Don Rickles

Rest In Peace: Don Rickles (1926 – 2017)

Don Rickles was a legendary entertainer. Furthermore he earned that title through his years of incredibly cutting humor. As well as receiving the moniker of ‘Mr. Warmth’, which was bestowed on him by Johnny Carson in fact. Don Rickles owed his big break in TV thanks to Carson, not that you would see him acting thankful. No, I would add that it caused him to lean in with the insults even more. To say nothing of taking shots at his special guests, like Frank Sinatra.

[Via] Johnny Carson

I think it is quite important to understand that Don Rickles never actually meant what he said. It was all part of the act. Beyond a life of stand up comedy, Rickles of course worked in film and television. Appearing in everything from The Twilight Zone to Innocent Blood. While he might have best been known in his later years as the voice of Mr. Potato Head in the Toy Story animated films and shorts. I remember the very first time I was introduced to him, thanks to a showing at the 62 Drive-In. It was in 1970’s Kelly’s Heroes as the sarcastic supply Sgt. Crapgame!

[Via] Movieclips Trailer Vault

I feel that if you really want to see Don Rickles at the top of his game however. You need only take a look at his appearances on the popular The Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts. For example, I think you will enjoy how he handles the then Governor Ronald Regan.

[Via] John W. Hardin

On the other hand, Don Rickles was also known to momentarily go after his fellow roasters, temporarily letting the roastee off the hook. Remember I did say temporarily as is proven in this clip from the roast for Jerry Lewis.

[Via] Farmer Jon

The world is a bit sadder for the loss of Don Rickles, friends. Of course we hockey pucks have a silver lining. And that is Rickles certainly has left us with an impressive legacy. 62 years of solid performances and laughs.
Don Rickles

One of my favorite TV appearances by Don Rickles was his role in the Tales from the Crypt episode entitled The Ventriloquist’s Dummy. The perfect blend of horror as well as humor.



The Sealed Book

Retro Radio Memories Ep. 82 (The Sealed Book)

The Sealed Book was a short lived old time radio series from 1945. It began airing on the Mutual Radio Network on March 18th and lasted only to September 9th. Our episode today is entitled “I’ll Die Laughing”!

Produced and directed by Jock MacGregor, the show is a bit like the Tales from the Crypt comic books. Equally important the stories were written by David Kogan and Robert Arthur Jr. The two also scripted The Mysterious Traveler. In addition to being a long running radio series you can of course see it was developed into a comic book!
Mysterious Traveler - Sealed Book

To say nothing of the fact that many of the scripts for The Sealed Book were actually rehashed from the latter!

Now what is The Sealed Book about?


Each week would find a new tale of horror and suspense being introduced by Phillip Clarke. Who was the show’s host in addition to being the character of the Keeper of the Book. Although this was heard in episodes later than the one today.

In spite of that I think you will dig this episode. It concerns a man by the name of John Drayton who learns of a secret Aztec treasure. Furthermore it was “lost” in a place called the Devil’s Cave. Thankfully for John, his Wife Laura, and their best friend Harvey. A prospector has managed to locate the stash – dying after warning them of the curse on it. Surprisingly the trio go in search of the treasure…but two of the protagonists are not on the level.

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R.I.P. Jack Davis (1924 – 2016)

It was a sad day for fans of sequential art the other day as it was confirmed that the legendary cartoonist and illustrator Jack Davis passed away at the age of 91. While it can’t be denied that he lived a long and fulfilling life – for those of us that loved his art style it still hurts to know we won’t be seeing any new artwork from Davis.

Jack Davis really got his start when he obtained a job with William Gaines of EC Comics – providing illustrations for the covers of Tales from the Crypt from issues #29 to #46. He also provided the art for some of the legendary stories from that comic series like “Foul Play”, “Tight Grip” and “Lower Berth” to name a few.
Foul Play - Jack Davis - Tales from the Crypt
Davis also worked on Gaines’ other EC titles such as The Haunt of Fear, The Vault of Horror, Two-Fisted Tales, Incredible Science Fiction, Terror Illustrated, Frontline Combat, and Piracy. Sadly Dr. Fredric Wertham helped put a nail in the coffin of EC Comics and Jack found work briefly with Marvel Comics on their title The Rawhide Kid. Although there was one publication from EC that survived the witch hunt that Wertham started and it might be what David is best known for and that was Mad Magazine!

Image courtesy of the Scott Eder Gallery.

Image courtesy of the Scott Eder Gallery.


Of course you probably saw his artwork in your youth and didn’t even realize it – as David also did the toy catalog for Marx Toys in 1975.
Image courtesy of the Ephemerist.

Image courtesy of The Ephemerist.


Numerous TV Guide covers…
Image courtesy of Drew Friedman.

Image courtesy of Drew Friedman.


Image courtesy of Drew Friedman.

Image courtesy of Drew Friedman.


…and even some of the inner artwork for TV specials like 1974’s Out to Lunch.
Image courtesy of the Muppet Wiki.

Image courtesy of the Muppet Wiki.


Jack Davis also did film posters, album covers, and even found his art style being used in TV Commercials like this one from back in 1979 for Chex Cereal!

[Via] D Heine

While it is most certainly a sad thing that Jack Davis has passed away and another reminder just how brutal 2016 has been – we can take some measure of comfort no matter how small that he left us with an amazing amount of work to enjoy as his legacy, work that will entertain for many more years to come.

Saturday Frights Podcast Episode 046 (Demon Knight)

Welcome back friends to the Saturday Frights Podcast! Each podcast my co-host, the Projectionist and I will discuss a particular horror movie or horror themed TV episode from the Retroist Vault. This week we discuss our friends from Scream Factory’s upcoming Blu-Ray release for 1995’s Tales From the Crypt Presents: Demon Knight. Also on the show my co-host worries about my level of attachment to actor Billy Zane and of course he has provided you with some vintage Drive-In ads!

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Image courtesy of Scream Factory.

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Remember to head on over to Scream Factory to pre-order your copy of Demon Knight on Blu-Ray or pick it up in store on October 20th!

Saturday Frights: Tales From The Crypt – “Cutting Cards”

Saturday Frights - Sean Hartter
Welcome back to another episode of Saturday Frights! This week we have a particularly dark and gloriously twisted episode from the HBO Tales From The Crypt series entitled “Cutting Cards”. Originally airing on April 21, 1990 this episode is like most of the episodes of the series, it is based on the original story from EC Comics’ Tales From the Crypt series from the 1950s.

EC Comics - Tales From the Crypt - Cutting Cards

The story deals with two big time gamblers who despise each other so much that not only is the town not big enough for the both of them but they can’t stand the other even being alive. Reno Crevice is played by the talented character actor Lance Henriksen (Aliens, Terminator, Tron: Uprising) who rolls into town to find a high stakes game of chance only to learn that his nemesis Sam Forney, played by the equally talented Kevin Tighe (Emergency!, The Six Million Dollar Man), has bankrupted all of his old gambling friends. Quickly the betting becomes a matter of life and death.

Now let me give fair warning on this episode, it contains gore and some VERY salty language, so don’t invite the family in for this particular Saturday Frights or watch it with your Grandmother…unless your Grandmother is awesome and loves Tales From the Crypt!

[Via] PC31

As always I want to thank the talented Sean Hartter for that awesome artwork you see up top!