What If Pixar Decided To Do Pulp Characters?

When it comes to Pixar there really isn’t much they touch that doesn’t turn to gold. Having said that however there are genres they’ve yet to tackle. Sure, they have given friendly monsters a go as well as a sentient vehicle universe. Not to mention moving films dealing with growing old in addition to the greatest Fantastic Four movie made. That was of course not an official film of Marvel’s First Family – but it was…INCREDIBLE…nonetheless.

See what I did there?

Ahem. While 2004’s The Incredibles marked Pixar’s first foray into superheroes. The talented Phil Postma is always eager to present different genres that Pixar has yet to approach. You might recall some of the other artwork of Postma’s that we’ve shared on The Retroist before. Like what if Rankin and Bass had produce a 1977 stop motion version of The Hobbit. Or perhaps Fisher-Price had produced Adventure People Killers to their toy line?

Back in 2013, it turns out that Phil presented Pixar versions of some legendary pulp characters. Such as Alex Raymond’s Flash Gordon, Dale Arden, and Ming the Merciless of course.

Images courtesy of Phil Postma.

He also shared a look at what Pixar could deliver with Lee Falk’s The Phantom.
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Last but certainly not least and the film I wish Pixar would truly deliver is The Shadow!

Make sure to hop on over to Phil’s official blog – The Minion Factory. You can check out even more of his fantastic artwork and even purchase merchandise.

Now that we’ve seen what some pulp characters would look like if Pixar was in charge of character design. How about re-watching what an animated series for The Rocketeer might look like?

[Via] Amazing Cartoons

Check Out The Art & Hue Pop-Art Roundup

Pop. Art. Those two words by themselves are awesome, but put them together and you have yourself something altogether more stylish, you have pop-art that is epitomised by the work of Art & Hue.

I’ve posted a couple of times previously about the fantastic work from this British designer. His work on The Avengers and the Carry On series both tickled my art-fancy and, would you believe it, he just keeps creating more amazing designs!

So, to close out 2016, and perhaps give you some ideas for last minute festive pop-art gifts, here are just a few of the Art & Hue collections that we haven’t already featured.

Art & Hue Presents Thunderbirds

Hold the phone, it’s Joan Collins

It’s the Absolutely Fabulous Joanna Lumley

And remember, this is just a small selection. If you’re interested in the classic School for Scoundrels, Hammer Horror or screen icon Audrey Hepburn, then Art & Hue could have something for you.

You can even find a little Elvis in the shop. Happy Holidays!

Bugs Bunny And Friends By Jerrod Maruyama

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I’m a big fan of Jerrod Maruyama artwork. When I’m not blogging on the Retroist, I can be found at my Pop Culture / Food Blog – Between the Pages. My blog’s mascot – Ace – was created by Jerrod.
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Jerrod just released a wonderful print called Bugs and Friends for Dark Hall Mansion.


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The detail on this print is amazing!

The silver carrot holder beside Bugs is engraved with his initials.

There is a framed picture of Playboy Penguin from ‘8 Ball Bunny’ over Bug’s TV.

In addition to his most famous foes like Marvin the Martian, Yosemite Sam, & Elmer Fudd, this print also includes the Gremlin (from Falling Hare), Witch Hazel, Gossamer (the heart shaped monster), Pete Puma, “Babyface” Finster, and Rocky.

This print brings a smile to my face and makes me long for Saturday Morning Cartoons.

(Karen’s post and lament for the lost days of Saturday morning cartoons made think we need to watch Playboy Penguin. So for your viewing enjoyment we present 1950’s “8 Ball Bunny”! – Vic)

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Travis Falligant’s Halloween Costume Starter Kits!

With only ten days away until Halloween – it’s a good time to start looking at costume kits. Now you can certainly head to your local mall and pick up a zombie mask or some such. Likewise you could really stand out this year and take a look at Travis Falligant’s Halloween Costume Starter Kits!

They are NOT coming soon anymore - they are here!

They are NOT coming soon anymore – they are here!

Don’t you share a lot of Falligant’s artwork?


Yes, I most certainly do. Whether it be “lost” Scooby-Doo episodes or a mash-up between The Breakfast Club and The NeverEnding Story. Travis Falligant is a very talented artist and in addition he is one heck of a nice guy. In fact if you visit the Saturday Frights Facebook Page you will see how much art he has graciously shared.
Images courtesy of Travis Falligant.

Okay. Question answered. What about these Halloween Costume Starter Kits?


I was getting to that. Travis also has a wonderful taste in movies. Cult movies that is to say. Given that the three Costume Starter Kits he is offering for example have been inspired by the likes of Blacula, Frankenhooker, and the Howling II!

I will start off with my favorite – the “Blood Sucka”!


