In honor of the release of Star Trek Into Darkness it will be Star Trek Week here at DDOY. In the coming week I’ll be sharing some of my favorite things Trek. Every day I will have a brand new featured article along with periodic visits to the archives.
If you care to join in the festivities this week here at DDOY by sharing your favorite Star Trek memories such as: embarrassing cosplay adventures, your favorite Trek collectibles, or even your defense of Star Trek: Voyager send me an email me at jon [at] doubledumbassonyou.com
Again, welcome aboard and please …. no Star Trek Into Darkness spoilers.
Thank to the popularity the Travel Channel hit series Toy Hunter, a lot of vintage toys produced by The Ideal Toy Company are becoming very popular once again, especially their line of Evel Knivel merchandise. It’s not hard to imagine why these toys sold so well, this vintage ad from 1973 is entirely too cool.
Evil Knivel by Ideal Toys circa 1973
I pulled this ad from Marvel Team-Up Featuring Spider-Man and Mister Fantastic #17, January 1974. There is just so much to love about this ad, from the composition to the blurb about how the Stunt Cycle can jump your “encyclopedias volumes A through W”
If you have a vintage toy ad that you would like featured here, send it to jon [@] doubledumbassonyou.com
Mail order advertisements from old comic books are the gifts that keep on giving. Today’s spotlight is for the Zorcom Spaceship which is billed as a “dynamic new space adventure kids can really get into!”.
In reality it was a cardboard box with “astonishing graphics” that could be used in a variety of configurations (read standing up or on its side).
For only $12.95 plus shipping & handling you could join Zorcom in his spaceship or steal Zorcom’s spaceship … I’m not really sure what or who Zorcom is specifically. Is it a person? A corporate entity? A fleet? If only I had a time machine that could take me back to 1983 to get all the answers I desperately need!!!!
That mystery starship pitted against the USS Enterprise in the last trailer for Star Trek Into Darkness has finally been identified as the USS Vengeance. A high resolution image was made available via TrekMovie earlier this week with a mixed fan reaction ranging in everything from, “looks like a LEGO ship” and a “Micheal Bay version” to “completely badass”.
USS Vengeance from Star Trek Into Darkness [via TrekMovie.com]
And with just a few weeks to go until Star Trek Into Darkness premieres in theaters for us regular folk, despite this big reveal there are still too many questions than answers. While Starfleet has never really had “warships” it makes sense to have the USS Vengeance in the Abram-verse.
After all, a heavily modified Romulan ship from an alternate future popped up and essentially laid waste to the entirety of Starfleet, and the only way to defeat it was to detonate the USS Enterprise’s warp core. Clearly Starfleet took the initiative to develop a weapons platform to address any and all future adversaries … which is probably how the Klingons come into play this time around.
I’ve long been a fan of Tom Whalen’s work after having first met him at Wizard World Philadelphia several years back. I’m privileged to have some of his original sketches and a few of his Transformer prints in my collection. Edition size, variants, and prices have yet to be determined.
Snake Eyes may be a master of multiple martial arts disciplines, but never send him on a hot dog run.
I can’t even begin to describe how much I love this ESPN/GI JOE: Retaliation spot. It features three of my most favorite things in life: Snake Eyes, Hot Dogs, and John Kruk aka The Krukker aka The Greatest Philadelphia Phillie Evar. Can I see GI JOE: Retaliation yet?
Fun fact. One of the first cassette tape singles I ever bought with my own money was Weird Al’s “Smells Like Nirvana” which featured “Waffle King” on the b-side. I remember leaving the Strawberries Music & Video store on Street Road in Bensalem, PA with distinct pride knowing that my hard earned money had bought something magical.
Like many of my generation Weird Al as an ever present fixture on MTV, popping up with entirely awsesome parodies and ridiculous videos. And for my money, I still believe that UHF is a criminally underrated comedy.
I had no idea that Weird Al was still touring, and when I saw that he would be making a stop at the Tower Theater this June, I knew immediately that I had to be there. Tickets go on sale this Friday and are $25.00-65.00 (before fees of course)
One of my new favorite pastimes is scouring through comic books of yesteryear in search of the most ridiculous advertisements. Within the pages of Iron Fist #13 from June 1977 I may have uncovered the greatest one yet in which Captain America does battle with the Sore Sir’s Apprentice.
Behold! Captain America has been thrust into a confrontation with a plethora of monsters from the laboratory of a wizard known at the Sore Sir. Being that I’m rather well versed in Captain America’s gallery of villains, I could not find any canonical reference to Sore Sir even after utilizing the power of the Internet.
Outnumbered and exasperated, Captain America who along with possessing super human strength and near invulnerability is an expert tactician. After making a threat assessment he found that his only recourse was to pull out some Delicious Hostess Cupcakes, which are immediately recognized by the Sore Sir’s Apprentices
And these Hostess Cupcakes were so fucking good that the Sore Sir’s Apprentices swore of their allegiance to their evil wizard master. Captain America must act quickly now that the Apprentices were distracted by the chocolaty cream filled goodness, springing into action he restrains them and begins a “lesson in citizenship”. The Apprentices seems okay with this turn of events as they really, really liked the Hostess Cupcakes.
A fair amount of research went into this review/analysis of Silver Age advertisement and I urge all of you to not Google Sore Sir’s Apprentice … because you will be taken to a website where you can order amateur BDSM porn that’s produced in a basement somewhere in New York City. And after this post gets published, I’m sure that StationHouse Video Distribution is going to wonder why they are getting an uptick in traffic on a cold February night. But hey, if you are into genital mutilation just go ahead and click through.
Late last week an image made its way through the various fan blogs of Lego’s latest offering in their Modular Buildings theme which is targeted at the adult fans of Lego (AFOL) demographic. Set to debut this Spring, the Palace Cinema looks to be an enviable addition to any collection coming in at nearly 2200 individual elements. And it looks like it is enough to make me jump into this theme headfirst.