Nancy Drew got a cute little Modern/Retro makeover from these books sold
exclusively at Target. By May 1st, I think they'll be available everywhere. I never saw this coming, but they're mine.
If it hadn't been for the Nancy Drew Sleuth blog, I would never have come across them. They're the same stories I read back in the 70s, but this was a cute twist. I had to have them!!! And, they ended up as fancy wall art!
Sports Illustrated celebrated it's 50th Anniversary swimsuit issue. Of course, as a GAY MAN, I have absolutely no interest in scantily clad dames in swimsuits. From a fashion perspective, it could be slightly interesting. However, my interest was actually piqued when Sports Illustrated decided to include my favorite (Gal That has Everything) --- Barbie Doll!!!! She's part of the "Unapologetic Campaign." I guess, like Keira Knightly, she's tired of justifying her naturally thin frame and taking the blame for anorexic girls everywhere.
Now, if you want to talk about a cheap $19.99 "Target Exclusive" that sold out quickly, went onto back order, then became "unavailable" online, then remained still "unavailable" for $29.99 --- bickering about an uneven seam line sewn on bathing suit and glue seeping out of ears and necklines of a cheaply made doll in the "Model Muse" pose --- (little articulation --- for display purposes only) --- THEN and only THEN --- do we have something to really talk about!!!! Deep breath. Whew! Essentially: I missed out. And, after two weeks of obsessing over something I didn't really need, I'm over it. Or at least still trying to convince myself so.
That's right, Barbie! You're too fashionable, fabulous and successful to keep putting up with this crap! Well, folks wanted to make a big deal about it, but on the cover are THREE bare booties all posed together. And, folks want to make a big deal out of Barbie?!? Shhhh. She's a D-O-L-L, people!!! If I had to choose between three female bare booties or Barbie's unapolegetic derrière, then make mine plastic and fantastic!!!!
This is my own personal geeky triumph. For YEARS, I collected
Brenda Starr Reporter comic strips. My Grandmother would save the comics section
from the Washington Star for me every weekend. She'd fold them, then
stack them up daily on top of the fridge next to the toaster, for my weekend visits. I was regaled by Brenda's
adventures with her Mystery Man, Basil St. John. The Washington Star folded and I lost
touch with Brenda. As a young adult, I started making trips to the
library. I discovered microfiche!!! Sound ancient? It is. Really. I found
Brenda in the P.G. Journal, then the Chicago Tribune. What followed was
complete insanity. Every AWS day, every other Tuesday off (Government
speak for: Alternative Work Schedule - a day off), I would go to the library and
print out a ton of Brendas. It took YEARS to compile everything. But, I
did it. I shrank them down, lined them up, taped them to pages, then
bound them together as spirals. Before I knew it, I had almost all of
Brenda's adventures from 1948 - 1995. The 40s were a little harder to
find, but I got some good stuff!!! I went to a convention. I met Ramona Fradon who drew Brenda for 15 years and even worked with the
comic goddess herself --- Dale Messick!!!! Well, I do things
obsessively. I'll binge on creativity. And, I binged on the Dale
Messick/Ramona Fradon years of the Brenda Starr strips I'd collected. I
put them together in cute little spirals, created covers and marketed
them --- to myself!!!! I have four beautiful Brenda Starr volumes.
And, I just wanted to say --- Yahoo!!! At last!!! A dream come
true!!!! (Can't you see how happy I am?)
And, Brenda is still being commemorated. Effanbee and Tonner Dolls has an entire line of Brenda dolls. There's a chapter movie in 1945 starring Joan Woodbury. Then, there's a movie in 1976 with Jill St. John as our glamorous red head. And then, one in 1986 (though released in 1992) with the beautiful, beautiful, beautifulBrooke Shields. Plus, the books just keep coming. Brenda paper dolls. Brenda's first have been adventures reprinted: Brenda's dailies (Even though it skipped stories!!!). And, now --- Brenda comic books in bondage!!! Shriek! Gasp! Clutch! (Well, not really in bondage. The covers were just re-drawn that way with beautiful new covers of "good girls in bad situations" before the comics codes during the Jack Kamen Period - pre-comics code.) All I can say is --- bring on more Brenda Starr!!!