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Thursday, August 17, 2006

The Last Omega Man Bubblegum Cards on Earth

Ok, dig it brothers and sisters-I'm still having issues uploading images to Blogger. Mostly because it wants everything to be jpeg. Jpeg screws up my resolution too much. I guess I could start with a much larger res. So while I'm coming up with something better, here's an idea. IF you'd like to see a new set of cards, you need only click on the sealed wax pack and download a file containing all the images. If you don't care, well then now you don't even have to scroll through them all. This is my updated Omega Man set. It was something just for me. I thought I could do the first set I ever made more justice, and also cranked it up to a 63 card set, fronts-and-backs. An all new set will come down the pike soon. It's already been in the works while I've hemmed and hawed over how best to post this one. Also, I think before that, I'll be uploading some music. I know I haven't done that in awhile. I'm thinking Bubblegum MF Volume 7, or one or two other things, I haven't decided.


Groovy comic ads at Menooshea.

Got some Mego Museum trading cards in the mail yesterday! Definitely the biggest excitment of my week. Sad, I guess. But very exciting!

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Reptiles & Samurai

Download the entire 70s Godzilla comic series from Marvel Comics at XYZ Cosmonaut.

Monday, August 14, 2006


Get a groovy K&K; produced bubblegum record- Kasenetz & Katz Super Circus at Way Out Junk, featuring the 1910 Fruitgum Company, the Ohio Express, Professor Morrison's Lollipop, and others.

Saturday, August 12, 2006


Hey gang, you can get some Bubblegumfink junk
featuring this groovy trading card wrapper logo.

Friday, August 11, 2006

Archie's Here...

I just got my CD reissue of the Archie's self-titled debut import from Germany and I'm pretty excited. At very least, here's an immaculate cover scan for your CDR copy of the vinyl.

The selection of bonus tracks could be a little more exciting, what with all the buttloads of unreleased stuff floating around in the ether.

Here's the liner notes, that I scanned and pasted together for your reading pleasure. Oh, I am so happy. Man, I hope they reissue the entire series. I don't think I could control myself. I think I'd be jerking off in the streets.

Thursday, August 10, 2006

Looking Forward, Looking Back

Boing Boing has mentioned the card sets, highlighting the Clockwork Orange cards, which will, by the way, be getting backs in the future. I'll also be changing out the muddy looking Clockwork Orange font I used that I'm unhappy with. I've just realized I've done quite a few of these things now. I've decided to perform various upgrades on most of the sets, just for myself, in between new sets. The next thing coming down the pipeline is a deluxe overhaul of the Omega Man, the first set I did. I figure I've gotten a little better at it since then, and it was the first set I did, 'cause well, I love that movie. After that a new set will be dawning.

XYZ Cosmonaut is still on an amazing kaiju rampage.

Wednesday, August 09, 2006


I very thoroughly enjoyed Neato Coolville's large Flickr collection.

I just friggin' love this Hulk sticker from This is Pop.

Rat Fink- Burning More Than Rubber

Super cool boxed Rat Fink head ashtray from Japan (includes a lighter.)

Your garage or mine?

Toasty Kool Bunny

Great Bugs Bunny advertising art from Mister Toast.

Sunday, August 06, 2006

Jellyfish- Sugar and Spice

One of my very favorite 90s bands performing an Archies track live!


The Funky Phantom was yet another Scooby clone. But that's what makes it good! Download the Funky Phantom LP from Way Out Junk.

Saturday, August 05, 2006

Friday, August 04, 2006

This is wonderful little bits from Star Wars mixed with sound bytes of James Earl Jones from other films, giving it a funky blaxploitation vibe. Dig it.


Well, I figure I'll ask- Who can share this semi-rare classic David Cassidy album with me?


Check out Riley's super cool paintings!

Thursday, August 03, 2006


Here's a sampling of the groovy retro Kellogg's mascot vinyl figure line from Dark Horse that I found via Neato Coolville.

Wednesday, August 02, 2006


The cover of the latest pdf issue posted to Hunter's Planet of the Apes Archive is like ultimate, dig? I'm apeshit for it.

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Archies Reissue!

On August 29th, the German-import reissue of the Archies' self-titled first album arrives, complete with miniature record sleeve cover, booklet, and bonus tracks! It makes me wanna do the dance of the week!

Saturday, July 29, 2006

Godzilla Vs. The Cosmonaut

XYZ Cosmonaut is back with some classic Godzilla soundtracks.

