wonders of ebay


(heheh, he’s checking out his pole)

New Kids in their 16 shirts, NEIL PATRICK HARRIS AND HIS FACE.
Oooh I’m actually tempted by the Cry Baby preview now, and the TV Outsiders coverage, argh. I’ll be strong, I can’t afford to start collecting Cry Baby material and I can’t really afford this magazine at the moment anyway! Maybe if I see it again in the future and have spare money I’ll buy it then.

The great thing about flicking through these vintage magazines is when you see faces you know now. For instance, there was a John Stamos mini comeback a few years ago, I believe? He was in… jesus, I didn’t realise he was in Friends as the potential unknowingly sperm donor for Chandler and Monica, I just watched that ep a few weeks ago, haha! Oh, he’s been in E.R.
Jack Coleman from Heroes, and others that I can’t think of right now as I think this most recent one beats them all!

A young Jackie Earl Haley who will forever make my skin crawl as the paedophile from Little Children, shudder. But Look! He was in Slab Boys on Broadway with Sean Penn, Val Kilmer (LOL MULLET) and Kevin Bacon!

I’m going to go and tweet this to him now! I think he’ll be really good as Freddy Krueger in the new film they’re doing, I love Robert Englund in the role but it’ll be interesting to see someone else take on the mythology of Freddy and perhaps flesh out his backstory a bit.

OHH, I LOVE IT. Upon looking on twitter, I found this gem. This is what I love about Hollywood through the years, the way people are connected to each other! Casting anecdotes are always fun, makes you wonder what a film could have been like with someone else in it.

“Johnny Depp got the role in Elm Street by besting the guy he gave a ride to the audition, Jackie Earl Haley, who is the new Freddy.”

EDIT: 30/08/09 – Jackie wrote back on Twitter about the picture! @pitythebackseat I was the only one with long hair and bell bottoms… still stuck in the 70s. Great pic, thanks. J

the boys of summer

London finally got some nice weather over the weekend so I read some of my latest acquisitions whilst sitting in the blazing sun.

It seems like Maxwell Caulfield had the same idea whilst on the set of Grease 2!

I really enjoy that film and all the teen magazines were full of pinups and fold out posters showing off those eyes, that mouth and the body! Plus articles glossing over Maxwell’s Soho club go go dancer boy past.
Be sure to visit Amy’s Grease 2 site!

This cover is pure beefcake, I was tempted to bid on it for novelty value but then the price zoomed up to over $30 so that was out of my price range!

I expect it probably had photos like these, poor Scott Baio looking all sad and lonely and half-naked, omg this reminds me of those Zac Efron pap photos when he was running in the Hollywood hills!
Here is Glenn Scarpelli in very short shorts lounging on his bed.

Wait, what could be worse than those shorts?
How about a crop top!

Your eyes do not deceive you!

Talking of eyes, it took a lot of eyescrubbing to try and rid them of this image.
Mmm John Travolta’s gusset.

To end on a gusset note, here’s a Coppertone advert that always disturbed me a little, why is she so deliriously happy that men are looking and laughing at her ladygarden?

“I learned the hard way about sex”, says Willie.

Teen Spectacular October 1979 cover courtesy of ebay,

oh how I wish I’d actually bought it!

This is the first magazine cover I ever saw on ebay to make me laugh so much, I felt sick. I don’t even know where to start. Willie? Leif? Discover your body next to a grinning Jimmy Baio? Shaun’s tragic love mistakes?

It made me start thinking that I simply had to show these sort of images to a wider audience and that I couldn’t be alone in finding these interesting and hilarious.

Granted, this is from 1979 but you have to wonder what would come in the future years. Would they be able to top the use of colour, different fonts, innuendo, the strap lines, all on one magazine cover and inside?

Well, this blog is an attempt to find out. I hope you’ll come along for the journey into what my magazine collection and the mighty ebay has to offer!

I take requests if you have any themes you’d like to see from the 80s magazines.

Hello Sailor!

Here is a photo I snapped from a teen mag gossip page where they would have small pictures and gossip items before the main articles and pinups.

After starring in The Blue Lagoon, Chris Atkins was a confessed naturist, starring as a male stripper (Ricky The Rocket) in a flop film, A Night In Heaven & posing for Playgirl, shocking the teen mags. Allegedly his daughter posted on IMDB, claiming that he walks around the house naked, haha.

I don’t really know what to say about the pic, which I guess sets the tone for this blog! I just wanted to post things that caught my eye, either due to short shorts or my love for ‘subtext’.

Is there anything of the ’80s you’d like me to focus on?