Sunday, February 24, 2008

Batman LP - 1975


One of the most--if not the most--popular Power Records LP, if its ubiquitous appearance on eBay is any indication.

The label lists Cornel Tanassy as producer, and for the first time writing credits are given: Joey Lapidos wrote "Stacked Cards", Joan Wile wrote "If Music Be The Food of Death", and DC Keeper of the Flame E.Nelson Bridwell wrote "The Scarecrow's Mirage" and "Challenge of the Catwoman."

I simply adore this Neal Adams cover--Adams makes The Riddler and especially The Scarecrow look so darn creepy. Between that and the muffled sound they gave his voice on the record(like he was being heard through a burlap hood) it cemented the Scarecrow in my young mind as one of Batman's most disturbing bad guys.

Friday, February 15, 2008

Laurel and Hardy: This Is Your Laff LP


One of the weirdest Peter Pan releases, I didn't even know it existed until I started researching the label for this blog.

Larry Harmon was a guy who, mid-1960s, bought the rights to produce cartoons and merchandise based on the legendary comedians(see
here for more info on the man)--there was even a DC comic book!

Never having been a L&H fan(Mark Evanier forgive me), this whole thing induces no more than an indifferent shrug from me, but I do wish they had done an Abbott & Costello one--now that's something I would've loved to have heard!

Technically, this isn't a "Power Record", which was Peter Pan's umbrella title for the comic book/action-oriented adventure stories, but it simply too odd an item to pass up. This was, in my mind, tied with The Gemini Man for hardest to find Peter Pan record, since for the longest time I could not find a copy of either one. Now I guess Gemini Man takes the title. Someday...

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Wonder Woman - The Secret of the Magic Tiara




No credits anywhere on here--Arthur Korb again?

The cover is by Neal Adams, with inside art by Rich Buckler and Dick Giordano. A fun little adventure, Buckler really gives the story dynamic heft with his exciting layouts.

Wonder Woman has always been a bigger seller in merchandising than in the comics, so I bet more kids read this Wonder Woman story than any of her comics from this time.

Friday, February 1, 2008

Power Records Display Box - 1976

My pal Brian "Plaid Stallions" Heiler sent me this article, featuring a shot of the sweet, sweet display box Peter Pan sold their Power Records in.

Finding display/promo material like this is next to impossible nowadays--after all, who would've thought to keep stuff like that?--but I'm determined to keep looking for this baby until I find one.

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