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Posts tagged ‘1985’

No good for you

December 4th, 2018

Ah, yes. Those magical afternoons my high school buddy Damian and I would spend browsing the cramped confines of Cross Street Video, where the decision whether to rent Robot Jox or Radioactive Dreams hung upon which cast had more Oscar-winners or nominees. (And despite the ads visuals and breathy copy, Savage Dawn wasn’t a one […]

For all the time spent showcasing the scars of past psychic traumas here, I still tread lightly when it comes to the “High Eighties” period. That block of time — roughly spanning 1984 to 1988 — is such a tangle of regret, embarrassment, and pain that anything associated with it dredges up muck better left […]

Courtesy of the “Horror and Sci-Fi” insert in the October 4, 1986 issue of Billboard comes the “HORROR/SCI-FI VID RENTAL REVIEW” chart for the preceding year. It’s an interesting period of time, personally speaking, because it reflects the brief window where my family had a functioning VCR and a rental membership at the Video Station […]

In the fall of 1984, my family moved out of our cramped North Woburn apartment and into the other side of my grandparents’ duplex just north of Woburn Center. Lil Bro and I got our own room with bunkbeds and a door and everything. That may not sound like a radical development, but it was […]

John Byrne wasn’t too thrilled with working on Alpha Flight, which probably explains why his run on the series was so damn weird and full of Cronenbergian body horror. It hasn’t aged gracefully enough to be labeled a “classic” (which, to be fair, applies to most Eighties superhero comics), but it’s still a pretty interesting […]

In the spring of 1985, my mom and dad took us on a Sunday drive along the Mohawk Trail in western Massachusetts. The trip was one of many we took that year as a way of reestablishing ourselves as a nuclear family during one of the (all-too-brief) stretches where it seemed our home life might […]

That Mysterious Bloom: Day 22

February 22nd, 2017

(from “Worlds in Limbo” by Marv Wolfman, George Perez and Jerry Ordway in Crisis on Infinite Earths #5, August 1985) Even the most unique bloom can be overlooked in an over-crowded arrangement.

That Mysterious Bloom: Day 21

February 21st, 2017

(from “The Day All Hell Broke Loose” by Gary Cohn, Dan Mishkin, Paris Cullins, Gary Martin & Bill Collins in Blue Devil Annual #1, 1985) The dispute over the specimen’s pedigree continues to rage among experts.

That Mysterious Bloom: Day 20

February 20th, 2017

(from “The Day All Hell Broke Loose” by Gary Cohn, Dan Mishkin, Paris Cullins, Gary Martin & Bill Collins in Blue Devil Annual #1, 1985) Be wary of less scrupulous types who claim purportedly supernatural knowledge about orchids and their pedigrees.

That Mysterious Bloom: Day 19

February 19th, 2017

(from “The Day All Hell Broke Loose” by Gary Cohn, Dan Mishkin, Paris Cullins, Gary Martin & Bill Collins in Blue Devil Annual #1, 1985) Be careful when placing orchids near creepers or other climbing plants.

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