Fabulous Find: The California Pelican from 1965

It is just about impossible to determine when and where the very first write-up on the still new and very cool Marvel Comics of the sixties was published, but in this week's Fabulous Find, I just might have found one of the very first, if not the actual first publication.  I don't know for sure, but I do know that this … [Read more...]

Fabulous Find: Spider Man by The Human Beingz

Welcome back to a new Fabulous Find.  Hope I didn't throw you off by posting RETRO REVIEWS two weeks in a row!  This week I have not visited the comic vault though, I've gone into my record collection again and excavated a single, or if you prefer a 45.  You know, one of those small, 7 inch records, with the big hole … [Read more...]

Fabulous Find: Frantic # 1 October 1958

This week I'm going back, back, back, way back ... to 1958, for the first issue of Frantic! for my Fabulous Find.  It was published by Pierce Publishing Corporation out of New York City.  And it appears to be inspired by none other than MAD Magazine.  Mad started up in 1952 and Frantic appeared on the newsstands in the … [Read more...]

The Most Disturbing Spinning Top We’ve Seen

This children's toy was produced by a German toy company called LBZ in 1961, and it's in gorgeous shape! However, even for a clown-related toy, we still think it's mighty unsettling.  Eyes rolling up in his head while a bug crawls across his face...it's the sort of thing that scares us awake in the middle of the … [Read more...]

Fond Memories of Forrest Ackerman

Often times, when the name Forrest Ackerman comes up, the standard response from the crowd is “who’s that?” But, to those of us in the know, who first began collecting comics and monster stuff in the 1970’s, it is a name that will most often draw a smile and a fond memory. For me if it were not for Forry Ackerman … [Read more...]

Cool Find: Physical Culture Magazine October 1920

One of my favorite parts of this job is getting to dig through piles of old stuff and find something that doesn't necessarily have any monetary value, but gives me a glimpse into the past.  How people thought, or what the prevailing social norms were. This week, a copy of Physical Culture magazine from October, 1920 … [Read more...]

Fire Prevention 1927!

"Here's the cause of fully 50% of the fires," say the Fire Chiefs in this 1927 brochure. What's the cause? Rubbish, trash, paper, rags & etc. found around the home! Lucky for us, the brochure goes on to extoll the virtues of the solution to this problem: Burn that trash inside your home! Barney J. Houston, Fire … [Read more...]

The Horde Approaches!

Dungeons and Dragons RPG miniatures from a recent online auction. … [Read more...]

Haunted House By Ideal (1962)

This nifty little treasure came through the shop last week, so I took the chance to get some closeups! "Haunted House" was a board game produced by Ideal in 1962, and gave four players a tour of a ghostly mansion full of traps and spooky surprises.  By modern standards, the fright factor is laughable, but the … [Read more...]

Then & Now: Action Comics #1

Action Comics #1, for those who may not know, is the first appearance of Superman.  Created by Joe Shuster & Jerry Siegel, this comic debuted with a 200,000 copy print run in 1938 with a cover price of ten cents.  It's likely the most recognizable classic comics cover, and has been reproduced and imitated countless … [Read more...]

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