Saturday, March 29, 2008

Frankenstein View-Master Part II

Back on Oct. 28 I made a post about the Frankenstein View-Master by GAF from 1976. I included scans of the packet and the read-along booklet. But, I couldn't copy the frames from the reels. Thanks to blog-reader Neal Snow for copying most of the frames and giving me permission to use them (frames one through four are missing). I've included the captions from the reels under each picture. Here's Neal's original message --

My Frankenstein reels are not the best in quality, but here they are anyways.
To see the images at full size, click once, then click on "zoom".
BTW, feel free to grab these and post them here if nobody comes up with any better images.

Thanks again Neal. If I ever find the first four frames, I'll add them to this post.

(This cover is different than mine)

A1 Dr. Frankenstein, his wife and son were happy...

A2 ...until the day lightning struck their tree.

A3 As Frankenstein watched the tree burn...

A4 ...the lightning's power gave him an idea.

A5 He was building a man in his laboratory.

A6 He invented a lightning machine.

A7 Its power brought the monster to life!

B1 The man walked! Frankenstein shrank in fear.

B2 The monster lurched by them and escaped.

B3 He hid in the woods beside a cottage.

B4 He peeked in the window at the family...

B5 ...a blind man and his two grandchildren.

B6 The boy, in fear, struck the monster!

B7 "You're a beast for creating me, Doctor!"

C1 He followed the Doctor's son to a cliff.

C2 Frankenstein saved the boy just in time!

C3 The monster spied on the Doctor, then...

C4 ...seized his wife, Elizabeth!

C5 She fell over the cliff to her death.

C6 The Doctor lured the monster to his lab.

C7 Lightning struck the castle and destroyed it!

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Hoppy Easter!

Check out Rakka's Flickr set for some cool Easter eggs.

More great Easter music over at Music You (Possibly) Won't Hear Anyplace Else.

You can still get the 1975 children's Easter album Here Comes Peter Cottontail over at Dartman's World Of Wonder.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Easter Mix 2008

I posted an Easter mix last year, but that file is long gone. This year's mix includes the 14 tracks from last year plus more. The first 15 tracks on this mix I ripped from CD's myself. The only new one is Easter Parade by Frank Sinatra. The rest of the tunes I downloaded from other blogs (I hope they don't mind me including them). Tracks 16 and 17 originally came from Fudgeland. Tracks 18-24 came from Music You (Possibly) Won't Hear Anyplace Else. And tracks 25-29 are from The 2007 365 Days Project.

Track Listing

1. Another Easter Day - Veggie Tales
2. Another Easter Day (Reprise) - Veggie Tales
3. Easter Parade - Judy Garland, Fred Astaire & Chorus
4. Happy Easter - Fred Astaire & Chorus
5. Easter Parade - Bing Crosby
6. Egbert, The Easter Egg - Betty Clooney & The Sandpipers
7. Easter Parade - Frank Sinatra
8. Easter - Bob Hope
9. Easter Parade - Gene Autry
10. (Here Comes) Peter Cottontail - Gene Autry
11. Easter Parade - Guy Lombardo
12. It's Easter Time - Mouseketeer Ensemble
13. My Easter Rubber Duck - Roberts & Katz
14. Easter Parade - Andy Russell
15. Easter Monday On The White House Lawn - United States Marine Band
16. Egbert, The Easter Egg - Roy Rogers
17. Peter Cottontail - Roy Rogers
18. Easter Parade - Rosemary Clooney & The Mellowmen
19. Funny Little Bunnies - The Cricketts w/ The Peter Pan Orch.
20. Here Comes Peter Cotton Claus - Alex Houston & Elmer
21. Silly Easter Bonnet - Linda Barrie & The Peter Pan Orch.
22. My Choc'late Rabbit - Rosemary Clooney & Tony Mottola
23. Peter Cottontail - Swing & Sway with Sammy Kaye
24. Eggbert, The Easter Egg - Ray Heatherton
25. Get Dressed Up For Easter Day - CRC (Commercial Recording Corp.)
26. Get Ready For The Easter Parade - CRC
27. Here's Where To Start Your Easter Parade - CRC
28. Step Into Easter - CRC
29. The Latest Easter Ware - CRC

Click the link below to download --

--> Easter Mix 2008 <--

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

“Aren’t you a little short for a stormtrooper?”

I was checking out The Official Star Wars Blog and and found these articles. Enjoy.

OMG, Luke is Sooo Wrong!
We never really noticed how often Luke is way off the mark on more than a few of his assumptions. But now that the crafty fans at YTMND have added big buzzer noises and “wrong!” screams into the dialog, it’s all the more obvious.

Watch for yourselves here:
YTMD - Can Luke get ANYTHING right?

Finding the Quizbook Master
Rusty Miller has been found!

Anyone who was around for the original trilogy back in the '70s and '80s might recall the name Rusty Miller -- you know, that 11-year-old fan prodigy who compiled a list of 425 Star Wars trivia questions for The Jedi Master's Quizbook back in 1982.

Read the full story, including an interview, here.

Star Wars Merch That Never Was
Oh man, we sure wish some of these rejected product ideas pitched by Pepsi back in 1999 had seen the light of day — an AT-AT chair caddy? A Han in Carbonite mini-fridge? Princess Leia headphones? And the best of all, a Jabba the Hutt beanbag chair? The company did end up releasing some pretty cool life-size statues of Jar-Jar, Darth Maul, Yoda, and Watto, but come on, they couldn’t throw in a Jedi Mood Ring?

