‘CLASSICS ILLUSTRATED JUNIOR’ COMICS

Written by  on November 26, 2013

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The ‘Classics Illustrated Junior’ title was a line of children’s comics originally published by The Gilberton Company Inc which featured many famous fairy tales and other chidren’s classics.The series nicely completed the famous ‘Classics Illustrated’  publication which concentrated on adult classics from the world of literature.The Classics Junior series debuted in October 1953 with an adaption of ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarves’ by the Brothers Grimm and illustrated by Alex Blum.The Classics Junior series ran right up until 1971 and at its peak in 1960, it had an average monthly circulation of 262,000.Thankfully, for vintage comic aficionados, the series was reprinted in the UK by the Classic Comic Store Ltd in 2008 for a short period, also selling in the Republic Of Ireland, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand.Most of the titles shown here are the reproduction covers from the original Gilberton title, although there are several original, vintage covers to be found towards  the end of this section.Enjoy!

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House Of Retro/Gary Alston makes no claim to the ownership of images shown on this page.

BACK IN THE (T.V.) DAY!

Written by  on November 26, 2013

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‘THE GREEN HORNET’: VAN WILLIAMS & BRUCE LEE

Back in the day, life was much simpler, especially with regard to media – fact.There was no satellite or cable tv, no computers for general use, no mobile phones, tablets, etc etc yet it was a FABULOUS time to grow up in! The 1960’s was also an incredible time for television (which was really still in its ‘salad days’), with so many wonderful shows and stars/characters emerging.Some  (both shows and actors/actresses) would go on to become icons of their genre, their time and even the country their show represented/originated from.At the beginning of 1960 there were only two tv channels in the United Kingdom – BBC1 (which had originally launched on August 22nd, 1932) and ITV, or as it was known in the London area – Associated Rediffusion (weekdays) and ABC (London weekend) which launched in the London area on September 22nd 1955; on April 20th 1964, BBC2 started broadcasting and a long gap followed before Channel 4 launched (to breathless anticipation) on November 2nd, 1982, signalling the birth of multi-channel options in the Uk just ahead of  the satellite explosion of the 1990s, with its almost limitless choice.This series will feature retro tv shows mainly from the 1960s and 1970s; it is not comprehensive by any means – rather it is an  exercise in fun and nostalgia for this particular retro-hound! Some of you may remember them fondly or with a groan, some of you may not recall them at all, or not even been born when the shows first aired.For that reason (and identification purposes) I have added titles to accompany the pics.For my first installment, I begin with the cult American 1960s tv show  ‘The Green Hornet” starring Van Williams as the title character, along with a very young Bruce Lee as his sidekick ‘Kato’.I also feature some rare pics of one of television’s  first major heart-throbs – ‘Dr. Kildare’ played by Richard Chamberlain; these are just some of the shows we ran home from school to watch way-back-when – and oh, the bliss of the long, glorious summer holidays when one could stay up late, watch tv and not have to worry about getting up for school the next day.Enoy!

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MY THREE SONS

‘MY THREE SONS’: FRED MACMURRAY, STANLEY LIVINGSTON, DON GRADY, TIM CONSIDINE, BARRY LIVINGSTON  & WILLIAM DEMAREST

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‘PEYTON PLACE’ : DOROTHY MALONE, MIA FARROW, ED NELSON, RYAN O NEAL, BARBARA PARKINS, CHRISTOPHER CONNELLY, JAMES DOUGLAS, PATRICIA MORROW & TIM O’ CONNOR

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‘CHEYENNE’: CLINT WALKER

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‘GUNSMOKE’: JAMES ARNESS & AMANDA BLAKE

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‘THE BIG VALLEY’: LEE MAJORS
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‘BEWITCHED: ELIZABETH MONTGOMERY, DICK YORK & AGNES MOOREHEAD

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‘CINDERELLA’: STUART DAMON & LESLEY ANN WARREN

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‘CAR 54 WHERE ARE YOU?’: FRED GWYNNE & JOE E. ROSS

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‘THE LUCY SHOW’: LUCILLE BALL, CANDY MOORE & JIMMY GARRETT

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‘HONEY WEST’: ANNE FRANCIS

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‘THE GIRL FROM UNCLE’: STEPHANIE POWERS, NOEL HARRISON & LEO G CARROLL

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‘DR KILDARE’: RICHARD CHAMBERLAIN, RAYMOND MASSEY

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‘THE VIRGINIAN’: JAMES DRURY

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‘THE RIFLEMAN’: CHUCK CONNORS

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‘CHEYENNE’: CLINT WALKER

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‘THE MUNSTERS’: FRED GWYNNE, YVONNE DE CARLO, AL LEWIS, BUTCH PATRICK & PAT PRIEST

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‘GET SMART’: DON ADAMS &  BARBARA FELDON

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House Of Retro/Gary Alston makes no claim to the ownership of images shown on this page.

MOVIE STAR PARADE #1

Written by  on November 25, 2013

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Movie star portrait shots from  Hollywood’s classic era, beginning with this beautiful portrait of Tinsel-Town’s 1950’s star husband and wife team – Robert Wagner and Natalie Wood.

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House Of Retro/Gary Alston makes no claim to the ownership of images shown on this page.

JAMES BOND NOVELS ARTWORK

Written by  on November 25, 2013

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Licensed to thrill – a stunning new illustrative take by Mahle on the James Bond novels, full of colour, style and sex, just like the British super-spy himself!

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House Of Retro/Gary Alston maes no claim to the ownership of images shown on this page.

BOBBY SOCKS CUT-OUT DOLLS 1945

Written by  on November 25, 2013

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Take a girl and boy paper doll, add a touch of Benny Goodman and wallow in some 1940’s nostalgia with this swinging, hep cat Bobby Soxer paper dolls set from 1945, brilliantly designed by Doris Lane Butler.Not only does this collection feature excellent artwork, but also great costume design which really evokes the era.

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House Of Retro/Gary Alston makes no claim to the ownership of images shown on this page.