I just thought I would start up a personal column where I can reflect on different things about comics of the past.

 

First off, what a neurotic life that boy sidekicks led.

 

 

 

 

 

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In addition to his most famous deficiency, the original Ken seriously lacked muscle and build.

LOL, something I have no interest in checking out, thanks.

JD DeLuzio said:

In addition to his most famous deficiency, the original Ken seriously lacked muscle and build.

All the kids in my neighborhood knew Ken was gay. he had too many shoes for a straight guy.

According to the documentary "Boobs in Toyland" (No-- I'm not making that up, but if you're trying to search it out online, be aware there appears to be another film by that name that I suspect is seriously NSFW), they replaced the skinny Ken in '69 with a more muscular version. Some versions apparently have had a hint of a crotch-bulge, too.

I know you said you had no interest, but in a thread such as this, how could I resist dropping a reference to something called "Boobs in Toyland"?



Peter Bosch said:

LOL, something I have no interest in checking out, thanks.

Text on one of those covers with a slight modification...

BARBIE AND KEN  /  More wonderful stories of your favorite twosome... and her boyfriend.

My wife has been searching for a Ken to add to our granddaughter's Barbie collection. Ken has really bad hair right now.

I envied Ken when I was growing up. He seemed to have it all. I always wanted him to dump Barbie and go off and find Witchie-Poo from H.R. Puff-n-Stuff. They would have been a happy couple.

Those kids who had G.I. Joes knew exactly how Ken rated . . . as the commercial below reminded:

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3jv4b5ydkA0

I never thought about it before, but can you imagine going into a regular store during the run of Jimmy Olsen and the clerk and everyone there hearing you ask, "Do you have a copy of Superman's pal, Jimmy Olsen?"

You apparently do not hunt down back issues at cons. Seasoned collectors know not to look for Jimmy Olsen under J, or Lois Lane under L unless the dealer is trying to confuse things. They're all under S. Likewise, you usually find Creeper under B, Dobie Gillis under M and Bob Hope and Jerry Lewis under A. 

But let's face it--we never even went into any store any place any time and asked a clerk, "Do you have a copy of Jimmy Olsen?" Not only would it have been embarrassing, but they would've given us a blank stare. At best.

-- MSA

  When I see comercials like that now I can't help but think of the Ken and Barbie from the Toy Story movies.

Commander Benson said:

Those kids who had G.I. Joes knew exactly how Ken rated . . . as the commercial below reminded:

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3jv4b5ydkA0

It's too bad that licensing considerations kept Barbie out of the first Toy Story -- particularly, the failure of Mattel's marketers to realize that having Barbie in the movie would actually be a good thing -- but I thought her inclusion in Toy Story 2 was just right. You just know the Barbie section in the toy store would be a non-stop party!

I thought the voicing on Barbie in the movie was perfect.

ClarkKent_DC said:

It's too bad that licensing considerations kept Barbie out of the first Toy Story -- particularly, the failure of Mattel's marketers to realize that having Barbie in the movie would actually be a good thing -- but I thought her inclusion in Toy Story 2 was just right. You just know the Barbie section in the toy store would be a non-stop party!

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