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|Title:||Retro Pop Culture A to Z: From Atari 2600 to Zombie Films|
|Publisher:||CreateSpace Independent Publishing|
|Rating:||4.0 out of 5|
Whether you have an avid passion for Atari, monster movies, comic books, classic TV shows or science fiction... Brett Weiss has you covered in his 2013 book, Retro Pop Culture A to Z: From Atari 2600 to Zombie Films. It's a compilation (and grand expansion) of articles he's written for a variety of publications. Combined it's a wonderful look at things you remember fondly, things you suddenly recall and glorious things you once owned.
I had a glow-in-the-dark model of the Creature Form the Black Lagoon. I marveled at Kiss mixing their own blood into the ink for their first comic book series. I still own the Atari 2600 I bought when I was twelve - my 9-year-old son and I still play it regularly.
Weiss has created a wildly fun book that can be read cover-to-cover or picked through as your childhood comes rushing back to you. I'd forgotten how much I loved Land of the Lost even though Sleestaks scared the hell out of me. I remember the day that a Scholastic shipment arrived at my school with an Evel Kenievel biography and Bigfoot book.
Then I realized I'd completely forgotten about Dynamite Magazine, published by the Scholastic Book Club. The 70s were full of good times.
For Gamers, you'll find chapters on the Atari 2600, the golden age of arcades, Mattel's Intellivision, the NES, pinball, the Sega Master System, and a chapter about Yar's Revenge. And there's also a chapter on the rock band Kiss and the movie Jaws. Yep, it's got it all!
Retro Pop Culture A to Z: From Atari 2600 to Zombie Films really has something for everyone and most of you will find each chapter outlines some part of your life. This book brought back so many memories and fun stories. Along with the memories is a lot of great detail. This isn't a picture-book of memory lane. While each chapter has images, the second level of remembering all these great pop culture items, is the detail Weiss provides.
For me it was a reminder of many things from my past and a great primer on details I never knew. Prince, the rockstar, starred in his own comic book - Prince: Alter Ego?? Wow!