The Bridge - Peter J. Tomasi - Sara DuVall - Abrams Comicarts

The Bridge Is A Beautiful And Moving Graphic Novel

It shouldn’t shock a single soul that visits this site, that history is important to us. Sure, we spend most of our writing time pointing out the best in retro pop culture. However, even then we have constantly gone back and shared real moments of history. Whilst in my case it might focus more on horror films, video games, and animation. The truth is I of course am always eager to learn more about significant history. Which is exactly the case with Peter J. Tomasi and Sara DuVall’s upcoming graphic novel, The Bridge. I have not had the pleasure of reading a more entertaining as well as fascinating graphic novel in some time.

Abrams Comicarts was kind enough to send me a review copy of The Bridge. I picked it up last evening to read, and the 200 pages all but flew by. I will certainly admit I had never heard of Washington and Emily Roebling before opening the book. Nor of course, was I aware of how truly remarkable a journey Washington’s life had been. Thankfully through Peter J. Tomasi’s dream project, in addition to the beautiful artwork by Sara DuVall. You too will have the chance to find out, the type of vision and determination that was needed to see the construction of the Brooklyn Bridge. As well as the absolute toll it took on both Washington’s health and the tragic loss of life it required to bring such a marvel of engineering to fruition.
The Bridge - Brooklyn Bridge

Perhaps the greatest compliment I can pay Tomasi is he forced me to seek out more books about the Roeblings. The Bridge starts out in 1852, with a young Washington in some ways being molded by John Roebling, his Father. Or rather being forged into the type of person who could successfully bring about the Brooklyn Bridge. A project planned out by John and begun with his Son in 1869. It was however Washington who oversaw the actual construction.
The Bridge - Sara DuVall

A Civil War veteran, whose actions would be quite befitting a film itself, Washington Roebling wasn’t alone in his vision of the bridge. Emily Roebling proved what those of us who live in an “enlightened” age already know. There is not a single job or task that a Woman isn’t equally capable of performing. When her Husband’s health was threatened, it was Emily who ensured the project was on schedule. Supporting the Roeblings was a dedicated crew, men truly risking their lives to see the dream take shape. Just as, of course, Washington did himself – which is how he earned that respect.
The Bridge - Washington Roebling

With Tomasi and DuVall’s The Bridge, I have no doubt you will be just as amazed as I was. The story is both exhilarating and uplifting, a reminder of the good that can be accomplished for a noble endeavor. You can pick up a copy of the book on April 17th at better book dealers everywhere. Of course you can visit Abrams Comicarts official page to pre-order your copy today.

While you are waiting to grab your copy of The Bridge. Why not check out this clip from PBS America?

[Via] PBS America

Flintstone - Fred Flintstone

Yabba-Dabba-Don’t: Scandal Rocks The Flintstones!

Meet the Flintstones. Are they a modern Stone Age family or a family with a hidden past?

Flintstones - Betty and Barney Rubble

Neighbors Betty and Barney Rubble
“We thought they were so nice!”

Fred works at the local quarry and is a popular member of the Loyal Order of Water Buffalos. Other than occasionally being caught talking to an invisible friend Gazoo, Fred seems like an average Bedrock citizen.

[Via] D S

He was the star of a popular television series in the 1960s and is still a celebrity. It is impossible to waltz up and down the cereal isle without finding Fred on a cereal box. Unfortunately, it is all a sham. Karen Williams and a team of investigative reporters for The Retroist have uncovered undeniable evidence that Fred and Wilma have a sordid secret history that escaped the light of public knowledge.

When we first met the Flintstones, they were living under the assumed name the Flagstones. That should have been the first sign of a hidden secret. But shortly afterwards, Fred and Wilma’s hit TV series premiered and everyone forgot about their past.

What if they were living under a different name because they were trying to hide something? Or better yet…someone? Before we go any further, we should introduce the players in this unsolved mystery.

