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When we were fabulous

August 31st, 2016

After seeing the above ad (or its full-color double-page sibling) in a 1970 issue of LIFE, I decided to seek out used copies of the entire This Fabulous Century series. Or — more accurately — I bought a couple of the books from an online seller a few years ago, forgot about them until earlier […]

Phoning it in

July 5th, 2016

I’m sure you’ve heard the story: In 1982, Atari and its corporate parent company Warner Communications were so blinded by record profits and institutional hubris that they failed to see the growing structural weakness in what was essentially a fad-driven economic bubble. Having scored the lucrative licenses to release both a home port of Pac-Man […]

Mystery dance macabre

June 27th, 2016

The Great Sorting and Tidying at home continues, in which my understandably irritated wife has been taking on Herculean projects while I toss in the occasional “don’t pack those away where I can’t get at them.” It’s a wonder I haven’t been served divorce papers yet, or at the very least a roundhouse kick to […]

Go ahead and shoot

June 6th, 2016

Things have been rather hectic around here lately, which is why this site’s update schedule has become even more erratic than usual. Planned projects such as the wrap-up to my Terrible ’90s feature and the return of Nobody’s Favorites have been placed on the back-burner because I don’t have the time or presence of mind […]

Listen, bud

May 12th, 2016

I wasn’t expecting the Ultimate Annihilator to take the form that it did, either. It seemed harmless enough — a trade publication ad for a late-cycle attempt to expand the mid-Eighties fitness video craze to the kiddie crowd. I probably wouldn’t have ever noticed it if not for the presence of a certain funnybook wall-crawler, […]

(art by Sergio Aragones, The Big Book of Bad) No discussion of my Nineties Comics Experience (also the name of my post-rock ensemble act) would be complete without some discussion of DC’s series of Big Books, released through the publisher’s Paradox Press imprint from 1993 to 2001. The Big Books were a line of comics […]

It was such a small thing, tacked on to fill an inch of blank column space in a 1986 Billboard feature about trends in children’s video. It would’ve been easy to overlook, but my wandering eyes got the better of me and now we all must pay the price for that mistake. His name is […]

Just say no more

March 6th, 2016

(from “Don’t Tread on Me!” by Mark Gruenwald, Kieron Dwyer and Al Milgrom in Captain America #344, August 1988) It looks like congestive heart failure finally pulled off what Viper couldn’t be bothered to do. Farewell, Nancy Reagan, you truly were the racist, homophobic pinch-faced great aunt to a nation. I’m sure the hair spray […]

A perpetual harvest

March 1st, 2016

I’ve been steering clear of political posts this elections cycle — not out of fear of offending anyone’s tender sensibilities, but because the last thing the internet needs is another smug voice preaching to the choir. That said, I do want to say a few words about the Donald Trump phenomena and the historical context […]

The safety danse macabre

January 4th, 2016

“WHEW, THANK GOODNESS WE SPENT THIRTY BUCKS ON THIS VIDEO,HON! HOW ELSE WOULD WE HAVE KNOWN THAT YOUNG TRAVIS SHOULDN’T DRINK DRANO?” “TELL ME ABOUT IT! I WAS JUST ABOUT TO GIVE HIM A SET OF CAR KEYS AND POINT HIM AT AN ELECTRICAL OUTLET!” Other videos in the series (MSRP $29.99): – Rabid Raccoons […]

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