Saturday, 11 February 2017

Time Bandits (1981)

Terry Gilliam's Time Bandits, a wonderfully eccentric film, that's only real fault is in trying to cram too much in.  It lacks breathing space, I always thought, and would - if ever considered  - lend its self to a very nice multiple episode TV remake.  If we can have Westworld again, we could have the Time Bandits!
Anyway, from the film's finale, this very nice spaceship and suitable dressed Time Bandit.  The helmet will be recycled from somewhere but I'll need to stick the DVD on again to have a better look.
 
As a tangential observation that thrilled me at the time of first viewing, I recognised that little blue spaceship as being a replica of one of the Micronauts vehicles, a much loved toy of the late 70's which I actually owned; more specially the Mobile Exploration Lab.  Some of the relevant bits of which can be seen below.

Obviously young Kevin, the films protagonist, had one of these on his bedroom floor as well.  kind of cool I always thought.


Steve

NY Comic Art Convention Advert - Jack Kirby (1976)

Art from Marvel's 2001 A Space Odyssey comic adaption which has been appropriated for a New York Comic Con advert but I'm not sure of the year  I've seen it dated as 1971 which is rubbish because we didn't know about Star Wars back then.  Logic says 1977.  Does any one know better?

based on info in the comments' section then I'll edit to 1976. Thank you

Steve

Advertising Space - Gallery 1

Do you see what I did there?
 
OK, time to clear the files a bit.  I've been holding onto these images for years waiting to date them but lets throw it out to you people out there.  If you know, or know how I can find out what year these images are from then feel free to pop a comment in below and I'll update accordingly.
 
 (19??)
 
 (19??)
 
 Smirnoff  Vodka (19??)
 
Twinkies TV advert (19??)

Life (2017)

"Is there life on Mars" as someone once sang.  And you can find out the answer to that age old question this coming March in a cinema, somewhere near you.  The clue is in the film not being called; No Life.

It looks OK but I've seen this movies so many times before, I'm not rushing.  I'll wait for the DVD but if you can't then be sure to come back here and tell us all about it in the comments below.

Until then, Some more pictures of suits...






Steve

Monday, 30 January 2017

Kate Bush - The Dreaming (1982)

Ok I know we've been here before but these are a couple of my favourite things in one very nice and reasonably rare image.  Follow the Ventilation Suit link below to find out all about what Kate and her dancers are wearing but alternatively just admire the singer in all her perfection then go listen to some of her music. Then come back and consider where best one might sell one of these suits and add your thoughts to the comments below.  Its not me that has one, by the way, but I'm nothing if not helpful and you lot seem to be as well.  Lets have discussion and see if we can't help a fellow out.
 
 
Steve

Tuesday, 3 January 2017

The Lawrence Welk Show - The Tap Dancing Astronaut (1975)

An interesting and convoluted path to this one that involved finding a year old message on Facebook from a fine fellow called Paul Carsola, who was alerting me to yet another appearance of the Men into Space helmet cropping up again on American TV.  Well I say again like it just happened, but although its all new to me, this was actually back in 1975 on something that I am informed by the internet, as the long running and much loved American variety TV show called: The Lawrence Welk Show
Being born and raised on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean means that I didn't ever get to share in this cultural touchstone, although we had our own version of this kind of thing, that I would imagine was on a par with things like Morecambe and Wise making breakfast.  This:-
 
 
My new years gift to you, my American chums.
 
Anyway, the pictures above are of Arthur Duncan from a show in 1975 however there are two different versions of the routine  on YouTube so its possible it was performed more than once, although the costume seems to remain the same.
This image is from the other one if anyone more in the know would like to date the episode.
 
Interestingly while reading a bit about The Lawrence Welk Show and looking at images, I discovered that I sort of have blogged about it back in 2012 but for a different reason, which were namely; Sandi and Sally, two members of the Welk's "Musical Family"
I'm heading over there now to tidy that post up a bit, so you can join me and read more by following the "The Lawrence Welk Show" label below.
 
Thanks again to Paul for the pointer on this one and sorry it took so long to find your message.
 
 
Steve

Monday, 2 January 2017

Infinity One - Cover art by Jim Steranko


Obviously Steranko is all kinds of genius but a Steranko spacesuit is a thing of beauty.  Click on this to see it in all its glory.  Then go search the internet for some of the finest comic covers you will ever see.


Happy New Year, people


Steve