Friday, April 27, 2012
Source: Captain Britain #28, April 20, 1977.
Sort this one out: a game page written and drawn by a Canadian for an American publisher who placed it in a comic book designed for the British market. You follow?
The game itself is pretty simple. If you're feeling bored, print out the full-sized version, grab the nearest die, and play a round or three.
Owen McCarron was an advertising director and cartoonist with the Halifax Chronicle-Herald whose feature Fun and Games was syndicated across Canada. A comic book fan, McCarron produced various giveaways that, according to John Bell's guide to Canadian comic book history Invaders From The North (Toronto: Dundurn, 2006), were "mostly full-colour comics that were distinguished by bold, engaging artwork and reasonably solid storylines." For Marvel, McCarron produced Fun and Games pages like the one above and a series that ran 13 issues in 1979-80 with covers advising readers that "all you need is a pencil."
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Thursday, April 26, 2012
- Vintage Toronto Ads tracks hockey standings 1970s style, seeks free trousers, and belatedly celebrates Life Insurance Day.
- How did the Toronto press corps cover the sinking of the Titanic?
- Historicist survives the Great Northeast Blackout of 1965.
- With news of his passing, a look back at Dick Clark's radio show on CHUM.
- For Record Store Day, a gallery of Toronto's past vinyl vaults.
- Past Pieces of Toronto plays an April Fool's joke starring the CBC's Don Mills headquarters, tries on the Bata Headquarters for size, and theorizes that the original location of Fran's might be considered a St. Clair Disaster by one's arteries.
On The Grid:
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Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Source: the Mail and Empire, April 19, 1912.
Thursday, April 05, 2012
One series of paperbacks I've picked up at fundraising book sales over the years is Penguin's food handbooks. Small, rarely more than 50 cents a copy, and ranging in subjects from haute cuisine to proper freezing techniques, they're food guides designed for reading instead of gawking. Aimed at a British audience, there are occasional nods to North America, such as a brief look at our fermented grape industry in Allan Sichel's 1965 guide The Penguin Book of Wines.
Wednesday, April 04, 2012
- Vintage Toronto Ads investigates the case of the disappearing bachelors at 555 Sherbourne and the early career of retired CBC Radio traffic reporter Jim Curran.
- Coming up at this year's Luminato: 200 stories from the War of 1812 fill The Encampment.
- Ontario opposition leaders react to the provincial budget.
- From the Historicist archives, the assassination of George Brown.
On OpenFile Toronto:
- Past Pieces of Toronto revisits the eastern stump of the Gardiner Expressway, then spends the night at the Four Seasons Motor Hotel.
- People like to claim the construction of the St. Clair streetcar right of way was a disaster. Many of them probably never experienced the construction of the original Yonge subway line.
On The Grid:
- Introducing Retro T.O., a new column dedicated to revisiting recent Toronto history. First two installments: the Eglinton subway we almost had, and the 1983 Wimpy Awards for the city's most notable hamburgers.
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