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Posts tagged ‘1970′s’

A good percentage of my childhood comics collection came from flea markets, where the unsalable overstock of the still-unfolding Bronze Age was dumped into battered longboxes and sold for two bits a pop. New issues were a prized rarity — and a double-edged sword, because a cliff-hanger ending could leave one dangling for months or […]

Last night, I got caught up in a Twitter discussion about the flood of largely forgotten sci-fi and fantasy shows which came and went on network TV during the late Seventies and early Eighties. It devolved, as these conversations tend to do, into an extended back-and-forth of hey-do-you-remembers annotated with the appropriate YouTube links. I’m […]

Ben asked What is the most overlooked part of the 60s/70s culture wars? Whew. That’s a lot to unpack in a fire-and-forget blog post. History is written by the victors, which meant entire currents and significant moments got swept under the rug (if only temporarily in many cases) by the reactionary Powers That Be. Plus, […]

Deflationary spiral

May 19th, 2016

Some twitter pals were discussing waterbeds (thanks to this Metafilter thread) and it unearthed a childhood memory I had successfully managed to suppress for over thirty years. As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, the post-industrial, semi-reclaimed North Woburn wilderness was a popular dumping ground for construction, household, and industrial detritus that the city sanitation crews […]

A Most Modest Flower: Day 13

February 13th, 2016

“Oh, you want to go for round three, Sparky? ‘CUZ I AM DOWN FOR SOME WHUPASS.” (from “War Between the Nights and Days!” by Cary Bates and Dave Cockrum in Superboy #193, February 1973) “Goodbye to Space Sandra Dee….and thank grife for that.”

The way of all Fish

January 26th, 2016

Last week, the Antenna TV retro channel aired the season four opener of Barney Miller in which Detective Sgt. Fish was forced into retirement by department policy. It’s a pretty powerful two-parter, full of the serious acting and heaviness associated with socially aware sitcoms of that era. Abe Vigoda’s depiction of Fish in the episodes […]

Have a hazy, malaise-y Christmas

December 23rd, 2015

Struggling with your last-minute holiday shopping? No worries! Just take some inspiration from an another era when folks couldn’t shut the fuck up about Star Wars! Here are some gift ideas for swinging teens from the December 1977 issue of Marvel’s Pizzazz magazine…. If you buy all three, they’ll even throw in a 10% coupon […]

Unlike the other titles in DC stable of Bronze Age “horror” offerings, Ghosts plodded along under the conceit that it was a documentary account of various supernatural shenanigans. Whether inspired by urban legends,lifted from “true” accounts of the supernatural, or crapped out by desperate freelancer with a past-due electric bill, the stories in the series […]

The agonizing decision whether or not to mutilate your cherished copy of Ghostly Tales #117. The dangerous flirtation with parental sanction as you hounded your harried mom for a check for two bucks…and an envelope…and a stamp. The excruciating six-to-eight-week wait for your coveted prize, marked by multiple daily visits to your family’s mailbox. (Yes, […]

Verdant and accounted for

August 27th, 2015

The most significant item in the April 22, 1965 issue of LIFE was not the feature article on the politcal unrest in South Vietnam or the editorial on normalizing relations with Red China or Loudon Wainright’s musings on the Supreme Court’s recent ruling on obscenity. It was this two-page spread by General Electric… …heralding a […]

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