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Regrettable Superheroes

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I have not seen a copy yet, but I am betting this book will be a winner, based on the description.

For every superhero hitting the big time with a blockbuster movie, there are countless failures, also-rans, and D-listers. The League of Regrettable Superheroes affectionately presents one hundred of the strangest superheroes ever to see print—from Atoman to Zippo—complete with backstories, vintage art, and colorful commentary.

Drawing on the entire history of the medium, the book celebrates characters that haven’t seen the light of day in decades, like Natureboy, Dr. Hormone, Thunder Bunny, and more. It’s a must-read for comics fans of all ages!


Until it appears in June, why not read an issue of DOLLMAN now.








Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Apr 23, 2015 | Comments (6)
Category: Ineptness, Crudity, Talentlessness, Kitsch, and Bad Art, Comics, Superheroes, Twentieth Century

Cartoon Insect with Dog’s Head

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1) Multiple limbs.

2) Insect antennae.

3) Called a "jitterBUG."

4) Dog's head.

One of these things does not belong.

Original image here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Feb 11, 2015 | Comments (6)
Category: Anthropomorphism, Comics, Surrealism, 1940's, Fictional Monsters

Villainous Asperations

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This grown man and father is having his face transformed into a comic book villain called Red Skull. Up to and including having the tip of his nose cut off to complete the effect. I have just one question, why?
Posted By: patty | Date: Wed Feb 04, 2015 | Comments (8)
Category: Beauty, Ugliness and Other Aesthetic Issues, Body Modifications, Comics

Volto!

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I do believe I've featured Volto before, but I could not resist another encounter with him. Hope you all agree he deserves more fame!

The Complete Volto Archives here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Jan 11, 2015 | Comments (4)
Category: Food, Advertising, Comics, 1940's

A Cartoon Whose Meaning Time and the Evolution of English Have Rendered Somewhat Obscure

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Familiarity with this usage explains things.

From Boy's Life for January 1967.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Jan 05, 2015 | Comments (5)
Category: Comics, Bohemians, Beatniks, Hippies and Slackers, Hair Styling, 1960's

Merry Christmas!

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Have a super holiday!
Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Dec 25, 2014 | Comments (3)
Category: Holidays, Comics

Stuffed Gators

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Original article here.

Apparently, back in the early part of the 20th century, it was common to have a stuffed alligator as an umbrella stand. I searched the web for an image of such a thing, but could not find one. Maybe one of our clever WU-vies can.

But I did find the great feat of taxidermy seen below. I'm so sad the piece got auctioned before I could bid. As a fan of Pogo, I would have loved it.

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Original auction here.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri Nov 07, 2014 | Comments (5)
Category: Animals, Anthropomorphism, Comics, Twentieth Century

One of These Things Is Not Like the Others

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You recall perhaps the full-size rubber mask of the mystery half-wit? Well, here he is again, as a hand-puppet, inexplicably consorting with legit Disney characters. The manufacturers must have loved that design.

Original ad here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Oct 28, 2014 | Comments (5)
Category: Beauty, Ugliness and Other Aesthetic Issues, Puppets and Automatons, Advertising, Comics, 1940's

Drs Casey & Kildare in Pillowcase Form

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[Click to enlarge]

An early example of Dakimakura. I understand Richard Chamberlain still has a warehouse of these which he will sell upon request.

Original ad here (page 31).
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Aug 24, 2014 | Comments (8)
Category: Celebrities, Comics, Sex Toys, Interior Decorating, 1960's
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