Friday, January 30, 2015

Power Records Sci-Fi Gift Pack

Here's another Power Records mystery I discovered via a Google image search. It seems as though there were Star Trek, Space: 1999, and Six Million Dollar Man LPs repackaged and sold as a three pack. That makes sense of course, but what's with the custom back cover, seen directly above? Did all three LPs get this new cover? Also, how were they sold--shrinkwrapped together? For some reason I have to know these things!

Unfortunately, these images were not from an eBay auction, otherwise I would have asked the seller a little bit about them. But for now, just these photos will have to do.


Monday, January 26, 2015

Sloppy White: The Way It Was

Power Pal Rockwell Jay Puggelsworth found this, a new record from musician Sloppy White. Sure looks like someone is a Power Records fan! Check out their website to see even more Power-related imagery.

Does it come with a comic?




Friday, January 23, 2015

Wonder Woman - 2 Exciting Stories Japanese Edition

I found this while doing a Power Records Google Image search...what the Hera is this?!? Did Power Records make it all the way to Japan? At first I thought it was some modern-day re-release, but if so why would anyone bother slapping the Peter Pan logo on there (bottom left)?

The Power Records story just keeps getting bigger...


Monday, January 19, 2015

Star Trek - The Crier in Emptiness

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Another snoozeifying Star Trek re-release to tie in with the 1979 movie. That dull, grim, gray picture of three middle-aged men in jammies really prepares you for a thrilling audio adventure, doesn't it?


Friday, January 16, 2015

Wonder Woman by Dick Giordano

This beautiful, iconic Wonder Woman shot by the late, great Dick Giordano appeared in the 1976 Super DC Calendar. Of course, Power Records fans are familiar with, because it was used on the back cover--albeit significantly changed--for the one of the Wonder Woman LPs:
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Monday, January 12, 2015

Batman '66

We've featured Tyrone Biljan's awesome custom Power Record book and record sets before, and this is yet another one I'd kill to have--if it existed. Considering that the 1966 Batman TV show is hotter than ever, and that Mr. West and Mr. Ward are still with us, let's make it happen!

Check out Tyrone's blog That Would Be So Cool If...!


Friday, January 9, 2015

Spider-Man - El Hombre Arana

I should have guessed that since Power Records released a Spanish-language Superman record, they probably did the same for Spider-Man. And here it is!

I didn't know this beauty existed until I stumbled over it during a Google image search. Unfortunately I haven't been able to find the audio tracks, so for now just the sleeve art will have to do. Once I find the audio I will update this, because I really can't wait to hear it!



Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Wonder Woman - Secret of the Magic Tiara

Another discovery I made recently was this 45" edition of Wonder Woman - Secret of the Magic Tiara with a cover I've never seen before. I don't recognize the art style at all, it doesn't look like any other sleeve Peter Pan produced at the time. Questions, questions!

Monday, January 5, 2015

Batman - Stacked Cards

Yet another edition of Batman - Stacked Cards, this time featuring cover art by Jose Luis Garcia Lopez (PBHN)! I've seen that shot of the Joker squirting Batman in various other places, so along with the other shot of the Dynamic Duo, I'm going to assume DC sent Peter Pan a bunch of the JLGL stock art and they found stuff that would fit the recorded tracks from the 1970s.


Friday, January 2, 2015

Batman - Stacked Cards

Here's another recent discovery I made online, another edition of Batman - Stacked Cards featuring slightly altered trade dress. I guess it was changed from "Book and Record" to "Book and Recording" so either a record or cassette could be attached. Personally, I'd be interested in seeing "Book and MP3."


Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Superman Records and Books Ad

I'm sure I was not the only reader who bought Warren Publishing's magazines as much for the mouth-watering Captain Company ad pages as for the story and art. Each issue ended with 10-12 pages of truly amazing stuff--records, toys, books, and more.

This ad ran on inside back covers (hence the color) and featured all kinds of goodies right in my wheelhouse--three Superman Power Records not to mention Treasury Comics! I'll take one of everything, thanks Captain Company!

