11/30/13

Kid Stuff #18: Comic Book Toy Ads

DC Showcase #87
You know it's been so long since I've opened up a new comic book, I don't even know if they still run ads anymore.  If they don't, it's a shame, because a lot of the enjoyment came from these strange little adverts directed at kids.  Sure, they were almost certainly rip-offs, but who cares? It was rare (if ever) that you actually ordered anything; so, it was more the equivalent of window shopping for elementary school age boys.

In case these new comics are too good to include cheesy toy ads anymore, here's a handful of vintage advertisements to fill the void. Enjoy.

11/29/13

Our Zazzle Stuff


'Tis the season to spend lots of money, so why not spend a few bucks at the Retrospace Zazzle store?  In a sad materialistic grab for cash, I've decided to sell some customized products.  Your purchase helps this site keep on truckin', plus you get a kick ass gift - it's a win-win!

I'm selling only two types of products: calendars and mousepads.  Each have that special Retrospace flair.  If you enjoy the images on this site, you'll enjoy these items.

There's just a handful of selections up at the moment.  But, I'm adding stuff each day.  So, if there's nothing that jumps out at you today, be sure to check back and see what new retro goodness is lining the shelves tomorrow!

Here's the link to the Retrospace store: http://www.zazzle.com/retrospace

Happy Spending!

Vintage Reads #50: Sci-Fi & Fantasy Covers (Part 2)


Another round of science fiction and fantasy covers coming up. (Part one can be found here.) Be prepared for an overdose of trippy imagery and buxom babes.  The transcendent combo of space-age tomfoolery mixed with blatant eroticism is like peanut-butter and chocolate. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't.... but these vintage covers are always interesting. I quite literally could pore over these covers all day.  Enjoy.

11/27/13

The Horshack Redemption #4: Deadly Blessing (1981)



What do you get when you combine the magic of Charlie's Angels and the macabre of Wes Craven?  You get Deadly Blessing.  Come listen in as Gilligan and The Professor dissect this early eighties horror flick.

Here are a few ways to tune in....
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As we roll along, we'll deliver up a twitter and facebook page as well as an app.  This is only our fourth episode, so there's still some kinks to iron out, but I think we're starting to get the swing of things.  I still tend to get tongue tied and The Professor's audio isn't at max quality, but the content I think is strong... and most importantly, we're having a lot of fun doing it.  Surprisingly, with only a few podcasts under our belt, we're managing to develop a significant pool of listeners - which is very promising, and certainly bolsters our motivation to press on.

Next week:  DC Cab (1983) starring Mr. T!

11/26/13

Catalogs #34: Sears 1981 Fall/Winter Catalog Men's Fashion


The two dudes in dark leather could easily be partners in a cop show.  Screw Starsky & Hutch or Simon & Simon - I give you the new '81 police drama: Dakota & Hightower.


11/25/13

Mini Skirt Monday #171: Brady Bunch Minis


Get ready for a comprehensive guide to every miniskirt in the last two seasons of The Brady Bunch.  Minis and the Bradys are the backbone of Retrospace, and it's high time they united.  Future generations will thank me for the scope work I've done in Miniskirtology (it's not a scientific field of study yet; but, in the future it will be).

Anyway, this post will cover the first half of season four.  Enjoy!

11/22/13

The Horshack Redemption #3: Airport '75



Gilligan and The Professor take a long hard look at the disaster film Aiprort 1975.   Heston is even more macho and hammy than Shatner (if that's even possible), Karen Black seems lost and mildly retarded... and pop culture connections abound, from The Jeffersons to Webster, from The Karate Kid to The Omen, there's a lot to take in, folks.  Buckle up and enjoy the ride.

Here are a few other ways to tune in....
  1. You can listen through Retrospace (via the web player above): I'll deliver a post with the web player every time we record a new episode.
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    http://traffic.libsyn.com/horshackredemption/Horshack_Redemption_3.mp3
  5. Listen to us on iTunes and Stitcher, and be sure to give us a "like" or a "thumbs up" if you enjoy it.
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Also, a Horshack Redemption app is on its way.  Stay tuned!