Let’s hope it’s not too late for some of these inspired ideas to eventually come down the pike. Until then, head on over to to check them out.

Dave Stevens, RIP

We've lost another great talent in the comic book world.

From Mark Evanier's News From Me blog --

Illustrator Dave Stevens, best known for his "good girl" art and The Rocketeer, died yesterday [March 10] following a long, wrenching battle with Leukemia. Dave was born July 29, 1955 in Lynwood, California. He was raised in Portland, Oregon, then his family relocated to San Diego, where he attended San Diego City College and became involved in the early days of the San Diego Comic Book Convention, now known as the Comic-Con International. His skills as an artist were instantly evident to all, and he was encouraged by darn near every professional artist who attended the early cons, but especially by Jack Kirby and Russ Manning. In 1975, when Manning began editing a line of Tarzan comic books to be published in Europe, Dave got his first professional assignment, working on those comics and also assisting Russ with the Tarzan newspaper strip. Soon after, he worked on a few projects for Marvel (including the Star Wars comic book) and a number of underground comics. Later, he also worked with Russ on the Star Wars newspaper strip.

Read the full story here.

For more about Dave Stevens, check out the following links --

Dave Stevens Official Website
Dave Stevens at Wikipedia
Dave Stevens at IMDb

Saturday, March 08, 2008

Wacky Pack Flashback

Topps recently released a set of stickers called Wacky Pack Flashback.The basic set features 72 stickers reprinting some of the classic Wacky Packages from the 60's, 70's and 80's with new psychedelic borders plus a subset of "Lost Wackys".The special inserts include four levels of border parallels. Odds of finding a parallel card: Green Fluorescent (1:3 packs); Hot Pink Fluorescent (1:6); Silver (1:12); Gold (1:204).The other special insert is a set of ten Lenticular Motion Cards (1:12).There are also six different Bonus Stickers. Stinky, Burger Thing and G.I.Toe can be found in blister packs. Mr. Stubble in Toys R Us Bonus Boxes. Peter Panic in Target Bonus Boxes. Kid Kud in Wal-Mart Bonus Boxes.So far, I've bought two Target Bonus Boxes and five single packs. I have one full set of the basic cards, two of the Motion Cards (and one extra) and the Target Bonus Sticker. I'm not even going to attempt to collect the parallel cards.We're in the middle of a blizzard here in NE Ohio, so buying more packs will have to wait. I hope to get the other Bonus Stickers and some more Motion Cards before I turn to eBay for the others.All of the photos in this post come from the website Lost Wackys. Be sure to check it out for everything you ever wanted to know about Wacky Packages (old or new).If you just want to see the page about the Flashback series click here.Here's the Motion Card Land-O-Quakes in action--
YouTube video courtesy of ncbratzlers. Click the name to see more Motion Cards.

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Dungeons & Dragons Co-Creator Gary Gygax, RIP

I played Dungeons & Dragons for most of the 1980's with my brother and friends. We used to get together on weekends and play for hours. Two of my favorite characters that I created were Brister Firethorn, a dwarf fighter and Spry Brusque, a human thief. I still have my books and dice somewhere. Here's the story from AOL News --

MILWAUKEE (AP) - Gary Gygax, who co-created the fantasy game Dungeons & Dragons and is widely seen as the father of the role-playing games, died Tuesday morning at his home in Lake Geneva. He was 69. He had been suffering from health problems for several years, including an abdominal aneurysm, said his wife, Gail Gygax.

Gygax and Dave Arneson developed Dungeons & Dragons in 1974 using medieval characters and mythical creatures. The game known for its oddly shaped dice became a hit, particularly among teenage boys, and eventually was turned into video games, books and movies.

Gygax always enjoyed hearing from the game's legion of devoted fans, many of whom would stop by the family's home in Lake Geneva, about 55 miles southwest of Milwaukee, his wife said. Despite his declining health, he hosted weekly games of Dungeons & Dragons as recently as January, she said.

"It really meant a lot to him to hear from people from over the years about how he helped them become a doctor, a lawyer, a policeman, what he gave them," Gail Gygax said. "He really enjoyed that."

Dungeons & Dragons players create fictional characters and carry out their adventures with the help of complicated rules. The quintessential geek pastime, it spawned a wealth of copycat games and later inspired a whole genre of computer games that's still growing in popularity.

Born Ernest Gary Gygax, he grew up in Chicago and moved to Lake Geneva at the age of 8. Gygax's father, a Swiss immigrant who played violin in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, read fantasy books to his only son and hooked him on the genre, Gail Gygax said.

Gygax dropped out of high school but took anthropology classes at the University of Chicago for a while, she said. He was working as an insurance underwriter in the 1960s, when he began playing war-themed board games.

But Gygax wanted to create a game that involved more fantasy. To free up time to work on that, he left the insurance business and became a shoe repairman, she said.

Gygax also was a prolific writer and wrote dozens of fantasy books, including the Greyhawk series of adventure novels.

Gary Sandelin, 32, a Manhattan attorney, said his weekly Dungeons & Dragons game will be a bit sadder on Wednesday night because of Gygax's passing. The beauty of the game is that it's never quite the same, he said.

Funeral arrangements are pending. Besides his wife, Gygax is survived by six children.

For more info check out the following links --

Gary Gygax on Wikipedia
Gary Gygax on IMDb
Dungeons & Dragons on Wikipedia
Dungeons & Dragons Official Home Page on
TSR, Inc. on Wikipedia
D & D Wiki