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  1. If Only we had a Vespa

    September 28, 2011 by The Belated Nerd

    Although Roman Holiday  (1953) with Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck introduced American audiences to the romantic image of a young man zipping around cities and coastal roads with a beautiful woman wrapped around his waist,  motor scooters weren’t really “cool” in the United States until the early Sixties. For one thing, Italian scooters like Vespa and Lambretta were re-branded and sold by Sears and Montgomery Ward. It wasn’t until 1961 that these Italian companies succeeded in attaching the cachet of the Italian Bohemian to their products through a combination of advertising and the release of a Rock Hudson film called Come September. Even then, the sense of fun and romance displayed in advertising everywhere else in the world was rarely employed in the United States. Instead, American ads touted fuel economy, avoiding traffic, affordability, and saving space in one’s garage for a proper Detroit leviathan.  





  2. FF #1: The Pages They Never Reprint

    September 24, 2011 by The Belated Nerd

    Have you ever been tempted to crack open the seal on that $10,000 copy of Fantastic Four #1 to see what’s inside? Of course not! You have that story in your $50 Marvel Masterpieces edition or your $15 Essential Fantastic Four or even an old beat up copy of Stan Lee’s Origins of Marvel Comics. But, did you know,  not everything  from the first issue of Fantastic Four was reprinted in those editions? Aren’t you just a little curious?

    STOP! Don’t break that seal! Just check out the scans below made by a guy who’s copy of FF #1 is probably now worth a lot less than yours: