Monday, September 1, 2014

Planet of the Apes - Mountain of the Delphi



I completely missed covering these non-film Apes records during the first run of the blog, and I guess that was because I didn't have them as a kid and simply forgot they existed. But how could I have missed these beautiful sleeves by Neal Adams?

Using characters from the short-lived POTA TV series, Mountain of the Delphi is a fine, if a bit talky, adventure--which, IMO, makes it a very accurate adaptation of the source material. As usual, Neal Adams makes it look way, way more exciting.

These "other" Apes adventures were released as separate 45" records as well as all together on one LP.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Ghostly Sounds



Even as a Power Records collector, this LP was one I never bothered with because, as far as I understood, there was no story--it's just random spooky sounds. Plus, it's a Peter Pan record, not a "Power", so even if it I saw it as a kid I probably would have turned my nose up at it, relegating it to "kiddie stuff." After all, I was listening to the truly scary stuff, like Man-Thing and The Monster of Frankenstein!

That said, Ghostly Sounds isn't too bad--there's some genuinely weird stuff, which could do the, er, trick for some of the younger set. Plus, check out that sleeve art, by the unfortunately-named George Peed! How this guy never ended up at Mad or (at the very least) Cracked...

I found these scans online, so I haven't had a chance to see what the inside looks like. Now that the blog is back, maybe if I can find it on eBay for the right price I'll pick it up. Halloween is coming, after all...

Power Records Are Back!

Well, the blog that is!

The Power Records blog was one of my blogging efforts that I let fade away after a time. Strangely, people kept visiting it, reading, listening, and commenting, which was always nice to see. Over time, many of the outside links I used for the audio tracks were taken down, leaving the blog in a sorry state. Every so often someone would email, asking me if I was ever going to update the site, but I never had the time to take on such a massive job.

Well, I finally did make the time, so here are some of the changes you'll find: all links are now working, and I've added tracks for a few for some Power Records I didn't have before. Also, every post features an audio link that opens in a new window--no more Auto Play (I don't know what the hell I was thinking with that)! That way you can read and play easily, with just one click.

If you're a big Power Records fan, you might want to check out my show, THE POWER RECORDS PODCAST, co-hosted by me and Chris Franklin, aka Earth-2 Chris of THE SUPER MATES PODCAST. It's part of the FIRE AND WATER family of podcasts, and you can find all episodes of the show here, on iTunes, and on Stitcher.

Also: I will be adding even more improvements and content to the blog, so check back in occasionally to see what's new in the world of Power Records!


Friday, August 29, 2014

Marvel Power Records Ad

I remember seeing this ad growing up. From what I remember, Marvel slotted it in below different ads for other products, whether they were toys or other comics. Only $1.49 each!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Power Record Ad

I found this ad--one I'd never seen before--in an old issue of Marvel's Pizzazz magazine (which I'm currently surveying over on another one of my blogs, All In Black & White For 75 Cents). And even though I've never updated this blog since ending it in 2008, I felt like I couldn't just ignore this!

Obviously Peter Pan Records did not create custom ads for wherever they were supposed to run; if they had, I think wouldn't see so many DC heroes here!

Of all my blogs that I've formally ended, Power Records still generates reader comments; in fact, it generates more comments than any of my other non-ongoing blogs, and for that I am very grateful. So if you want to occasionally see some more new material on here, keep commenting!

Friday, June 27, 2008

Superman En Espanol LP

I knew the end of Power Records blog was coming soon, but I didn't know how I wanted to send it off.

Then I saw this, something I had no idea existed--an entirely Spanish-language Superman Power Record! Wow!

As you can see, the front cover is a re-colored version of one of the American LPs, but the cover strangely enough is specific to this version. And the audio tracks are also entirely in Spanish. Good to know that Spanish-speaking kids were not denied the fun and excitement that were Power Records.

Like I said, today is last post for Power Records, for the conceivable future, at least. I had no idea when I started it just how many variant editions there were, and what a huge undertaking it was.

There are a few Power Records here and there I haven't indexed here yet, all of them (to my knowledge) variants, except for one Six Million Dollar Man LP that I could never quite find for the price I was willing to pay. The fine folks over at Power Records Plaza have it for download, as well as some other PR oddities like the Ghostly Sounds LP; I don't have to tell any of you to head over there and check out what they've been doing; it's good stuff.

Maybe at some point I will pick that stuff up; if I do I'll promote it over at my other blogs. Ever since ending my Digest Comics blog last year, I've done at least two or three week-long updates, so you never know! But, for now, I'm putting a period on this sentence.

Its been a lot of fun--the Power Records were an essential element to my childhood love of comics, these characters, and, in some ways, even graphic design. And its been fun re-presenting this material on the web. Some of you have written me telling me you've introduced your own children to the Power Records this way, which is enormously rewarding. I thank everyone who took the time to come here and check out what I was doing.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Spider-Man / Hulk 45s

As I've said repeatedly here, Power Records could re-purpose with the best of 'em. Audio tracks appeared on 45s, LPs, and any multitude of combinations thereof.

Here are four Marvel ones, all of which featuring stories we've talked about here before. Those bottom two look like art by John Romita or Ross Andru traced over by someone else(s).

Tomorrow: we lift the arm on Power Records, with a very unusual item! Be here!

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Star Trek LP - 1975

The last of the Star Trek LPs Power Records released, with very nifty Neal Adams sleeve art and at least partial Adams pencils on the inside.

Unfortunately, I don't have scans of the "Time Stealer" comic book portion of this Book and Record set, where the crew of the Enterprise met...Conan the Barbarian, essentially. Heck, they even got John Buscema to draw it, proving Power Records was only barely trying to conceal the crossover:

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Green Lantern - In Brightest Day, In Blackest Night!

Great Guardians!

We had a tie for the second Power Records poll, both Green Lantern and the Teen Titans racking up five votes each.

So I had to break the tie and decide which faux-Power Record cover to mock up. As you can see, I went for Green Lantern, because I think he would have been a more likely choice for Power Records, with his outer space setting (giving them the chance to have all sorts of alien voices) and the fact that it would star one hero, as opposed to a whole team of them.

I had a tough time finding the right piece of Green Lantern art to use for this mock-up; when of course Power would've hired Neal Adams to do the honors.

Monday, June 23, 2008

Star Trek - To Starve a Fleaver / The Time Stealer



Since these are just 45" sleeves, I thought I'd post two of these Star Treks together.

As I've said before, Power Records did a pretty good Trek, by my estimation--the stories were fast-paced, exciting, and had a lot of humor.

When I was a kid, and before I had a chance to hear "The Time Stealer", I was like "When did the crew of the Enterprise meet Conan?!?"

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Superman LP - 1975


The last of the four Superman LPs Power Records released, with Neal Adams sleeve art and Ross Andru on the insides.

As a kid, I found the "Tomorrow the World" story a bit disturbing--the idea of an uncontrolled Superman wreaking havoc was unsettling to my young mind. And the audio portion of the sequence where Superman starts melting Lex's mask as he's wearing it I still find difficult to listen to. In a good way.

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Superman LP - 1978


Superman held the record as the DC star who headlined the most Power Records LP--a total of four, each with their own spiffy sleeve art, this time by Neal Adams (front) and Dick Giordano (back).

"Alien Creatures" was released as its own Book and Record 45" set, "Mxyzptlk-Up Menace" was only released as 45" record, I believe.
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