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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, Nov 18, 2014
by Ned Wazowski

Spaceman Jax today

Curio and Co. looks at how Spaceman Jax might be handled by a studio today. Comic panel from classic 1960s animated TV show Spaceman Jax and the Galactic Adventures as he appeared in the pages of Ringer Comics. Image from Curio & Co. www.curioandco.com.

What would the Spaceman Jax character be like done by a studio today?

If Spaceman Jax and the Galactic Adventures were back on TV today, I’d love to see a really faithful adaptation. Sure, they’d need to update the animation, and I could see Jax rendered in CG with flashy animation, but I’d hope that they’d keep the mood of the original and especially the personality of Jax. Because Spaceman Jax isn’t really cool, and it would be awful to see a studio turn him into a backwards baseball cap-wearing, texting and social media type.

What makes Jax so great is that he has aligned himself with classic heroes of the past and set himself apart from his peers. He is out of touch, in more ways than one, and this would be critical in any new version of the show.

In fact, what would Spaceman Jax do with social media? I could see him enjoying Twitter, but being lost on Facebook. Twitter is so one-directional and that would suit his single-mindedness really well, He would send out his messages...


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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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, 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.

– BOO! 

 

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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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Glamour Roast

Oberpfaffendorfer

There’s nothing glamorous about Monday mornings. I guess if Mondays mean starting your trek through the Himalayas or the launch of your new film’s press junket – well that might be different. But for the rest of us, Mondays don’t...

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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...

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Bunchy - They All Want... Bunchy - Illustrated vintage magazine ad of open Bunchy Cola, multiple bottle caps and bottle opener (circa 1950's) - by Curio & Co. (Curio and Co. OG) www.curioandco.com

They All Want... Bunchy

Bunchy

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...

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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 - "Off the Hook" -  Jim Dewicky - animation production drawing - Jax is tied up and robot hand is closing int - by Curio & Co. (Curio and Co. OG) www.curioandco.com

"Off the Hook"

Spaceman Jax

Giclèe Reproduction        $   49.00 Original Drawing           $   110.00   This original production drawing by animator Jim Dewicky is from the Spaceman Jax episode “Off the Hook” in season two. This rare piece of production artwork is stamped...

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, Sep 09, 2014
by Ned Wazowski

Summertime Treats: Corn Dogs

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

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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?