Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Darth Vader & Boba Fett Autograph

This is one of my favorite autographs in my collection. Way back in 1997 I was very excited to get Dave Prowse's autograph at The Pittsburgh Comicon. In 2006, Jeremy Bulloch signed the same photo at the Twisted Nightmare Weekend. Now all I need is Billy Dee Williams.

Monday, May 28, 2007

Comic Actor Charles Nelson Reilly Dies at 76

Charles Nelson Reilly, who acted and directed on Broadway but came to be best known for his campy television appearances on talk shows and “Match Game,” died on Friday in Los Angeles. He was 76 and lived in Beverly Hills.

The cause was complications of pneumonia, said his partner, Patrick Hughes, who is his only immediate survivor. Mr. Reilly had been ill for more than a year, he said.

Read the full story here.

My personal memories of Mr. Reilly in the 1970's are as a panelist on The Match Game and as Hoo Doo The Magician on the Sid & Marty Krofft show Lidsville.

Most recently, he was the voice of The Dirty Bubble, enemy of Mermaidman and Barnacleboy on SpongeBob Squarepants.

Here's a small zip file featuring--

1. Lidsville Theme
2. Lidsville Closing
3. Match Game '77
4. Match Game '79

Click below to download.

--> CNR <--

Your Star Wars Name And Title

Your Star Wars Name And Title

Your Star Wars Name: Eribo Wiakr

Your Star Wars Title: Ranche of Ynnig

Saturday, May 26, 2007

Thousands on Hand for 'Star Wars' 30th

AOL Entertainment News has posted a story about the first day of Star Wars Celebration IV.

Vader Goes To The Mall

Back in the late 70's, Darth Vader and a Jawa made an appearance at, I think, Summit Mall here in Akron. I remember my parents took me and my brother to see them and my dad took these (bad) photos. I don't remember much about it though. I'm sure I was excited to see them.

Friday, May 25, 2007

Me And Uncle Owen

Some years ago (I think it was around 2000), a local comic book store had a "meet and greet" with Phil Brown, who played Uncle Owen in the original Star Wars movie. I'm glad I got to meet him, he passed away February 9, 2006.

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Death Star™ Space Station

Here's a picture of my brother, Scott™, unwrapping his birthday present in the late 70's (he got all the cool gifts). Below are more pages from the original catalogs that came with the toys."Help Luke™, Ben™, Chewbacca™ and Han Solo™ rescue Princess Leia™ from Darth Vader™. Manual elevator takes figures to any of the four floors. Top floor has an exploding laser cannon, third floor contains a manually operated light bridge, second floor houses the control area and the first floor features the famous Trash Compactor.--complete with removable garbage and Trash Monster! Over 22" tall. Figures not included. Assembly Required""Exciting play environment simulates DEATH STAR SPACE STATION. Features manual elevator, exploding laser cannon, "Light Bridge" with escape rope and trash compactor with foam garbage. Action Figures not included. Assembly required."

Monday, May 21, 2007

Shameless Self Promotion

I posted some auctions on eBay. Mostly Star Wars trading cards. Please buy my stuff :)
eBay Stuff

Sunday, May 20, 2007

Star Wars Stamps - Vote Today!

© 2007 USPS. All Rights Reserved

Go to the USPS Jedi Master website and vote for your favorite stamp. Hurry! Voting ends May 23.

The commemorative stamps feature images from all six movies in the Star Wars saga: Luke Skywalker; Han Solo and Chewbacca; Princess Leia Organa with R2-D2; C-3PO; Yoda; Queen Padmé Amidala; Obi-Wan Kenobi as seen in Episodes IV through VI; Anakin Skywalker battling Obi-Wan Kenobi; Darth Vader; Emperor Palpatine; Darth Maul; Imperial Stormtroopers; Boba Fett; the Millennium Falcon; and an X-wing fighter. The stamps will be released at a first-day-of-issue ceremony on Friday, May 25, at Star Wars Celebration IV, the biggest Star Wars event in the galaxy, at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

Of the 15 images on the Star Wars stamp sheet, the Postal Service is inviting the public to vote on its favorite. The stamp receiving the most votes will be honored with the issuance of a single stamp, which will be for sale later this summer.

The design of the sheet of 15 stamps includes the Star Wars logo and background images of a space battle, including a Star Destroyer, TIE fighters, X-wing fighters, and the second Death Star under construction, as seen in Return of the Jedi. The background also includes the lightsaber-wielding form of Darth Vader, whose helmet comprises the largest of the 15 stamps.

The back of the stamp sheet includes extensive text describing the dramatic roles that each featured character or vehicle plays in the Star Wars saga.

Star Wars stamp artist Drew Struzan's paintings have delighted audiences around the world for a quarter century. Whether he paints album covers, advertising, collectibles, book covers, or his famous movie posters, his strong visual design, draftsmanship, good taste, and immediately recognizable style always produce a memorable and lasting piece of art. Anyone who has seen his work will remember his paintings for E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, Star Wars, the Indiana Jones series, the Back to the Future series, Police Academy, the Muppet movies and Hook.

