A little more than 5 years ago, in one of my early blog posts, I told the story of THE POPEYE SHOW, the last of many years worth of kiddie matinees I attended, circa 1972. That original post can be found here: http://booksteveslibrary.blogspot.com/2005/10/frankenstein-meets-popeye.html .
Well this past week, through the magic of Facebook, I rediscovered the person who attended that long ago show with me and not only were his memories of the event slightly different than mine...he had pictures!
In my mind, there were just a couple of guys in monster suits stalking through the audience between ULTRAMAN episodes and POPEYE cartoons. These photos, courtesy of Terry H, we see that there was, in fact, a stage show that I have blocked completely from memory. Seeing the costumes, I think I understand why.
I lightened up and cropped the dark photos for inclusion here but in case you can't tell, there really was a Popeye along with Frankenstein's monster, Mighty Mouse, an extremely low-rent Ultraman, someone I am told was supposed to be the Pink Panther and Heckle...or Jeckle.