11/21/13

Just for Laughs #9: Return of the Monster Party


Back by popular demand... well actually, back for no reason other than I was in the mood.  But anyway - here's another round of silly horror humor.  Enjoy!

11/20/13

Music Lists #20: 1977 Musicians Poll


The April 1977 issue of National Screw magazine asked various musicians,"What do you consider the most essential records in your collection?"  The answers I found to be fairly predictable, with a few obscurities thrown in.  Nonetheless, I'm always interested to hear music recommendations, so I figured you might be as well - so, here it is!

Full Reads #2: Police Gazette '73




Here's a few articles from The National Police Gazette (August 1973 and May 1973).  The articles are reprinted in their entirety; many of the pictures are added by yours truly.

"Sex and the Tennis Girls"
This article can basically be boiled down to a single sentence: "Some female tennis players have sex."  It's marginally interesting only for it's awfulness.

"Where Have the Ghosts Gone?"
Disappointing anecdotes of the most non-frightening kind.  Another article made enjoyable by its sheer badness.

"The Secret World of Erotic Fantasy"
This article claims to be a "valuable document" - "the first ever produced by a magazine".  Hmm.  Judge for yourself.  IMHO, if this is a valuable document, then Penthouse Letters should receive the Pulitzer. 

11/18/13

Wonder Woman - S1E4


Wonder Woman, Season 1 Episode 4
Title: "The Feminum Mystique" Part I

In this episode:

Debra Winger has a Wonder Wedgie
We learn Alejandro Sosa from Scarface is not only a drug lord, but also a Nazi
Drusilla, WW's little sis, is an embarrassment at the dinner table
We find out that WW's mother is Morticia Addams
And, as always, lots of Nazi henchmen armed with chloroform.

So, what are you waiting for?

11/17/13

Mini Skirt Monday #170: Group Photos (Part 3)


Here's yet another roundup of vintage minis in group photos.  Part 1 was published the day after Christmas 2011, and Part 2 back in August 2013.  I kind of bashed them a bit last time, complaining that they're a bit repetitive.  But, I was quickly put back in my place - the audience demands more group minis, so here they are. Enjoy.

11/15/13

Foxy Ladies #26: Beauty Queens, Pageant Ladies (Part 2)


Beauty Pageants are a time-honored American tradition.  It's become almost cliche to oppose them from a feminist standpoint; however, once upon a time they were an integral part of American culture.  Perhaps reality television and the phenomenon of putting elementary school girls in adult-looking pageants has given the practice a bit of a white-trash vibe.  But not here on Retrospace.

Don't get me wrong, the Retrospace staff wish to make it abundantly clear that we value what's on "the inside"; however, judging chicks strictly on their bodies is also okay. Mutually exclusive principles? Perhaps, but it's best not to think too much and just enjoy the show.


11/14/13

Vintage Style #39: Ladies Home Journal Fashions


A touch of class.  Nothing says 'wine tasting' like polyester bell bottoms and matching sweater.  Here's a bunch of scans from Ladies Home Journal.  All from 1974 unless otherwise noted.  Enjoy.

11/13/13

Foxy Ladies #25: Amateur Photography



Professional models are often the brunt of jokes for the lack of talent and skill required to do their job (i.e. Zoolander).  I mean, how much does it take to stand up there and look beautiful - especially when you're already a fine specimen of good looks?

Well, look no further than amateur glamour photography and see the sharp distinction.  The photographer's resources are limited, and the "models" are completely clueless as to what it takes to "strike a pose".  It's a recipe that beckons for a Retrospace post.

11/12/13

The Horshack Redemption #2: Piranha (1978)



Our second episode is now available, and we're reviewing the 1978 film, Piranha.  I think it turned out great, but we've still got a long way to go before everything's the way we want it to be.  We still get tongue tied during the first 15 minutes or so, lots of "ums" and less than stellar audio quality.... but it's still early in the game and I think the positive aspects outweigh the negative.   If you even get half the enjoyment from listening to it that we did recording it, it's a success in my book.

Also, I was amazed at how many people tuned in to the first episode - way beyond my expectations. Thank you to every one who gave us a try - here's to many more!

