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Saturday, June 3

  1. page 50 Shades of Harold Gray edited At least through 1926. Gloryosky, she did a lot in 3 years! :) This Annie became so popular, she…
    At least through 1926.
    Gloryosky, she did a lot in 3 years! :)
    This Annie became so popular, she started making a truckload of post and pre War Bucks for the Tribune and her creator, Harold Gray. Chicago elves busily churned out toys, games, radio programs, movies, music, book reprints, comics and a whole bunch more; there'd have probably been an Underoos line for children of all ages if flappers had actually worn underwear. She also spawned a bevy of comic strip imitators, who were easily bypassing copyright laws and lax orphanage security to raise h-e-double hockey sticks all over the world.
    I never warmed to her, though, until Leonard Starr took over, despite the occasional presence of the mysterious and SF-ish Mister Am. Even with the magnificent super-Starr's work, it took me a few years to appreciate her because I was too busy picketing in downtown Taunton for the PTB to bring back his gorgeous Mary Perkins. Sadly no one of any consequence noticed my efforts :)
    Gray's artwork was just too dark for my tastes and Annie herself always reminded me too much of Tiny Tim sans spirits, using her childish charms to thaw out rich old meanies with extra cooked geese to share. In real life, of course, she'd have fallen victim to more unsavory characters and become the prototypical hooker with a heart of gold before ending up married to Richard Gere.
    Attached you'll find.a 1926 promo and an early text roundup of her adventures. This lengthy text retelling format seems to have been quite popular once. I've already posted similar "what came before" recaps that I found for BUCK ROGERS, EVERETT TRUE and others.
    Enjoy. There will be more to follow soon, though I'll be taking a left turn for short visits with HG Wells, 1001 Arabian Nights, and more, before finally landing on Mary Pickford and another waif.
    These will all find a home as a series of posts at my "50 Shades of Harold Gray" page, though poor Harold would probably object to where I'm heading. :)
    http://thebookstork.wikispaces.com/50+Shades+of+Harold+Gray [though there's nothing there yet]

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Thursday, March 16

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Sunday, January 15

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    JEANIE (NOTES: From Bails' Who's Who: 1947-48; also says Arthur Adler 1948; Ken Fitch 1948; Burt Frohman c1947-c49; Al Jaffee 1946-49; Paul Newman 1949)
    Jeanie (Stiff Time), December, 1947
    Jeanie (Double Trouble)),Trouble), January, 1948 - Seeing Double! (7 pages) in Patsy Walker #21 (March 1949) (ID per LM)
    Jeanie (Genie), January, 1948
    Jeanie (Glasses), January, 1948
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    Jeanie (Soul Mate), May, 1948
    Jeanie (Feud), May, 1948
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    May, 1948 - The Contest Pest (7 pages) in Jeanie Comics #21 (September 1948) (ID per LM)
    Jeanie (Pesky Pets), June, 1948
    LET'S PLAY DETECTIVE (NOTES: From Bails' Who's Who: 1944; also says Al Bellman 1943-49)
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Wednesday, January 11

  1. page Otto Binder's Pay Records Part 1 - Marvel edited ... Destroyer (Jap Jitters), March, 1944 GEORGIE (NOTES: From Bails' Who's Who: 1947; also says S…
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    Destroyer (Jap Jitters), March, 1944
    GEORGIE (NOTES: From Bails' Who's Who: 1947; also says Stan Lee 1952)
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    November, 1947 - Good Night, Knight (8 pages) in Teen Comics #21 (April 1947) (ID per LM)
    HEDY DEVINE (NOTES: From Bails' Who's Who: 1948; also says Paul Newman 1948-50)
    Hedy Devine (Incognito), March, 1948 - Disguise the Limit in Millie the Model Comics #15 (December 1948) (ID by MGO)
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Thursday, November 24

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    [This story originally appeared in a slightly altered format on my Research, Inc. website waaaay back in 2007. It's now a Thanksgiving tradition -- like gathering the family together and listening to Dominick the Donkey on the radio.].
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    in true! Every word of it!
    But maybe only in a parallel universe.
    None of the names have been changed to protect the innocent. Screw 'em ...
    As usual,Because it being awas Monday, I
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    black hole.
    I really, REALLY hate when

