Little known fact: back in the seventies, they tried to capitalize on the pancake craze by releasing a line of pancake comic books. In an effort to grab even more buyers, the company made the, now infamous, decision to market them for all ages. Like disco, the idea would be taken from the adult underworld and distributed for the masses. Sounds like a viable plan, right?
It was an unmitigated disaster. The publishers vastly underestimated the force of the Sexual Revolution in full swing. The comics literally couldn't make it through a few panels without things erupting into full blown pancakes, clearly forbidden by the Comics Code Authority.
So, the pancake comics never made it to the shelves, and the valiant attempt at bringing pancakes to the mainstream was lost and forgotten..... until now. Retrospace is proud to announce that we have uncovered the original master copies of the never-before-released comic, and are presenting it to the public for the first time.
It is readily apparent that pancakes weren't ready for prime time. The frustration became too much for some of the actors even at the outset.
The story below was supposed to revolve around two couples: Paul & Denise and Rick & Joyce. The couples are blissfully happy, headed towards a double wedding. But Paul and Rick are hiding a dark secret - one that could destroy everything. Should they let Denise and Joyce in on it, and perhaps sacrifice an otherwise perfect relationship? Or should they hang on to their twisted past and pray it never sees the light of day?
We will never know, because....... well, because pancakes.
In retrospect, it might have been wiser to not use real actors. But, it was the seventies, a time of experimentation and taking risks.
The story above was supposed to tackle the issue of male impotence - an "untouchable" subject back in 1978. It involved some rather emotional scenes from a promising young actor named David Whitaker. Unfortunately, the lure of pancakes prevented what could have been an award winning performance. Whitaker would never work again.
Predating Sixteen Candles by three years, this was to be a coming of age story about an unpopular red-head who pines after the coolest guy in school. Alas, it was not to be.
The following story was evidently the final straw. It was meant to be a heartwarming tale of a young boy named Jimmy who fights a crippling childhood disease. But will the loving support of his parents be enough to save him? An inspiring story of grief overcome by love.
Or at least it was supposed to turn out that way. Sadly, it only made it to the fourth panel before the cameras were told to stop. This problem couldn't be solved with "love" like Jimmy's illness.