Category: 1970s

President Jimmy Carter, a Georgian, loved pro …

President Jimmy Carter, a Georgian, loved pro wrestling, here, with his favorite wrestler, Mr. Wrestling II. 

Jimmy Carter invited Mr. Wrestling II to his inauguration, but Mr. Wrestling II had to turn it down, as the secret service required he not wear his mask. 

The marvelous pen of Sal Buscema. 

The marvelous pen of Sal Buscema. 

Frank Frazetta, Atlantis Rising

Frank Frazetta, Atlantis Rising

There is incredibly little information availab…

There is incredibly little information available about the 1979 aborted adaptation of Lloyd Biggle Jr.’s 1961 novel, “Monument,” except for a 1979 article in Starlog with some set photographs and concept art. 

The book is a classic, about an old space bum who crashes on an idyllic, Polynesia-like planet, and who leaves a plan behind for the primitive inhabitants to use knowledge of bureaucracy and other tactics to prevent their planet from becoming a resort, and ensuring they own it forever. The film adaptation stalled, despite having a cast, locations, and even monster costumes, when the producer unexpectedly died. 

If it had been made, it would probably have changed science fiction films as it was a very smart, sophisticated film at a time when that kind of scifi movie wasn’t made often. 

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Steranko’s 1976 poster for Star Trek. 

Steranko’s 1976 poster for Star Trek. 

Hulk Utility Belt. 

Hulk Utility Belt. 

Boris Vallejo.

Boris Vallejo.

According to numerous students of Shatner’s to…

According to numerous students of Shatner’s toupee, who examine the issue closely, the most fascinating hairpieces Shatner ever wore were the ones in the 1970s, when he appeared on game shows, such as the Match Game in 1975 (above), and his appearance on the New Beat the Clock (below, 1974). 

Another contender would be the “furry” piece worn in the early 1980s for TJ Hooker: 

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The paperback covers of George Barr. 

The paperback covers of George Barr. 

All of them are from the smaller publisher, DAW, who I’d argue, had the best covers in scifi history. The smaller the publisher, the better the covers. Cover art is something of a lost art these days because of the disinterest of the larger publishers in investing into their books.