Orange Bubblegum

A Clockwork Orange is another set of trading cards, like The Wicker Man, that never could have existed at the time the film was released. But now, I would rush out to buy a box. Wouldn't you? I'm happy with the card design, but less so with the Clockwork Orange font which I wish had been a little sharper. To do it over again, I'd just get rid of it. Of course, the cards represent a sort of edited-for-television version of the film, and it's also the shortest set I've done at only 33 cards. The backs? I started them, then thought "fuck it". I've been enjoying the pretty, colorful card fronts by themselves. I have been think about printing a set out of each for myself. I have the perfect magazine backing boards that are white on one side and unbleached on the other to print them on. Of course, I'll have to do backs for everything if I decide to try it.
I'm not sure I know of any chick that liked this film. Most guys, I think will agree that it was great.

Friday, July 28, 2006


Life size Frankenberry bobble head from the Funko booth at Comic Con, image at the Secret Fun Spot Blog. Yet again I'm reminded that I'm very bummed I missed Comic Con this year.

Toon Tune

Hear the new H.R. Pufnstuf theme at Todd's H.R. Pufnstuf blog!

The Middle East

Pardon me a moment while I discuss the middle east. Look, I found Israeli Brady Bunch cards. Also, I saw a commercial for "Hebrew National" brand Hot Dogs the other night that featured a cover version of "Hot Dog", by the Archies. While it has absolutely less than nothing to do with the middle east, I don't think I ever said "Hey, the new 7-Up commercial features music by the Partridge Family! Groovy!" It's a gummy world. Even in the middle east. Kind of.

Better than TB Sheets.

My bed looked like this once.

Hey, Hey, They're Deeluxe

Well, I've seen this mentioned at both the Colgems blog and This is Pop, but I feel I should mention that the first couple Monkees Deluxe Edition double-disc CD reissues are imminent. Check 'em out.

Thursday, July 27, 2006

Evel Empire

Ok, I like really dig the Evel Knievel Imperial Biker Scout I spotted at Urban Retro Lifestyle.


There are some Banana Splits EPs posted at the F.A.M.E. Kids Records group. I've always dug these yellow banana labels.

Wednesday, July 26, 2006


I love these groovy Captain Pike and Squire of Gothos Mego customs on eBay!

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Shocking But True!

Yep, the senses- shattering Bubblegumfink interview is up at Bella Rossa .

Sunday, July 23, 2006

Groovy DVDs Announced

A laundry list of mostly Filmation-related retro TV goodness has been announced for DVD release. Here's just some of the fink- friendly fare:

  • Ark II the complete series scheduled for the coming November.
  • Rick Springfield's Mission: Magic series, which spun off from the Brady Kids cartoon, features a super- groovy bubblegum soundtrack. Check it out if all you know is Jessie Girl. The series comes to DVD late 2006.
  • Filmation's Jonathan "Dr. Smith" starrer "Space Academy" arrives early 2007
  • Cheesy sci fi kids stuff that ran along side the Filmation Tarzan 'toon (and no listing for that yet, for which I'm bummed), Jason of Star Command scheduled is for Spring 2007.
  • Finally, recent Bubblegumfink popularity poll winner Isis the complete series coming to DVD Summer 2007.
Far out.
Check out most of these series at 70s Live Action Kid Vid

Saturday, July 22, 2006

Phantom of the Paradise

The Rocky Horror Picture Show had bubblegum cards. Grease had two series. I've been wanting to do some Phantom cards for a while and I know it's a favorite of a few readers. (By the way, I never hear from Skinny Robbie, anymore. Are you out there?) A couple comments I wanted to make on this set. First, again there are no backs. I had intended to do backs for this series. I even started framing out the artwork for them. I also had my heart set on them being a Donruss set. Once I'd finished the above Donruss wrapper that I was relatively happy with, I started thinking more about Donruss backs and realized that they were either all puzzle pieces, which I was again not excited to do, or when they weren't puzzles , they were very basic card backs- printed on bleached paper (different from Topps), but usually with some plain black text and not much else. Not that exciting. So, if I were printing myself a custom set I'd go to the trouble, but since I'm not, I wont. Second, I've only just realized I didn't do any vertical cards, only horizontal ones. Unfortunate, but I hope you'll still enjoy them in all their gaudy glory.

Patrick is into some groovy crap.

Friday, July 21, 2006

Rare Ben Cooper Cattanooga Cats Halloween costume on eBay

Thursday, July 20, 2006

Return to DVD

Holy shit! The rare "Return to the Planet of the Apes" animated series, which seemed like it would only come out as part of the hyper- expensive ape- head box set is now getting its own DVD release! Yabba Dabba Fuckin' Doo, man.

