7/15/15

Kid Stuff #19: Electric Company Magazine (1975)


Have you seen an episode of Kojak lately?  It's wildly inappropriate for children - not just in adult themes, but the intrinsically mature nature of the entire show: the pacing, the dialog, the content,... the complete lack of anything that would ever appeal to a young child.  It never ceases to amaze me how we Gen Xers were fed such adult oriented shows and glommed onto them, buying Kojak records and Starsky & Hutch lunchboxes, etc.

But I digress.  Today we have a full scan of an Electric Company magazine I owned, dating way back to 1975.  This isn't the same copy (mine no doubt found its way to a trash can many decades ago).  You'll excuse the graffiti throughout; however, I find the scribbles by some anonymous 70s kid adds a bit of charm..

Download a PDF of the entire issue here.  Or, read on...





You'll note the cover art is attributed to famed Marvel artist John Romita. I wonder whose fingerprint that actually is.  Can someone out there run this through AFIS and see if belongs to a Mr. Stan Lee?


Look through any kid craft book today and all the end-products look so professional; as if Martha Stewart herself put it together.  I love how this end product looks like total shit... but that's because it's obviously done by an actual kid!



Our anonymous magazine defacer started out on the wrong foot: he/she should have made 1 Across = "newspaper", not "newpapers".  Dumb 70s kid.


If you were like me, the main reason you watched The Electric Company was for a few brief minutes with Spidey.


Mariner 9 had actually taken these pictures a few years prior in 1972; it was the first spacecraft to orbit another planet. A timely piece considering we just received up close pictures of Pluto the past few days.



Who can forget Morgan Freeman as the ultra-funky Easy Reader?


Our anonymous magazine defacer managed to reach "Bloodhound Level" by getting six correct.  I love how President Ford is an option in the Big Bird multiple choice question.


For some reason, I remember this page so well.  And, once again, we are confronted with a ton of TV programs in no way appropriate for Electric Company audiences.



It's a shame the magazine doesn't give credit to the artwork inside.  This looks a lot like the handiwork of a CRAZY magazine artist - whose name eludes me at the moment.  You'll recall that CRAZY was a Marvel publication.




Take note how every kid questioned about gender equality gives a perfectly politically correct answer.


The Electric Company fold-it was a helluva lot less complex than the MAD Al Jaffee folds.


If there's one thing that hasn't changed from generation to generation - little kids love bad jokes.

And finally, the back cover where we get one last look at some brilliant magazine defacement. Here's to you, anonymous 70s kid..


10 comments:

  1. You wouldn't happen to have any issues of Pizzas or Dynomite would you? I remember those from Jr. High.

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    1. Yes, plenty of Pizzazz. Should be coming your way before too long. I probably had every Dynamite as a kid; but alas, I only have a few left, but still worthy of scanning. Stay tuned.

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  2. I am not sure why but I really enjoyed this post. I guess because it took me away from work for a little while and took me back to when I was a kid. Very cool. Thank you.

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    1. A brief escape from work is a good thing. Glad I could provide it on my sick day off.

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  3. I've got a bunch of Dynamite and SuperMags I should scan. I've done a few already. Haven't seen this Electric Company mag.

    My wife and recently watched some old Police Woman episodes and I've got to say I see why my dad was such a big fan. And my mom wasn't. But yeah, not appropriate for kids.

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    1. Haven't seen a Police Woman episode in forever; I need to rewatch. Angie was a big bad mama. I'd like to look into a SuperMag as well - I'd forgotten about those.

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    2. Just another note, Retro Hound, if you're out there. i have trouble leaving comments on you site - I gave up trying over a year ago, and tried again recently to no avail. I can't see the anti spam message, etc. Just thought you should know.

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    3. I'm trying to change servers, but nothing seems to be working. I may start over back here at blogger.

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  4. I'm familiar with the other detective/police shows listed but not the one called Fargo. Do you have any information on that program? Going to Wikipedia only yields a page about the current award winning series on FXX. Thanks and oh yah when are you going to continue with your episode by episode review/snarking of the Wonder Woman TV show. Another favorite feature of mine, not released on Mondays, is the comical captioning of old monster movie photos. Glad you do what you do. Thanks for all your fun posts.

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    1. 'Fargo North, Decoder' (get it? ) was a recurring character on "Electric Company." He was supposed to be like a 1940's private eye, complete with fedora and trench-coat. In his skits he would help clients to unscramble word and phrases. He also had a bit of an ego, and (since this is an 'EC' mag) he probably believed he should be included with all of the other famous TV detectives in the puzzle.

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