Wednesday, March 8, 2017

JAY LYNCH & BARGAIN COMICS ( March 2017 )


Screengrabs from a video called BB&B SPECIAL FEATURE: THE ARCHIVE OF JAY LYNCH ( found on YOUTUBE ).

JAY LYNCH.....

One of my favorite artists recently past away. His name was Jay Lynch and I loved - and still love - his artwork.


Screengrabs from a video called JAY LYNCH: KEEPING UP WITH THE KIDS ( found on YOUTUBE )

He did a variety of work, and some of it was for underground comics. He also did a lot of work for TOPPS.

Remember WACKY PACKAGES?.... Well, I do.

His art has been in my life since childhood.


BARGAIN COMICS.....

If you've been to this website before, then you know I hate ninety-nine percent of all superheros. I've always preferred underground comics. The subject matter of those comics, usually involved sex, crime, drugs, horror, and more.

I discovered those publications during the sixties and seventies - via the social misfits in my neighborhood.


Above, are examples of the art found in HOUSE OF MYSTERY VOLUME ONE... Story THE BEAUTIFUL BEAST ( written by Joe Gill with artwork by Al Williamson - page 305 ).

Last year, I saw three massive softcover collections for the bargain price of $5.95 each. I didn't think twice about ordering them ( from HAMILTON BOOK.COM ).

SHOWCASE PRESENTS GHOSTS - This book reprints issues 1 to 18 ( from 1971 to 1973 ). It contains over 508 pages of beatifull black and white artwork.

SHOWCASE PRESENTS HOUSE OF MYSTERY VOL 1 - This book reprints issues 174 to 194 ( from 1968 to 1971 ). It has over 552 pages of beatifull black and white art.

SHOWCASE PRESENTS HOUSE OF MYSTERY VOL 2 - This book reprints issues 195 to 211 ( from 1971 to 1973 ). It contains over 552 pages of beatifull black and white artwork.

Each of these volumes are THICK! You could probably knock someone unconscious if you hit them with one... but, please DON'T do that!



STRYKER ( IMAGE COMICS - VOL 1 NO 2 FEB. 1995 ) and INFINITE CRISIS AFTERMATH: BATTLE FOR BLUDHAVEN PART SIX ( DC COMICS - AUG. 2006 ) from the DOLLAR TREE. Also pictured above is one of the bags the comics are sold in.

COMIC BOOK COMBO PACKS.....

While at one of my local DOLLAR TREE stores, I found two cardboard displays filled with comic books.

Each bag had one old comic, an old pack of trading - or game - cards, and two loose cards. Plus a mail order booklet by a company called CARDS ONE.

I'm only showing two of the comics, because the third one had disgusting fingerprints all over the front and back covers. So, I gave it away. I also gave all the loose Elvis cards away.

FYI - In previous years these packs contained TWO comics and cards. Now it's just one comic.

It's usually superheros, but sometimes I'll find something that actually appeals to me.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

MARSHA: THE EROTIC HOUSEWIFE


Newspaper ad above from Toledo Ohio ( 1970 ).

A woman and man fall madly in love and 'tie-the-knot', or should that be 'tie-the-noose'?... ha-ha-ha.

Marsha discovers that her husband Greg, has been cheating on her. So, she cheats too.

Does the rest of the story really matter? Not to me.



I've seen this type of story a million times, and yet, I still watch.

I've enjoyed this movie in the past, and still like it.

I really love looking at all the buildings, vehicles, and even the clothes.

It's also nice to see 'mature' people in the lead rolls - instead of cast members in their twenties. It makes the story feel a little more 'real', if you know what I mean.



MARSHA: THE EROTIC HOUSEWIFE stars Marsha Jordan and some other somewhat familiar faces.

The movie was written by Jason Hunter, and directed by Donald A. Davis.



I think MARSHA was released on VHS, but I don't know by which company, or when.

It was released on pressed disc by VINEGAR SYNDROME ( as part of a triple feature ). It was also released as a DVD-R by SOMETHING WEIRD VIDEO.



I don't know of any BLU-RAY releases, and highly doubt it will be released on that format.

You can also find it ONLINE.

Monday, January 23, 2017

IDAHO TRANSFER


Above is an extremely rare newspaper ad for IDAHO TRANSFER ( from Lewiston Idaho - May 19, 1974 ).

