Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Diana Ross and Groucho

A 22-year-old Diana Ross and 70-year-old Groucho Marx on the dance floor doing the frug at a barbecue at Bobby Darin’s house in Bel-Air on August 19, 1966. Photo: AP via Tumblr

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Kiss the Girls and Make Them Die

KISS THE GIRLS AND MAKE THEM DIE is generally classified as a "Eurospy" flick, one of a zillion low budget 007 cash-ins generally starring US actors mixed with continental performers. Many of these were quite enjoyable when taken on their own terms. This one is one. Timing-wise, it would seem as if this might be the picture which got the former "Touch" Conners his now classic gig as Joe Mannix in that character's long-running US TV series. MANNIX is generally considered one of the best modern private eye series ever on television.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Holdover Movies

As 1966 began, here are some of the late 1965 movies still playing in theaters around the Greater Cincinnati area as on January 1st.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Ron Goulart Books

Ron Goulart today has a reputation that encompasses his work as a comic strip and comic book historian as well as being one of the innovative science fiction writers of the sixties and seventies. In '66, tough, Ron was all about the pulps. Here are two books of his from that year that pre-date his well-recieved pulp history of a few years later.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Asterix in '66

Asterix the Gaul, often the world's best-selling comics character in the years since '66 according to Guinness, was still virtually unknown in the US until this 1966 syndicated article about how popular the series was elsewhere. As of this writing, the latest ASTERIX album has just been released, most likely to be ignored yet again in the US, in spite of cartoons, mega-budget live action movies, and successful video and computer games. Some things never change. :(

Tuesday, November 10, 2015