“Meet Fred Flintstone …
His boy Junior ….
Daughter Pebbles ….
Wilma his wife …..”

I know what most of you are thinking – who is Junior? What if cute little Pebbles wasn’t Fred and Wilma’s first child? What if they had a long forgotten son, Fred Flinstone, Junior? I know it sounds like the plot from an outlandish cartoon, but we have found undeniable proof.

Before September of 1960, when the Flintstones TV show premiered, Fred and Wilma were totally unknown, so William Hanna and Joseph Barbera began a publicity campaign. For adults, Fred and Barney promoted beer and cigarettes.

[Via] ToonORama

[Via] WeeL

For kids, there were Flintstone comic books and story books. And appropriately enough, that is where our story begins. These images come from the great site – Golden Gems.
Flintstones - Little Golden Book Cover

In 1961, Little Golden Books published their first book about the Flintstones.
Flinstones  - LBG Opening Shot

A few years before Pebbles was born, the Flintstones were Fred, Wilma, and Junior. While grilling, a little dinosaur snuck up and ate every hamburger that Fred had cooked. Fred was furious, but Junior thought the little dinosaur was adorable. After pleading with him, Fred gave in and let Junior keep the little dinosaur as a pet.
Flintstones - Junior and Harvey

Junior named him Harvey and built him a dinosaur house. Harvey was happy, but the more Junior fed him, the more Harvey grew.
Flintstones - Giant Harvey

Harvey grew so large that finally, Fred put his foot down and sent Harvey away. A few days later, Fred was fishing in a little row boat when a storm suddenly appeared and capsized his boat.
Flintstones - Fred's Boat Sinking

Harvey saw that Fred was in trouble and rescued him. After this, Fred decided that having a giant dinosaur for a pet wasn’t so bad after all.
Flintstones - Harvey the Dinosaur - Final page

And, they all lived happily ever after? Yeah, right! What do you think this is – a cartoon? While Fred and Wilma became famous, Junior and Harvey were never heard from again. Inquiring minds want to know – what happened to Junior and Harvey?
Flintstones - Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm

We interviewed Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm, but they claimed that they’ve never heard of Junior or Harvey. I don’t trust any of the Flintstones, but Pebbles may be telling the truth since she wasn’t born until 1963.

We also interviewed Fred Flintstone, but he is old and unfortunately his memory is fading. So, he was no help.
Rip Van Flintstone

The mystery remains regarding The Flintstones – what happened to Fred Flintstone, Junior?


Flintstones - Junior Flintstone - Milk Carton

If you have any information about Junior’s final fate, please contact any of The Retroist staff.

Dennis Quaid - The Right Stuff

Audible Presents The Right Stuff – Narrated By Dennis Quaid!

Dennis Quaid is an actor that I have longed admired. While in fact one of my favorite roles of his is 1987’s Innerspace. The often overlooked science fiction comedy by the legendary Joe Dante. It was 1984’s Dreamscape where I first was introduced to Dennis Quaid proper!

[Via] Scream Factory TV

In all honesty I had seen Dennis Quaid before thanks to catching 1979’s Breaking Away at our local drive-in. I of course just didn’t realize it was him at the time. The same is true for when docudrama of Tom Wolfe’s The Right Stuff hit home video.
Dennis Quaid - The Right Stuff Poster

Now I’ve certainly been a nut for space exploration ever since I was a little kid – thanks to Star Trek and of course Star Wars. But with 1983’s The Right Stuff I began to see how truly incredible the space race truly was. The men who would become heroes, who would of course prove they had the right stuff.

In the film, Dennis Quaid portrayed Gordon Cooper. Who would pilot the final Mercury spaceflight in 1963. Furthermore he was the first “American to sleep in space” during said 34-hour mission. As well as sitting in the command chair for the Gemini 5 in 1965.
Dennis Quaid - Gordon Cooper - NASA

In fact Dennis Quaid’s favorite of the Mercury Seven was indeed Gordon Cooper!

