Saturday, February 28, 2015

R.I.P. Dick Bakalyan


From actor Mike McGreevey who appeared with him in several Disney films in the 1970s comes word of the passing of consummate character actor Dick Bakalyan, perhaps seen most this past year on the hugely-hyped BATMAN box set as he appeared in no less than SIX different roles on that series including the "Martian" seen here.

R.I.P. 

Friday, February 27, 2015

Put Down Your Pencils! The Contest is Over!


At the stroke of midnight, my wife--standing in for the cat who was outside in 13 degree temps doing who knows what!--closed her eyes, meowed and pawed at the winners one by one. And here they are:

Copy # 1--Eric Stettmeier
Copy # 2--Tom Vincent
Copy # 3--Nicholas Prom
Copy # 4--Dan Longe
Copy # 5--Brian Dobbelaere


Congratulations to all five winners! Your copies of HAUNTED HORROR # 15 will go out tomorrow. Remember! If you like it, hit up your local comic shop on a regular basis for more pre-Code sickness! And while you're at it, check out the other great Yoe Books regular comic title, WEIRD LOVE, for even more wackiness!

We'd appreciate it of you stop back here at the blog from time to time as well, and check out our 11 other blogs!!! Thanks to all for entering! More contests coming soon!

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Hurry! Limited Time Offer! Haunted Horror Giveaway!


I find myself with 5 extra copies of the latest issue of HAUNTED HORROR, the Ghastly Award winning comic book series from Yoe Books that reprints some of Dr. Wertham's worst nightmares out of 1950s comics! If you like horror comics but haven't yet tried HAUNTED HORROR, here's your chance to score one of these 5 copies free and easy!

Send me your name and snail mail address via email to booksteve@aol.com. Subject line should mention HAUNTED HORROR. This post is going up at midnight ET on Wednesday night/Thursday morning. Tomorrow night at midnight, the first 5 names drawn at random by my cat get a copy. All copies will be mailed first thing Friday morning (weather permitting).

Multiple entries will be disqualified. No purchase necessary. Offer valid in the continental US only. (Sorry.)

See you back here tomorrow night with the names of the winners!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Charlton Arrow # 4


Coming soonish! THE CHARLTON ARROW # 4. You'll note my name on the cover for the first time since issue # 1. This time I take a look at the relatively short teen idol years of Bobby Sherman, star of his own Charlton comic book back in the proverbial day!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Don Marlowe


This guy was quite the con artist. A very small time actor in the 1950s, in 1968 he published his memoirs which repeated his oft-told claim of having been Porky in the Our Gang comedies. Since, by his own admission, he was born in 1919, this would have made him 16 when Porky was in the series as Buckwheat's partner in crime and sometimes Spanky's "little" brother. Of course, the fact that it was common knowledge that Eugene Lee was Porky never stopped his claims. 

Marlowe also claimed to have befriended Bela Lugosi for 3 decades, acting as his "unofficial" agent. He also claimed at one point to have test footage from Lugosi's aborted version of FRANKENSTEIN!

Not to be outdone by that claim, he also claimed to have Karloff's unpublished memoirs which he intended to publish!

His book was hyped with the claims of how he knew old Hollywood better than anyone because HE was there...as it went on to mis-identify people in photos and stories left and right. 

Idiot.



Monday, February 23, 2015

Circus '70


In 1970, Cincinnati's Coney Island opened up a wonderful-smelling, air-conditioned puppet theater that ran a show called Sid and Marty Krofft's Circus '70. What did Sid and Marty Krofft have to do with it? I don't know. They were busy in Hollywood, putting on their psychedelic TV series like HR PUFNSTUF, LIDSVILLE and THE BUGALOOS, all of which would, at one time or another, be represented in this theater over the couple of years it was there before the entire theme park closed. 

Did Sid train the puppeteers perhaps? Or at least supervise their hiring? (It would have been Sid because I've learned from working with Kathleen on her book that Marty was the business guy. Sid was the creative guy.)

It became Kaleidoscope a year later but continued on with a marvelously clever and entertaining puppet show. Other Krofft presentations appeared at other amusement parks but the idea did not follow on to the then-new Kings Island when Coney Island closed. 

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Best of Booksteve on Facebook


Between dealing with our local version of Snowmageddon as well as several deadline jobs this week so postings have been sparse and may continue to be for a bit. Feel free to check out this public link to my "Best of" Facebook Timeline posts. As you can see, this album covers a lot of ground.