I've wondered about Peter Fonda's feelings towards this film. I've also wondered about how the cast and crew felt. Well, I saw a video interview of Mr. Fonda, and I'm happy to say he stands by this film.


Screengrab of Peter Fonda talking about IDAHO TRANSFER. The interview was done by the BFI ( video found on YOUTUBE ).

According to Mr. Fonda, Caroline Hildebrand - Isa - was a cashier, and Mr. Fonda was really impressed by how calm she remained while dealing with angry customers, so he asked her to be in the film.



I liked IDAHO TRANSFER when I was young, and I still do.

The movie did it's job, it took me to another world. Plus, just as importantly, I was entertained. I also believed the characters - they seemed genuine.


Above is an another extremely rare newspaper ad for IDAHO TRANSFER ( from Lewiston Idaho - May 20, 1974 ).

It's about a secret government program that transports inanimate objects from one location to another ( like the STAR TREK transporter beam ). However, the government dosen't know that the scientists running the program are also sending humans back and forth in time.



The scientists find out about some type of ecological crisis that occurs approximately fifty years into the future. So, they make plans to re-populate the earth with young folks who are twenty years old or younger. They can not send anyone over twenty, because they end up dying of kidney failure.

Well, things don't go as planned. The government shuts down the program, and things only get worse. How will it all end?... Watch the movie and find out.


Screengrabs above showing Keith Carradine - as Arthur - are from IDAHO TRANSFER ( from a MILL CREEK ENTERTAINMENT disc ).

The movie was written by Thomas Matthiesen and directed by Peter Fonda.

It stars, Kelly Bohanon ( as Karen ), Caroline Hildebrand ( as Isa ), Keith Carradine ( as Arthur ), Kevin Hearst ( as Ronald ), and many others.

Based on the newspaper advertisements that appeared in the LEWISTON MORNING TRIBUNE, the movie may have been in theaters from May 15 1974 until May 21 1974.


Screengrabs showing Kelly Bohanon - as Karen - are from the MILL CREEK ENTERTAINMENT version of IDAHO TRANSFER... Note: some DVDs and online videos seem to be cropped incorrectly and slightly cut.



I'm not a 'breast-man', but I really like the brief topless scene by Kelly Bohanon.

I thought Kelly Bohanon ( as Karen ), and Caroline Hildebrand ( as Isa ), were both adorable. I've always wondered what happened to them.


Screengrabs above showing Caroline Hildebrand - as Isa - are from the MILL CREEK ENTERTAINMENT version of IDAHO TRANSFER.

A reminder, on some DVD's, the boobie-scene has been completely cut from the film. While on some other discs, this scene - and the entire film - seem to be slightly shorter.



IDAHO TRANSFER has been released on region one DVD many times and by many different companies. It's also been released on both pressed discs and DVD-Rs.

My version of the movie is by MILL CREEK ENTERTAINMENT. It's found in a collection called SCI-FI CLASSICS 100 MOVIE PACK ( now out-of-print ).

I know for a fact it was released on VHS, but I don't remember which company was responsible.

It's also available online.

I've never seen any promotional material for this film. No posters, or press kits, or press books, or 8x10 stills, NADA!, NOTHING!

Just for the record, this movie played in Brazil. I had a blurb form a Brazilian newspaper ( which I can not find ). I don't know how many other countries it was released in.

I saw IDAHO TRANSFER for the first time on television. It aired on one of the stations in southern California ( don't remember which one ).

The time machine props were simple, but effective. In my opinion, that's why the machines still look good.


Screengrabs above showing ZAGER AND EVANS performing a song called IN THE YEAR 2525 ( from a YOUTUBE VIDEO ).

As a kid, IDAHO TRANSFER scared me, because from the late sixties to the early eighties, you would hear people on television lecturing the public about our bleak future. Many scientists and activists, felt we weren't doing enough to stop all the needless pollution.

Plus, a song called IN THE YEAR 2525 by ZAGER AND EVANS, didn't do much to ease my nerves either. I found the song extremely frightening and depressing.

Some things don't seem to change, because the environment is still an important topic.

