Year: 2016

Greatest Misses: Kiss (Spotify Playlist)

Greatest Misses: Kiss (Spotify Playlist)

Music
I'm starting a new music series on this site that I call Greatest Misses, with a debt owed to the Devo collection of the same name. The premise is simple -- I ID the least listened-to song for every (or most) of a band's studio records available on Spotify. A few caveats: Short, interlude-type songs don't count for me, and I also don't count live albums, compilations, or records of the like. Up first is Kiss, for whom every studio albums is currently available as of this posting except for 2009's Sonic Boom. Not surprisingly, this 20-song playlist is composed almost entirely of deep cuts that only the diehards would know (think "Two Timer" from Dressed to Kill or "Murder in High Heels" from Animalize.) But there are a few ones I was shocked to see heard so little. "Escape from ...
Vintage Tabletop: Marvel World Adventure Playset (1975)

Vintage Tabletop: Marvel World Adventure Playset (1975)

Games & Toys
Straight out of the Bronze Age of comic books comes this cool Marvel board game from Amsco. Hell, even if I never got to play with the thing it'd be worth owning one just to have as a model. Look at the picture on the box and see what I mean: This thing is so cool I'm even willing to overlook the glaring grammar error in the list of locales. See if you can spot it: Baxter Building Daily Bugle Offices Peter Parker's Apartment Avenger's Town House(!) Dr. Strange's Mansion The Negative Zone Fantastic Four Air Car Working Elevator Secret Trap Door Here is what the original, shrink-wrapped contents look like: It's a little early for Christmas, but if you're reading this and want to know where to send one of these just let me know!
Design Evolution: Vintage Cereal Boxes

Design Evolution: Vintage Cereal Boxes

Ephemera
For my latest look at how much logos have changed over the years, it's time for us to all take a trip back to our childhood. It's Saturday morning, you've got a whole day of cartoons ahead of you, and you need the right fuel to get you started. What's better than a big bowl of breakfast cereal? Nothing, that's what. So here is a look at how ten of the most iconic brands in cereal looked in days gone by. These are not all the original box versions, just ones that I think you'll find the most interesting. One thing you'll see is that in many cases the iconic mascots you associate with cereal brands -- Sonny the Cuckoo Bird, Lucky the Leprechaun, and -- were not around when the cereal first came out. Grab a spoon and enjoy! Frosted Flakes (Kellogg's, 1951) Lucky Charms (Genera...