Sunday, September 27, 2020

More 1974 All-Star Custom Cards

As I finished putting together the Wolverine/Thor 1974 all-star custom card last year, I had a thought: That template could produce an almost endless amount of combinations. Right then and there I jotted down some potential ideas and set them aside for another time. It's been quite a while, but I've been on a creative streak lately, so I decided to sit down and get to it.

Since the original card was from the 1970s, I thought it would only be fitting if I kept the content in
that decade (or close to it). For this batch, I'm also staying with the entertainment theme.

First up, another two superheroes. This time they represent TV shows.




Wonder Woman aired from 1975 to 1979, while The Incredible Hulk ran from 1978 to 1982. That means for at least two years (not including reruns) you could have probably watched both shows each week in prime time. Talk about cloud nine if you were a superhero-loving kid!


Next, another fun show where good guys foiled bad guys.




CHiPs aired from 1977 through 1983. I must have caught the very tail end of their run, because in my early days (i.e., bicycle with training wheels) I remember having a plastic CHiPs helmet, complete with a tinted plastic visor that you could flip down.


This next show is one I remember my mom watching.




Laverne & Shirley ran from 1976 to 1983. I'm not sure I've ever watched a full episode, but the opening theme that shows both characters at the brewery is so iconic that I wanted to make a card.


Now here's a show where you might consider all of the characters to be all-stars. (Even though they're not human characters.)




The Muppet Show ran from 1976 through 1981, although reruns must have aired for years afterward because I definitely watched the show as a little tyke in the mid-1980s. I really could have chosen just about any character from the show—Kermit the Frog, Gonzo, Fozzie Bear, Animal, The Swedish Chef, the list goes on and on. But for this card I went with Beaker, skittish lab assistant to Bunsen Honeydew, and First Mate Piggy from the "Pigs in Space" series. (PIIIGS INNN SPAAAAACE!)

And talk about shows where all of the characters were all-stars...




Taxi ran from 1978 to 1983, and starred Judd Hirsch, Danny DeVito, Tony Danza, Andy Kaufman, Christopher Lloyd, Jeff Conaway, and Marilu Henner. Similar to the Muppets card, I could have made a great custom with any of these actors, but chose Marilu and Tony for this one. Great theme song, too.


Finally, on the subject of theme songs, here's a TV show that contains one of my favorite theme songs of all time.




The Odd Couple ran from 1970 to 1975. Have you ever thought about whether you were more of an "Oscar" or a "Felix"? They're both pretty far toward their respective ends of the spectrum, but if we're honest, we've all probably had some Oscar moments and some Felix moments in our lives.

One more note about theme songs: You'll see that I listed each show's title with a clickable link. Those links will take you to the respective theme songs/intros on YouTube. I encourage you to take a few minutes to watch them, because they're all such classics and they define the era so well. Here's one from The Odd Couple to whet your appetite:




I think I'll allow the backdrop of Manhattan skyscrapers and historic hi-rises in that closing scene to wrap up this post. Wow.

Thanks for reading, everyone.


19 comments:

  1. These need to be real cards, like right now!

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    1. Heheh. Thanks for the emphatic demand, Jon! I've got plans in the works that might satisfy it. Stay tuned...

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  2. I second that! I'd buy packs of these all day long. I hope to see some more of these in the future. Tough call on my favorite of today's batch, but might have to go with the Muppets.

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    1. Thanks Shoebox! The Muppets card was actually a late addition to the batch. Now I'm even happier with it. And just like Jon, you should also stay tuned. There might indeed be more of these cards to come.

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  3. These are awesome! Lynda Carter is gorgeous. How about a Battlestar Galactica one with Apollo and Starbuck... or better yet... Cassiopeia and Athena?

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    1. Thanks Fuji! I agree with your assessment of Lynda Carter. (Note taken on the Battlestar Galactica suggestion.)

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    2. I second the motion. Hers is a timeless beauty.

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  4. Awesome. CHIPs has to be my favorite. I’ll never forget the episode where they are trying to catch a thief stealing 8-track systems out of cars. Ha, definitely a nice walk down memory lane there.

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    1. Nice walk down memory lane, for sure. As soon as anyone mentions CHiPs, that theme song starts playing in my mind.

      Also, stealing 8-track systems? Those vile wretches! I'm sure Ponch and Jon nabbed them in the end.

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  5. OK, now we're in my territory! Taxi is the most underrated sitcom of all-time.

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    1. Agreed, Night Owl! I've watched some episodes recently. They're really well done all around.

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  6. Keep these customs coming! The subjects are a little bit before my time, but I'm familiar enough to know that they match up well. Well done!

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    1. Thanks Chris! If you haven't seen some of the shows, I'd definitely recommend giving them a try. As for the cards, they sure were fun to create, so I might indeed keep them coming.

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  7. Sweet! CHiPS - Estrada was plastered to my walls, right next to the Bay City Rollers and Tony Danza. My fave tho is Laverne and Shirley. I agree with Jon. I want these cards! Nice work!

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    1. Thanks Julie! Glad I managed to choose so many of your favorites. Did you use tape or thumbtacks to put your pictures and posters up?

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  8. I'd be all over these. The possibilities are endless. Hulk/Wonder Woman and CHiPs are my favorites but Laverner and Shirley and the Muppets are right there. Fun post.

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    1. Thanks very much, Bulldog! I'm already formulating ideas for another batch, so stay tuned.

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