mwentworthI am a junior-grade retroist working out of the NW office, close to my Retro cave in Woodland, WA. I enjoy old video games, toys, books, movies, band-aid tins full of old Cracker Jack prizes and long walks on the beach.
Those immortal cereal salesmen Snap, Crackle and Pop were born in 1933, along with their brother Pow, who didn’t test well with audiences and was “disowned”. For the first six years of their life, they were primarily used on boxes and print ads, but in 1939 they made their animated debut in “Breakfast Pals”, a short theatrical cartoon that established the long relationship between cartoons and cereal. If only Pow could have been there.
As a kid I loved all kinds of monster movies, even the bad ones. Konga and Gorgo were knockoffs of King Kong and Godzilla, both released in 1961. In the mid 70’s I saw both on TV, then ran across an issue of Charlton comics’ Konga in a second hand store. I saw an ad in it for Gorgo and the race was on to find back issues of both. Even though they were very hard to find, issues were usually very cheap and I had a decent run of them at one time. The primary artist was Steve Ditko, I loved his work, but it is not for everyone, and the writing was bland. Even so, I thought they were fun , considering they were a cheap adaptation of a knock-off. Read a story or two at the Charlton Library site:
Well, seeing as how the President has proclaimed this Planet of the Apes day, I thought I would get in the spirit and point out my favorite POTA memory, trading the Topps trading cards based on the TV series with my friends. We had a small group that was dedicated to the show and cards for a short, feverish period of time. Hunter’s Planet of the Apes Archives has done a great jobs of displaying all the cards and the completed puzzles they make. If only we could get the series on DVD or streaming…
Flack’s recent post on the Futuro Homes reminded me of another awesome historical space-themed construct, the “Ralston Rocket”. The fun juvenile radio serial “Space Patrol” sponsored by Ralston cereals, put on a contest in 1953 to provide a name for the mysterious “Planet X” discovered in the show. The prizes were pretty amazing, culminating in a grand prize of a 35 foot long steel playhouse modeled after the Space Patrol ship “Terra IV”. To take it a step further, the lucky winning kid would not be bound to playing with this 10,000 pound behemoth in their own back yard, because it came with a custom flatbed truck and trailer!
The Solar Guard website has tons of details on the contest, all of the great prizes and the whereabouts of this and other cool rockets. The site is a bit difficult to navigate, but well worth the effort!