Tuesday, September 26, 2017

1967 TV--- 50 Years Later

Was 1967 the greatest year in US television history?

Well, I guess that depends on what the criteria is for quality. There weren't a whole lot of lead women on TV yet (but it was getting better). THAT GIRL, for example, was on its second year. There weren't a whole lot of minority characters, either, but the ones that *were* there were not maids, such as Uhura on STAR TREK or Barney on MISSION:IMPOSSIBLE. So things were getting better.

I'm sure arguments could be made for more overall quality in different years, but just take a look at the shows that were on the air as of September 1967. See for yourself how many of these shows have stood the test of time and are still beloved, 50 years later!

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

MB22: Batman Family #20

Batman Family #20 (November 1978)
cover: Jim Starlin (signed)
title: "Private Eye Man-Bat!"
writer: Bob Rozakis
penciller: Michael Golden
inker: Josef Rubinstein
letterer: Ben Oda
colorist: Jerry Serpe
editor: Allen Milgrom 

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

MB21: Batman Family #19

Batman Family #19 (Sept 1978)
cover: Mike Kaluta (unsigned)
title: "The Once & Future Man-Bat"
writer: Bob Rozakis
penciller: Danny Bulanadi
inker: Romeo Tanghal
letterer: Clem Robins
colorist: Mario Sen
editor: Allen Milgrom

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

MB20: Batman Family #18

Batman Family #18 (July 1978)
cover: Jim Starlin (unsigned)
title: "Man-Bat No More!"
writer: Bob Rozakis
penciller: Danny Bulandi
inker: Romeo Tanghal
letterer: Milton Snapinn
colorist: Jerry Serpe
editor: Allen Milgrom 

Monday, June 26, 2017

The Supremes in 1967

1967 is colloquially known as "the summer of love," the name given to the time when thousands of young people congregated in San Francisco's Haight-Asbury neighborhood.

Musically speaking, fifty years ago the Monkees released their best album, Headquarters, and it hit number one on the album chart June 24, 1967. The week after that, the Beatles' Sgt Peppers' Lonely Hearts Club Band took the top spot and was there for fifteen weeks. Finally, they gave up the top the week of October 28, when the Supremes' Greatest Hits took the top spot and stayed there for 5 weeks. Ironically enough, it was replaced by another Monkees album (Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn, & Jones, Ltd.).

If you are a fan of Motown in general or of the Supremes in particular, you know that Summer 1967 is an important time for the group, and not because of "love." Today we're going to talk about the events of that epic year.

The last show of  the Supremes with their original line-up occurred on July 1, 1967. The first show of the new line-up of the Supremes also occurred on that day.  In-between those matinee and evening shows, original member Florence Ballard left the group, and Cindy Birdsong took her place.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

MB19: Batman Family #17

Batman Family #17 (May 1977)
cover: Michael Kaluta 
title: "There's A Demon Born Every Minute"
writer: Bob Rozakis
penciller: Michael Golden
colorist: Jerry Serpe
letterer: Jean Simek
editor: Allen Milgrom 

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

MB18: Batman Family #16

Batman Family #16 (March 1978)
cover: Jim Aparo
title: "Bull's-Eye For Murder"
writer: Bob Rozakis
penciller: Michael Golden
colorist: Jerry Serpe
letterer: Clem Robins
editor: Julius Schwartz