10/16/10

Magazines #14: PIZZAZ! (part two)

PIZZAZZ magazine 1978

I know I just did a post on PIZZAZZ,  but I needed to explore one of the greatest things about the magazine - the covers! Check out the one above. It's like it was designed by a team of 1970s pre-teens - Spock, Vader and the Close Encounters fetus thing, with stories on baseball, KISS, UFOs, comics and Peter Frampton.... does it get any better than this?!?

Read on, to take a quick tour of some more wonderful covers of PIZZAZZ.




PIZZAZZ Magazine 1977

YES!! Look out Doc Oc, here comes Spidey on a little 70s style skateboard. I'm diggin' the hand gesture.  Rock on!

PIZZAZZ Magazine 1977

Man, Santa is a drag.  Skip the "Ho-Ho" jive - put on your damn helmets!

PIZZAZZ Magazine 1977

The very first issue, and it started out with a bang.  Sure, the joke is horribly cheezy; but, it's Star Wars.  Kids back then ate up anything that even hinted at a relationship to Star Wars.  Is Artoo swearing?

PIZZAZZ Magazine 1977

Can you identify everyone in this picture? I know I can: Spidey, The Fonz, Hulk, Kate Jackson, Cheryl Ladd, Jaclyn Smith, Shaun Cassidy, Kristy McNichol, Thor, and Parker Stevenson.  Please, hold your applause.

PIZZAZZ magazine 1978

Eegad! It's Sigfried (or is it Roy?) and he's wearing a leopard like a shawl (possibly the same one that would take a bite out of Roy's neck).  Not exactly a cover that would appeal to 70s kids - at least there's references to Fonzie and The Commodores to lure kids in.  But overall, not one of the better PIZZAZZ covers.

PIZZAZZ magazine 1978

Spider Man again.  He was everywhere back then, even on the Electric Company.

PIZZAZZ magazine 1978

Even more omnipresent than the webslinger, was Shaun Cassidy.  For a couple years, you couldn't open your eyes and not see Shaun somewhere.  His little album was quite popular among kids riding the schoolbus, his show (The Hardy Boys) was extremely popular, and his mug was plastered over every magazine on the rack - from CREEM to Tiger Beat.  And then, sometime in 1979, POOF! he was gone.... and you never saw him again.

PIZZAZZ magazine 1978

God, what a disaster this was.  It was so hyped up, and it did NOT deliver.  Even with every major celeb and musical act popular at the time, it still couldn't get anyone to go see the movie or buy the record.  I still remember the bargain bins at the record store overflowing with Sgt. Pepper double albums going for peanuts.

Here's a few more...

PIZZAZZ magazine 1978

PIZZAZZ magazine 1978

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PIZZAZZ magazine 1978

PIZZAZZ magazine 1978

I've saved the best for last, folks.  The greatest cover in magazine history.

PIZZAZZ Magazine 1977

6 comments:

  1. "Eegad! It's Sigfried (or is it Roy?)"
    The animal tamer on that cover is neither Siegfried nor Roy but Gunther from the Wringling Bros. Circus who was quite a celebrity back in the 70's (as if you didn't know)
    Fantastic post, these covers are beyond awesome. The last one is absolutely mind-blowing. I dig How Dr. Strange uses his powers to strum the guitar.
    And PLEASE for the love of God, upload more of these mags. Especially the one with the Spidey cover since I'm dying to know "How they shoot the Man From Atlantis" since I was a huge fan of that show.

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  2. luis beat me to it - the non-Seigfried nor Ray was Gunther Gabel-Williams....

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  3. Here's the artist who did that trilogy of strangeness cover you have in your first picture:
    http://www.jacquimorgan.com/

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  4. and yes, I agree that is Gunther. I have the program from the 1974 Ringling Bros Circus & that's him.

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  5. My brother and I had a bunch of Pizzazz magazines back in the day. The only one I still have is that last one with Linda Ronstadt.

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  6. That looks more like your standard grey alien (perhaps from Close Encounters?) than the 2001 star baby. Or maybe the star baby grew up to be that, being raised by Spock and Vader.

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