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, 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


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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Opening and closing themes courtesy Peter Pan Records.

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

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Wonder Woman: 3 Action-Packed Stories

A few weeks ago this site posted some pics of heretofore-unknown Peter Pan cassettes, sold on individual rack cards. Now, thanks to the Wonder Woman Collectors site, we have this nice pic of the Wonder Woman release, featuring three stories with all-new card art.

I love that Peter Pan--always cost-conscious--actually spent the extra few cents to do a die-cut on the top of the cards, when they could have gone with a flat square. It shows that PP wasn't entirely phoning it in at this point, and of course that's nice to know.

If you check the back of the card (seen here), there were also cassettes in this format released for Superman, Batman, and The Hulk, Spider-Man. The hunt goes on!

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Conan The Barbarian

By Crom, will wonders never cease?

Power Pal Mike Bridges found another amazing "new" Peter Pan record--a full cast audio adaptation of 1982's Conan The Barbarian movie! Produced by PP mainstay Arthur Korb and featuring many recognizable voices (I'm pretty sure whoever is playing Conan also played Superman and Batman at least a couple of times), I had never seen this baby before Mike pointed out to me.

Audio-wise, Conan The Barbarian is a blast, despite the fact that this is, after all, an R-rated film being adapted for children. And you can't do better than the sleeve art, taken right from the movie's poster.

It's stuff like this that gives me hope there are more Superman, Batman, Spider-Man, et al. stuff out there that we just haven't seen yet. A great find, thanks again Mike! 

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

The Avengers' Age of Analog: The Power Records Story

There's an article about Power Records titled "The Avengers' Age of Analog: The Power Records Story" over on Cuepoint, which features a few quotes from yours truly. Journalist Robbie Ettelson spoke to me a few weeks ago and I gave him some of the high (and low) points of the PR story, a little bit of which you can read in the piece.

I'm heartened to know that so many working musicians remember them as fondly as I do, and use them in their work, thereby keeping the Power Records spirit alive!

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