Monday, April 20, 2009


Two of my favorite items from the Scholastic Book Club, delivered straight to school in Flint after ordering from those flimsy paper forms in the seventies, were Dynamite magazine and Encyclopedia Brown books. I still have a single copy of Dynamite, which was published from 1974 - 1992, and it happens to have the late, great Mark "The Bird" Fidrych on the cover. It's filled with Dynamite classics like Bummers, Count Morbida's Monthly Puzzle Pages, and Good Vibrations — a letters column about your feelings by Paulina Kernberg, M.D. ("Dear Dr. Kernberg, I am really lonely. I haven't got a true friend in the world. Can you help me? I'm really sad. Signed, Lonely in Pennsylvania.")

For more Dynamite nostalgia head to Retro Crush for a collection of covers ranging from the Sweat Hogs to Shields & Yarnell. (See extremely creepy video below to catch the mimes in action.)


  1. I am so glad I never saw Shields and Yarnell as a child. Ew... is the only word that comes to mind.

    For some reason I was expecting Jimmy whathisname to be screaming "Dynomite!" in that video... what a let down.

    I could google his name, but am too lazy, but we saw that Jimmy guy's comedy act at GMI when he toured in the 70's.

  2. my favorite dynamite magazine cover was Jimmy Walker holding a dynamite magazine with him on the cover holding a dynamite magazine with him on the cover - and on and on.

    I just thought about that a week or two ago.


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