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The X Files - Origins - IDW

The Truth Is Out There With X-Files: Origins!

The X-Files was a pretty huge thing for me when it first debuted on FOX back in 1993…oh wow…twenty-three years ago. I don’t know why but it doesn’t seem that long ago. Now granted I only originally watched The X-Files because it came on right after the Bruce Campbell’s woefully underappreciated – at least back then – The Adventures of Brisco County Jr.
BriscoArt
The easiest way I can describe to you about how I felt about the show is how my Father used to talk about the classic Kolchak: The Night Stalker television series. He was so faithful to the Darren McGavin series that he wouldn’t go hang out with friends, etc. when he knew a new episode was going to be on, you couldn’t have made him miss it. I too was that way with The X-Files, something about David Duchovny’s character of Fox Mulder struck true to my own personal feelings of being an outsider. Of course I also found myself enjoying the character of Dana Scully, played by Gillian Anderson, as while like Mulder’s poster in his that office declares “I Want To Believe”…I am also naturally skeptical.
The X Files - Fox Mulder - Dana Scully
Now of course The X-Files also won me over with its generally awesome stories that successfully entertained across various genres whether that be Thriller, Sci-Fi, or just straight up Horror…I’m talking about the episode “Home” from the fourth season in particular…where we meet the Peacock Family. I love that episode so much but it ALWAYS creeps me out.
The X Files - The Peacock Family
If you recall, we here at The Retroist were pretty excited about the return of The X-Files back in January of this year albeit only for six episodes and while things had certainly changed from when last we had visited Scully and Mulder it felt very good to have them back. Which brings me to the whole point of this article – IDW has released The X-Files: Origins a new comic series that is a “digital first” book – meaning online only at first…that will switch between following the early years of Mulder and Scully, alternating characters each week for 11 weeks straight.

When I say that The X-Files: Origins is focusing on the early years I do mean the early years as this comic series seems directed towards a younger reader audience – check out the Press Release for the first issue:
“Before the FBI, before the X-Files, they were just two teenagers in search of the truth. On Martha’s Vineyard, a young Fox Mulder investigates something strange happening on the island, while in San Diego, 13-year-old Dana Scully looks into the shocking murder of her teacher. Two kids, two mysteries, one conspiracy that threatens the future of humanity.”

All images courtesy of IDW.

All images courtesy of IDW.


Now if you hop on over to IDW or even Comixology you can get that first issue featuring Fox Mulder absolutely free – so if you are ready to learn a bit more about the early history of two of televisions favorite FBI agents or have some younger comic book readers that you feel need to get bit by the The X-Files bug you can hook them up right this second…because as you already know…the truth is out there.

[Via] Piotrek Bienkowski

Retro Radio Memories Ep 74

Retro Radio Memories Podcast Ep. 74 (The Saint)

Welcome back to the Retro Radio Memories Podcast! Each week I will briefly talk about an old time radio episode before presenting it for your listening enjoyment. Today we have an episode from the popular and long running series The Saint entitled “The Chiseling Chimpanzee” This Old Time Radio show was adapted from the stories by Leslie Charteris featuring none other than Vincent Price as Simon Templar aka The Saint.
Vincent Price
If you have any comments or feedback for the show you can e-mail them to at VicSage@Retroist.com. You can also reach me on Twitter and of course on Facebook.

The music on the podcast was provided by Peachy! You may contact him by e-mail at peachy@Retroist.com. And be sure to “Like” him on his Facebook page before he goes out and buys a chimpanzee…

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Sinister Tales of Terror Ep 3

The Projectionist’s Sinister Tales Of Terror Episode 3 (Please Come Over)

Hello, Dear Listeners! Once more I invite you down into the depths of the Retroist Vault as I choose a short story from my gruesome grimoire of ghastly tales. Each week I will do my very best to ensure you that your Saturday evenings are filled with the proper chills you’ve come to expect. So douse those infernal electrical lights and lean in closer to the glow of your radio as for this second broadcast I bring you all “Please Come Over”.

