Five Things – 02.22.16 – Through A Field Of Colossal Mushrooms

Hulk Hogan’s Rock n’ Wrestling  It should come as no surprise that the World Wrestling Federation universe extended to the world of Saturday Morning cartoons in the 1980s.  If it existed in the world in 1985 and it was even moderately popular,it seems,  there was a cartoon of it. Hulk Hogan’s Rock n’ Wrestling was…

Five Things – 09.14.15 – The Faint Pressure Of Starlight

1. Mars and Beyond – This episode of Disneyland, the ABC show that would eventually become The Wonderful World of Disney, Walt Disney Presents, and about a dozen other variations on that title, presents the history and future of speculation on the rest of the Solar System and man’s eventual place in it. This episode…

Five Things – 3.9.15 – The Energy That Makes Junior Run

1.  Is This Tomorrow? – This comic book from 1947 seems almost like a parody of the anti-Communist paranoia of the day.  But it’s not. As the sticker indicates (why would you use a red sticker for an anti-Communist pamphlet?), this is the doing of the Catechetical Guild Educational Society,  You can see from the…

Five Things – 02.23.15 – In Order to “Do” Electricity

1.  Nintendo Arm Wrestling – Nintendo had a unique arcade cabinet set-up in the 1980s.  Their Punch-Out!! and Super Punch-Out!! cabinets had two screens, a prelude to their later success in the handheld business.  It’s debatable whether both screens were necessary – the top screen served little purpose but to show your player’s stats or play…

Five Things – 11.24.14

1.  Jack and Jill Magazine Covers –  Jack and Jill is a kids’ magazine that started its run in 1938 and is still in publication. Think Highlights with less Goofus and Gallant and more of an outside-the-doctor’s-office circulation.  It was created by the same family behind Country Gentleman, and maybe that explains why I can’t get…

Five Things – 11.17.14

1.  Country Gentleman Covers – I fell into a rabbit hole this week when I stumbled across an old Country Gentleman magazine on the web.  Country Gentleman was an agricultural magazine that was published from 1831 to 1955. A good run! The covers are Saturday Evening Post-like in their Americana essence – some covers were done…