Anyway, I would love to see this movie in WIDEscreen, uncut, and as close to pristine condition as possible ( preferably in a movie theater ). I think it's safe to say, that's probably never going to happen.....


Links below to the LEWISTON MORNING TRIBUNE....

May 15, 1974 edition ( GOOGLE NEWSPAPER ARCHIVE )

May 21, 1974 edition ( GOOGLE NEWSPAPER ARCHIVE )

Friday, January 20, 2017

Miguel Ferrer.....


Screengrabs above are from one of the teaser trailers for the upcoming TWIN PEAKS revival ( on the SHOWTIME cable channel ).

Just a short post to remember someone I liked and watched in countless movies and shows.

Mr. Ferrer.....You'll be missed by more people than you could possibly imagine. Adios y paz.....

Link to his IMDB page below.....

Miguel Ferrer ( IMDB )

Thursday, January 12, 2017

THIS AND THAT - JANUARY 2017


Screengrab above of Kirsten Dunst in ELIZABETHTOWN.

I LOVE YOU CLAIRE COLBURN, PLEASE RUN AWAY WITH ME!.....

"LIFE IS STRANGER THAN FICTION"..... That quote may be a cliché, but it's still one hundred percent true! If you haven't learned that from everything that has happened in the past two years, then you never will.

Anyway, I never saw the movie ELIZABETHTOWN when it was released in theaters. However, I did watch it in early January on THIS TV ( in WIDEscreen! ).

Drew Baylor ( Orlando Bloom ) works for the shoe division of a big company. He just lost his employer - Alec Baldwin - one BILLION dollars by releasing a product that flopped on the market. He gets fired, minutes later he gets dumped by his superficial girlfriend / coworker ( Jessica Biel ).

When Drew arrives at his apartment, he tries to kill himself but is interrupted by a phone call from his sister. She tells him their father has died. So he hops on a plane to Kentucky.


Screengrabs above are from the movie ELIZABETHTOWN.

A stewardess named Claire Colburn ( Kirsten Dunst ) takes a liking to Drew. They talk endlessly during the flight. She also draws him a map to Elizabethtown and includes her phone number.

Claire is smart, kind, unrestrained, and naturally beautiful. She changes Drew's attitude. Claire comes into Drew's life exactly when he needs her the most.

The type of individual Ms. Dunst portrays, does exist, but they are extremely rare these days - to the point of seeming more like fantasy than reality. During the sixties and seventies, there seemed to be a lot of 'free spirits', or maybe they were just on drugs... ha-ha-ha.

All I know, is that this movie took me to a great place in my mind, and made me feel good, really good. It was like medicine to me.

It was written and directed by Cameron Crowe . It stars Kirsten Dunst, Orlando Bloom, and many other familiar faces - including Susan Sarandon ( but don't hold that against the movie.... lol ).

ELIZABETHTOWN was released on region one DVD by PARAMOUNT.

Warning, PARAMOUNT released ELIZABETHTOWN in two editions. One contains the WIDEscreen version, the other is FULLscreen only!.... Make sure you READ the DVD cover ( front and back! ).


Screengrab above from the CNN website.

PRINCESS LEA AND KATHY SELDEN ARE SINGING IN THE RAIN.....

OK, so I've never been obsessed with STAR WARS, or STAR TREK, or STAR GATE, or STAR JONES for that matter. But, I was still kinda-sorta shocked to hear about Carrie Fisher's death, followed by her mother's death the very next day.

One of my favorite magicians / writers / actors, Penn Jillette, wrote something in remembrance of her. It was posted on the CNN website.

QUOTES BELOW ARE BY PENN JILLETTE ( from December 28, 2016 - CNN website ) .....

"I met Carrie Fisher in 1990. The crazy freedom fighter and pornographer, Al Goldstein, had invited me as his date to the Adult Video Awards -- the porn awards. They were held in Santa Monica in a circus tent. Al and I were led to a table with Buck Henry and Buck's date, Carrie Fisher. I was star struck"

"We were in porn public. I reached up under Nina's shirt, checked out the surgery, and praised Nina's after-market rack"

"Before Nina even left our table, Carrie said the first words she would ever say to me. "Penn, would you like to feel my breasts? I've been in legitimate features."

LINK TO THE FULL ARTICLE BELOW.....

CNN website