Listen to us on iTunes and Stitcher, and be sure to give us a "like" or a "thumbs up".

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Here are a few other ways to tune in....
  1.  You can listen through Retrospace (via the web player above): I'll deliver a post with the web player every time we record a new episode.
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    http://horshackredemption.libsyn.com/rss
  3. You can bookmark the Horshack Redemption web page:
    http://horshackredemption.libsyn.com/
  4. You can download this podcast:
    http://traffic.libsyn.com/horshackredemption/Horshack_Redemption_2.mp3

11/11/13

Retrospace Sharity #2: True Crime Maganines


Long before CSI and the motherload of "true" crime television that's popped up over the last decade or so, there were true crime magazines to satisfy a nation's craving for stories of murder, revenge and justice.

Herein are a handful of those true crime magazines, scanned and posted for your downloading pleasure. Enjoy!

Miniskirt Monday #169 : Partridge Family Miniskirts


When I broke out Seasons 1-4 of The Partridge Family, I expected to compile a bunch of screen captures of Laurie Partridge and quickly put together a Miniskirt Monday post. But it was not meant to be.  Laurie (Susan Dey) rarely wore a mini, despite the fact that 1970-72 was prime-time for TV miniskirts.  For whatever reason, Laurie appeared primarily in slacks and long, long dresses. The Diane Keaton of family television.

This wasn't just disappointing, it was surprising.  Susan was a model before she was a Partridge; it just doesn't add up.  Thankfully, there were enough mini skirts beyond Laurie that I was still able to put together this post.

11/8/13

Music Lists #19: Elton's 100


In the February 1974 issue of Creem magazine, Elton John revealed a list of his favorite albums.  A pretty respectable one, if you ask me - even though he does kinda cheat by including greatest hits LPs.  Elton is a worthy discophile nonetheless, and I thought it might be worthwhile to reprint his list for Retrospace readers.

From the article:
Being one of the most avowed record gluttons on public record - with more records than he's ever been able to count - we figured that having Elton John list his personal favorite albums might yeild an interesting compilation. "Sure thing," said Elton when we approached him with the idea, and he immediately began spewing record titles like a man possessed. When we finally had to forceably wrench the pen from his hands, he'd already gotten up to 286 and was just beginning to hit his stride. What we've done is amputate one hundred entries from the list (thrown together in no particular order), but should you want to know the full roster, just slide a quarter our way and we'll mail the full , uncensored edition back to you in a plain brown wrapper.