All images courtesy of Travis Falligant.

All images courtesy of Travis Falligant.

Each of the three Costume Starter Kits cost a mere $18 and come with:
1 High quality mask printed and pressed on E-Flute Cardboard and matte laminated. Ready to wear!
1 T-Shirt Transfer Kit complete with tee design, iron-on instructions, and transfer paper.
2 Laminate stickers featuring the artwork of the character you have chosen.
Candy Starter kit to get your Trick or Treat game begun!

Dead Dame!


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The She-Wolf!


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You can order the Halloween Costume Starter Kits right this second over at Travis’Etsy Store. Furthermore you can order all three so you can truly fit in with any creature of the night!

Archie Andrews and The Army of Darkness

Are you a fan of the film Army of Darkness starring Bruce Campbell?

I am and when I found out that comic book artist & writer did Fernando Ruiz did a Archie crossover print using the poster from that film, well, I had to take a look. It’s a thing of beauty. Sad to see what became of Jughead though…

Image courtesy o Fernando Ruiz.

Image courtesy o Fernando Ruiz.

If you want to learn more about Fernando Ruiz’ art, check out his Site.

In bigger news, Fernando Ruiz along with fellow comic book artist & writer, Dan Parent, are working on a new Kickstarter campaign for their comic book Die Kitty Die: Hollywood or Bust! Check it out: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/14732987/die-kitty-die-hollywood-or-bust
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Horror Cereal Box Covers By Jorge Baeza

Do undead serial killers like Freddy Krueger like Horror Cereal for breakfast? I cannot say whether that is true or not. I don’t really know the Springwood Slasher all that well. However I can indeed say that artist Jorge Baeza’s Horror Cereal art is impressive.

A Nightmare on Elm Street’s supernatural icon isn’t the only subject of Baeza’s talents. We also have a very limited edition cereal straight from Kingston Falls. Killogg’s Yum-Yum Flakes!
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As you can plainly see as advertised this particular cereal makes a ‘wonderful midnight treat’! Although I might caution you check your kitchen for unexpected visitors before you pour yourself a bowl.

That is not all though. Jorge I assume has been reading up on the Handbook for the Recently Deceased. Because it sure looks like he has been able to land a contract with the leading freelance bio-exorcist. I am talking about that ghost with the most – Beetlejuice!
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Now I do not know how Jorge was able to talk Beetlejuice into signing away his likeness for Yucky Worms. I have heard he is an incredibly shrewd negotiator. I believe it was Juno herself that said one should never call upon Beet-

Are you really that stupid, Vic? We appreciate you letting us know about these Horror Cereal box covers but you almost said his name for a third time!

What? I was just going to say that it isn’t recommended that you actually call upon Beetlejuice.

Oh. Sorry, that was what you were warning me about. Boy, is my face red. At the very least you can hop on over to Jorge Baeza’s spot on Facebook. Take some time and check out the rest of his fantastic art. You might also remember a couple of months back when Jorge was kind enough to share his artwork for Stranger Things!

Illustration courtesy of Jorge Baeza.

Illustration courtesy of Jorge Baeza.

Bradbury’s The Halloween Tree By Glen Brogan

Friends, you know what today is right? It is October 1st! That time of the year that we here at The Retroist do our best to embrace the Season. Like with The Halloween Tree illustration you see below by Glen Brogan, inspired by the 1972 Ray Bradbury story.
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The month of October has always meant a great deal to me – my absolute favorite time of the year. It signals the arrival of Bradbury’s Autumn People. Which is why on The Retroist our posts for this month turn to things eerie and spooky. Also sharing though our memories of the fun of the past that so often return during this Season.

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Image courtesy of Glen Brogan and Strange Kids Club,

Image courtesy of Glen Brogan and Strange Kids Club,

Why start your first post of October with The Halloween Tree?


I chose that particular subject because the story itself sums up some of my feelings of the season the best.
“The wind outside nested in each tree, prowled the sidewalks in invisible treads like unseen cats.
Tom Skelton shivered. Anyone could see that the wind was a special wind this night, and the darkness took on a special feel because it was All Hallows’ Eve. Everything seemed cut from soft black velvet or gold or orange velvet. Smoke panted up out of a thousand chimneys like the plumes of funeral parades. From kitchen windows drifted two pumpkin smells: gourds being cut, pies being baked.”

Why not take a moment to listen to Ray Bradbury himself discuss on how he came up with the idea for The Halloween Tree. The novel as well as the 1993 animated film by Mario Pilusio and featuring the voice of the late great Leonard Nimoy!

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That wonderful illustration by Glen Brogan by the way was done for the Strange Kids Club. Sadly that was a couple of years back so I’m not sure if a print is still available for purchase.