My pal, Brian, has made this video about Mattel’s Space 1999 Play sets and it is wonderful. I love the stickers, the lighting effects, and can image the vinyl scent that I must still have a hint of. I am a sucker for a great playset, and this one is no exception. As far as eight-inch(ish) playsets go, this has to be one of the best. While lacking the transporter gimmick of the U.S.S. Enterprise bridge, the usefulness of the play area is not as unlike a moon base as the Star Trek set is unlike a ship. If I had the room to display one, I would seek this one out.
Tatsunoko is probably one of the most important names in Anime. I shudder to think of an Otaku’s world without them. While we may have still ended up with Super Sentai without Kagaku Ninja Tai Gatchaman, but we would all have been the lesser for their absence. Speed Racer, my first favorite cartoon as a child, Casshan and so much more, Tatsunoko is one of the pillars of anime. If you have an hour and a half to spend, watch the opening and closing sequences of each Tatsunoko production from 1965 through 1983.
Like the narrator, my opinions of Gold Key Comics were rather low as a child. It wasn’t until my later years that I developed an appreciation of the line. While I cannot point to any singular issue or series as being a stand-out for me, I dig many of the concepts at a higher level. I do remember Battle of the Planets being a point of excitement for a younger me, but the execution of the art and stories were not the best quality. I don’t agree with 100% of FizzFop’s remarks but he dives deep into the origins of Gold Key Comics and has a ton of historical information that is fascinating.
How to Draw Comics the Marvel Way is a book by Stan Lee and John Buscema. This book walks you, the aspiring comic book artist, through the process of how to draw and create comic books. John Buscema illustrated the artwork, with plenty of Jack Kirby examples included as well. The first edition was published in 1978 by Marvel Fireside Books. The book has been reprinted many times and can easily be found for a very reasonable price both on the primary and secondary markets.
I can remember my original copy that I got in 1980 for my 10th birthday. It was my bible and I went everywhere with it. I’ve had several copies, and have given a few away to young aspiring artists that I have encountered in my life. If you haven’t read this book, I cannot recomend it enough. You can purchase a copy here: https://amzn.to/3fNITxi.