    I'm really getting sick of
    that happens -- especiallyhappening. Especially on Half
    I'm now a veteran of these sorts of things. Plus I've seen enough episodes of DOCTOR WHO to know the difference between a temporal distortion and the more common dizziness caused by standing up too fast.
    So I did some quick calculations in my head to determine the pot hole density of the streets. Two per square yard! Whew! That meant I was still in Taunton!
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  2. page HAPPY THANKSGIVING edited ... {email.jpg} [This story originally appeared in a slightly altered format on my Research, Inc…
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    [This story originally appeared in a slightly altered format on my Research, Inc. website waaaay back in 2007. It's now a Thanksgiving tradition -- like gathering the family together and listening to Dominick the Donkey on the radio.].
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    The short story you are about to read in true!
    But maybe only in a parallel universe.
    None of the names have been changed to protect the innocent. Screw 'em ...
    =
    Naturally,
    As usual, it being a Monday, I
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    black hole. I
    I
    really, REALLY
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    especially on half price pizza day.Half Price Pizza Day. I get
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    Pizza Day.
    I had

    I'm now a veteran of these sorts of things. Plus I've
    seen enough episodes of DOCTOR WHO
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    caused by listening to Miley on the treadmill.standing up too fast.
    So I
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    quick calculations and after determining thatin my head to determine the pot
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    of the streets was about twostreets. Two per square yard, I was somewhat relieved to find thatyard! Whew! That meant I was still in Taunton. ButTaunton!
    But
    when?
    I pulledgrabbed a torn
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    Olde Gazette from somebody's trash.off the ground next to a trash bin. The headline
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    1621! Duh!
    Well, that

    That
    plus the Gazette might have said it
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    MDCXXI.
    I headed down to the Green. At least itlooked around and hurridly made a beeline for what looked like the Taunton Green. There were tell tale clues that it was anthe Green.
    An
    elderly Indian maiden was holding a
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    with a scrawled biblical quote
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    Samoset evil incarnate, andincarnate; a small
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    ponies lounging about. Plusabout; dozens of wagons crashing into each other trying to
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    around a large yellow trianglesquare rotary .... and a
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    Pilgrim offering me her wares.
    As normally happens to most

    Like all
    time travelers,
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    wives.
    I movedinched in a little closer to
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    spoke perfect 201421st century English, the only difference beng one saidwas that Bedford was saying this was Tawn-ton and the otherMassasoit called it
    Massasoit was clearly upset. “Look, Billy, I know your people are lousy farmers, but you gotta stop stealing our grain and shooting our critters!”
    “Sorry, Chief. But we’re starving here! Christopher Jones has even begun setting traps for Myles’ poodle!”
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    off poor Squanto, who’sSquanto! He’s thinking of
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    spent in Provincetown.Provincetown if you don't knock it off. Something has
    This is where I jumped in.
    “Look, fellas. I got a great idea. Bill, you know how you guys spend every Thursday in mid-week prayer session??”
    Bradford’s eyes rolled. “yeah, that was another of Myles’ great ideas. He figured it’d be a good way to get everyone together and sell tickets to a booze cruise aboard the Mayflower.”
    “And … uh … Mass … can I call you Mass? You know how you’ve run out of space for all that excess food you’ve been storing up for the winter?”
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    spare teepee for my Man Cave on poker
    “Well, how about you guys throw a huge party instead this week? You can start by watching the Macy’s parade, sitting down to a great feast of turkey, stuffing, and pumpkin pie with both tribes, then settling back and watching some football!”
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    at me. I’d
    I’d
    forgotten forks,
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    been invented yet.yet!
    I could
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    honor of chasing me away,stoning me, when, luckilyluckily, yet another
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    – yup, meme! – that
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    of Thanksgiving!!
    And I'm pretty sure that’s

    That’s probably
    the reason the cats have ceded thetemporarily relinquish their stalking duties over to the turkeys.turkeys every November.
    Fame has its price.
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    HAPPYTHE FIRST THANKSGIVING !!!!
    I'm bored, so here's
    IN TAUNTON, MASSACHUSETTS!!!!
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    [This story originally appeared in a slightly altered format on
    my annualResearch, Inc. website waaaay back in 2007. It's now a Thanksgiving tradition -- like gathering the family together and listening to Dominick the Donkey on the radio.].
    The short
    story ... again.
    It helps if
    you know a bitare about the historyto read in true!
    But maybe only in a parallel universe.
    None
    of Taunton -- and the fact that I'm never EVER serious.names have been changed to protect the innocent. Screw 'em ...
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    Naturally, it being Monday, I fell into a temporal distortion caused by a black hole. I really, REALLY hate when that happens -- especially on half price pizza day. I get ornery when I miss Half Price Pizza Day.
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