Thursday, January 11, 2024

A Beginning of 2024 Review of Stuff

 Some reviews by me of things that you probably have all bought by now if you've got my obsessions... If I'm missing anything notable it's because I've yet to snag a copy due to my current limited (and already way over-stretched) purchasing powers as an MLS grad student, but I certainly will be purchasing A LOT MORE eventually! 


1. Flip the Frog- The Complete Series---Who here hasn't bought this yet though? This set is possibly Thunderbean's best work and is a labor of love for Steve Stanchfield and David Gerstein. With every cartoon perfectly restored, who would pass this up? I cannot recommend this enough! Available at The Thunderbean Shop website or Amazon if that's what you prefer. 

2. Looney Tunes Collector's Choice Volumes 1 and 2-- Jerry Beck and George Feltenstein always put out incredible stuff. Both volumes include 20 or more classic Warner Bros Cartoons and is a wonderful buy for anyone who loves these cartoons.

3. Advertising Anarchy! Selling Bud Abbott & Lou Costello To War-Torn America-- An ultimate labor of love for comedy expert Rick Greene! This book is a must have on any bookshelf for anyone who is a fan of Abbott & Costello. The price may seem a bit steep at first but it's an ultimate collection of over 700 pages worth of material. Worth every cent. 

4. Meet Jerry: My Life, My Adventure-- Jerry Eisenberg is an incredible artist who I've always admired. I've been lucky enough to meet Jerry on several occasions and interview him several other times for various projects. This book features an incredible amount of new and exciting information also on Jerry Eisenberg's dad Harvey who I consider to be one of the greatest and most underrated artists in the history of comics. The book is a very limited edition and is available exclusively through Stuart NG Books. 

5. Disney Comics Around the World--- Once again, David Gerstein brings out another perfect collection of Disney comic books that is a must have for anybody interested. This time, a Target exclusive!

6. The Puppetoon Movie Volume 3--- Once again, a classic collection that everybody should've bought by now. This perfect collection includes more Puppetoons curated by Arnold Leibovit. 

7. Frenchy's Poor Nose: My Life at the Walt Disney Studios--Another book of perfection, I was late to the party to get this book but it's an incredible masterpiece with new information about Disney history that every animation book will want to have if they already don't!
8. Ray Harryhausen: Special Edition Collection--Available wherever you're Blu-Rays are sold is a new collection of Ray Harryhausen films. While all the contents have been released on other collections, this new collection combines eight great Harryhausen films into one box set and is filled with incredible bonuses features including commentaries and documentary bonuses. The set is region-free. 

Sunday, November 5, 2023

Today's Post: The 1964 World's Fair Documentary and other 64 World's Fair stuff

This documentary is quite good. Most of you have probably already seen it, but I'm sharing it here anyways. 


 While I'm add it, why not share some other great World's Fair stuff!
Here is the actual World's fair show from the Disneyland TV show... This is one of my favorite comic books. Artistically it's one of the best HB comic books ever.

Friday, May 26, 2023

Mr. Jinks and Boo Boo? Sure Why Not!

Now these two characters were paired together in this record and this coloring book but their connection pretty much stops at the cover. Why they were paired in one title I don't know, neat though! Hanna-Barbera did other odd parings too such as comics like Huckleberry Hound and Yakky Doodle which I suppose was due to Yakky being added to the Huck syndication package when it started reruning on local stations. You're seeing missing links because Blogger is willing to let me add them. Google is making this service more and more difficult each time I post it seems
The Record can be bought for as low as ten dollars here I gotta give credit and a plug here...There is a great website about early coloring books called Retroreprints losts of great photos of coloring books there. I'm using their photo here. Unlike the record, I don't own this one.

Tuesday, May 2, 2023

Soaky Toy Commercials

Superman and Tennessee Tuxedo! Musky the Muskrat and Dick Tracy! These rule! These Soaky commercials are incredible. According to Darrel Van Citters there was also a Mr. Magoo with the Universal Monsters.
I love these Soaky commericals. I have several Soaky toys in my own collection (Yogi Bear, Felix the Cat, Porky Pig, and Top Cat). Those of you in (or near) the Birmingham Alabama area should visit my friend Tim Hollis's private toy museum in his home. It's absolutely fantastic. As a Birmingham resident, I have visited probably more time than anyone else (and I'll continue to go!) Here's the Creature from the Black Lagoon and the Mummy
Paul and Ringo!! This one is all live-action with teenagers instead of kids
Goofy and Pluto
Dick Tracy and Musky the Muskrat!
Superman and Tennesse Tuxedo. I don't think it's Don Adams doing Tennessee Tuxedo here.
Alvin and the Chipmunks
Porky Pig and Donald Duck
Popeye and Bluto

Tuesday, April 25, 2023

Today's video link--Jackie Ormes

Sharing from the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library's site is another great piece of footage from a great comic artist. Jackie Ormes was the very first African American woman to get her own newspaper strip. All of you should check her strip and read Nancy Goldstein book which can be bought at this link
This segment was part of a newsreel call One Tenth of a Nation and the entire thing was also preserved by the LOC which can be seen here...
More about this can be found here:

Saturday, April 22, 2023

Today's Video Link---People on Paper (1945)

Poster via Heritage Auctions This fantastic newsreel is today's video link."Passing Parade" did a segment where newspaper artists are showcased drawing their characters. This was produced during WWII by MGM. As quoted from the description, those featured are: * H.H. Knerr (Katzenjammer Kids) * Bud Fisher (Mutt and Jeff), * Fred Lasswell (Barney Google and Snuffy Smith) * Frank King (Gasoline Alley) * Chester Gould (Dick Tracy) * Dick Calkins (Buck Rogers in the 25th Century) * Milton Caniff (Terry and the Pirates) * Chic Young (Blondie) * Raeburn Van Buren (Abbie an' Slats) * Ham Fisher (Joe Palooka) * Hal Foster (Prince Valiant) * Harold Gray (Little Orphan Annie) * Al Capp (Li'l Abner)

Monday, March 6, 2023

Today's Video Link

My friend Tommy Jose Stathes just posted on his fantastic YouTube page what might be my favorite Aesop's Fables cartoon, Barnyard Artists.