Tuesday, January 28, 2014

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

My wife created a new cover for my latest book, Retro Pop Culture A to Z: From Atari 2600 to Zombie Films. The original cover was great and cleverly designed, but this one has more "pop" and really grabs the reader's attention.

Retro Pop Culture A-Z: From Atari 2600 to ZombieFilms 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 Four
The Brady Bunch: Here’s the Story
Computers: Collecting Vintage PCs
Creature from the Black Lagoon: The Universal Standard
DC Comics Action Figures: A Complete History
Dynamite Magazine: A Scholastic Treasure
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial: 30th Anniversary
Elvis Presley and Graceland: Long Live the King
Famous Monsters of Filmland: Forry’s Fantastic Fan Mag
The Flash: Speed Kills
FOOM and Amazing World of DC Comics: Two Great Magazines
Forbidden Planet: 50th Anniversary
Golden Age Arcade Games: Collecting the Classics
Green Lantern: A Hero History
Harry Houdini: The Great Escape (Artist)
He-Man and the Masters of the Universe: 30+ Years of Power
The Hulk: Lou Ferrigno Smash
Intellivision: Doin’ the Slide-‘n’-Shoot
The International Video Game Auction House: Ben Gold’s Bailiwick
Iron Man: The Metal-Clad Marvel
James Bond: Still Cool at 50
Jaws: A Blockbuster with Teeth
Jukeboxes: The Beat Goes On
KISS: The Hottest Band in the Land
Land of the Lost: Marshall, Will, and Holly
Lois Lane: Still Gorgeous at 75
Mad Magazine: The Usual Gang of Idiots
Marilyn Monroe: The Legend Lives On
Metallica’s Kirk Hammett: Famous Monster Collector
Nintendo NES: The Great Gray Box
Ouija Boards: Mystic Oracle or Harmless Toy?
The Outer Limits: Creatures, Cards, and More
Pinball Machines: Collecting the Classics
Prince: Rock Star and Comic Book Hero
Queens in Film: The Evil Ones
Ray Bradbury: A Sci-Fi Legend
Record Albums: LPs Make a Comeback
Return of the Jedi: 30th Anniversary
Robots in the Movies: The 1950s
The Rolling Stones: 50 Years of Satisfaction
Sega Master System: Playable and Collectable
Spidey Super Stories: The Surreal Super-Hero Skit
Stan “The Man” Lee: A True Marvel
Star Trek: The Animated Series: The Canonical Cartoon
Superman vs. Muhammad Ali: A Clash of the Titans
Thundarr the Barbarian: A Cartoon Classic
TV Guide: 60th Anniversary
Universal Monsters Comic Books: A Dark Horse Favorite
VHS Video: Tale of the Tape
Video Game Board Games: A Monopoly on Fun
The Wizard of Oz: We’re Off to See the Wizard
Wonder Woman: A Formidable Feminist
The X-Men: 50th Anniversary
Yars’ Revenge: Clearing a Path to the Qotile
Zombie 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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