Tuesday, May 25, 2010

1979 article on "The Star Wars Holiday Special"

From issue #19 of Starlog Magazine, published in February of 1979, comes this cover article on one of the darkest chapters in Star Wars history... the legendarily-bad "Star Wars Holiday Special." (See an earlier post on it here from another of my blogs.) Many might want to forget it, but as Master Po said to Grasshopper, "We do not learn by forgetting."
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Bea Arthur is easily the scariest of any of the denizens in the cantina.

"Yes, son, we are your father Chewbacca's dirty little secret. Never forget that."

Whenever the pain of contemplating "The Phantom Menace" threatens to overwhelm you, recall this and you will be comforted.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

1973 Mad Spoof On Apes Movies

The collection cabinets open this time to bring forth issue #157 of Mad magazine, published in March of 1973. By this time there were four films in the Apes series, with another in the works to be released the following year, with a TV series soon after that. Enjoy this Mort Drucker-drawn overview of the films titled "The Milking Of The Planet That Went Ape."

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Bonus: Below, an ad I clipped from a newspaper sometime around 1974.

Bonus: below, a unique photo of McDowell as Cornelius in a rare good mood; most likely thinking of his fiancee, Zira.

Below is one of my pencil drawings of Galen from the TV series, drawn in 1974 sometime, probably while in homeroom. I was big into Apes that year!

Saturday, May 8, 2010

More Sci-Fi Book covers

As a young boy and teen I devoured the old science fiction novels I picked up at the used bookstore. Here are a few of the cool covers from some off my bookshelf...

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Burl realised he should have been suspicious of a videophone booth way out here.

Spreading his arms like the robot did nothing to help him get away faster.

G'nrex had 500 quatloos riding on this guy and he wasn't about to let him rabbit.

As he faded away, Sam knew he shouldn't have tried to put the space fireflies in a bottle.