Saturday, January 7, 2017

Lone Ranger LP


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Well, this was a surprise!

I got an email from new Power Pal Mike Dean with audio files for a Lone Ranger LP from Peter Pan, which I never knew existed! I probably would have bought it (as in, begged my parents to buy it for me) since I generally considered The Lone Ranger a superhero alongside the DC and Marvel stalwarts.

The stories are decent, and utilize a lot of the same voices all Power Records fans are familiar with. The cover art for the sleeve is a little on the dull side, I guess Neal Adams was busy.

Mike tells me the record was released in 1978, then re-released in 1980 to coincide with The Legend of the Lone Ranger. I did a little more digging and found a Peter Pan Lone Ranger book and record set, as well:


There's no indication which, if any, of the four LP stories are being used here, so possibly this is entirely new Lone Ranger adventure! Who knew Peter Pan got so much mileage out of the character? When I see something like this, something I didn't know existed even after decades of Peter Pan Records fandom, it makes me wonder if there isn't even more stuff like this out there--Green Hornet? The Shadow? Doc Savage?

Anyway, big thanks to Mike for sending the audio along. Hi-yo, Silver!


Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Hear A Hero! Ad



I never realized before that there were two versions of this Power Records half-page ad--the top one featuring DC and Marvel characters, and the bottom just Marvel. If you look closely, you can see that the Superman figure has been removed, to boot. I wonder if there are other iterations out there??


Tuesday, December 6, 2016

House of Terror! - LP


I generally don't update this blog anymore, but sometimes I find something so interesting I can't resist!

I had never seen this LP before, called House of Terror!, until I saw it for sale on eBay recently. It's not from Peter Pan Records, yet it reuses the Frankenstein/Dracula/Werewolf story drawn by Neal Adams that was originally done for them! It also comes with a sampling of horror-centric humor songs, making for one tonally weird-ass album!

Did anyone have this? The insides (pictured below) look similar to the Peter Pan release, and as you can see the cover is a mish-(monster)mash of Adams art from the comic!





Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Space: 1999 Ad

Another Captain Company ad from the back of Vampirella, this time for the exciting grey world of Space: 1999!



Just a heads up, as of today the Power Records blog is going to be taking a little vacation. When I restarted this back in August 2014, I had no idea there was still so much related content to find. But now the well has gone dry a little bit again, so I'm going to take some time to work on some other projects and hopefully find more interesting Power Records obscura. Thanks to everyone who's been following along, and we'll see you soon!



Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Themes From The Movies


Okay, I admit, this one is really far afield of this blog's mission statement, but when Power Pal Rockwell Jay Pugglesworth sent it to me I couldn't resist--it looks so fun! I mean, where else are you going to see these five fine examples of 1970s cinema all in one place? I mean, who doesn't remember the stirring theme from The Deep?

Clearly, the sleeve art was done in-house, since it has that...er, loose style that we've come to associate with Peter Pan's art department. This record gives us an idea what a book-and-record set of these movies might have looked like, which is a major tease: just imagine how cool a series of James Bond Power Records could have been!

Also--I've never understood the byzantine nature of music publishing, but how could PP release an album with the Star Wars theme on it when they clearly didn't have the license?


Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Wonder Woman Ad


For some reason, the DC and Marvel records never got advertised all that much in the Warren mags (at least compared to some of the other licenses), so this Wonder Woman offering from Eerie #95 jumped out at me. I'm not familiar with that other LP, but it sure looks like fun!


Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Six Million Dollar Man Ad


This full page ad ran in the back of Vampirella #86, and as you can see it's almost entirely made up of old time radio serial stuff put on to vinyl...except, right at the bottom there, is a Six Million Dollar Man LP.

The problem is, someone at Captain Company(?) swapped out the original cover art for this generic photo of Steve Austin, so I can't tell if this is one of the Power Records or some other piece of licensed merch! I've never seen any other Six Million Dollar Man LPs, so I think it's a safe bet that it's a Power Record. But of course you never know...

(On another note: how is it that Power Records didn't nab the Godzilla license, leaving it open to another label? Every time I see that LP, I have to remind myself it's not from Peter Pan!)


Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Planet of the Apes/Ghostly Sounds Ad


More Warren, more Power Records for sale! Putting the POTA and Ghostly Sounds records together suggests Captain Company had some extra inventory lying around and decided to throw them together in one ad, rather than any sort of merchandising plan. But who cares, they are three avenues to excitement!


Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Jaws of the Shark Ad


Be careful! If you don't read this Captain Company ad (from Vampirella #68) closely, you might think Power Records' Jaws of the Shark is actually exciting, and worth the $2.49 plus shipping. Don't be fooled by Neal Adams' masterful cover, buy the Archie instead.

