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They Don't Make Ads Like This Anymore: Evolutionary War

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No real reason for this one, other than it was drawn by the utterly brilliant Walter Simonson.  Who then took the trouble to sign it.

I just bought a new scanner, an Epson Workforce, to replace my old, old Mustek.  I scanned this image because, no matter how many times I tried on the Mustek, it always came out looking like crap, lines, bad colouring, you name it.  Now it looks perfect, with all the dings and wear and tear on show.  As it should be.

Now someone will tell me how shitty the Epson Workforce scanners are.  Go for it.  It was cheap, like the budgie, so I'm not overly fussed.  It's working well so far, and the scans look great, so shove it up your jumper.

They Don't Make Ads Like This Anymore: Howard Rogofsky

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Even in Australia we've heard of Howard Rogofsky.

His reputation certainly preceded him, and not always in the best light.  The word was that you could get what you wanted or needed from Howard, but condition wasn't always a priority.  I knew a guy who had a nickname for him, but I won't repeat it here, I'll let others utter that dreaded word, if they dare.  He sold high and bought low, and while that might annoy a lot of people, that sounds like good business sense to me.

One local dealer I knew absolutely hated Howard.  He hated that Howard charged high grade prices, but then this dealer would routinely order comics for his customers, get them into the store and switch them over, keeping the high grade for himself and giving the customer the lower grade comic from his personal collection.  Not that he told anyone what he was doing.  But he would do to his customers what he accused Howard of doing to him.

Quid pro quo I guess.

You see, I never had any dealings with…

They Don't Make Ads Like This Anymore: Addams Family House!

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I mean, seriously!  This would stop anyone from sniffing glue, if only because you'd need all the sticky stuff you can squeeze to finish this magnificent model kit.  Surely someone out there has one of these, fully assembled and painted?  Show us the pictures!!!

I wonder if it came with a free Morticia Addams?

Years ago I had the good fortune to meet John Astin in Adelaide.  We started talking about television when he asked, "Who did you prefer, Lily Munster or Morticia Addams?"  I thought about it for a second and replied, "Lily was the one that I always wanted to tuck me into bed, but Morticia was the one that I always wanted to climb into bed with."

Astin roared with laughter.  "Me tool, old man, me too!"

Love the Addams Family!

They Don't Make Ads (Or Clothes) Like This Anymore: Battlestar Galactica

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Seriously?  Would any disco, ESPECIALLY in 1980, let that guy in??  The girl, possibly, but the dude?  Most people would have lined him up as a nark, and if he was wearing those clothes....

You know that this ad was drawn, mainly because there'd be no way known, even in 1979/1980, that you could hire a family to wear those outfits without the photographer facing charges of child abuse and crimes against fashion.

Having said that, I just know someone out there actually bought and wore one of these jackets, and they're probably selling for thousands on sites like eBay.  Oh well, I couldn't stand that show anyway, but the spaceships were kind of cool.

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