Thursday, Aug 21, 2014
by Ned Wazowski
Is Spaceman Jax like Star Wars – set in a galaxy far, far away?
Over sixty years have passed since Spaceman Jax and the Galactic Adventures first premiered on TV (and then later, comics) and with each year that passes it’s always interesting to see how close we’ve come to Jax’s world in terms of science and technology. Spaceman Jax is set in Star Year 6354 ¾, of course, so if their measurement of a year is the same as ours we still have a long way to go before we catch up. However, depending on which galaxy Spaceman Jax calls home, we may be a long way away in more ways than one.
With more than 170 billion galaxies in the observable universe, it’s more than likely that Jax is causing trouble in some other galaxy altogether. Neither the show nor the comics ever mention the Earth, and no planet is shown with our distinctive arrangement of continents. And with the exception of the fan club pins, no reference is ever made to any of the planets in our solar system or any stellar body...
Are you an official Space Cadet? For a period in the early 1960s, Spaceman Jax was part of a balanced...
Monday, Aug 18, 2014
by Ned Wazowski
The refreshing fruit that takes you right back to childhood.
Summer means many things: warm days, bar-b-ques outside and watermelon! In fact, I’d argue that the refreshing fruit is practically mandatory at picnics everywhere.
As humans, we’ve certainly been enjoying watermelon as a summertime treat since way back to ancient Egypt. Watermelon seeds were even found with the goods stored with King Tut – who certainly knew what he should bring for a refreshing snack on the other side.
Today you can find watermelons in a variety of colors, from green rinds with stripes or spots to flesh ranging from dark red even yellow. China is the world’s largest producer of watermelons, but for the priciest ones, you’ll have to go to Japan.
In Japan you can find cubic watermelons which are grown in special cube-shaped forms to give the fruit square edges. The watermelon cubes allow the fruit to be stacked and...
Previously unpublished works by Clarence 'Otis' Dooley
It was easy to love Frank and his Friend, with its ice cream smudged logic and playful escapism. The characters charmed their way into our hearts and influenced countless cartoonists. These 52 never-before-seen images provide a glimpse into the development of one of the most enduring comics and allow us to meet Frank and his Friend all over again.
The images, dating from the comic’s early years, were lost after Dooley’s untimely death in 1984. These drawings and illustrations, seen for the first time in over 30 years, reveal much of the journey Dooley took in creating our favorite...
In Greek Mythology, ambrosia is the nectar of the goods, conferring immortality upon whoever drinks it – which is a pretty ambitious claim for a juice made from concentrate. One thing that isn’t an exaggeration, however, is how beautiful this...
Thursday, Aug 14, 2014
by Ned Wazowski
When the temperature goes up, it’s time for something silly.
Summer is many things, but one thing it’s not is serious. It’s just too hot. Too hot for neckties. Too hot for stuffy offices. Too hot for pesky rules about eating ice cream on the bus. In the summer, people celebrate the idea of spending a whole weekend lying on the beach (or picnic blanket or hammock) and doing nothing. By the time August rolls around, you need a break from taking things so seriously – which is exactly why this film is perfect for the summer.
Beach Blanket Bingo was released by American International Pictures in 1965 at the tail end of the popularity of the Beach Party genre they spawned two years earlier with their surprise hit Beach Party. Although interest in the genre was waning, this film is generally accepted to be...
The recipe for simulated gold flakes is about the best kept secret in soft drink history. Donald J. Prufrock, Jr., President of the Bunchy Bottling Company and son of the drink’s inventor, said the recipe was divided into three parts...
“There’s no time like the present,” goes the old expression. And with a time machine, all times can be the present! This instruction book, the Cudworth-Hooper Owner’s Manual: Operation and Maintenance for the Gadabout TM 1050, is truly one-of-a-kind. According...
Pre-order this real gem from the Silver Age of Comic at a pre-order bargain price of $4.95 $3.95. It's been a while since these copies have seen the light of day, as a matter of fact since 1962! They...