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The Batmobile Auction - George Barris

Watch The Original 1966 Batmobile Sell For 4.2 Million Dollars!

The Batmobile from the 1966 Batman television series was certainly the perfect iconic vehicle for the Dynamic Duo to cruise in while protecting the good citizens of Gotham City. The Batmobile vehicle was designed and built by George Barris, in fact due to time constraints put upon him by the showrunners he used the Lincoln Futura – a concept car – that he picked up in the mid-1950s. After hiring Gene Cushenberry to modify the original vehicle – after three weeks time it was ready to go in front of the cameras for the soon to be a megahit for the ABC network.

[Via] CommGordonFiles
The Batmobile - Auction
It wasn’t just the Batman TV series that garnered fame but George Barris as well. Soon he was asked to provide another memorable car for television, this time with The Munsters Drag-U-La and their touring vehicle with the Munster Coach among many others for various series and even celebrities like Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, and Elton John to name just a very few.
The Batmobile - George Barris
George Barris owned the Batmobile for fourty-seven years when in January of 2013 he was present to oversee the auctioning of the Caped Crusaders trusty vehicle at the Barrett-Jackson car show in Scottsdale, Arizona. When the final hammer came down it had sold for a staggering 4.2 Million Dollars and thanks to The BatFan you can watch the entire event – I’m not sure what the vehicle is that we first see in the video…it almost looks like a Bond car but I can’t place it.

George Barris passed away in November of 2015 but he most certainly left behind a lasting legacy of entertaining and memorable vehicles throughout numerous television and films. If you would like to know a bit more about Barris and the company he created to manufacture custom cars and replicas, hop on over to Barris Kustom Industries.

Carrie Fisher - Sega Center

Carrie Fisher at The Sega Center in Fox Hills Mall (1977)

Carrie Fisher in this brief 1977 interview from The Making of Star Wars, where she is seen playing 1975’s Anti-Aircraft from Atari at a Sega Center is going to be one of the coolest things you will see all day!
Sega Center - Carrie Fisher
Filmed at the Fox Hills Mall in Culver City, California – I can’t help but dig the appropriately Star Wars themed cabinets that we can see Carrie playing before the interview begins. These were obviously specially made for the Sega Center arcades as you can tell by looking at the standard edition on the arcade game flyer below – courtesy of The Arcade Flyer Archive.

Image courtesy of the Arcade Flyer Archive.

Image courtesy of the Arcade Flyer Archive.


In this clip Carrie Fisher discusses some of the elements of Star Wars that she enjoyed and what she didn’t care for while filming the original movie. I might have to blame this on my advanced age but I do not recall ever seeing this particular clip before from The Making of Star Wars although I believe it might have also been shown when the Fox channel did their little special to celebrate the re-release of the original Star Wars trilogy to theaters…well…the “A few new surprises” or Special Editions I mean.

[Via] Benovite
I found an article from 8 Bit Central that states they believe the Sega Center featured in that interview with Carrie Fisher was later remodeled into a Time Out Tunnel which would eventually be converted to the Time Out arcade. This brand of arcade was able to survive and thrive until around 1995 when after being sold to The Edison Brothers company, they were forced to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy – which was then bought by the Namco corporation which is why you can still find Time Out arcades in various malls.
Time Out - Namco - Arcades
I’m not sure what the Time Out arcades were like in your neck of the woods but the one that was in my local mall still had a few arcade games and even one or two classics titles like Galaga and Ms. Pac-Man although the younger children were brought in by the redemption games.

Star Fleet

1980’s Japanese “X-Bomber” Has Links To Star Wars And Aliens?

X-Bomber or as it was known in the UK Star Fleet was a 1980 marionette based science fiction television show, created by the legendary manga artist Devilman‘s Go Nagai (Kiyoshi Nagai). The series of course was heavily influenced by the works of Gerry Anderson’s British television series using his patented “Supermarionation” process wherein the marionettes would also include electronic moving parts to aid in giving them a more life-like appearance – seen in such as Fireball XL-5 and of course the most famous of those types of programs 1965’s Thunderbirds.

