Clark Orr’sPop Culture Postage is the most awesome thing you will see all day. At least most awesome retro-inspired pieces of art you will come across today. I realize that is a rather bold statement but I stick by what I’ve proclaimed! Fortunately for myself you can look on some of Orr’s Pop Culture Postage artwork below and judge for yourselves.
All images courtesy of Clark Orr and Gallery 1988.
As you can certainly see – all manner of pop culture properties have been selected by Clark Orr. Besides He-Man from the Masters of the Universe for example there is Skeletor as well.
Many movies have been included in the Pop Culture Postage collection. Ghostbusters, Back to the Future, and even Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Of course how when picking from pop culture legends could one overlook 1933’s King Kong?
With this in mind is it any wonder that Clark Orr chose to also showcase a Universal Monster? In this case it is for 1954’s classic The Creature from the Black Lagoon!
Equally important in the collection is none other than Count Chocula. Although I have to add that I am certainly disappointed that Boo Berry wasn’t included in the Pop Culture Postage. I will remind you I am rather biased on this subject however.
Clark pays tribute to history as well with his artwork entitled “Challenger”.
Pop Culture Postage is in fact part of Clark Orr’s show at the Gallery 1988 West in Los Angeles, California. A solo show which opened on February 3rd and will run until the 18th of this month. As well as this exciting news – his artwork is available for purchase at the Gallery 1988 website!
Hopefully you’ve stopped drooling over Clark Orr’s Pop Culture Postage now. Because thanks to Creative Mornings HQ you can totally watch him give a lecture on his art style!
Welcome back, friends. For this offering on Retro Records we are going with an absolutely epic LP. The 1983 Masters of the Universe record produced by Kid Stuff. Not only that but this was released in two different versions. The more common album cover you see at the top of the post in addition to a phono picture disc.
Image courtesy of the T3 Universe Blog.
A very big thanks to the T3 Universe Blog for the personal images of those stunning picture discs.
Now bear in mind by the end of 1982, the Masters of the Universe toy line had already been hugely popular. So it naturally made sense that the merchandising arm start to spread out. I ask you, what child of the early 80s wouldn’t want to hear the adventures on Eternia? And Kid Stuff certainly ran with the early storylines of the series. In particular I mean the fantasy aspects of Masters of the Universe.
Image courtesy of He-Man.Org
However this record was produced after the vintage DC Comics miniseries and classic Filmation series it seems.
As He-Man is no mere barbarian in the jungles of Eternia as presented in the minicomics that came with the toys. But the alter-ego of Prince Adam. On the other hand instead of visiting the Cave of Power to transform he holds aloft the Power Sword. Having said that though you won’t hear Cringer or Battle Cat speaking or such on this record. In fact it’s like Kid Stuff combined elements of all three versions for their story.
Did I forget to mention the first record includes a five minute Masters of the Universe theme song?
So pour yourself a bowl of your favorite cereal and join us as we listen to the adventures of the Masters of the Universe!
He-Man, the most powerful man in the universe is certainly no stranger to possessing relics and weapons of vast power and might. Since the Masters of the Universe toy line first hit the sheves back in 1981 – Mattel made sure that their valiant hero was outfitted with not only a strength-magnifying breastplate and harness but also one half of the Sword of Power – the Sword of Grayskull itself!
But perhaps He-Man has yet to obtain an item of such power in his many adventures presented so far whether in the Filmation animated series, games, or comic books over the past 35 years than the item he has claimed on this particular T-shirt. The Power Glove!
Image courtesy of Shirtoid.com
I came across this T-Shirt by way of Shirtoid – a site that does it’s best to find the greatest in retro inspired shirts like the merging of the Masters of the Universe and Nintendo’s awesome Power Glove. From there when you find a T-Shirt you can’t live without you follow a link to the actual shop that is selling the clothing – “I Have The Power Glove” by the way was designed by Jason Yang and is offered on Shirtwoot!, although I would add that you do not have to have that design printed just on a shirt.
I suggest while you are looking over the collection of He-Man shirts over at Shirtoid you might want to listen to some fitting 8-Bit music, like Studio Megaane’s cover of the He-Man and the Masters of the Universe theme!
About five years back, around the time of the complete Captain Power and the Soldiers of the Future was released on DVD, there began whispers of the property making a comeback. It turns out the time is nigh for the rebooting of the Captain Power series entitled Phoenix Rising – in fact original series co-creator and producer Gary Goddard (1987’s Masters of the Universe) is at the San Diego Comic-Con letting fans get their first taste, a teaser of what we can expect.
But before we do that, take just a few minutes to watch this original TV ad for the fondly remembered series…
….now after watching that television commercial you just might notice they adopted a similar style but for the new series Tim Dunigan who originally played Captain Jonathan Power will instead this time play the role of Dr. Stuart Gordon Power – the Father of Jonathan Power and creator of the Power Suits.
The pilot episode has been written by Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens (Primeval: New World) and Todd Masters of MastersFX will provide the special effects for the series. The show will present a world dealing with the war against the Overmind that took place 15 years previously when Jonathan Power discovers the Power Suits his Father had a hand in creating…giving humanity a chance to fight back against the bionic armies of the New Order.
I want to give a huge thanks to fellow Retroist writer Daniel XIII for giving me the heads up on the teaser and to Deadline Hollywood for the scoop on the the story line for the upcoming series. Now…I just need to see how this new series is even going to try and top how AWESOME Blastarr was!
I think it is more than fortuitous that my fellow Retroist writer, Allison Venezio, chose to write about the upcoming sequel to 1990’s Kindergarten Cop today. As just this morning I was having a conversation with Daniel XIII when he asked if I had heard about the Prop Store’s latest Online Auction for Hollywood memorabilia. Many of the items come from the personal collection of legendary Makeup Effects artist, Greg Cannom (Dreamscape, The Lost Boys, Watchmen), but when I followed the link it was the screen worn costume that Frank Langella donned during the shooting of 1987’s Masters of the Universe that made my eyes light up!
At the time of this writing this majestic ensemble was going for a measly $225, although I just checked before hitting the post button and it’s reached $1,100 now. So for a brief moment this morning I had wonderful thoughts of strolling through my place of work…
…everyday…adorned in the attire of Skeletor, the brief ruler of Eternia. That dream is dashed now beyond repair.
Maybe I can buy this Snakeman Head from Dreamscape instead and wear that to work!