Chapter VI. The Cowardly Lion.

Audio Adaptation of The Wonderful Wizard of OZ, Crown Publishers, Inc., 1961

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< 7° of Separation

Click the picture below to see the entire cover to the January, 1965 issue of a humor magazine called HELP! The Beatles’ movie HELP! wasn’t released until August, 1965, leading one to speculate what possible influence Terry Gilliam’s bit of airbrushed artistic whimsy may have had on the title. Yes, that’s Terry Gilliam the animator, director and Monty Python troupe member who is listed as contributing editor.

HELP! was the brainchild of Harvey Kurtzman. In an earlier posting I have a link to a gallery with one of Kurtzman’s early comic-book stories. Kurtzman is still remembered today as the man who started MAD Magazine. One evening, Gilliam, who had replaced HELP! staffer Gloria Steinem, went to an off-Broadway show that featured a performer named John Cleese. They met and Cleese was talked into performing a photo comic strip for the magazine. Look for that in a future posting. After HELP! folded, Gilliam later caught up with Cleese in London, and then there was something completely different.

Chapter V. The Rescue of the Tin Woodman.

Audio Adaptation of The Wonderful Wizard of OZ, Crown Publishers, Inc., 1961

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Stephen Colbert’s Alpha Squad 7

Somehow, I totally missed the introduction of Stephen Colbert’s Alpha Squad 7, the New Tek Jansen Adventure back in August.  Colbert is obviously a comics and cartoon fan, and he was a writer for Robert Smigel’s TV Funhouse, so I’m not surprised he’s doing this.  Here is part 2.  Part 1 is undoubtedly available on YouTube.Player problem?  Click here.

EDIT: Let’s have a little fun with this.  Somebody has posted this video on YouTube, although without the teaser that I included.  I’m going to scale my embedded video up to 425 pixels across to match YouTube’s, and embed that one here.  You can compare and judge who did the better job of capturing the video.  Don’t use an old Windows Media Player, like version 7, because it’ll look awfully jaggy, compared to YouTube’s Flash player.

EDIT P.S.  The YouTube video has been replaced with my own upload.  This is as good as it gets after YouTube has processed something.  The preview still frame is nice, and if there’s a way to do that with Media Player I’ll find it.