Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Retro Pop Culture A to Z: From Atari 2600 to Zombie Films

My wife created a new cover for my latest book, . The original cover was great and cleverly designed, but this one has more "pop" and really grabs the reader's attention.

is a window to the past--a time of 8-bit video games, Silver Age super-heroes, Saturday morning cartoons, rock 'n' roll music, and scary movies at the drive-in.

The book includes 60 fun-filled, feature-length chapters on such icons of popular culture as Alien, the Batman TV show, the Beatles, Dynamite Magazine, Famous Monsters of Filmland, The Flash, Forbidden Planet, Golden Age arcade games, He-Man, the Intellivision, Jaws, MAD magazine, the Nintendo NES, Ray Bradbury, The Wizard of Oz, and the X-Men.

If you've ever stayed up all night trying to beat Super Mario Bros., dressed up as a member of KISS on Halloween, watched Thundarr the Barbarian while eating a bowl of sugary cereal, set a VCR to record your favorite show, or listened to Elvis or the Rolling Stones on a turntable or 8-track tape player, Retro Pop Culture A-Z is for you.

If you haven't done any of these things, no problem--feel free to dive right in and find out why your parents (or grandparents) are always talking about "the good old days."


*60 essays/articles on nostalgic pop culture favorites

*More than 250 full-color photos

*More than 110,000 words

*Quotes from the experts

*Production histories

*Collectibles pricing

*Author anecdotes

*And much more!

Chapters include:

Alien: The Movie and the Maze Game

Atari 2600: Long Live the VCS!Batman: Holy TV Series!The Beatles: 50th Anniversary of the Fab FourThe Brady Bunch: Here's the StoryComputers: Collecting Vintage PCsCreature from the Black Lagoon: The Universal StandardDC Comics Action Figures: A Complete HistoryDynamite Magazine: A Scholastic TreasureE.T. the Extra-Terrestrial: 30th AnniversaryElvis Presley and Graceland: Long Live the KingFamous Monsters of Filmland: Forry's Fantastic Fan MagThe Flash: Speed KillsFOOM and Amazing World of DC Comics: Two Great MagazinesForbidden Planet: 50th AnniversaryGolden Age Arcade Games: Collecting the ClassicsGreen Lantern: A Hero HistoryHarry Houdini: The Great Escape (Artist)He-Man and the Masters of the Universe: 30+ Years of PowerThe Hulk: Lou Ferrigno SmashIntellivision: Doin' the Slide-'n'-ShootThe International Video Game Auction House: Ben Gold's BailiwickIron Man: The Metal-Clad MarvelJames Bond: Still Cool at 50Jaws: A Blockbuster with TeethJukeboxes: The Beat Goes OnKISS: The Hottest Band in the LandLand of the Lost: Marshall, Will, and HollyLois Lane: Still Gorgeous at 75Mad Magazine: The Usual Gang of IdiotsMarilyn Monroe: The Legend Lives OnMetallica's Kirk Hammett: Famous Monster CollectorNintendo NES: The Great Gray BoxOuija Boards: Mystic Oracle or Harmless Toy?The Outer Limits: Creatures, Cards, and MorePinball Machines: Collecting the ClassicsPrince: Rock Star and Comic Book HeroQueens in Film: The Evil OnesRay Bradbury: A Sci-Fi LegendRecord Albums: LPs Make a ComebackReturn of the Jedi: 30th AnniversaryRobots in the Movies: The 1950sThe Rolling Stones: 50 Years of SatisfactionSega Master System: Playable and CollectableSpidey Super Stories: The Surreal Super-Hero SkitStan "The Man" Lee: A True MarvelStar Trek: The Animated Series: The Canonical CartoonSuperman vs. Muhammad Ali: A Clash of the TitansThundarr the Barbarian: A Cartoon ClassicTV Guide: 60th AnniversaryUniversal Monsters Comic Books: A Dark Horse FavoriteVHS Video: Tale of the TapeVideo Game Board Games: A Monopoly on FunThe Wizard of Oz: We're Off to See the WizardWonder Woman: A Formidable FeministThe X-Men: 50th AnniversaryYars' Revenge: Clearing a Path to the QotileZombie Films: Watching the Dead Walk

Bonus "Crazy 8" Chapters:

8mm Films: Of Monsters and Movies

8-Track Tapes: Making a Comeback
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