Death of a lady

April 1, 2016

Sad to hear of the recent death (in the year 2127 ?!?) of former model and International secret agent Lady Penelope Creighton-Ward at the age of 88. It just goes to show how long ago the swinging sixties were. But, of course, by then she was no teenager. She would actually have been in her mid twenties when she first appeared on our TV screens in 1965/2065.

Lady Penelope

She hadn’t been seen in public for a while, having never really recovered from the death of her chauffeur/manservant/slave/devotee/Arthur Mullard impersonator/lover? Aloysius Parker. The pink Rolls Royce is showing its age with rust around the wheelarches and two of its six tyres are no longer holding air. No doubt the personalised number plate is now worth more than the vehicle itself.

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Only Tin-Tin Kyrano and Brains are left to represent her former employers the Tracy family. They plan to attend the funeral in Thunderbird 2.

Skidmore comics

April 1, 2016

Due to their failure to pass the comic book code, Skidmore comics received limited distribution via normal channels. Where they were available, as they were mostly magazine-sized they would be mixed among the Men’s magazine section of the spinner racks. In parts of Europe however they were very popular.

The Victors

Their range of child-oriented comics in the mid sixties were claimed to be the first ever landscape comics in the States.

Top Notch Detectives

The only Blog giving proper attention to this forgotten comic company is to be found right here.

Bug Babe

Wanted

April 1, 2016

As a fan of odd comics these titles are currently on my “wants” list. I’ve managed to collect all of the Dell Monkees comics and quite a number of the UK “Lady Penelope” weeklies that contain Monkees strips. However I’ve never seen this Gold Key comic featuring their 1968 movie. “Head” contains some fantastic music amongst the often mediocre sketches. I particularly like their versions of Carole King’s “As we go along” and “Porpoise Song”, Mike’s “Circle Sky” and Davy singing Nilsson’s “Daddy’s Song”. Although care has to be taken with that one. Davy is dancing with Toni Basil whilst set and clothes flash alternately between black and a migraine-inducing white.

Head by Rich Meyer

Here’s another one that looks interesting. I’d like to read it just for the Monkees backup strip.

Mothers by Rich Meyer

Charlton comics were always oddly numbered. “The Flintstones Pebbles and BamBam” survived for five issues until in issue six it suddenly became “Team-Up”. If you were a toddler who’d been given a subscription to the Flintstones comic you were in for a shock. I just want issue 7 as it features E-Man’s girlfriend and former exotic dancer Nova.

Team up by Rich Meyer

Likewise with Miss Bikini Luv 625. She finally got her own comic after featuring for a year or so in Charlton’s “Gorgo”. However the series had originally begun a decade earlier at number 500 as “Robin Hood”. From issue 524 it changed to “Wild Western comics”. After a hiatus it continued from number 581 as “‘Lil Scamp”. It was re-named as “Jungle Warfare” from number 610 (but still had “‘Lil Scamp” back-up stories to use up inventory). Miss Bikini Luv ran from number 623 to 627. All these comics are extremely rare/completely unobtainable.

Miss Bikini Luv 625

Not wanted

March 1, 2016

I don’t want to read any of these books because I’m sure the titles/covers are far more fun than the contents are likely to be.

goodbye testicles

how to avoid work

how to toilet train your cat

invisible dick

knitting with dog hair

scouts in bondage

pantyhose craft book

the benefit of farting

A short history of America

UFOs

March 1, 2016

UFO Magazine

In an issue of “UFO Magazine” in 2002 they announced “The end of the world as we know it” would happen “by 2020” so we haven’t got long to put our affairs in order. Actually, this “end of the world” scenario is based on real facts by real scientists measuring the drifting of the north/south magnetic poles and really will happen next week/sometime in the next 1000 years. At some point the poles will have moved far enough from the earth’s north/south axis that a “pole shift” will occur. No one knows if this will happen instantly or over a period of time. What is known is that this event has periodically happened a number of times (every half-million years or so) in Earth’s history and we are already overdue. So one day the north pole will be in the south and vice-versa. Migrating birds will be mightily confused and who knows what it will do to humanity. Scientists suspect that the electricity grid/the internet may be affected by the magnetic changes. If people can’t access Facebook then I guess it really will be the end of the world !!!

UFO

“UFO Magazine” steadily grew in popularity throughout the 1990s and early noughties but disappeared in 2004 a few months after the untimely death of the editor Graham W. Birdsall.

If only one of the many hundreds/thousands of articles/sightings could actually be proved to be of alien origin it would rock the foundations of science and religion and have the Sky Newsreaders in a tizzy.

Lights in the sky could be caused by many things but when numbers of professional pilots claim to have seen strange craft “as big as a battleship” hurtle past them, or describe small globes performing instant 90 degree turns before shooting away vertically you have to wonder what really is out there.

Alien skull

The more interesting/implausible articles in “UFO Magazine”, despite being better written/researched than many paperback books on the subject still often lack enough hard science or necessary detail of dates and names and places. This article fascinated me. In Texas in the 1890s many strange things were seen. Airships of unknown origin were seen bearing bright lights when all that would be available then were candles or oil lanterns. In the case described in this article one of these strange airships crashed into a windmill and exploded. A small body was recovered from the wreckage and buried and the unmarked grave was implausibly lost/forgotten about. Forty years later this strange skeleton was supposedly re-discovered. A three foot tall humanoid with four fingers and toes. The arm and leg bones were hollow like those found in birds. The head contained a tiny mouth, pointed chin, and huge eye sockets. The author wonders if the large eyes signify that he/she/it lived in a place with low levels of light, and the hollow bones signified a light gravity (or a heavy one) ?!?. But where is the detailed forensic analysis of this skeleton? Surely with modern equipment it could be ascertained if this was a fake or for real. But if it was a fake, what purpose did it serve? It didn’t make anyone any money as the only mention of it appeared in an obscure book published many many years before UFO Magazine came across the story and printed this article.

Then I peruse the Interweb and find the “same” story although now it seems the alien pilot was buried in the town cemetery (although no one seems to remember where) and has never been exhumed. Although the story sounds fantastic, it was only ever reported in the local newspaper of the time. It seems uncannily familiar to the “Roswell” incident that would be reported 50 years later (and ten miles away) !?!

magazines

PS: And back in the news the other day was an item about the NASA astronauts circling the dark side of the moon in the 1960s and hearing “music”. I wonder what that was all about?

Nuff Said 56

March 1, 2016

ancient laptop

And there was me thinking Laptops were a relatively new invention.