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