Sunday, July 31, 2016

Another author on my to-read list

From Wikipedia:

Charles Williams (August 13, 1909 – ca. April 7, 1975) was an American author of crime fiction. He is regarded by some critics as one of the finest suspense novelists of the 1950s and 1960s. His 1951 debut, the pulp paperback novel Hill Girl, sold more than a million copies. A dozen of his books have been adapted for movies, most popularly Dead Calm.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Any bright ideas?

I almost want one of these...

from Avon's Attack on Planet Mars, 1951

Monday, July 18, 2016

Beaumont, Matheson. Lupino, and... Paladin

Have Gun, Will Travel always had some amazing talent in front and behind the camera, but "The Lady on the Wall" may hold the record.

 Director: Ida Lupino
Writers: Charles Beaumont, Richard Matheson

Aired February 20th, 1960

Have Gun, Will Travel s03e23 The Lady On The Wall by MixedSeries16

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Worth Carnahan's Puzzle Pages

For a few years now, I've been collecting puzzles from Golden Age comics and I'm particularly fond of the puzzles of the almost forgotten artist/publisher* Worth Carnahan. Here's a video I put together as part of a series on puzzles and problem solving.

* Or maybe artist/front. The industry was a bit sketchy back then.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Mannix joins Synanon

A fascinating view of how Hollywood viewed Synanon back when the press was
overwhelmingly positive, before the organization was known for shaved heads and rattlesnake-based murder plots.

The depictions of the Synanon game are particularly interesting.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

It Rhymes with Lust--The first graphic novel (sort of)

Now available at Digital Comics Museum

From Wikipedia:

It Rhymes with Lust is a book, originally published in 1950, considered one of the most notable precursors of the graphic novel. Called a "picture novel" on the cover and published by the comic book and magazine company St. John Publications, it was written by Arnold Drake and Leslie Waller (together using the pseudonym "Drake Waller"), with black-and-white art by Matt Baker and inker Ray Osrin.