Posts Tagged ‘1970’s

30
Nov
11

Who IS That Masked Man?

Hugo: Man of a Thousand Faces was created by Alan Ormsby and released by Kenner toy company in 1975. Perhaps the only toy ever designed with the sole purpose of torturing younger siblings, Hugo did so with the help of several glue-on accessories such as a wig, sideburns, eyebrows, mustache and goatee. His kit contained many other completely awful items like noses, chins, warts, scars, fangs, a bandage (with fake bloodstains), an eye patch, glasses and mask. He lacked legs, but made up for this with a pullstring mechanism to operate his disturbing movable arms. Hugo would later go on to make guest appearances on The Pee-wee Herman Show.

Hugo: Man of a Thousand Faces

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07
Nov
11

Derry Daring

1975 saw the release of Derry Daring by Ideal Toys. In an apparent attempt to create a character more appealing to the female demographic, the action girl of today was equipped to handle any number of daring scenarios as well as any guy. Her skills included: heroic rescuing, mountain climbing, automobile mechanics, stunt cycling, rodeo riding, and of course – simultaneously filming and reporting the news in the safest manner possible. Derry possessed all the technical skill of her counterpart, Mr. Knievel, minus the years of brain damage. She was likely the inspiration behind April O’Neil, the Pink Ranger, Lara Croft and many others to follow.

Derry Daring - The action girl of today!

07
Nov
11

Prequel to a Post

When going through an old magazine, comic book or newspaper, my favorite part has always been reading the advertisements. Often, it’s some historical element that attracts my attention or perhaps the nostalgia factor in general. Regardless, I have a fascination with society’s previous views and how they relate to modern forms of political correctness/taboos, or are just plain campy.

In the next few posts I will share some pieces from the 1970’s – 1980’s that seem particularly interesting. All of these adverts are from the various Christmas-themed Archie comic book series.

Enjoy an exciting, romantic, impressive look anytime!




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