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..