Monday, December 29, 2014

Six Million Dollar Man - The Bionic Berserker

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Despite the Six Million Dollar Man's superstar status at Power Records (three full LPs, plus a variant), from what I've been able to determine, he didn't get too many 45"s to himself. Other than Elves' Revolt, The Bionic Berserker is the only one of these single reissues that I've been able to find starring good old Steve Austin. I've learned, however, never to say never, so who knows what else is out there, still to be discovered?

The cover sleeve looks Neal Adams-ish, but not quite. I'm going to assume this was a Continuity Studios job, handed off to another artist on staff who was trained to draw a lot like Neal. I love that guy in the back, completely losing it over the Six Million Dollar Man's display of muscle.


Friday, December 26, 2014

Power Pals: Van Zee

Oh man do I love this picture! This is newest Power Pal Van Zee, proudly displaying his Batman - Stacked Cards Book and Record set, while also riding his Batman tri-cycle. How boss is that?

Despite all the pictures of me growing up with comics in my hand or in the background (or both), there's not a single shot of me with any of my beloved Power Records, so I absolutely love photos like this. If you have one, please send it in--we are the Power Records Generation!

Thanks Van!


Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Power Pals: Christmas Kid

Power Pal Rockwell Jay Pugglesworth sent in this picture of a kid from the 1970s having the best Christmas ever! Clearly he's a big Star Trek fan--if not, then Santa goofed up big time.

Merry Christmas everyone!


Monday, December 22, 2014

The Adventures of The Amazing Spider-Man and Friends!

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Tracks:
Mark of the Man-Wolf

The Way It Began
...And A Pheonix Shall Arise
The Incredible Hulk At Bay

Power Records re-issued this Spider-Man LP, giving it a slightly new name, and managing to squeeze in a fourth audio adventure (why only three made it on the other version I can't imagine). Could it be possible this was sent back out after Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends debuted in 1981, with the hopes that slapping "...and Friends!" on it would move some copies? And check out the front cover blurb, where it says it features "Captain America and The Hawk." I think they mean The Falcon...
 
Regarding the back cover, it's interesting that of all the records they chose to plug, they picked Man-Thing, one of the least little kid-friendly records in the collection!
 
 

Friday, December 19, 2014

B-Boy Bionics

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Newest Power Pal Darrell Krum sent me this vinyl record sleeve, which bares a striking resemblance to a certain Power Record LP. Darrell designed and illustrated it, and this Power Records fan thinks it came out great.

Nice job Darrell and thanks for sending it in! Power Records lives on!!


Wednesday, December 17, 2014

The Incredible Hulk - At Bay

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Track:
The Incredible Hulk At Bay!


For some reason, Power Records re-purposed some of their Spider-Man and Hulk book-and-record sets. They retained the inside contents but gave them new, generally less Marvel-y, covers. The mustard-colored background really brings the excitement!


Monday, December 15, 2014

The Power Records Podcast Episode 8: Six Million Dollar Christmas!

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It's Christmas time again, so Chris and I take a listen to four holiday-themed audio adventures starring Steve Austin, the Six Million Dollar Man! We wrap up with your Listener Feedback!

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Opening and closing themes courtesy Peter Pan Records.

Thanks for listening! Drop the needle and turn the page!


Friday, December 12, 2014

Space: 1999 - 3 Exciting Stories

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Tracks:
Breakaway

Death's Other Dominion
Mission of the Darians

Like The Six Million Dollar Man, Space: 1999 was a property I was only vaguely familiar with as a kid. To my memory, I never had any of the book and record sets, and this second LP of adventures was completely unknown to me until recently. This certainly has to be the only Power Record recommended by Dr. Wernher von Braun--though to be fair, I bet he would have recommended this Wonder Woman 45" if he had had the chance.
 
Audio-wise, these adventures aren't bad, but they suffer an overall dullness that I thought marred the show, and kept me from really getting into it, in those dark days before Star Wars. Still, the sleeve makes it all look very exciting!
 

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Spider-Man - The Abominable Showman

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Track:
The Abominable Showman


Another Spidey 45", featuring signed cover art by Bill Gow. Art-wise, this is one of the better sleeves, with Spidey taking a real beating courtesy the Showman's giant robot!


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