Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Review: RetroFan #1


Oh great. As if Alter-Ego, The Jack Kirby Collector and Back Issue weren't enough - the folks at TwoMorrows Publishing have come up with yet another mag seemingly targeted to just me.

From the looks of this first issue (thanks for the review copy, guys!), I imagine I'll be a regular reader.  And I'd imagine RetroFan will be of interest to most folks who happen across this blog, too.

Issue one has the original Hulk, Lou Ferrigno, on the cover and a short interview with him about his days on that beloved series. This feature is coupled with a photo-packed article about the Mego's rare Stretch Hulk, an elastic, corn syrup-filled knock-off of Kenner's famed Stretch Armstrong toy.

But the mag doesn't just scratch the 70s nostalgia itch - it hits pop culture from other decades, too. Martin Pasko (remember him from his DC Comics days?) charts the history, and lackluster film and TV career of the Phantom from the 1940s serials to the present decade. 

Andy Mangels, meanwhile, provides an in-depth history of the late 1960s "Star Trek"cartoon series, which featured voice work by the original series' cast and adult-focused scripts (including one by sci-fi great Larry Niven), even though it aired on Saturday mornings.

Ernest Farino recounts his youth as a horror movie fan and Ray Harryhausen enthusiast, while Scott Shaw profiles Gold Key's Zody the Mod Rob in the first entry of his "Oddball Comics" column. Collector extraordinaire Tom Stewart, meanwhile, details his various obsessions (comics, movie posters, action figures and guitars) accompanied by tantalizing pics.

And, finally, the mag's editor, Michael Eury (who also produces Back Issue, TwoMorrow's mag focused on comics from the 1970s and 80s) takes on us a trip to the original Mayberry, Andy Griffith's real-life hometown, Mount Airy, in North Carolina. He takes us to the town's Andy Griffith Museum and shares an interview with actress Betty Lynn, who portrayed Barney Fife's girlfriend, Thelma Lou, on the Griffith's classic series.

RetroFan is a quarterly, available at Barnes and Noble, from Amazon and direct from TwoMorrows. I'm definitely ready for more.

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