Tag: Countdown to Halloween

It’s a Golden Age Superhero Halloween!

It’s a Golden Age Superhero Halloween!

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I think I like the idea of reading Golden Age superhero comics more than actually doing it. Compared to today's comic books, the stories and artwork often don't measure up. But man, I could look at the covers all day. So in the spirit of the season, here's a few Golden Age comic book covers with a Halloween theme. The Superman one is technically Silver Age, but I think it has the same lighthearted spirit as the other three so I included it. If straight-ahead horror comics from the Golden Age are more your thing, I've got a gallery of them too. I couldn't resist including this last one from Batman, even though it is firmly entrenched in the Silver Age and is of a much more serious tone. But how can you go wrong with a vintage Neal Adams cover?
Here’s a Set of Neat Halloween III: Season of the Witch Lobby Cards

Here’s a Set of Neat Halloween III: Season of the Witch Lobby Cards

Ephemera, Movies
When Halloween III: Season of the Witch was released in October 1982, fans of the horror series were no doubt surprised at the total lack of Michael Myers. That and anything resembling a good story. But all you needed to do was look at any of these lobby cards for the film to know that this would be very much unlike the first two Halloween flicks. Turns out that masks, old men, and dudes in business suits aren't the crucial ingredients for a classic horror movie. Who knew? Still, that Silver Shamrock tune is so very catchy.
Even the Great Pumpkin Is Voting Nixon-Agnew (1968)

Even the Great Pumpkin Is Voting Nixon-Agnew (1968)

Ephemera
Here's a very odd piece of political ephemera. It's a Halloween-themed jack-o-lantern door hanger used during the 1968 Richard Nixon/Spiro Agnew presidential campaign. In big, block letters it announced "Even the Great Pumpkin Is Voting Nixon-Agnew." This bit of ephemera is a clear nod to the classic Peanuts TV special It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. The CBS animated special debuted in October 1966 and was no doubt fresh in the minds of American voters. Whether or not this door hanger was enough to tip the scales in favor of the GOP ticket is debatable, but Nixon and Agnew cruised to a sizable Electoral College victory over Democrat Hubert Humphrey and running mate Edmund Muskie.
The Countdown to Halloween 2013 Has Begun!

The Countdown to Halloween 2013 Has Begun!

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It's October 1, and that can only mean one thing -- it's time to kick off the Countdown to Halloween! I had so much fun acting as a Cryptkeeper for last year's countdown that I'm back to do it again. So throughout the month you'll see all sorts of fun, spooky posts with a Halloween theme. Along with the usual, non-scary tomfoolery of course. To join in the fun, just click the Fruit Brute icon in the upper right to see every post for this year's countdown. To see all of my cool Halloween posts, you can check out the Halloween archives for those. I'll also be posting some scary stuff on my Tumblr and Facebook pages, so check them out too! Oh and lest I forget, the headquarters for the Countdown to Halloween is here. Please visit other participants' pages as well to see what they...
Album Cover of the Week: Shock Music in Hi-Fi by the Creed Taylor Orchestra

Album Cover of the Week: Shock Music in Hi-Fi by the Creed Taylor Orchestra

Album Cover of the Week
October doesn't start until tomorrow, but I just can't wait to get started on my Countdown to Halloween 2013 posts so I'm kicking things off a little early. Here's a fun little vintage album cover to set the mood for you -- it's Shock Music in Hi-Fi by the Creed Taylor Orchestra (ABC-Paramount ABC-259, 1959). Now if you ask me, the woman on the front cover looks more in a state of grief than of shock or horror. But it's a neat visual and works well with the "Shock" portion of the typeface. Credits on this one are easy, as they're listed right on the back cover. The front and liner photographs were taken by Tony Triolo, and Matt Schutz designed the front cover. Here's a clip from the album, to give you an idea of what this record sounds like. It's "The Crank," written by Ke...