(Can you tell I've been reading a lot of Warren mags lately?)



Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Star Trek Ad


This ad ran in the back of Vampirella #55 (1977), among other amazing nerdy wonders. Only $2.49 for LP!


Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Star Trek Ad


Found this grammatically-challenged ad in Vampirella #110, amid a whole page if Trek merch. I don't think I was the only one who bought a lot of Warren mags for the ads as much as the content, I spent a lot of hours pouring over page after page of amazing stuff I dreamed of getting my hands on.


Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Comics Scene #4


Power Pal Rockwell J. Pugglesworth found this interesting curio in an old (are there any other kind?) issue of Comics Scene. Apparently Peter Pan was gearing up to release a whole slew of new(?) Conan the Barbarian records in conjunction with the 1980 movie.

This brief mention seems to suggest they would be all new, but my bet is they were planning to do what they did for Star Trek: The Motion Picture. Namely, simply reissue the old ones with movie-centric covers--but you never know! I wonder what happened?

Nice catch Rockwell!


Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Star Trek - Passage To Moauv/The Crier In Emptiness Cassette Two-Pack


Peter Pan never met a way to repackage the Star Trek records they didn't like. Courtesy the Star Trek Comics site, here are pics of uber-rare cassette twin-packs that (for some reason) uses a bow-tied bear as pitchman/mascot.

I guess Peter Pan had so much Trek stock lying around that they kept finding new ways to burn it off, so this Frankenstein approach seemed as good as any. Thanks to Power Pal Mike Bridges (again!) for pointing the site out to me--it's the only place on the web I've ever seen these ungainly things.


Wednesday, July 15, 2015

The League of Regrettable Superheroes: Holo-Man



Last month, Quirk Books published The League of Regrettable Superheroes, a tome dedicated to the costumed heroes out there who never quite achieved the legendary status of Superman, Wonder Woman, Spider-Man, Kickers Inc., etc. And Power Records' custom-made hero Holo-Man gets his own chapter!

A couple of months ago, Quirk contacted me, asking if I would mind contributing scans from the Holo-Man Book and Record set for the book. I said sure, I'm always happy to promote Peter Pan product, even if (in this case) it's not in the most flattering of ways.

Quirk was nice enough to send me a PDF of the entire Holo-Man chapter, which you can read here. And you can of course pick up a copy of the book on Amazon!


Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Star Trek - The Time Stealer

Yet another reissue of "The Time Stealer", in conjunction with the release of Star Trek: The Motion Picture. Interesting, this photo features no Chekhov, but it does feature Yeoman Rand, rarely seen on any ST merchandise of the time. Where's that Mego doll?


Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Speed Guru vs. Plastic Crimewave


Yet another band with a Power Records tribute, as far as I can tell this CD actually does come with a comic book, as promised! Anybody want to buy a copy and let me know?


Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Space: 1999 LP Autographed


During a Power Records Google search, I found an online auction for a Space: 1999 Power Record LP...autographed by Martin Landau! How cool!

This made me think how neat it would be to get some Power Records signed by people involved. Has anyone out there done this?


Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Scooby-Doo: Exciting Christmas Stories



Power Pal Mike Bridges found yet another "rarity", this Scooby-Doo (and Friends) Christmas record, complete with cover art by comics legend Dan Spiegle! Like the other Scooby audio stories Peter Pan produced, these are pretty loyal to the show, using what sounds like the original cast. Fun stuff all around.

This album came with another, Scrappy-Doo-centric cover. I'm not posting it, because I have my limits. Thanks Mike!


Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Star Trek - The Time Stealer

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Thanks to some Star Trek and/or Power Records fan on Flickr, I finally found scans of "The Time Stealer", an audio adventure that essentially features the crew of the Enterprise meeting Conan The Barbarian, drawn either by John Buscema or someone doing a half decent facsimile!

Both stories on the Star Trek LP are loads fun, and very true to the spirit of the original series. If you're a fan, make sure you listen to episode 10 of The Power Records Podcast, where my co-host Chris Franklin and I discuss them in detail. LLAP!

Monday, June 8, 2015

The Power Records Podcast Episode 10: Star Trek!

sgThe Fire and Water Podcast Presents: THE POWER RECORDS PODCAST, Episode 10


In this episode of THE POWER RECORDS PODCAST, hosts Rob Kelly and Chris Franklin discuss two STAR TREK audio adventures, "A Mirror For Futility" and "The Time Stealer." We wrap up with your Listener Feedback! LLAP!

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