Thursday, January 27, 2011

Book Shelf: 16 Magazine Vol. 11 #12, May 1970, Part Three


We conclude our fun/depressing trip through 1970 teenobilia with Jack Wild's brother, above left, who had a career as a teen idol similar to his sibling's, but less intense and volatile. Above right, because obviously this magazine hasn't featured nearly enough answers to your questions about Dark Shadows, Jonathan Frid answers your questions about Dark Shadows! As dated as this magazine seems, you have to admit that there's something familiar about a teen-friendly vampire melodrama. 

One thing I'll say about Gloria Stavers is that she wasn't afraid to cast a wide net. She would feature just about anything, because why not? If the girls didn't respond, it was on to the next thing. Case in point, below right, the twins from Hee Haw. Hott. Their hair helmets would remain unchanged for decades:


Below, more movie gossip, mostly about bombs and flops, including Antonioni's Zabriskie Point. It's also fun to see Clint and Ronnie Howard before their roles became reversed:


Below left, first they were known as Everyday Hudson, then Hudson, then the Hudson Brothers, then Hudson again, and then The Hudsons. Got that? Bill Hudson ended up marrying Goldie Hawn (seen on the previous spread) and spawning Kate Hudson. He later traded down for Cindy Williams. Brett Hudson went on to be a hacky TV producer. Mark went on to write and produce awful songs for people like Ringo Starr, Aerosmith and Harry Nilsson. Below right, local Ohio TV show host awkwardly interviews obviously stoned musicians. Also check out young Kenny Rogers and his terrible bubblegum group:


Below, an historic event, the debut of David Cassidy, still only a TV show bit player. Within a year, he would dominate all teen mags worldwide. Interestingly, no mention is made of his famous father and stepmother:


Below, hired guns from fake folk group the Grass Roots. Warren Entner ended up managing Rage Against the Machine and Faith No More:


Gloria answers your questions! First of all, no, Bobby Sherman is NOT dating that girl he would end up marrying within a year. There is talk about the Cowsills getting a TV show, and this is, of course, what would end up being the Cowsill-less Partridge Family. I also love all the fake letters which are transparent plugs for other 16 publications ("Gloria, I hear you have a new booklet out. IS IT TRUE?"):


Below, "coming next issue" (no surprises in store, from the looks of it) and back issues, all of which I desire to own:


And finally, are you girl enough for the Dark Shadows kid? Probably not, but it doesn't hurt to try:


And that's that fab ish! Coming soon: we jump ahead two years to the "All David Cassidy, all the time" era.

Part one is here, and part two is here.

11 comments:

Comrade PhysioProf said...

The faded cheape-asse four-color offset print-jobbe matches your blogge background beautifully, especially the Cassidy photo.

SystemError said...

Clint Howard will always be Eaglebauer in my book.

samael7 said...

That was one of the grooviest, luuuurvliest, most breathlessly SUPER DREAM romps through May 1970 ever!!

I wonder if there are any editions of that "Adonis" book in someone's attic somewhere. If I'd found that in my pre-adolescence...

Also, in the David Cassidy interview, I simply shocked -- shocked! -- at this:

"WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE TV SHOW? I like Love, American Style [good grief! - ed], and the late, late movies. [way to be specific] I've been kind of bored with the rest of the TV shows this season."

*splutter* "I've kind of been bored...???" The cheek!!!

Given that a bulk of the issue is trying, desperately, to save Here Come the Brides, one could plausibly interpret this to be a Cassidy-shot across the bows. Or, hearkening back to a previous metaphor, the first shooting star fortelling the meteor strike that was about to hit Bobby Sherman's carreer.

It's kind of awesome.

Matty Boy said...

The dawn of David Cassidy: super awesome.

The last fading gasp for so many others, including Tommy Kirk: also awesome in a melancholy way.

Thanks, Peteykins! I'd going to do a post on my blog about your reprints for Stuff I Like Week.

drew in sf said...

I have to hawl-hawrtedly agree, those Hager boys are Hee Hawt!

samael7 said...

Matty Boy: and Joan Blondell too. Looking at IMDB, she did keep busy in a string of TV series and TV movie appearances, but it appears these were guest spots on shows like Love, American Style, Fantasy Island, and The Love Boat. She died in 1979.

J5Collector said...

Arthur Wild was so much better looking than Jack, and he played the Artful Dodger first, on the London stage version of Oliver!

I never understood why the teen mags made such a fuss over skanky little Jack Wild. I figure he must have had something on someone. You don't by chance have the next issue where he visited the Cowsills, do you?

Peteykins said...

I don't, J5. I only have a couple of issues of old teen mags. Recently, however, I've ordered a few on eBay, so there's more to come.

Sharkbabe said...

Oh my god. Just, oh - never mind.

I have SO much riches to catch up on here!!

16 mag omg! This is fab all gear!

*heart dancing*

Olyfixie said...

Interesting shout-out to Jon Voight for role in Midnight Cowboy; wasn't that movie rated "X" when it was released?

Anonymous said...

Wasn't Davy Jones the first Artful Dodger in the London Stage production of Oliver?