Sunday, May 26, 2013

The Night of the Grizzly


Big Clint Walker wasn't long of of his phenomenally popular CHEYENNE television western in '66 when this vehicle came out on his way to translating that success into big screen stardom. It had a really good cast and did well but the actor never did really make it on the big screen in the long run.









Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Li'L Orphan Orvie/Beetle Bailey



Even Mort Walker's eternal BEETLE BAILEY newspaper strip had to get in on Batmania in a tiny way back in '66.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Ringo With Beard


16 MAGAZINE ran this rare shot of a bearded Ringo in the summer of '66, a full year before all the Fab Four sported facial hair for SGT PEPPER. Beatles expert Eddie Deezen points out that Ringo has always hated to shave, thus his pre-Beatles bearded look and then here. The teen mag pointed out that he quickly shaved it off. Can't risk offending fans now, can we? A beard might make him look OLD! Seen with Ringo is wife maureen and the two are being photobombed by a Mister J. Lennon. 


Sunday, May 19, 2013

Switch N Go



I had the car set. It was a pain because I had to take up the whole kitchen floor to set it up, even going underneath the table and chairs. The tank version added the extra "attraction" of being able to derail your playmate with a missile after all that trouble. 




Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Superman Record



Apparently this children's record from '66 was a radio-style presentation starring Broadway Superman Bob Holiday.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Back, Behind and in Front-The Rolling Stones


In early '66, fan magazines were widely reporting that The Rolling Stones were about to follow in the cinematic footsteps of The Beatles and Herman's Hermits. Mick, Brian and the Stones were said to be starring in BACK, BEHIND AND IN FRONT, co-directed by Andrew Loog Oldham and Allan Klein. Never happened. Other than a couple of concert appearances, Mick first appeared solo in PERFORMANCE a few years later, about as far from a teen flick as one can get.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Incredible Hulk Sweatshirt


Ol' Greenskin was reaching an early peak in popularity in '66 in TALES TO ASTONISH when Marvel originally released this whimsical shirt.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Bat Stuff # 48


Fighting American


Working at Harvey Comics in the early fifties, the famed team of Joe Simon and Jack Kirby re-created their Timely hit superheroes, Captain America and Bucky as Fighting American and Speedboy. In '66, with Kirby deeply enmeshed in the Marvel Universe, Simon returned to Harvey and revived Fighting American for this much sought after one-shot consisting of reprints and a few "new" stories leftover from when the original run was canceled. Although created as a serious anti-communist hero, the entire series quickly became an often quite amusing parody of such characters.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Friday, May 3, 2013

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Westerns of '66


For a genre that was considered dying by the mid-sixties, there were certainly a lot of western movies produced throughout the world in '66. This is just the tip of the iceberg!