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ACTIVATING LAUNCH SEQUENCE IN 3.. 2..1
Hell no! Perhaps the greatest gifs ever!
If you’re ever worried that you fucked up real bad, just remember that there are over 2,500 reported cases of vacuum cleaner-induced genital trauma in the United States each year.
If it says “vacuum cleaner-induced genital trauma” it’s got to be good.
The Blob (1958)
"Beware of the blob, it creeps
And leaps and glides and slides
Across the floor
Right through the door
And all around the wall
A splotch, a blotch
Be careful of the blob — *POP*”
Lyrics by Burt Bacharach.
“The Beatles recorded using four tracks. (…) Still, four tracks hardly sufficed for their increasingly complex arrangements. As the tape’s four tracks filled up and were mixed down to one to make room for more music, these pre-mixes were produced with mono in mind so that when all of the tracks were folded together, they would fit together like a stack of cards. That’s why the mono set sounds so coherent and why arguably you can actually hear more detail in mono.“
I agree. Some people think if you get the mono versions you only get mono versions. The versions that were brought over to the US were “stereoized”. They simply don’t sound as good, especially on a good set of headphones.
Variety review of Marvel Super-Heroes animated series, October 26, 1966.
This review is by a person who didn’t have children in the 1960’s. We just wanted the cartoons. We didn’t care (or know) how they were constructed. Back in the day, I’d watch Space Angel and Clutch Cargo, which had the all too creepy “SyncroVox” (the real mouths of the voice actors filmed and superimposed on the characters faces).
The only reason a lot of people from my time don’t know about The Marvel Super-Heroes show was that it was mostly syndicated in larger markets, like New York and Los Angeles. Back then, cable TV was used as a way to get broadcast TV out to the last mile, where reception was non-existent. We were fortunate enough to have service where I lived as a child at the time (Santa Maria, CA, about 200 miles north of L.A.) so in addition to our local ABC, NBC and CBS affiliates (channels 3, 6 and 12 respectively), we also got KTLA 5, KABC 7, KHJ 9, KTTV 11, and KCOP 13. They showed Marvel Super-Heroes on KHJ at 4 in the afternoon. They conflicted with showings of the live action Superman with George Reeves on channel 6, but, these were cartoons. So, I have seen them all and really liked them as a kid.
I have since seen some of the restored ones. For the most part they don’t hold up, not because of the limited animation, but because the stories are truncated in such a way that they fail to make sense. This was the mid-sixties and Marvel had already committed to building a cohesive universe, which meant cross title team-ups. They did have The Avengers in a series of Thor’s cartoon block (and it’s on YouTube) but it’s really a Thor story with The Avengers appearance as icing on the cupcake.
Anyway, even though these weren’t seen everywhere, they were popular enough to have ABC buy Grantray-Lawrence’s Spider-Man show and have Hanna-Barbera do the Fantastic Four. Spider-Man at least had John Romita as a consultant, FF had Alex Toth as chief designer and storyboard artist. It looked enough like Kirby and was the most well written of the three, IMHO.
The Marvel Super-Heroes did give us one benefit; The Merry Marvel Marching Society, of which I was proud member.