[Via] The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

So imagine my delight when Audible contacted us here at the Retroist Vault this afternoon. To let us know they were releasing The Right Stuff tomorrow, featuring narration by Dennis Quaid.

Dennis Quaid - The Right Stuff - Audible
Here is the press release:
“Audible Inc., the world’s largest producer and provider of audiobooks and other spoken-word entertainment, today announced the release of Tom Wolfe’s best-selling adventure story The Right Stuff, performed by dramatic and comedic actor Dennis Quaid, who also starred in the 1983 epic film adaptation. The Audible book, available for the first time in digital audio, can now be downloaded exclusively from Audible at www.audible.com/therightstuff.

The Right Stuff is a breathtaking space epic that explores the minds and courageous spirits of the first American astronauts to conquer space. In the National Book Award for Nonfiction winner, Wolfe channels the inner life of the astronauts with almost uncanny, empathetic powers that have generated critical acclaim since the book’s 1979 release.

“Recording The Right Stuff for Audible – my very first audiobook recording – was both a familiar and entirely new thing for me,” said Quaid. “I enjoyed revisiting the story after my role in the film, but reading it aloud by myself in a studio without the aid of costumes, props, or other actors to play off of was different than anything I had ever done before. It was a fun and challenging experience, and I think listeners will enjoy my interpretation.”

“Dennis Quaid’s indelible performance as Gordon Cooper in the film was an early landmark in a storied career, and his nuanced interpretation of each character in the Audible edition of The Right Stuff is just as rewarding,” said Audible EVP and Publisher Beth Anderson. “Whether you’ve been a fan of the book for decades or an Audible connoisseur looking for your next great listen, this is title is an absolute must-have for your library.”

With a 30-day membership trial at Audible, new listeners can enjoy any one audiobook, including this performance of The Right Stuff, free.”

So hop on over to Audible to pre-order your copy today!

While you are waiting for The Right Stuff to be released. Why not watch one of the best moments from Dennis Quaid from the 1983 film?

[Via] CSHM

Disney Storytime Collection - No 1 - Snow White

Recall The Walt Disney Storytime Collection?

The other day I was doing a bit of research for the Diary of an Arcade Employee Facebook page. I was actually looking up some British gaming magazines, in particular a publication known as TV Gamer. That is of course when I stumbled on a most interesting advertisement indeed. An ad for the Walt Disney Storytime Collection – a magazine and cassette tape from 1984.
Disney Storytime Collection - Advertisement

As you can certainly read in that advertisement. The Walt Disney Storytime Collection offered fans all manner of Disney treats. Coloring pages as well as puzzles and it appears that stickers were included too. Add to that stories taken from different Disney shorts and movies in serialized form.

On top of everything of course you have the likes of Dame Penelope Keith, John Alderton, and Paul Daneman narrating said stories. This to say the very least was an incredible pool of actors. Dame Penelope Keith is best known for To the Manor Born as well as Good Neighbors. With John Alderton appearing in Zardoz and Upstairs, Downstairs. Paul Daneman was probably best known for his role in 1964’s Zulu with Michael Cane and Not in Front of the Children.

[Via] Readers Digest UK

Furthermore this naturally forced me to head to YouTube in the hopes of finding a video. Sadly those hopes were dashed but at the very least I was able to stumble on some images of the magazines itself.
Disney Storytime Collection - Mickey's Holiday

It probably goes without saying that the 24 issue run of the Walt Disney Storytime Collection was only published in the UK. The publisher appears to be Whinfrey Strachan and in addition they produced 2 specials.
Disney Storytime Collection - Page 1
Disney Storytime Collection - Mickey page 2

I know that it certainly isn’t part of the Walt Disney Storytime Collection…


But how about you take a few minutes to enjoy The Haunted House? From the Fisher-Price library of storytapes and books?

[Via] Rush Mojo