Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Mia's Men

Actress Mia Farrow, daughter of former TARZAN co-star Maureen O'Sullivan, was just making a  name for herself in '66 when she surprised many by marrying the much older Frank Sinatra. Everyone said it wouldn't last. It didn't. In two years, they divorced. The image above was in LIFE in '66 before they were wed. Just two pages later saw the ad below featuring Woody Allen who would last a lot longer in Mia's life many years later before that relationship ended in its own scandal! Ah, Hollywood!

Monday, July 29, 2013

Super 6

A largely forgotten highlight of '66 was the Depatie-Freleng Saturday morning cartoon spoof, SUPER 6. Hopefully more folks will discover it now that it's just out on DVD. Here's a review at CARTOON RESEARCH.

Sunday, July 28, 2013


Seen above is the very first issue of Marvel's THOR comic from the beginning of '66. To be fair, the series had been running for about four years already but the book it had started in was entitled JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY. By '66, mystery had been replaced by majesty and Jack Kirby's rampant imagination was allowed to go crazy with Gods and aliens and monsters.

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Zorro Il Ribelle

The continued popularity of Guy Williams as walt Disney's ZORRO led to a revival of interest in the character internationally and many new Zorro flicks that would never see US shores except maybe in TV syndication years later. This one from '66 stars one Howard Ross aka Renato Rossini.

Friday, July 26, 2013

Lucky Charms

Arthur Anderson is the original voice of Lucky Charms in this vintage '66 animated commercial.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Campbell's Vegetable Soup

In '66, this was without a doubt my favorite food, eaten several times a week out of a small green plastic bowl. My mother would heat it in a small pan, adding a full can of water. There would be enough for two bowls full and I'd eat them both with tons of saltines! Mmm-mmm, GOOD! To coin a phrase.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Peter, Paul and Mary-Early Morning Rain

Folk music became a major fixture on the public scene beginning in the late fifties with many of the great rock artists of the late sixties growing out of that scene. Peter, Paul and Mary, with their immaculate harmonies and classy outfits, helped to mainstream the music and continued to be important exponents throughout the decade and beyond. Here they are in '66.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Hunter S. Thompson's Hell's Angels

Although copyrighted 1967, a pre-gonzo Hunter S. Thompson published his first book, this "non-fiction novel" in '66, putting the spotlight on motorcycle club Hell's Angels.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

The Dating Game's Nighttime Debut-With Sally Field

Although it had begun on daytime TV the year before, THE DATING GAME was so popular that a nighttime version began in '66. Here is that episode, guest-starring former GIDGET and future FLYING NUN and Oscar winner Sally Field.

Saturday, July 13, 2013

The Dot Record Club

Dot Records was a bit behind the times in '66. In what was arguably rock and roll's biggest year on and off the charts, their record club offered Pat Boone, Liberace, Eddie Fisher, The Andrews Sisters, Harry James, Myron Floren??????!!!!!!! They switched to country in '68 and managed to last another 9 years before dissolving.

Friday, July 12, 2013

Attack of the Robots

Controversial director Jesus Franco presented this picture in '66, starring American expatriate actor Eddie Constantine and Fernando Rey, later the villain in the US FRENCH CONNECTION films.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Amazing Spider-Man Annual # 3

One of my very favorite comic books of the year I first started collecting comic books. The Avengers try to recruit Spider-Man and test him by pitting him against the Hulk! Daredevil has a cool cameo as well. The all-new story is actually rather short and is backed up by two classic Ditko Spidey tales!

Tuesday, July 2, 2013