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Oct 1, 2019

Worlds Finest 323

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Larry Wallis

Oct 1, 2019

19th May 1949 – 19th September 2019

Cindy and Bert

Oct 1, 2019

February 1973

Oct 1, 2019

A free gift was sure to entice me to purchase a comic and as I got older a free gift was sure to entice me to purchase a pop newspaper especially if it included some Alice Cooper band music.The LP Billion Dollar Babies hadn’t yet been released at this point. I’d loved the School’s Out single the previous summer and had purchased and been amazed at the quality of the earlier LPs Love it to death and Killer.
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The flexidisc

The free flexidisc contained extracts of 5 tracks from the forthcoming LP and an unreleased track made especially for Britain ?!? entitled Slick Black Limousine. Not the greatest song they ever recorded, but the front cover proclaimed that it would never ever be available anywhere else, so a collector’s item no? This remained true until the release, circa 2001 of the deluxe CD version of B$B. Copies of the flexi currently change hands on eBay and Amazon for a mere £2 – £5.

Page two lists the Top 30 singles and LPs as at 30th January 1973 both here and in the States. It’s amazing that most of those UK Top 30 singles are still so well known today and (apart from Gary Glitter and the late great Judge Dread… for two different reasons….) feature regularly on the Oldies radio stations. Most of the USA singles were familiar to me too. The only one I had to look up was the one hit wonders “Brighter side of darkness”.
I still own 20 of those Top 30 UK singles and 15 of those Top 30 UK LPs that I purchased at the time.

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This article amused me especially when he said:
“I do not believe I have heard a group sound so untogether and so unprofessional on a record before.”
Punk was just around the corner and if his shop was still in business in 1977 then he’d really hear unprofessional!!!
I purchased that Saturnalia LP in 1973 based on the hype of 1st ever picture disc etc. The music wasn’t THAT bad but it certainly was odd. The lyrics and the female singer were old-school folk and the music was “rock” which was a strange mix that sounded nothing at all like the then-popular folk-rock of Steeleye Span etc but sometimes worked.

Chuck Lorre revisited

Oct 1, 2019

Way back when dinosaurs still roamed the earth (4th July 2011 to be precise) I mentioned my accidental discovery years previously of Chuck Lorre’s Vanity Cards. Re-visiting his site I see that, sadly, the last one was published earlier this year.
http://www.chucklorre.com/

PS: The odd thing is I’ve never seen a single episode of 99% of his TV shows The Kominsky Method, Young Sheldon, Mom, The Big Bang Theory, Two and a Half Men, Mike & Molly, Cybill, or Grace under fire. I must have seen a couple of episodes of Dharma & Greg to know Chucks Vanity Cards even existed. It’s a funny old world…..
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CHUCK LORRE PRODUCTIONS, #10
When I began writing these vanity cards, the premise was simple — it’s a vanity card — be vain. And what could be more vain and self-serving than to use my two seconds of ABC’s broadcast day to share my personal beliefs with millions of viewers? But as time passed I realized I was missing a major opportunity. Rather than just tell a few jokes, I could use the two seconds to unravel the mysteries of life and death and share my discoveries with those of you who can operate a VCR or log onto the Internet sites where my words are regularly posted (yes, I lurk). So, anyway, that’s the new plan. The meaning of life, once a week, right here at the end of each Dharma & Greg show. HOW’S THAT FOR VAIN, BUCKO?! Okay, let’s get started. The secret of life is we’re all writing a vanity card. I’m not kidding, follow me on this. If we’re in agreement with the concept “I think, therefore I am,” then what are we in those rare moments when we’re not thinking? Do we cease to be? No, of course not… unless we never “were” at all, unless our actual identity is a nothing that embraces everything, but an “everything” can’t look at itself so we create the illusion of separate selves, which leads to the illusion of survival, which of course leads to all of our pain and suffering. Pride, i.e. vanity, goeth before the fall. And you thoughteth I was joking.

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CHUCK LORRE PRODUCTIONS, #264
A guy goes into a dentist’s office. The dentist says, “How can I help you?”
The guy says, “I’m a moth.”
The dentist says, “Excuse me?”
The guy says again, “I’m a moth.”
The dentist says, “I think maybe you should be seeing a psychiatrist, not a dentist.”
The guy says, “I saw a psychiatrist.”
The dentist says, “So what are you doing here?”
The guy says…
(SEE PUNCH LINE IN VANITY CARD #265 AT END OF TONIGHT’S EPISODE OF YOUNG SHELDON)

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CHUCK LORRE PRODUCTIONS, #265
“Your light was on.”

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CHUCK LORRE PRODUCTIONS, #591
And so we begin the final leg of our journey. And oh what a journey it’s been. Over the last eleven years, babies were born, friends and loved ones passed away, marriages began with hope and love, while others ended with lawyers and shared custody. And through it all, through the ups and the downs, the laughter and the tears, we made a TV show that we loved, a TV show we were proud of. To those of you who have been with us from the beginning, and those who joined along the way, we want to take this opportunity to thank you all for going on this journey with us. And as for those of you who wished us ill, the haters, please know that while our feelings may occasionally have been hurt, we have always tried to understand and support your right to an opinion — even if it’s a meanspirited one. Of course it follows logically that we too should be allowed to voice our thoughts. So… “Go %#@% yourself.”

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PPS: Dunno why Chuck’s book sells for £100s at Amazon when it contains a mere portion of all the vanity cards available at http://www.chucklorre.com/

In the early days of this Blog I mentioned Brenda Lawson’s classic forgotten single “I’m the one who loves you” (and its even better “b” side). A few years ago she was filmed in a club singing along to it.

The Grand Comic Database claims that the Australian company Young’s Merchandising published 567 different black and white comics across 47 different titles mostly through the 1950s. Similar in appearance to the more famous K G Murray comics the most popular appear to have been Blackhawk and Bugs Bunny reprints but they also issued a number of shorter run homegrown titles. Many comics that were reprints have redrawn covers. And like K G Murray comics the prices increased from 6d to 8d in the early 1950s.

The GCD goes on to say:

The earliest comics from Young’s Merchandising Company were published around 1947, including Australian original material and reprints of US comics. Young’s is also known for its Larry Kent crime novels (commenced in 1954), based on the Sydney radio series created by Ron Ingleby. The company folded soon after the death of its founder, Charles Young, in 1963. Little is known about the company, which appears to have been involved in a range of non-publishing endeavours.

This Giant Comic Annual contains 6 rebound comics. Not a great bargain at 3/6 when five of the six comics within display an original retail price of 6d each. One comic shows 8d. I make that add up to 3s 2d. I’m making assumptions but perhaps the contents within the covers may have varied from book to book as seen in Thorpe and Porters “Double Double” books produced in the 1960s in the UK.

PS: For the record this particular book contains the following comics, in that order, in case someone somewhere owns another copy that they could compare.

BLACK ROGER no5

SILVER STARR no1

SILVER STARR no3

YARMAK no15

YARMAK no11

SILVER STARR no2

PPS: Silver Starr and Yarmak are drawn by the very accomplished artist Stanley Pitt 1925 – 2002 (usually in the style of Alex Raymond). Again according to the GCD he drew one…just one… lone story for DC comics that appeared in Witching Hour 14 in 1971. Of course I couldn’t resist tracking down a copy of that particular comic!!

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