Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Star Trek - A Mirror For Futility/The Time Stealer

Another Star Trek movie tie-in release, another front sleeve that also works as a sleep aid. Watch! The crew of the Enterprise stand-up! Thrill! As the crew of the Enterprise look concerned! At least Peter Pan had the smarts to retain the Neal Adams back cover, which is of course exciting as all get out. This record's contents are the exact same as the mid-1970s release, minus the new cover.

So sad and ironic that Peter Pan would not retain the Trek license after the first film, when as we all know the next film(s) in the series would be much better fodder for audio dramatization. Just imagine what Arthur Korb and Co. could have done with Khan Noonian Singh!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Ghostbusters - Ghostbusters Meet The Laser Ghost


Power Pal Mike Bridges found another heretofore (to me, at least) unknown Peter Pan release--Ghostbusters! I had no idea that the company was still licensing and releasing new records as late as 1984, not to mention something with as much geek cred as the 'busters. Mike also found a PDF of the entire book, see above so you can read along as you listen!

Adventure-wise, the story bares almost no resemblance to the cynical, wiseass tone of the movie--this is a lot more Scooby-Doo than anything else. That's of a piece with the whole Ghostbusters property following the movie, which was aimed at wee tykes almost exclusively.

Still, it was so fun to see this, and underscores yet again the thought that there's probably lots of other cool Peter Pan records that we just haven't seen yet (I'm holding out hope for a Scrooged Xmas record). Thanks Mike!

Post Script: In between writing this post and today, Mike also found that Ghostbusters Meet The Laser Ghost was released on cassette:
I was so sure I'd seen ever cool Peter Pan/Power Records release, and now this. My whole life has been thrown into chaos--human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together, mass hysteria!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Batman - Robin Meets Man-Bat! - Update

Produced by Arthur Korb.

Neal Adams' checklist lists this as being a reprint from Detective Comics #402 (story by Frank Robbins, art by Neal and Dick Giordano), but I had always thought the DC/Power Record stories were all original.

Not having a copy of 'Tec #402, I can't check, but from what I've been able to look up, the story in that issue is listed at fifteen pages, but the story here is twenty pages long. Anybody out there have an answer?

Love that back cover!

Now with added PDF!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Power Records: Behind The Scenes

Power Pal Mike Bridges (him again!) found yet another link to an interview with someone who worked at Peter Pan Records--in this case, Donald Kasen of Inspired Studios, who along with his family ran the whole operation!

The interview appeared over on Heritage Auctions' blog, just last year. Mr. Kasen seems charmed that anyone remembers these records at all, so I can only imagine what he'd think of this blog (presuming of course he wouldn't get mad for me posting all their material). In this interview, I think I learned more about the inner workings of the company than I have in the preceding three decades. Go check it out, and thanks again Mike!

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

A Visit To Power Records

Behold, where the magic happened!

This is a shot of the actual Peter Pan Records factory, located in Newark, NJ. It comes from a 2012 blog post written by someone named Lulu Maximus, who actually worked at Peter Pan Records in the 1970s. Not surprisingly, the recorded content was done elsewhere, so Lulu dealt almost exclusively with the mechanical process of actually making the records. Go over to the blog and read the whole piece.

I had no knowledge of this post until our newest Power Pal, Mike Bridges, pointed it out to me. Mike also suggested that I contact Lulu about an interview, since who wouldn't want to learn more about Power Records from someone who was there? Done!

What are the chances there are piles of dusty records still in this building? It looks more than a little creepy so I don't have the guts to check it out myself. Any of you Power Records fans want to come with me?

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