The Crazy Top Shop was my early 1980s experience with heat-press printed T-shirts.  At Southridge Mall you could show off your fandom with slogans or images from your favorite shows.  Who can forget the smell of the melting glue as the clerk ironed your selection onto your favorite baseball jersey?  I remember getting one shirt with the Three Stooges, one with The Fonz, and one with Yoda right after seeing The Empire Strikes Back.

An online shop is now offering shirts for all sorts of fans with some great throwbacks to pop culture’s past.  From mash-ups, humor, and obscure references, many we haven’t seen elsewhere, Retropolis has an incredible variety of printed logos.  We’re betting everyone can find something on the store’s website, where it currently is offering more than 900 retro-themed shirt styles.  What’s it going to take to get you nostalgic, and what kind of nostalgia defines you–enough to display it for everyone to see on your shirt?  Do you like classic television shows?  How about toys and toy companies from the distant past?  What about forgotten advertising campaigns and the earliest pop culture slogans?  Retropolis may not have everything, but it has plenty.  How about a shirt with a vintage comic book logo, like the old Charlton Comics brand, that crazy Hey Kids! Comics, or the memorable Comics Code Authority stamp?

How about a shirt with an image of that yellow plastic 45 RPM record adapter?  How about T-shirts regularly seen worn by characters inside TV and film, like Three’s Company, John Ritter’s Captain Avenger from Hero At Large, the jersey from Teen Wolf, Snoopy’s Joe Cool shirt, Mork and Mindy, or Pigs in Space?  And a few hundred of the catalog listings are for shirts sporting famous and not-so famous superhero logos.  From Super Grover to the Flash, several 1966 Batman characters, and even Captain Carrot, if you can think of something, it’s probably there.

You can also find several mash-ups, allowing you to show off your own twisted sense of humor, like an unforgettable Marvel Star Wars comics character colliding with a Carl Weathers movie for an Action Jaxxon logo.  We also spotted Atomic Blondie, Cap’n Crunch on a Big Wheel, Fonzie’s Jump the Shark episode from Happy Days meets Jaws, and other shirts featuring Rock ’em Sock ’em Robots, Monster Cereals, Raiders of the Lost Ark, and Planet of the Apes.

Along with the superhero shirts, we spotted four big categories to choose from.  Like fake pop culture.  We saw Amalgamated Ice Cream (Batman), ACME (Looney Tunes), Arnold’s (Happy Days), Athlead (The Office), Advanced Idea Mechanics (Marvel), Chop Suey Palace (A Christmas Story), Camp Crystal Lake (Friday the 13th), Child Detection Agency (Monsters, Inc.), Cocktails and Dreams (Cocktail), Frostbite Falls (Rocky & Bullwinkle), Fox Force Five (Pulp Fiction), Hill Valley Police (Back to the Future), Rockford Agency (Rockford Files), and Wimpy Burgers (Popeye).

You still haven’t found something you must have yet?

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