The latest issue of one of my favorite magazines is out and we a have cover-to-cover look at Retro Fan #6. If you are a fan of 1960s to 1980s film, TV shows, animation, comic books, and toys, then Retro Fan is THE magazine you need to have. Written by pop culture fanatics for pop culture fanatics, each issue is a trip back in time to relive some of the great stuff we or maybe your parents grew up with.
Dan Johnson kicks things off by interviewing Rich Koz, better known as the late known horror film host, Svengoolie, who has been entertaining legions of fans in the Chicago area for decades and has now gon national thanks to MeTV every Saturday night. Koz talks about the early days on WCIU and how MeTV’s popularity has allowed him to expand his fanbase. Koz also discusses plans to make appearances around the country.
While Saturday mornings in the 70s were best known for running cartoons on the major networks, live action shows also had their place. Andy Mangels looks at the beloved Ghost Busters…no not the Bill Murray/Dan Ackroyd version but rather the 1975 series that featured F-Troop stars Forrest Tucker and Larry Storch…teaming with actor/stuntman/and pop culture collector Bob Burns in a gorilla suit. The series too its cue from the comedy horror films of the 1940s and 1950s in this slapstick series about paranormal ghost hunters which ran for 15 episodes. Mangels includes several behind-the-scenes photos from the show.
The longest article in the issue is Ernest Farino’s look at the spy craze in film and TV in the 1960s which is heavily weighted around James Bond but also looks at other popular films and TV shows such as Mission Impossible, The Saint, Matt Helm, and I Spy.
What better way to look back at the days of classic pop culture than to hear from a kid who actually lived it. Dan Johnson interviews Butch Patrick who of course played Eddie Munster on “The Munsters” from 1964 to 1966 through 70 episodes and a theatrical film. Butch shares his memories of exploring the set at Universal Studios, working with Fred Gwynne and Al Lewis, and Yvonne DeCarlo; and his favorite episodes. He also discusses some of his other roles like guest spots on The Monkees and in the Saturday morning live action series, Lidsville. Butch also reveals that he was up for the role of Billy Batson in the live action Shazam TV series of the 70s.
For you toy fans, Rob Smentek takes a 40th anniversary look at the toys and games based upon the landmark sci-fi/horror film Alien with several rare photos of those hard-to-toys.
Retro Fan is 80 pages of pure pop culture bliss! Head on over to the Twomorrows website and pickup a copy! Order Retro Fan #6