1. AFTERMATH (The Rolling Stones)
2. RUBBER SOUL (The Beatles)
3. PET SOUNDS (The Beach Boys)
4. THE KINKS' GREATEST HITS
5. DIRECT HITS (The Who)
6. GASOLINE ALLEY (Rod Stewart)
7. LITTLE RICHARD'S GREATEST HITS
8. EDDIE COCHRAN MEMORIAL ALBUM
9. JERRY LEE LEWIS' GREATEST HITS VOL. I
10. THE IMMORTAL OTIS REDDING
11. ANTHOLOGY (The Temptations)
12. TALKING BOOK (Stevie Wonder)
13. FROM THE BEGINNING (Smokey & Miracles)
14. CALL ME (AI Green)
15. ANY Monty Python album
16. THE BAND
17. IN MEMPHIS (Dusty Springfield)
18. BOOKENDS (Simon & Garfunkel)
19. HIGHWAY 61 REVISITED (Bob Dylan)
20. BEST OF THE LOVIN' SPOONFUL
21. RETROSPECTIVE (Buffalo Springfield)
22. FOR YOUR PLEASURE (Roxy Music)
23. MOTT (Mott the Hoople)
24. LESLIE GORE'S GREATEST HITS
25. WORDS AND MUSIC (Jimmy Webb)
26. 12 SONGS (Randy Newman)
27. MISS BUTTERS (The Family Tree)
28. Qt'+%& (Led Zeppelin)
29. JESSE WINCHESTER
30. SATURATE BEFORE USING (Jackson Browne)
31. XMAS ALBUM (Phil Spector)
32. BEHIND CLOSED DOORS (Charlie Rich)
33. SPLIT ENDS (The Move)
34. NILSSON SCHMILLSON
35. LEON RUSSELL
36. ROY OR BISON'S GREATEST HITS
37. SONGS FOR SWINGING LOVERS (Frank Sinatra)
38. BLONDE ON BLONDE (Bob Dylan)
39. THERE'S A RIOT GOIN' ON (Sly)
40. FOREVER CHANGES (Love)
41. CHINA STORY (The Goons)
42. COSMO'S FACTORY (Creedence Clearwater)
43. THE BYRDS' GREATEST HITS VOL. I
44. ASTRAL WEEKS (Van Morrison)
45. SGT. PEPPER (The Beatles)
46. GOLD RECORDS (Elvis Presley)
47. SAM COOKE'S GREATEST HITS
48. NEIL DIAMOND'S GREATEST HITS
49. WHAT'D I SAY (Ray Charles)
50. RICKY NELSON'S GREATEST HITS
51. DEAR MR. FANTASY (Traffic)
52. ARETHA FRANKLIN'S GREATEST HITS
53. BAND OF GOLD (Freda Payne)
54. GRIS GRIS (Dr. John)
55. SONGS OF LEONARD COHEN
56. GREATEST HITS (Gladys Knight & Pips)
57. LOUDON WAINWRIGHT III
58. EVERYONE KNOWS THIS IS NOWHERE (Neil Young)
59. ZIGGY STARDUST. (David Bowie)
60. HIGHWAY (Free)
61. CONNIE FRANCIS' GREATEST HITS
62. 1st SOLO LP (Scott Walker)
63. SONGS FOR A SEAGULL (Joni Mitchell)
64. CHILDREN OF THE FUTURE (Steve Miller Band)
65. LOVE UNLIMITED
66. SALTY DOG (Procol Harum )
67. ELECTRIC LADYLAND (limi Hendrix)
68. LADY IN SATIN (Billie Holliday)
69. GARY GLITTER
70. ELECTRIC WARRIOR (T. REX)
71. THE BONZO DOG DO DAH BAND
72. FOUR SEASONS' GREATEST HITS
73. SOUL CLASSICS VOL. I (James Brown)
74. SLADEST (Slade) .
75. THE SPINNERS
76. SATIN DOLL (Oscar Peterson)
77. IAN & DEAN'S GREATEST HITS
78. SCHOOL'S OUT (Alice Cooper)
79. TALES OF MEN'S SHIRTS (The Goons)
80. THE ALLMAN BROS. BAND
81. MARIANNE FAITHFULL'S GREATEST HITS
82. WITH A LITTLE HELP (Joe Cocker)
83. I CAN SEE CLEARLY NOW {Johnny Nash)
84. PEARL (Janis Joplin)
85. MOON DANCE (Van Morrison)
86. DRIFTERS' GREATEST HITS
87. LET IT BLEED (The Rolling Stones)
88. BUDDY HOLLY'S GREATEST HITS
89. FOUR TOPS' GREATEST HITS
90. TAPESTRY (Carole King)
91. THE STYLISTICS
92. ELEPHANT MOUNTAIN (The Youngbloods)
93. ELI & THE 13th CONFESSION (Laura Nyro)
94. DEE DEE SHARP'S GREATEST HITS
95. LIVE (Donny Hathaway)
96. TO LOVE SOMEBODY (Nina Simone)
97. THE EVERLY BROTHERS' GREATEST HITS
98. DROWNING IN THE SEA OF LOVE (Joe Simon)
99. SPIRIT
100. BRAND NEW KEY {Melanie)

Ads #74: Japanese Advertising (Part 3)


Can Pink Lady interest you in some light reading? Pouring through these old Japanese adverts, it's truly startling how often Pink Lady endorses products - everything from air conditioning window units to inflatable toys.  Further proof that a short skirt is the universal language of advertising.

Anyway, I've got another round of those crazy Japanese magazine ads for you today.  This is a follow up to Parts One and Two.  Enjoy.

