6/21/17

The Greatest Father's Day Card, Ever

Truth be told, I often compalin that if we could get rid of Mother's Day, and other Hallmark-created holidays that require you to buy a card, I would gladly trade in Father's Day.  

I'm going to retract that statement this year.  Sunday I was given an original work of art that was a collaborative effort between my offspring.  The front of the card utilizes the image from the 40x60" USA poster for KOTM, with the text in the red box replaced to read "HE'S ALSO A DAD! WHICH IS VERY THEMATICALLY FITTING!"

But, I promised you the Greatest Father's Day Card, Ever--surely, we are close--but wait, there's more:


Inside, a three-dimensional, pop-up scene.  Baby Godzilla (holding a train, can you stand it?) jumping into his father's arms.  Flaming wreckage surrounds them.

There!  Now you have seen the Greatest Father's Day Card, Ever!

6/16/17

the superman files - disc 4 (Leaping Fox)

Let us wrap up a long work week with disc 4 of this collection.  In this disc, we wrap up Section II, called "super-vintage," which are Superman songs from the very beginning, all the way through the end of the 1980's.

This disc is an interesting cross-section of pain and pleasure.  Of course, your results will vary, but there are some interesting songs by some interesting people with some interesting backstories (if you feel like going down a few Wikipedia rabbit-holes).
Enjoy! Next time, we start Section III......................."super-disco" (you read that right).

LINK:  the superman files - disc 4 (Leaping Fox)

6/8/17

the superman files - disc 3 (Leaping Fox)

This third disc is the second part of Section II, "super-vintage;" write that down--it's confusing.
Inside, there was room to give you the list of spoken things that were excluded from this series of discs.

Highlights include: #8, #10, #19 (it was good then, it's good now).  Lowlights include #14...I know this was a big song back in the day.  I admit I've never sat through the whole thing until now, and it's just painful.  #16 includes some of the shrillest vocals of that decade.  #17 is only here to represent the number of reggae songs with "Superman" in the title, and, like you'd expect, they are pretty much all identical.

Next time, we will wrap up super-vintage with a journey through the 1980's.  Enjoy!

LINK:  the superman files - disc 3 (Leaping Fox)

6/6/17

the superman files - disc 2 (Leaping Fox)

Moving on from "super-history," we come to Section II, "super-vintage."  These are songs about (and sometimes not) Superman, and it was surprising to see some of the earliest ones.  Another surprise was that there were only a few songs in the entire decade of the 1950's (like, three).  I suppose it took "The Adventures of Superman" completing its TV run (ending in a disaster, with the death of George Reeves), and, further into the 1960's, some animated TV shows, to further cement the character into the public daily mindset.  

1966 was a good year for super-heroes, anyhow.  The BATMAN TV series had catapulted comic heroes into the "mainstream," and plans were made to do the same for other heroes (such as Wonder Woman, which never got off the ground, but, if you've seen the painful pilot film, you understand that that's just perfectly fine).  Superman, instead, got a Broadway musical, and the character's title song received a handful of releases from different artists (including a group containing Lucille Ball's son, Dean Martin's son, and...another guy). 
We end this volume with another song called merely "Superman," by Doc & Prohibition.  It's not only good, but generated several cover versions, and mark my words, we will be seeing it again.

LINK:  the superman files - disc 2 (Leaping Fox)