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Power Records…forgotten treasures of the 1970s: Man Bat

As a child of the early 1970s (what Hunter S. Thompson called “this foul year of our Lord, 1971” to be precise), I have many warm and fuzzy memories of sitting with rapt attention beside my 3 speed (33 1/3, 45 & 78 speed!) portable record player — the cool kids call them turntables nowadays — listening and reading along to Peter Pan’s action-adventure sub label, Power Records. I had everything from Space 1999 to G.I. Joe (the fuzzy headed one with the Kung Fu Grip, not the 1980s cartoon one, philistines) to Planet of the Apes to Marvel Superheroes and I practically wore the grooves off of the 7″ of vinyl goodness.

Luckily for the annals of Pop Culture History and our collective audio-visual enjoyment, Rob! at the Power Records Blog is doing a marvelous job at finding, scanning, and sharing these forgotten classics, including the soundtracks themselves.

Below you will find a taste of one my personal favorites, the gorgeously illustrated “Robin Meets Man Bat”, a compilation of Detective Comics #400, #402 and #407- the first appearance of the Jekyll & Hyde cum Dracula anti-hero (and Batman adversary), Man Bat.… Read the rest

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Americans And The Environmental State In The 1970s

Via the Atlantic, a snippet of the EPA’s DOCUMERICA project, which involved the taking of thousands of beautiful, fascinating, sometimes harrowing photos of how Americans lived and how they interacted with the environment (expanding the definition of “environment” beyond what we usually think of):

As the 1960s came to an end, the rapid development of the American postwar decades had begun to take a noticeable toll on the environment, and the public began calling for action. In November 1971, the newly created Environmental Protection Agency announced a massive photo documentary project to record these changes. More than 100 photographers not only documented environmental issues, but captured images of everyday life and the way parts of America looked at that moment in history. The National Archives has made 15,000 of these images available.


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