11/6/13

The Horshack Redemption #1: Convoy (1978)



It is with great pleasure that I officially announce the premier of the official Retrospace podcast:  The Horshack Redemption.

Every week or so, The Professor and I will review a film from the Retrospace universe - and by "review" I mean: have a blast sharing opinions, interesting facts, and deep thoughts. Nothing too complicated: we simply pick a film (this week it's Convoy) and have fun with it.

I've had so-called "podcasts" before, but they've been music only.  This is the real deal, folks. And since this is the first one, there's plenty of room for improvement.  I'm confident that they'll get better and better as we roll along.  It's a blast watching these old flicks and a lot of fun discussing them... it is our hope that you'll get a similar amount of joy from just listening in.

How can you listen to The Horshack Redemption?  There's several ways - just decide which works best for you.
  1.  You can listen through Retrospace (via the web player above): I'll deliver a post with the web player every time we record a new episode.
  2. You can subscribe if you have an RSS feed reader:
    http://horshackredemption.libsyn.com/rss
  3. You can bookmark the Horshack Redemption web page:
    http://horshackredemption.libsyn.com/
  4. You can download this podcast:
    http://traffic.libsyn.com/horshackredemption/The_Horshack_Redemption_001.mp3
  5. And finally, we've put our applications in to iTunes and Stitcher. I'll let you know when we're legit.

Comic Books #62: Dumb Bunny


"You can believe me, Dumb Bunny... even if they do say I only use my head to hang my face on!"

Wow.  When I saw this advertisement, I knew I had to find out more about this Dumb Bunny.  She's got the costume of a Playboy Bunny and a vacancy on the top floor.  This has the potential to be both politically incorrect and embarrassing to DC - I simply had to read more.

Please note that I completely understand that the Inferior Five comic books are meant as a joke - it'd be a whole other matter if they made Wonder Woman or another genuine super-heroine this stupid.  Dumb Bunny, was actually a parody of Wonder Woman and had a brief revival in the eighties as the wife of Ambush Bug.

But I've lost my non-comic readers at this point.  Let's get on with the semi-retarded blonde in the Bunny costume...

11/5/13

Sexploitation Connections: Happy Days Edition


So, I thought a fun way to pass an hour might be to just connect the dots from one tawdry film to another. Not all the films are "sexploitation" but they definitely deliver the goods in the eye candy department.  In other words, this isn't just hopping from one grindhouse flick to another (although, that would be fun, and I'll keep that in mind).  This is just tracing through the cinematic web, concentrating on the dirty underbelly. Consider me your James Burke of trash.

Also, you'll note I maintained a fairly consistent relation to Happy Days. Sometimes the connections to Happy Days are tenuous at best, but so be it.  All in all, it was a fun way to kill an hour.  I hope you have as much enjoyment reading it as I did making it.  See if you can follow along...

11/4/13

Mini Skirt Monday #168: The IN Crowd


You know who I'm talking about.  The ones who got picked as the ":most" or the "best" something in the yearbook.  They were the "senior favorites", the guys and gals that got the most votes of the campus populace.

Well, this, as you can tell, is a Miniskirt Monday post, so we're just looking at the yearbook winners who happen to be wearing our favorite garment.  I apologize for the shit quality of some of these, but these old yearbooks weren't exactly printed in high def.  

Note: The only "tampering" is in the text where I have sometimes obliterated last names, and sometimes moved the text nearer to the photograph.

11/1/13

Twisted Impressions #19: The Brady Volcano Episode


I joined the science club at school, and I'm building a volcano. When I'm finished, I can make it erupt. And when it erupts, smoke's going to come out, and real molten lava's going to ooze all over the place.
- Peter Brady
When it comes to TV episodes with an underlying sexual connotation, there's nothing more Freudian than The Brady Bunch episode "Today I am a Freshman" (1972).  It's the one where Peter's "volcano" spews a load all over a gaggle of girls in short skirts.

It might be a completely innocent story line with no intended subtext; but there's a case to be made that there's some underlying meaning as well.  To make the case, I have hired a professional Armchair Psychiatrist, Dr. Karl Hymen to interpret the meaning.