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Hardy Boys Set

Ah, the Hardy Boys cards. First off I found this site, which has tons of Hardy Boys pics, and I used those rather than doing my own screengrabs. So credit where credit is due. The cards are white so would bleed off to infinity on a white background if it weren't for the light grey frames Blogger throws around the images when uploaded. That worked nicely. Notice I posted the Hardy Boys & Alice Cooper samplers on colored backgrounds, as they were both white. I didn't wanna draw a black line around them to define them as it made them look less authentic. Where are the backs for this set? They're in your imagination. I made a much larger set of 66 and figured the cards, were they vintage, would probably all have had rather annoying puzzle pieces on the back, so I just didn't do backs this time around. Speaking of vintage, just a reminder that that's the whole point- they are meant to look vintage. Do I personally find the Hardy Boys foxy? Not so much. Are there an over abundance of Shaun Cassidy cards? Yes, but I'm always figuring on what the set would've looked like in 1978. I just hope you think they look groovy.

Wicker Man Cards

HR Pinsnstuf

The H.R. Pufnstuf animation project blog is continuing to update, and looking very exciting. Who wouldn't want a set of these cute buttons?


The stupid D&D; cartoon, along with the cheesy and overly colorful line of action figures, was something I was really too old for by the time they rolled it out in the 80s (much later than the stuff I generally discuss, but still 20 friggin' years ago), but I enjoyed it anyway, having played D&D for several years prior. The entire animated series, with a crazy cross section of actors including Donny Most from Happy Days, as well as both Willie Aames and Adam Rich from Eight is Enough, doing the voice work, arrives on DVD this November from the same company that I recently mentioned is releasing the upcoming Groovie Goolies series.

Tuesday, July 18, 2006


Just a reminder that several early classics from "ex- Archies member" Andy Kim receive their first CD reissue from Collector's Choice today.

Monday, July 17, 2006

Hardy Boys Cards

Here's a sampler from my latest 66 card set. These were stylistically inpired by the Charlie's Angels cards which tended to be mostly close-ups of the stars with phrases like "Beautiful Blonde Angel" on them. I thought the multiple colors had a nice 1978 look to them as well. I'm currently looking into various means of hosting entire sets online rather than uploading them all here. Anyway, I'm pretty happy with the Hardy Boys cards. I'm planning to do Phantom of the Paradise next.


Produced in extremely limited quantities by Medicom, makers of my beloved Kubricks, it would explain how I have never before managed to lay eyes on this bitchin' PotP figure I spotted at the Swan Archives.

Saturday, July 15, 2006


Dig the groovy gallery of vintage comic book ads, including these Mego ads, and, of course,
an entire wing dedicated to Hostess!

Up for Discussion

I haven't mentioned the goings on in the F.A.M.E. groups in a while, but there's just too much stuff to ignore this week. First, thanks to Bob for sharing an incredibly rare record from Austin Roberts, who was the voice from the bubblegum music on the original Scooby Doo episodes. I always mention this, 'cause how could you pass up any of his stuff knowing about Scooby Doo? It would be madness. Next there are several cereal box records that look groovy, tracks from the 70s J-pop duo Pink Lady are be uploaded, and the soundtrack to Bless the Beast and the Children, which features the Carpenters. The main thing that always hits me about the film was seeing a long-haired, teenage Billy Mumy looking and acting nothing like Will Robinson for the first time.
Shares are scattered throughout the F.A.M.E. groups, so you 'll have dig in there. All the group links are in my sidebar. Finally, take a moment to say something when you're there. They are groups rather than just music blogs so that you can discuss the music.

Friday, July 14, 2006

Performing Gumwriter

The latest issue of the magazine Performing Songwriter features a large cover story about all yer (my) faves- the Partridges, The Banana Splits, the Archies, the Monkees, and more! You can order the latest issue from the magazine's website.

Thursday, July 13, 2006


The DVD is here on October 24th!


In the mid 70s, Donruss released not one, but two sets of KISS cards. I'm sure alot of people are familiar with them. I think they should've done Alice Cooper cards, too.

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Endless Sunshine

There's a FANTASTIC and HUGE sunshine pop/bubblegum collection available now from Endless Mike that includes such great stuff as The Hardy Boys, The Robbs, The Smoke, Cashman Pistilli & West, Peppermint Trolley Co, Saltwater Taffy, The Sugar Bears, Cattanooga Cats, Sugar Shoppe, The Collage, Peppermint Rainbow, Mark Eric, October Country, The Bugaloos, Lancelot Link, Twinn Connexion, Gordian Knot, and lots, lots more. This is a great place to start!