The story for X-Bomber is set in the year 2999 and revolves around the Earth Defense Force. Tasked with the protection of the Earth – which is pretty clear by the organization’s name the fragile peace is shattered with the appearance of an alien battle cruiser that proceeds to obliterate the Pluto station for the EDF.
X-Bomber
After this attack and with the threat of the Earth itself being destroyed a team is put together to launch an experimental bomber, known only as the X-Project from a secret base upon the moon to fight back this alien threat – mainly the evil commander Makara.
Star Fleet - Commander Makara
It was in 1982 that the U.K. began airing X-Bomber on Saturday mornings after renaming it Star Fleet – with the scripts for the episodes being adapted by Michael Sloan, who would later go on to be a writer on the hit CBS television series The Equalizer.

[Via] Normonnaut
Star Fleet also featured the voice work of Garrick Hagon who portrayed the character of Biggs Darklighter in 1977’s Star Wars and Jay Benedict who played Deak in the film although his part was edited out of the final print. Benedict however would also play Russ Jorden, Newt’s Father, in James Cameron’s Aliens in 1986…to only be cut out again but thankfully seen by way of the Special Edition. Another Aliens alumni whose voice work was featured in Star Fleet was Al Matthews who played the ill-fated Sergeant Apone in Cameron’s sequel to Alien.

Also of note is that Queen‘s Brian May became a fan of Star Fleet thanks to his young Son, recording a cover of the television shows’ theme song alongside Eddie Van Halen, REO Speed Wagon‘s drummer Alan Gratzer, Phil Chen, and Fred Mandel as Star Fleet Project.

[Via] Emmanuel LR
There is no way you can not listen to that cover of the Star Fleet theme and not feel your blood start to pump a little faster, I believe I have found the new song I want to wake up to every morning from now on!

VCR Test #3

Video/VCR Test #3 – “The Albert Achievement Awards”

Before you ask, this isn’t an award given to people named Albert.

Why would you think…oh.

Ok, now I understand. You thought…people named Albert…ohhhh.

Glad we cleared this up!

I rooted through VHS tapes in my basement. I culled video and VCR tests for two videocassettes in my collection (See Exhibits A and B), and because I can’t leave well enough alone, you’re getting a third one for your troubles!

You’re so lucky.

This video and VCR test comes to us from another tape in my collection, the 1993 CBS Fox Video print of The Albert Achievement Awards, a sports bloopers compilation that covers the wild (yes, wild) world of sports, ranging from high school (and even younger) to professional, singers of the national anthem, broadcasters, and even fans. No one was safe from Marv Albert and his crack staff at NBC Sports.

My brother got this video as a gift from our parents for Christmas when we were eleven, and the video was a hit for quite a few years. We’re Yankees and Giants fans, and yes, they weren’t even safe from Marv. Neither were Charles Barkley, David Letterman, and some of the personalities on NBC Sports. Even Amad Rashad is forced to refer to Marv as his “best friend.”

And sports bloopers are awesome…if you like sports. Which I do.

The “Albert Achievement Awards” were a segment that aired on David Letterman’s talk show, both on NBC and CBS, during Albert’s 126 appearances. He would show the clips set against the song “12th Street Rag.” And yes, this song does appear on the video rather prominently.

I’m going to take a look at this video at some point, as it is worthy of my recapping prowess, but for the moment, enjoy the video test I did for it.

Uploaded by Allison Venezio

So, is it painfully obvious yet that Allison loves old videos in her collection, and the goodies she can find on them? Do you like them too? If you do like this among, other geeky stuff she covers, you can check out her blog, Allison’s Written Words. You can also follow her blog on Facebook, and her on Twitter @AllisonGeeksOut.

No footage exists of Allison playing sports. Because she never played them.