Friday, 9 December 2016

1998: STAR WARS UKNIVERSE: MAGAZINE OF THE OFFICIAL STAR WARS FAN CLUB ISSUE 3

From 1998: the third issue of the British STAR WARS UKNIVERSE, the oddly titled publication of the for-one-year-only (in this form at least) OFFICIAL UK STAR WARS FAN CLUB.

Although this doesn't appear to have been available to non-members through retail, it did add to the general cacophony of SW mags and publications appearing in the late 1990s.


1998: TOONS MAGAZINE (WIZARD)

From the autumn/ fall of 1998: an issue of WIZARD spin-off TOONS MAGAZINE, with animated SPAWN cover.


1983: MAD MAGAZINE UK ISSUE 252 SPOOFS STAR TREK II: THE WRATH OF KHAN

From April 1983: the UK edition of MAD MAGAZINE finally gets around to spoofing STAR TREK II: THE WRATH OF KHAN.

Presumably the yellow uniforms are part of the gag rather than evidence of a Gold Key-alike lack of useful colour reference shots and/or collective lack of familiarity with the sequel's redesigned uniforms.


1979: THE BLACK HOLE UK VHS COVER

From December 1979 (although this hails from much later): Disney's Star Age would-be blockbuster THE BLACK HOLE.


Despite the numerous - and sometimes obvious shortcomings - I rate this as one of the icons of the era. Both because it's an entertaining - and spectacular - movie in its own right but also because of the ubiquitous merchandising it spawned.

This is the UK sell-through VHS cover. I think this is one movie thst really demands a bells-whistles-and-B.O.Bs BR release.

Thursday, 8 December 2016

1997: SCI-FI INVASION (WIZARD MAGAZINE)

From 1997: Another WIZARD spin-off from the boom years... an out-of-the-bag copy of SCI-FI INVASION.

Five issues were published circa 97-98, the consistent themes across the run being STAR WARS, BABYLON FIVE and - of course - THE X-FILES.


1978: COMIC MEDIA NEWS INTERNATIONAL ISSUE 36

From June/ July 1978: the 36th issue of British fanzine COMIC MEDIA NEWS INTERNATIONAL, edited and published by Richard Burton.


Wednesday, 7 December 2016

1991: PERSONALITY PRESENTS STAR TREK LEONARD NIMOY

From August 1991: Leonard Nimoy is the subject of the second issue of Personality Comics' unofficial biography comic book STAR TREK THE ORIGINAL CREW.


Monday, 5 December 2016

1999: TOONS MAGAZINE (WIZARD)

From Fall 1999: TOONS, a brief spin-off from WIZARD MAGAZINE.


1990: BAYWATCH: PANIC AT MALIBU PIER UK VHS RELEASE

From 1990 (although it aired on NBC the previous year) the original BAYWATCH pilot movie PANIC AT MALIBU PIER.

This release was unusual because, as the cover suggests, this contains some scenes trimmed from the telecast. I'd assumed these were just scenes that ITV had snipped to fit the timeslot allocated to the movie (not an uncommon practice for broadcasters at the time) but its actually a couple of mildly racy topless female scenes (not involving any of the show's regular actresses) presumably shot by the production company to give the one-off a little more spice in the all-important overseas market. Neither scene is critical to the plot... and I doubt they were part of the original NBC outing.

This additional material was somewhat at odds with the family friendly flavour of the show itself, airing around 6pm Saturday nights on ITV, and must have come as a surprise to buyers who expected to leave their kids unsupervised and entertained for ninety-odd minutes.

I vaguely recall seeing this released again later with a PG certification, suggesting the 'rude bits' had been snipped.


1994: THERMAL LANCE ISSUE 17

From May 1994: THERMAL LANCE, the British DOCTOR WHO fanzine, issue 17.


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