Time for Frank and his Friend (1979 Ringer Publishing) $11.95 and Frank and his Friened - Special Collector's Edition Vol.1 $7.95 (2013 Ringer Publishing) by Clarence 'Otis' Dooley, Spaceman Jax comic book - Through the Mantagon Minefield (Pre-Orders $3.95) to be released on October 15 sneack preview at San Diego Comic-Con 2014 Time for Frank and his Friend by Clarence 'Otis' Dooley - Curio & Co. Curio and Co. www.curioandco.com $11.95 Spaceman Jax comic book - Through the Mantagon Minefield - by Ringer Comics - Curio & Co. Curio and Co. www.curioandco.com $4.95 Frank and his Friend Collector's Edition - Vol.1 by Clarence 'Otis' Dooley - Curio & Co.
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, Oct 30, 2014
by Louis Smeedly

Happy Halloween

ghost drawing (graphite on paper) by Cesare Asaro, Happy Halloween by Curio & Co. (Curio and Co. OG - www.curioandco.com)

We wanted to take five and wish you all happy trick or treating a very scary Halloween.

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Spaceman Jax - Space Cadet - Spaceman Jax Fanclub Pin - 1961 - pin with bronze finish in package  - by Curio & Co. (Curio and Co. OG) www.curioandco.com

Space Cadet - Spaceman Jax Fanclub Pin - 1961

Spaceman Jax

Are you an official Space Cadet? For a period in the early 1960s, Spaceman Jax was part of a balanced...

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, Sep 24, 2014
by Ned Wazowski

Don’t change that channel

Curio & Co. looks at the power of a TV marathon, image of Spaceman Jax animation cell from 1960s classic animated series Spaceman Jax and the Galactic Adventures. www.curioandco.com

Everything comes to a halt for a TV marathon

When I was a kid TV marathons were an annual event. Every year some TV station would show a day’s worth of Elvis movies on his birthday, monster movies in the lead up to Halloween, and all the Rankin and Bass claymation Christmas specials seemed to run in a continuous loop throughout the holiday season. Needless to say, my TV calendar was full the whole year long.

However, my favorite TV marathon was the weekend of Spaceman Jax and the Galactic Adventures cartoons that the local station showed late in the summer. Looking back, I don’t know if they showed them in order or even if they showed all of the episodes, but I always felt that if you missed one you would “interrupt the flow” and miss out on something. So to prepare, I made snacks in advance and diligently did all of my chores ahead of time to be sure that I’d never have to leave the couch. (My parents, I should say, were very understanding and maybe just the tiniest bit glad to get me out of their hair for a weekend.)

We didn’t call it binge-watching back then, maybe because we felt it was beyond our control – and when you’re rushing to take a shower in the time it takes for a commercial break, you really do feel at the mercy of someone else. But I suppose the TV marathon of the past is the same today. It might not seem like such an impossibly big event today, since watching endless episodes back-to-back is so much easier to do, with online streaming on demand and the ability to press pause. Is binge-watching today as much fun as the TV marathons I enjoyed as a kid? If I can still spend a weekend on the couch watching Spaceman Jax cartoons, I guess I don’t...

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Finding Frank and His Friend - curioandco.com

Finding Frank and his Friend

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...

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Oberpfaffendorfer - Croquettes - Vintage poster ad with anthropomorphic croquettes (circa 1940's) for frozen croquettes - "We are a mouth full" - by Curio & Co. (Curio and Co. OG) www.curioandco.com}

Croquettes

Oberpfaffendorfer

The television commercial made in the 1950s for Oberpfaffendorfer’s croquettes is adorable. The animated croquettes dance in a conga line around the plate, until one by one they dive off the fork into a waiting mouth. The last one turns...

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, Sep 09, 2014
by Ned Wazowski

Summertime Treats: Corn Dogs

Curio & Co. looks at the history of favorite summertime treat the corn dog. Image from Curio and Co. of an ad for the Cozy Dog Drive-In, the birthplace of the corn dog. www.curioandco.com

When you’re ready to grab life by the handle.

I’m not really sure why so many treats we enjoy in the summer are so greasy – hamburgers on the grill, funnel cake, chili cheese fries at the ballgame. You’d think that with the hot temperatures summer days can bring, we’d want something a little easier on our stomachs. But, I guess the heart wants what it wants. And my heart (or stomach, I guess) wants corn dogs in the summer.

A...

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Bunchy - One Is Not Enough - Illustrated vintage magazine ad with woman holding Bunchy Cola (circa 1950's) - by Curio & Co. (Curio and Co. OG) www.curioandco.com

One Is Not Enough

Bunchy

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...

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Cudworth-Hooper - Gadabout TM-1050 Time Machine Manual - Vintage user's manual for time travel machine (circa 1950's) - mid century design - by Curio & Co. (Curio and Co. OG) www.curioandco.com

Gadabout TM-1050 Time Machine Manual

Cudworth-Hooper

“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...

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Spaceman Jax - "Jax Undercover" 2 - l Jim Dewicky - production drawing - lady mantagon - by Curio & Co. (Curio and Co. OG) www.curioandco.com

"Jax Undercover" 2

Spaceman Jax

Giclèe Reproduction        $   49.00 Original Drawing           $   130.00   This original production drawing by Jim Dewicky is from the episode “Jax Undercover” broadcast originally in 1962. This rare piece of production artwork is stamped with the PUD...

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, Sep 01, 2014
by Ned Wazowski

Summer Cinema: Jaws, 1975

Maybe skip the water altogether this weekend.

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, Aug 25, 2014
by Ned Wazowski

Summertime Treats: Cotton Candy

Nostalgia at its stickiest.

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, Aug 21, 2014
by Ned Wazowski

Where, exactly, is Spaceman Jax?

Is Spaceman Jax like Star Wars – set in a galaxy far, far away?

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, Aug 18, 2014
by Ned Wazowski

Summertime Treats: Watermelon

The refreshing fruit that takes you right back to childhood.