Friday, May 18, 2007

Droid Factory

These scans come from my brother Scott. He still has some of the old Star Wars catalogs that came with the toys and some some of the instructions. The Droid Factory came out in 1979 with a Star Wars box and was re-released in 1980 with an Empire Strikes Back box. It came with blueprints to build several different droids including a three-legged R2-D2. Also included was an order form in case any of the many pieces were missing or broken. You can read more about it here.

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Star Wars 30th Anniversary

This month marks the 30th anniversary of the release of Star Wars. I was 10 years old when it premiered and probably saw it about 10 times during it's original theatrical release. My brother and I had most of the toys, comics, posters and anything else relating to Star Wars. I'm gonna try to make a few Star Wars posts before the month ends. First up is a Star Wars Burger Chef commercial from 1977. There was a Burger Chef restaurant near where we lived and I remember having all of these posters hanging in my bedroom.

For more Star Wars fun, check out these blogs--

Neato Coolville
John Rozum
Dartman's World Of Wonder

Friday, May 11, 2007

Howard The Duck OST

I had a request for the Howard The Duck (1986) soundtrack, so here it is. I don't care what anyone else says, I enjoy this movie :)

Track Listing

1. Hunger City - Dolby's Cube feat. Cherry Bomb (vocals: Lea Thompson)
2. Howard the Duck - Dolby's Cube feat. Cherry Bomb (vocals: Lea Thompson, background vocals: George Clinton, guitar: Joe Walsh)
3. Don't Turn Away - Thomas Dolby, harmonica: Stevie Wonder
4. It Don't Come Cheap - Dolby's Cube feat. Cherry Bomb (vocals: Lea Thompson, guitar: Joe Walsh)
5. I'm On My Way - Thomas Dolby
6. Lullaby of Duckland - John Barry
7. Journey To Earth - John Barry
8. You're the Duckiest - John Barry
9. Ultralight Flight - John Barry
10. Beddy-Bye for Howard - John Barry
11. Dark Overlord - John Barry

Click below to download--

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Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Pittsburgh Comicon Photos

Here's some photos from The Pittsburgh Comicon. To see all of the photos, visit my flickr page.

T-shirt by comic legend George Perez.

Star Wars Chewbacca - Peter Mayhew.
Artist Mike Grell's autograph.

Monster stuff I bought for $7.00.

Martian Manhunter and Aquaman (thanks to paulv70 from The Pittsburgh Comicon Yahoo! Group for letting me use some of his photos).

1980 issue of The Hulk magazine autographed by artist Joe Jusko.

Superfreeks cards by artist RAK.

Colorist Tom Smith (above) and artist Neil Vokes and writer Bob Tinnell (below). All three are members of The Universal Monster Army. If you are a fan of classic monster movies and all the toys that go with them, I suggest you join this group. Neil and Bob are the creators of several horror comics, such as The Black Forest, which I bought from them and hope to read soon.
My 14 year old son, Kenny, and my 6 year old nephew, Seth, swimming in the hotel pool.

The End!

Sunday, May 06, 2007

Gay Purr-ee OST

Here's the soundtrack to the 1962 animated movie Gay Purr-ee.

Track Listing

1. Gay Purr-ee Overture - Judy Garland
2. Mewsette - Robert Goulet
3. Little Drops of Rain - Judy Garland
4. The Money Cat - Paul Frees & The Mellow Men
5. Portrait of Mewsette - The Orchestra
6. Take My Hand, Paree - Judy Garland
7. Paris Is a Lonely Town - Judy Garland
8. Bubbles - Robert Goulet, Red Buttons & The Mellow Men
9. Roses Red, Violets Blue - Judy Garland
10. Little Drops of Rain (Reprise) - Robert Goulet
11. Variation: "Paris Is a Lonely Town" - The Orchestra
12. The Horse Won't Talk - Paul Frees
13. Mewsette Finale - Judy Garland, Robert Goulet & The Chorus
14. Little Drops of Rain (Demo) - Harold Arlen
15. Roses Red, Violets Blue (Demo) - Harold Arlen & E.Y. "Yip" Harburg
16. The Horse Won't Talk (Demo) - Harold Arlen
17. Money Cat (Demo) - Harold Arlen & E.Y. "Yip" Harburg
18. Paris Is a Lonely Town (Demo) - Harold Arlen

Click the link below to download--

--> Gay Purr-ee <--

The Monster Squad Coming To DVD

The 1987 movie "The Monster Squad" is finally coming to DVD on July 24. It will be a 2 disc 20th anniversary edition. It's about damn time!!!

Friday, May 04, 2007

National Scrapbooking Day

Besides being Free Comic Book Day, tomorrow, May 5, is also National Scrapbooking Day. You can combine the two "holidays" by making a Marvel Comics scrapbook courtesy of EK Success. Coming this month is a full line of dimensional stickers, albums and double-sided paper featuring Spider-Man, Wolverine, The Incredible Hulk, Daredevil, Captain America and The Fantastic Four.