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The Black Hole Los Angeles Premiere Party (1979)




More good stuff from Disney employees dressed up in The Black Hole sentry and humanoid costumes for the premiere gala at the Century Plaza Hotel, now the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel, in Los Angeles. See more photos at the link.

Special thanks to Stingray for the heads up.

The Black Hole Japanese Theater Program (1979)

BH Max 1979

BH Vincent 1979

BH Cygnus 1979

Gorgeous cutaway views courtesy of Zoom in to inspect the incredible detail. Our good friend Mikey Walters, who’s been studying Japanese for years, says that “Most of the descriptions are in katakana, a special Japanese alphabet used for `loan words,’ which means they are English in this case.” Here are some random translations:

Maximilian: Image Processor, Drill, Sub-computer, Memory, Main Computer, Rocket Engine (that’s interesting), Rocket Blaster, Block Condenser, Compressor, Motor, Computer Interface, Main Stabilizer, Sub-stabilizer, Balance Sensor

Vincent: Magnetic Head Protector, Computer, Image Processor, Drill Arm, System Indicator, Laser Gun, Graphic Display, Main Manipulator Computer Interface, Battery, Sensor

Cygnus: Transporter Terminal, Transporter Tube, Docking Port, Laser Dome, Main Engine, Charging Room, Shuttle Ship, Shuttle Ship Docking Port, Main Computer Tower, Control Center

This isn’t the whole program, obviously, but it’s the most unique section by far.

Thanks again, Mikey!

The Black Hole Lunch Box and Thermos (1979)

BH Lunchbox 1979-2

BH Lunchbox 1979-1

BH Lunchbox 1979-3

BH Lunchbox 1979-4

BH Lunchbox 1979-5

BH Lunchbox 1979-6

BH Thermos 1979

BH Thermos 1979-2

BH Thermos 1979-3

Meco’s Music from Star Trek and The Black Hole (1980)

Meco Star Trek 1980-1

Meco Star Trek 1980-2

Meco (Domenico Monardo) launched the space disco era with Star Wars and other Galactic Funk (1977), which went platinum. He followed with several disco-ized soundtrack albums, including Encounters of Every Kind (1977), Superman and other Galactic Heroes (1978), and Christmas in the Stars: Star Wars Christmas Album (1980).

Music from Star Trek and The Black Hole (1980) didn’t go over well. The movies bombed at the box office, and the original, now classic soundtracks (by Jerry Goldsmith and John Barry, respectively), resisted the transition to upbeat funk. Meco knew it, and faked most of The Black Hole. The main theme is the only track that clearly resembles Barry’s score.

You can listen to Meco’s “Star Trek Medley” here. The entire Black Hole suite is below.

The album art is by Shusei Nagaoka, who did many memorable sci-fi-themed covers throughout the ’70s, including Out of the Blue (ELO) and Raise! (Earth, Wind & Fire).

A German group called Nostromo, following a very curious disco version of the Alien theme in 1979,  released a 7″ called The Black Hole in 1980. It’s much more faithful to the original, although I like Meco’s misdirected space-funk a little bit more.

Mego’s The Black Hole Action Figures (1979)

Black Hole Booth

Black Hole Durant-2

Black Hole Holland

Black Hole Max

Black Hole McRae

Black Hole Pizer

Black Hole Reinhardt-3

Black Hole Sentry 1979-2

Black Hole Vincent

Black Hole Sentry 1979-3

A closer look at all the Black Hole figures I talked about many internet ages ago—here. Old Bob, S.T.A.R., and Humanoid figures were released in Italy only.

The highest price point I could find on a carded figure is $2.43 (Reinhardt). The lowest is $.91 (Durant). I also found one marked down to $.97 (Holland).

UPDATE (12/19/15): Adding a Harry Booth marked down to $.88. That’s what happens to traitors!

Reinhardt Price

Durant Price

Price Holland

Black Hole Booth

The Black Hole Portfolio Folders (Mead, 1979)













The Black Hole Sheet Sets (1979)

Black Hole Sheet

Black Hole Sheet-2

Black Hole Sheet-3

Black Hole Sheet-4

Black Hole Sheet-5

Black Hole Sheet-6

Black Hole Sheet 79

Black Hole Sheet 79-2

Black Hole Sheet-7

Black Hole Sheet-8

Black Hole Sheet-9

Black Hole Sheet-10

(Via eBay and Etsy)

Tomorrowland Concept Art: The Black Hole Ride That Never Was

Black Hole Ride

Black Hole Ride-2

From Michael at Progress City, U.S.A., who got it from a presentation by Disney Imagineer Dave Fisher in 2010:

Expecting the movie to become a big hit, WED [Walt Disney Imagineering] designed this ride-through shooting gallery based on the robots from the film. When The Black Hole flopped, the idea was adapted for another upcoming sci-fi film, TRON. When that didn’t become a hit either, the concept lay dormant until it was revived as Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin.

I guess WED didn’t have any art to refer to, because the robots don’t look anything like the robots in the movie. It doesn’t matter. I’ll still be twice as upset every time I get on the crappy Buzz Lightyear ride that my wife always beats me at. Tron did get a piece of a ride that I loved, the PeopleMover, in 1982. The PeopleMover closed in 1995 and was eventually replaced by the short-lived Rocket Rods.

Check out Michael’s full post for many more ride concepts, including a Uranium mine attraction, with visitors using Geiger counters to locate the radioactive stuff.

(All images vie Progress City, U.S.A.)

The Black Hole T-Shirt, 1979

Black Hole Shirt 79

Black Hole Shirt 79-2

Black Hole Shirt 79-3

I didn’t think I’d win it with my paltry bid, but I sure as hell didn’t expect the son of a bitch to go for over $100. I was going to wear the thing. Now it’s “appreciating” in a special collector’s bag somewhere. What a waste.

Movie Theater Marquees: Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979)

Star Trek Marquee 1979

Photo: Gary Fong/San Francisco Chronicle, 1979

Star Trek Marquee 1979-2

Varsity Theatre, Athens, Ohio, 1979. (Photo: Larry Gassan)

Star Trek Marquee ASM #203

From Amazing Spider-Man #203, 1980. Note the Black Hole marquee in the background.

King Frat (second photo) is an Animal House hack job: frat boys stage farting contests, light farts on fire, pull down their pants and fart at girls through car windows, and similar antics involving farts (and erections). The fact that it’s sharing a marquee with Star Trek does not say much for the perception and reception of Star Trek.

(Images via the SF Chronicle, Larry Gassan/Flickr, and The Marvel Project)




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