Atari Raiders of the Lost Ark Promo, 1982

Raiders Atari Promo 1982

(Via Atari Mania)

Frank Frazetta Cover Art for High Times #57 (May, 1980)

High Times #57 May 1980

Frazetta Mothman 1980

John Keel’s The Mothman Prophecies (1975) popularized what several witnesses described as a man-sized, winged creature with glowing red eyes sighted in Point Pleasant, West Virginia, during 1966 and 1967. As far as I know, this is the only Mothman illustration Frazetta did, so I’m not sure what the “Exclusive Frazetta Inside!” refers to.

A 12-foot tall Mothman statue was unveiled in Point Pleasant in 2002, and appears to be based on Frazetta’s dramatic rendering more than actual eyewitness accounts.

High Times, as you might have guessed, is “the definitive resource for all things marijuana.”

Dungeons & Dragons Paint-A-Figurine (Hasbro, 1984): Strongheart and Warduke

D&D Paint 1984

D&D Paint 1984-2

D&D Paint 1984-3

D&D Paint 1984-4

Galacticon II Program Cover, 1979

Galacticon II 1979

Cover artist is unknown. The program is 16 pages. How cool would that have been if Cylons came out of the mother ship at the end of Close Encounters?

You can see a few photos of the event here. Guests included Linda Blair (Huh? To promote Roller Boogie?), Michael York, and the cast of the 1950 TV series Space Patrol.

Kenner’s Star Wars Toys: Patrol Dewback (1979)

SW Dewback 1979-1

SW Dewback 1979-2

SW Dewback 1979-3

SW Dewback 1979-4

SW Dewback 1979-5

SW Dewback 1979-6

The dewback was in one shot of the original movie? Kenner missed nothing. That’s Ricky Schroder in the commercial, right after he starred in The Champ (1979), his film debut, and right before he starred with William Holden in The Earthling (July, 1980).

Close Encounters of the Third Kind Pinball Machine (Gottlieb, 1978)

CE 1978-1



CE 1978-5

CE 1978-6

CE 1978-7

Designed by Ed Krynski with art by Gordon Morison, both of whom worked on the psychedelic 2001 and Dimension machines, as well as Astro and Orbit, all of them released by Gottlieb in 1971.

All images are via the Internet Pinball Database.

Close Encounters of the Third Kind Ringer T-Shirt, 1977

Close Encounters T-Shirt 1977

Close Encounters T-Shirt 1977-2

Middle Earth Clothing Ad, Circa 1967

Middle Earth Clothing Ad 1967

Middle Earth Clothing Ad 1967-2

The artist is Terre, who is closely associated with Haight Ashbury’s Straight Theater, which is identified on the middle left of the map. The exotic fruit hanging from the various branches, as well as the mountains at the bottom of the ad, are direct allusions to Barbara Remington’s cover art for the first authorized paperback edition of The Lord of the Rings.

According to SFist, in 2013 the awning of a beauty salon was removed in North Beach, San Francisco, revealing a beautiful, hand-painted sign (below) of what was once a second Middle Earth Clothing location.

See also A Change of Hobbit Bookstore.

Middle Earth Clothing 1317 Grant 1968

(Images via eBay and SFist)

The Lord of the Rings T-Shirt (Tolkien Enterprises, 1978)




You’ll see a “Hip-O-Potamus S.F.” on the bottom left of the shirt. That refers to an influential San Francisco company founded in 1970 by Jeffrey Axelrod and Barry Anderson. Their first job, after they had no luck selling their own designs, came when a store owner asked them to print out 200 t-shirts of an original design over the weekend. Says Jeff, who still sells some of the original Hippo Tees designs:

It just so happened that the owner of that very store was the wife of the drummer for the iconic band, the Grateful Dead. It was 1971 and she had the vision to sell t-shirts at rock concerts, and so our t-shirt venture exploded! Our first rock’n t-shirts [the company was originally called Rock-n-Roll t-shirts] went on tour with the Grateful Dead.

The company would later collaborate with promoter Bill Graham’s Winterland Productions, selling shirts at Bay Area rock shows, a practice that shortly became standard. Jeff (mushroom shirt) and Barry (far right) can be seen below, circa 1970.

You can see more of the Tolkien Enterprises Lord of the Rings t-shirt designs here and here, and a much stranger design here.


Mitsubishi Colt Lancer Promotional Coloring Book, Circa 1976

Colt 1976-1

Colt 1976-2

Colt 1976-3

Colt 1976-4

Colt 1976-5

Colt 1976-6

Colt 1976-7

Colt 1976-8

Colt 1976-9

Colt 1976-10

Colt 1976-11

Groovy item meant to keep the kids busy at the dealership while dad and mom kicked the tires. Joginder Singh won the Safari Rally in 1973 and 1976 driving a Colt Lancer.

Cars didn’t transform in the ’70s. They just went really fast to evade the cops or catch the bad guys.




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