Sponsored by the Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers' Institute, produced by American Visuals Corporations, and all wrapped up in the NRA (National Rifle Association). This one-shoot give-way comic was advertised in the back of many "boys won" magazines and comic books in the early 1950s. Often given away with "How To Be An NRA Ranger" pamphlet, and NRA Ranger targets, for shooting practice.
The comic contains all kinds of insidious NRA propaganda, about "pioneering" Americans, guides of what to and not to shoot, along with all kinds of "fun" with rifles. Which includes "Games and Targets" with your rifle. Sending the message, that while you must be safe with your new rifle, guns are fun, guns are great, guns, guns, and more guns!!!
And us non-American folk still wonder why there is such an ingrained fascination for guns in the United States!
Over the weeks, Sunday has been dedicated to some of the more gob-smacking god-squad strangeness. From sniggering at album covers with Touched By The Hand Of God part 1 and part 2, to God's Dummy: Christian Ventriloquists. Today I present the remaining random remnants from Weird Retro's archives. Crazy Christian album covers that defy description or categorisation.
Some bands did covers, others tongue-in-cheek parodies, others simply drew inspiration. And from that inspiration that was presented in Splatter Platters Vol.1, I present Vol.2, which consists of covers of some of the original songs, parodies and inspirations that span the decades and musical genres.
Download Splatter Platters Vol.2 - Covers, Parodies & Inspirations here.
In 1940, a shipment of rectal dilators, was seized at New York and the US Attorney filed libel cases against the company, alleging that they were misbranded. The misbranding allegations related to the claims that the dilators would "permanently" cure constipation and piles, that they had many other benefits including promoting refreshing sleep and improving acne, etc... Also that the instructions advised "you need have no fear of using them too much." The dilators disappeared as medical devices, only to reappear it would seem in adult shops as... Well you know what!
The painful sounding "Recto Rotor" claimed it's, "the only device that reaches the Vital Spot effectively." (What's the "Vital Spot"?) And that, "This picture tells its own story." Yes, yes it does.
Predating the Atari Pong console by three years. The Odyssey was also designed to support an add-on peripheral, the first-ever commercial video "light gun" called the Shooting Gallery. Magnavox settled a court case against Atari, Inc. for patent infringement in Atari's design of Pong, as it resembled the tennis game for the Odyssey. Ralph Baer, who invented the Odyssey went on to invent the classic electronic game Simon for Milton Bradley in 1978.
Below is an article from 1978/79, featuring a brief history of early video gaming. From the Magnavox Odyssey through to early cartridge based consoles, and some of the first home computers.
A hysterically misogynistic and very dated guide for those ladies seeking what seems a humourless guy who gets easily annoyed when you are just having some fun. Some of the advice though still stands today. Like not closing your mouth while chewing gum, and not talking to men while dancing. That's because we're trying to keep rhythm with the music, and are counting "one, two, one, two..." in our heads. Oh and doing your make-up in the rear-view mirror while anyone is driving, isn't a great idea too. And drinking too much? Who can blame her? This chap seems so uptight, that if you stuck a lump of coal up his ass, in two weeks you'd have a diamond.
Quite frankly the whole thing is utterly bizarre, that rather than informing readers of the horrors of the regime in Libya, it ridicules and parodies in a juvenile and often puerile way. Who the target audience was for this one-off comic book is anyone's guess. But it has become a cult comic book collectible.