Tag Archive: Vintage Books


Review by C.J. Bunce

It’s not every comic book title that can be credited to a single person.  It wasn’t exactly a comic book, but then again maybe it was.  It was writer, artist, and editor Owen McCarron′s thirteen issues of Marvel’s Fun and Games, an early “interactive” series from 1979 and 1980 that welcomed kids of all ages like you and me to incredible superhero tie-in artwork of the Avengers, X-Men, the Fantastic Four, and more in the form of crosswords, mazes, word searches, trivia, drawing tutorials, connect-the-dots, and all the fun you can cram into a comic-sized magazine.

The new collection called Marvel Big Book of Fun and Games doubles as pure nostalgia, and it collects many of the series’ activity-rich pages as they were originally published.  As a bonus it features an introduction by the great Roy Thomas, to catch everyone up about the original issues.  And that’s not all, as it also includes all the original covers, included in a sturdy, larger than originally printed 144 pages.

   

Take a look inside the fun below.

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Review by C.J. Bunce

Is there a better way you can think of for New Year’s Eve than spend it with Nick and Nora Charles and their spunky dog Asta?  If you haven’t met them yet, read on, or just check out the TCM marathon tomorrow featuring Dashiell Hammett’s iconic trio as played by William Powell, Myrna Loy, and Skippy.  Find the amiable, put-upon, imbibing hilarity and forced sleuthing–and much more–with 1934’s “Pre-Code” movie The Thin Man, followed by After the Thin Man (1936), Another Thin Man (1939), Shadow of the Thin Man (1941), The Thin Man Goes Home (1945), and Song of the Thin Man (1947), beginning tomorrow morning at 8:15 a.m. Central on TCM tomorrow all day–appropriately on New Year’s Eve.

But where did it all begin?  In Hammett’s 1934 novel The Thin Man.

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