3/29/07 - I usually don't browse the YouTube website.  Frankly, I'm not much into watching homemade videos of people acting stupid which seems to be the predominate feature of clips people have downloaded.  I did find what I consider a jewel and something haven't seen by me in over 35 years.  A clip of a show I adored as a young child and have looked for off and on for the last decade with no success.  That show is Prince Planet.

Shot in black and white, this show was my absolute childhood favorite.  I used to sit and watch every day on my local UHF channel (Miami's Channel 23 maybe; years before they shifted to an all Spanish format) and devoured every episode.  I could to this day still remember the catchy opening theme song.  The series also had something else going for it,  a definitive start and ending.  Prince Planet came to Earth to evaluate our worthiness of joining some Intergalactic club, did his thing, and then went back home to report that the planet was A-OK for admission.  That was rare for any cartoon at the time...and may have been the only one.  

Somewhere along the way, the show disappeared from TV in favor of other, color, animation.  Over the years, I doubted that any of the 24-hour cable cartoon channels would show the cartoon due to it being in black and white, an ancient format that kids would immediately turn off to.  And even though I've looked for the show in mail order catalogs, and eventually on the Internet, I really had no hope of ever actually seeing an episode again.  Yet here it is on YouTube.

The embedded clips contain the entire first episode and includes the catchy theme song I mentioned before.  Usually when I've gone back and looked at cartoons from my childhood, I'm generally disappointed.  Surprisingly it's not the case this time.  Judging from these clips, it looks as if the show has held up pretty well.  But then again maybe it's my nostalgia talking.  Regardless, there are other clips of the show that have been downloaded to YouTube so I have some prime viewing to do over the next couple hours.  Hope you enjoy this episode as much as I...


3/18/07 - If any of you, outside of my favorite e-mail devotees, were wondering why I haven't updated the site recently there's a good reason...and this time it wasn't laziness.  I've been attending a military school for the past 6 weeks that has pretty much sucked up all my available time.  Six 12 hour days a week.  And the single day not devoted to class was used to catch-up on personal matters that piled up during the week.  Didn't give me a lot of time to do much of anything not curriculum-directed and definitely little time to think up some comic-related witticisms for the site.  But with that said, I graduated on Friday as the 2nd highest in class and missed class leader by .01%.  Damn that one question...

Now that's over...I'll be posting more regularly for at least the near future.  There's a slew of comics and info piling up on my desk that I'll share in the next couple weeks.  First off though to wet your appetites, the below are pictures of the rarely seen 1975 Marvel Super-Hero Mead Three-Part Binder:

After searching for a couple years, I finally found one for sale on eBay in 2002.  It cost me $26 at the time...which was a bargain considering the last copy I saw for on eBay before this sold for $47.  The seller of this item, she normally sells pottery, didn't clearly list what it was in the auction description and the pictures provided were quite blurry.  That probably contributed to me getting it so cheaply.  Also, that's the original paper and folders on the inside.  The seller related that her Grandparents bought her the binder for school but thought it was too uncool and packed it away until years later when she put it up for auction.  Too bad her Grandparents didn't buy her a couple Hulk #181s as well... 

The Three Part binder is by far the hardest of the Mead items to obtain.  If you have the chance to pick one up, I suggest you do so as it could be a long while before you see another for sale.  

Other Marvel Super-hero paraphernalia released by Mead in 1975 were single binders, notebooks, folders, and notebook paper with associated iron-on stickers of your favorite characters.  They do occasionally pop up on eBay but be aware, there are active collectors out there looking for these and you'll face some competition to win them.  On the other hand, if you just want to see more of the Mead products, just click this link and enjoy...