to wonder about, rather than less.

-- Gregory L Reece

Saturday, October 01, 2016

Welcome to Blog-o-Ween, with “A Corpse for the Coffin”





This boffo art by Dick Ayres is from “A Corpse for the Coffin,” from Witches’ Tales (volume 2) #4,  August 1970.

The original panel looks like this:

 See you on Monday!  We'll have an EYE-POPPING time!
  

Thursday, September 29, 2016

MA-63 - 45s & Favorites, Disc 9

More dynamite songs from a youth that was gonna outshine them all.

I read Hunter Davies's The Beatles and was intrigued to learn that some Beatles writings were noted by date written.  I took it to heart and nearly all of my 100+ songs, 100+ poems, and other scribblings have dates (even times of day) memorialized for the scholars who would one day be assembling my Compleat Workes.  Ahh, well.

And this music was the kind of stuff I was going to be famous for, stuff like this! (only probably not as good)


1 -  Maybe Tomorrow        Badfinger    1970        (2:59)
2 - 25 or 6 to 4 (single version)        Chicago        1970        (2:53)
3 -  You've Got a Friend (live)        Carole King (with James Taylor) 1971 (5:10)
4 - Roll in My Sweet Baby's Arms Leon Russell 1973 (4:29)
5 - Bad Company Bad Company 1974 (4:50)
6 - The School of Instant Pain Triumvirat (from Spartacus) 1975 (6:24)
7 - Juan's Reckless Daughter - Coyote (edit) Joni Mitchell 1976-1977 (11:09)
8 - Here Come Those Tears Again Jackson Browne 1977 (3:40)
9 - Cat Scratch Fever Ted Nugent 1977 (3:43)
10 - Because the Night  Patti Smith 1978 (3:25)
11 - Long Hot Summer Nights Wendy Waldman 1978 (4:11)
12 - Life During Wartime    Talking Heads 1979 (3:44)
13 -  Crying   Don McLean 1980 (3:45)
14 - Whip It (live) Devo 1981 (2:51)
15 - Bad Reputation Joan Jett & the Blackhearts 1981 (2:53)
16 - Precious Time Pat Benatar 1981 (6:04)
17 - Destination Unknown Missing Persons 1982 (3:37)
18 - Rock the Casbah The Clash 1982 (3:43)

What a plethora of musical styles and temperaments!

MA-63 - 45s & Favorites, Disc 9

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Monday, September 26, 2016

Star Trek II Promo Flyer


          Some time between 1980 and 1982, I sent a fan letter to Paramount, asking for information about Star Trek II, and got about 100 copies of a color flyer, the kind you used to see on the freebie tables at movie houses.

          I’m only guessing about how many there were.  These flyers are on glossy card-stock paper, and the stack was at least one inch thick.

          I’m sharing them here as a kind of coda to August’s exhaustive (and exhausting) survey of the movie.







 
          Note that the film wasn’t called “Star Trek II,” simply “Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan.”

          Also you see that I had this flyer autographed by George Takei and Jimmy Doohan, at various appearances.


          Once upon a time, I had so many copies of this flyer that I was free to mutilate them.  I amputated part of page 4 and also took it with me to various media cons.  As you can see, I had this one with me when I encountered Walter Koenig.  Since Koenig’s signature isn’t on the complete flyer I scanned, evidently I only had the fragment with me at the time.

          Once upon a day in the mid 1980s, I went around to various OKC movie houses and asked the bosses if they had any leftover sci-fi promo stuff.  I ended up with several pounds of black-and-white newspaper-ad layouts, and variations of same, for several movies, including a buttload of different ads for Star Trek II.  But as far as I can find, those 11-x-17-size sheets are long gone.

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