I vaguely remember the "Survival Series For Kids" books from my pre to early teen years. There were at least 2 dozen or more separate collections on topics such as hanging around with the wrong crowd, earning your allowance, making your own meals (don't slurp your soup!), and OMG-- please do something else besides watch TV... etc! I guess the one entry that struck home the loudest for me (besides standing up straight!) was Don't Overdo (it) With Video Games!
Reading it again 30+ years later, it makes a lot more sense than it probably did when I was a know-it-all early 80's teenager, and as with most things presented here at AEET, the stuff we tend to focus on more than any of the moral rights and wrongs, priorities and / or habits / addictions, is the wonderful artwork-- and QUIRK-A QUIRK-A TWEETZ BREEEP! --this book illustrated by Bartholomew is simply packed full of it! Ultra loose, incredibly energetic, Paul Coker Jr. / Jared Lee inspired, arcadian fun and awesomeness awaits you on practically every other page!
So come with us now as our GORP obsessed lil buddy, Chris, plumbs the vilest depths of video gaming sin: isolating himself from his friends, lying to his dad, stealing money from his mom's purse, and overall just taking hilariously bad advice from a presumably invisible Pac Man ghost! Can he be saved? Will his high score be beaten?!! Will he ditch church and instead head to the arcade! You'll have to come back for PART TWO in our next post for the answers-- but for now, plunk in a quarter and focus, you might learn a thing or two!
(TO BE CONTINUED...)
Tuesday, June 27, 2017
Thursday, June 22, 2017
Another recent antique mall find was this 20 page program from the 1979 Broadway smash hit, Sugar Babies, starring Mickey Rooney and Ann Miller. It's full of fun black and white photos from the show (gorgeous chorus girl overload!), but nothing beats those colorfully cute, leggy little sugar babies on the cover, illustrated by the great Hilary Knight; an artist probably best known for his wonderful visuals behind the 50's Eloise kid's book series, as well as countless other memorable magazines, album covers, and advertising.
Saturday, June 17, 2017
I recently found A Pop Hit Card from the 50's for $1 at an antique mall. It's a postcard 45 record (look close and you can see the grooves) that plays FEVER by Peggy Lee on one side, just like those cool cereal box singles from the 70's. Fun artwork and funny message from the sender on the back, it was originally mailed to someone in DeSoto, MO in 1959.
Friday, June 9, 2017
Saturday, May 27, 2017
A very funny, and very sexy, 6 page Archies styled Rolling Stones parody (plus faux cover) by Stan Goldberg himself for the March 1975 debut issue of Apple Pie Magazine Vol. 1 #1. You will seriously never look at Betty and Veronica the same again after this one, guaranteed! And check out my other blog HERE for another, though very different, crazy ass (literally) story from this insanely inspired 70's National Lampoon mag wannabe. I'll have a couple more stories from this issue in our next post too!
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
More super cute key art from this old Cook Drugs 1964 calendar (see also the "Doings of the Deans" post strips from earlier this month), where apparently this pharmacy was not only the hot place to buy all of your cough 'n sniffle needs, but it was also the place that you could enter contests to win fabulous stuff like TVs, knives, and Speed Queen appliances-- as well as exotic trips all over the world! I don't think Walgreens or CVS does shit like this and seriously come on, it's 2017! I'll have more fun art examples from this calendar next month too-- oh and before I forget, this stuff is tiny too, so I blew it up 300% for ya'll! Now who wants a slice of that ham! :)
Friday, May 12, 2017
Recently picked up a sheet of fun vintage Japanese stickers featuring a ribbon wearing, rosy cheeked girl with helmety green hair (anyone know who she is?) But even better than the stickers, are the funny little cat images on the back of the packaging showing you the best places in your own home to stick your sticky little stickers! The fridge and windows are of course always prime real estate-- sticking them on cars might get your fuzzy tail in trouble though!