Making a Geek – Star Wars Posters

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Star Wars was released upon the masses May 25th, 1977. It is safe to say that no one was prepared for the impact it would have upon the world.

I was not prepared. Yeah, I was already well on my way to being a full blown geek. I was a fan of Star Trek and the Planet of the Ape movies and all the genre movies that were shown on Saturday afternoons on the local television channel. None of that could hold a candle to the amazingly awesomeness that was Star Wars.

When Star Wars came out we all wanted Star Wars. The problem was that there just not much Star Wars to be had… The Action Figures had yet to hit the shelves and would not do so until 1978.

So when Burger King (Burger Chef in some areas) started a promotion where you could pick up a Star Wars Poster and then later Star Wars glasses all of us good Sci-Fi loving youngsters just had to have them.

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The posters were brilliant!

I tried my hardest to find some information about the artist of these pieces. I really wanted to give some background on the person who had created these works. Solid information just did not seem to be out there to find.

The most I was able to gather, was that they had been created by an artist named Del Nichols. I found some information on an artist named Dale Nichols who sometimes went by Del, but I could find no confirmation that this was the same person who did the art work for the posters.

The posters were released at the same time as a set of glasses (they would go on to make a set of glasses for each of the original movies). They could be obtained by simply buying a soft-drink. The cups featured the same art of the posters.

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In todays world of action figures and video games, Posters and glasses seem like silly items. Nothing special about them. In the merchandise starved world of 1977 though they were the Holy Grail. I had all of them!

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Comics – Original Splash Page Marvel Team-Up #55 by John Byrne

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55I know a lot of people like to get down on John Byrne these days, but he was one of the big artist for me growing up.

I also try to separate what an artist thinks and my feelings on their art. I believe they should be judged on their ability not politics.

Because seriously, if I didn’t follow any of the artist who I thought had insane political beliefs or I disagreed with… I would not be looking at many comics!

This is the original art from one of the very earliest comics I owned. Back then I was fascinated by the idea of all these mini people attacking Spidey, and was pretty let down when that did not carry on into the comic.

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Toys – Funny Face Drinks

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I am out of town this week. As this posts I am at my daughters Summer Camp working as a counselor for a week. Because of this, I will not be picking up or reading any of the new comics on Wednesday. Instead I give you a little nostalgia post.

Starting in 1964 and continuing on into the 1970’s Pilsbury made a Kool-Aid like powdered drink mix known as Funny Face Drinks. Where Kool-Aid had just the Kool-Aid Man, Funny Face had a character for each flavor.

I also have a full set of the Funny Face MugsThe Funny Face cast was made up of Choo-Choo Cherry, Goofy,Grape,Jolly Olly Orange,Loud Mouth Lime,Freckle Face Strawberry,Loud Mouth Punch,With It Watermelon (I always thought it was Way Out Watermelon and Lefty Lemon.

There was a number of promotional send aways for Funny Face Drinks One of which being Funny Face Drink Cups (Their was also a Drink Picture based on Goofy Grape!)

I have a couple of the pillows packed away in my basement, and I use the Drink Cups to hold my prismacolor markers on my desk.

 

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The Names of Jolly Olly Orange and Choo Choo Cherry actually started out as Chinese Cherry and Injun Orange. They were later changed to do away with the racially insensitive names. Below is one of the commercials with the original names.

 

One last thought on Funny Face With It Watermelon before I wrap it up… Does anyone else see a resemblance to Peter Griffin from Family Guy in this character???

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Toys – Space 1999

invmcatjcpenny1976A little nostalgia…

One Christmas as a child I received the Space:1999 Eagle and MoonBase Alpha playset.

I was a little let down in the MB Alpha playset since I did not have any of the figures to go with it… But I loved the Eagle!

I played with that thing for hours on end! Then when the Star Wars figures started coming out it became even cooler!

My Red Snaggletooth and Jawa would fly that puppy around the house having grand adventures with an assortment of playmobil friends.

 

The Mattel Space 1999 is one of my top ten Holy Grail purchases after I win the lottery!

Week in Review – First Edition

382201727029I really did not keep track of what I watched this week.

By the time I came up with this idea the week was already half over and I was kind of caught up with just working on tweeking out the site some more.

So this week the post will be mostly about the one thing I do remember watching this week.

The 1977 film Damnation Alley.

I first saw Damnation Alley on TV in the mid 1980’s right around the time when Mad Max/Road Warrior rip offs were a dime a dozen. Up until just recently I thought that Damnation Alley was just another made for TV ripoff. One I loved, but a ripoff none the less. So i was quite surprised to find out that it was actually released before the first Mad Max movie!

Damnation Alley is the story of soldiers from a nuclear missile base who use two armored transports to try to make their way across a America devastated by Nuclear War to a automated radio signal.

The special effects by todays standards are low grade. The plot very loose and rushed. But it is grade A old school geek fun. Staring Jan Michael Vincent and George Peppard two of my favorite actors from the 1980’s.

Rating 4/5 for old school fun

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