Frank and his Friend
It’s January 1979 and Ringer Publishing Paperbacks releases Time for Frank and His Friend, the first collection of Dooley’s comic not tied to his newspaper work. The content is completely new – not just a collection of previously printed strips...
Wednesday, Sep 09, 2015
by Ned Wazowski
A new exhibition looks at the playful side of our collections.
Come see Curio & Co. up close and on the walls in a new exhibition at the Atelier Olschinsky Art Store in Vienna.
Titled ‘Let’s Play,’ the exhibition will look back at the last six years in Curio & Co. history. All your favorites will be represented – from Frank and His Friend to Spaceman Jax, from vintage ads to vintage time machines, and plenty of surprises and never-before-seen pieces.
Plus, the exhibition will include an in-depth look at our latest project: The Tarot of Musterberg. The complete deck will be on display, as well as larger-than-life versions of our favorite cards that are sure to deal up fun and fantasy.
Prints of many of the items on display will be for sale at the gallery as well as on their art store website.
Previous shows at the gallery have...
Are you an official Space Cadet? For a period in the early 1960s, Spaceman Jax was part of a balanced breakfast for kids everywhere. The show was sponsored by Sunington Morn Breakfast Cereals, and merchandise for Spaceman Jax and the Galactic Adventures hit supermarket shelves even before the first episode hit the airwaves. But whether kids saw him first on TV or a cereal box, Spaceman Jax – the “hero with a heart of gold, and the intellect of a Ploridian Lunar Beast” – won a legion of fans. These die-struck pins are exact replicas of the original fan club pins released in 1961. And thanks to Curio & Co., you don’t have to collect box tops to get them! Details Year: 2011 (based on the original released in...
Previously unpublished works by Clarence 'Otis' Dooley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...
The fish sticks sold by Oberpfaffendorfer in the early 1900s were very different from the breaded delight that we know today. Back then there was no breadcrumb crust, no uniform molded shape. Just salted and spiced fish frozen onto a...
Wednesday, Aug 26, 2015
by Ned Wazowski
When thinking outside the box just isn’t enough
Packaging designers, like burlesque performers, know that pulling off the wrapping as fast as possible isn’t always ideal.
Good packaging can help tell a story. Not only does it provide ample space to squeeze in a little more information about the product or company, but the process of opening a package can tell you how the company wants you to think about the product in general.
Take Apple products as an example. Each Apple product comes with multiple layers of packaging which gives you more to...
When my Mom was little, they kept all of their Bunchy bottle caps in an old coffee can. They used them for checkers and poker and hundreds of rainy day projects. At some point, they had to expand the collection...
“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...
This original production drawing by animator Jim Dewicky is from the Spaceman Jax episode “RT Goes to School” in season two. This rare piece of production artwork is stamped with the PUD Film company logo and an archival number from...