Author Archives: Joe

Relics of the Recent Past

It’s weird to think that Blockbuster is gone. I wasn’t a regular customer because there was another chain closer to home, but they were everywhere. At the height of the popularity of video rentals, I always felt that large urban … Continue reading

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DUCKWORK April 1981

Embedded below is a PDF of the April 1981 edition of DUCKWORK which was CREATED FOR THE PHILADELPHIA COLLEGE OF ART COMMUNITY. It was a newspaper put together by PCA students for PCA students, and I found a pile of … Continue reading

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What I Miss About Comics – Perfectly Legitimate Ads

This along with a number of other classified style advertisements for perfectly legitimate products and services appeared in Marvel Spotlight No. 25 published by Marvel Comics in 1975. It was a comic adaptation of Ray Harryhausen’s 1958 fantasy epic The … Continue reading

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Everything is Better Than Star Wars

Star Wars clobbered me over the head with its bombastic musical score, fantastic sound design and revolutionary optical effects. I was dazzled as were millions of other kids in the Summer of 1977. It was like a new religion — … Continue reading

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DUCKWORK

Back in the fall of 1981 when I was starting my freshman year at The Philadelphia College of Art, DUCKWORK was the school’s quasi-official newspaper. It was produced by some of the fellows who went on to become independent comic … Continue reading

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Caturday

Saturday is Caturday so here is our favorite domestic shorthair, Plywood!

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Everything is Better Than Star Wars

Olivia Newton John in Xanadu (1980)

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19th & Chestnut 30 Years Ago

30 Years ago, I started working at a place at 20th and Chestnut and about a block east of that, a portion of the movie Philadelphia was being shot. The character that Denzel Washington played in the movie had a … Continue reading

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What I Miss About Comics – Wally Wood

This is an independently published comic by master illustrator Wally Wood. It also features work by Spider-Man and Doctor Strange co-creator Steve Ditko! Marie Severin who is one of my all time favorites provides colors. This issue is really the … Continue reading

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A while back…

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Peekers and Other True Facts

My brother Brian took this picture in the Summer of 1982 of the marquee on the side of what was the GCC Deptford Mall movie theater. He always meant to send it in to National Lampoon magazine which had a … Continue reading

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Desert Island Cinema – The Thing

Another movie that I couldn’t live without is Howard Hawks’ 1951 production of The Thing or more specifically The Thing From Another World. It’s based on the short story “Who Goes There?” by John W. Campbell, Jr. The bare bones … Continue reading

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Everything is Better than Star Wars

This is a scan of an insert from the DVD package of Shock Waves a movie originally released the same year as Star Wars which also starred Peter Cushing. Star Wars was a huge success and it did change the … Continue reading

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Movie Matinee – The Burglar

I thought I knew every movie shot in my hometown of Philadelphia, but I have to admit I never heard of The Burglar (1957). Strangely enough, I read about it in a comic book which set me off on a … Continue reading

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