70s Live Action Oz Vid

The Australian series Barrier Reef managed to make its way to American Television in 1971, and it was groovy. Check out the Barrier Reef page at 70s Live Action Kid Vid. Well, I came across this page called Classic Australian TV, that gives you a taste of some of the other cool- lookin' programs from down under that I wish we'd seen. Time to start lookin' for those bootleg DVDs, I suppose.

The Rovers
The Rovers was another series about another group of people sailing around having adventures. They even got a Jeep right on the boat in case they need to have an adventure on land. Ah, that's nothing, the Scooby Doo gang managed to transport the Mystery Machine all the way to Hawaii, and were travelling with a dog! What's that? The Rovers gang has a wombat? Ok, now, I'm impressed.

Adventures of the Seaspray
Yes! Another series on a boat! This adventure series filmed in Australia, New Guinea, New Caledonia and New Zealand centered on Dan Wells sailing the Pacific with on his schooner Seaspray, with his three children Mike, Noah and Sue, assisted by their Fijian crewman Willyum. No pet wombat this time. Oh wait, what's on that guy's head?

Phoenix Five
Phoenix Five looks very much like an Aussie version Star Trek or Space 1999.The episodes were introduced by a narrative, accompanied by appropriate images, which stated:The year: 2500 AD. The ‘Phoenix Five’. The crew: Captain Roke, Ensign Adam Hargreaves, Cadet Tina Kulbrick, and their computeroid Karl. Their mission: to patrol the outer galaxies for Earth Space Control, to maintain peace, and to capture Zodian the humanoid, who with the aid of his computers Alpha and Zeta endeavours to become dictator of outer space.

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Poll Results

Bionic Bigfoot: Not scary, say Bubblegumfink readers
Well, it was a quickie, but there's no point in going on. The Sleestaks totally swept the Who's Scarier Poll with double the votes. Personally, I thought Bigfoot was scary.

Better than Nuggets

Astoundingly, A Sampler of Things offers up the one thing bound to impress me more than the vintage Peanuts art from Dolly Madison, etc- and that's vintage Pebbles boxes! Oh! My beloved Pebbles! Fruity! Cocoa! I don't care, I just love them! Here- let give you a little TMI: Those old Pebbles coin holders eternally carry with them the smell of Pebbles. I can distinctly remember carrying one of those in my pocket and sniffing it in almost an obsessed Dennis Hopper in Blue Velvet sort of way as a kid.

....AND(!) I was poking around the Mego Museum, as I do, only to discover that the Museum's Scott C. Adams worked on the art for a Fruity Pebbles commercial! I'm all kinds of impressed!
That scene in Stand By Me when they ask what you would eat if you could only eat one thing, and one of them says "Pez"- for me, I'd have to at least seriously consider Pebbles. Just sit me down with a full box, a half gallon of milk and a great big popcorn bowl, and watch me make myself ill.

Wicker Gum

I'll be the first to admit that I've gone too far this time. The first several sets I did were sets that should've been done, could've been done. But now, with The Wicker Man, there no way there ever could've or should've been a series like this. I can't imagine any kid running out to buy several packs of Wicker Man cards and filling their cheeks with the gum as they shout "I got the Lord Summerisle I've been needing!" But that's why I think it's great. I love the Wicker Man, and as an adult, I happily slap down my cash for the cards if they existed.
After giving it some thought, I think that what you see above will be what my annoying bubblegum card posts look like going forward. A full set of 44 was here, but Blogger made uploading the images an absolute nightmare. I lose too much resolution to begin with, just by converting to jpeg so I can upload the images to Blogger. Then Blogger fights me every step of the way trying to upload them. When you've got 45 pictures to add, it's pretty tedious. I think maybe this format is better. I can spend less time slaving over a full set, thereby allowing myself to do even more cards for my own amusement, and honestly I get that not everyone gives a shit about them anyway. Of course, I still have my complete Wicker Man set. Maybe in the future I'll do entire sets for my own pleasure, posting a sampling, such as above, and if someone just had to see them all front and back, I could always send them a zip file. Ahh, that's a load off.

Another groovy link from this guy!

Laurie Partridge was secretly Captain America.


The one thing I've always hated about the A&E; DVD releases of all the great series like the Avengers, The Prisoner, and Space:1999 has been the packaging. Packaging, packaging, so much friggin' packaging. Well, finally A&E is catching on and rereleasing the Prisoner series as a 40th Anniversary edition and has switched to the slimline cases. Hurray!