7/30/13

Pancakes #13: Pancake Comics



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.



10 comments:

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  2. Zero comments? Well, I appreciate the effort you put into this post Mr. Newton-John! Incidentally, my kid's were watching the Nickolodeon show "Sam and Kat" this past weekend, and I couldn't help noticing the character Sam was wearing a shirt that simply said "PANCAKES". Coincidence?

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    1. Heh. I was just having fun with Photoshop on this one. I put out two posts on this day because I knew this one would have only niche appeal. I do what I like on this blog, and I acknowledge that sometimes my tastes go too far off the beaten path. Que sera, sera.

      Also, no coincidence on the shirt. Little by little, pancakes are slipping into our collective consciousness.

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    2. I should also mention that I was inspired to do this post by the B&W photo comics that appeared in each National Lampoon. I'm sure I didn't do it justice, but it was a valiant attempt I think.

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    3. The "Coolest guy in school" looks kinda like me in 1975. Unfortunately, I was the biggest dork in school. No pancakes for me!

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  3. What a great WTH blog. An absolute masterpiece :)

    My preteen kids and their friends are obsessed with mustaches. That would be a great sequel, it being the 70s and all.

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  4. vwstieber is totally correct in his/her observation that your blog is a masterpiece. I've called you a genius in the past, and that assessment is thoroughly intact in the wake of the Pancake Comics. Thanks for all you do.

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  5. love the covers so much

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  6. Ha, the girls' hair looks really bad. Though I looked a lot like "Anne" in the 80s, nothing like that happened at my school. Funny stuff.

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