For fifty years Freas' work appeared in all kinds of science fiction publications beginning with his first sale to Weird Tales in 1950.
I'm going to break the bad news to you quickly when it comes to obtaining your own set of NME's l playing card set from 1991: Coming across a complete 52-card set is pretty much a mission impossible.
The '60s earworm, "Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye," has been played during umpteen sporting events, and is a staple of oldies radio. Credited to the band Steam, the song made it to #1 in December 1969. There was one issue — Steam didn't actually exist.
If you look at the unassuming photo of Stephen Gammell used by Simon and Schuster, you will, in no way, perceive the smiling, white-bearded and spectacled man was responsible for creating images which have terrorized the minds of children since 1981.
If you are a child of the '80s, you must recall one of the messiest rock band breakups ever when David Lee Roth walked away from his vocalist duties for Van Halen.
It's a common misconception that the band KISS had a master plan from their earliest beginnings.
"Skip Tracer," a 1977 Canadian film about debt collectors, shares some striking similarities with Alex Cox's 1984 cult classic, "Repo Man." The roots of "Repo Man" date from the late '70s, the same time period "Skip Tracer" was released — could Cox have been swayed by it?
Daguerrotypes were the first commercially successful photographic process invented by French theater-designer Louis-Jacques-Mandé Daguerre in 1839. Each picture was made by exposing a small sheet of polished light-sensitive silver-plated copper to capture an image.
Although they are hardly household names today — and they should be — the Dutch art collective The Fool created some of the most potent, striking and exotic imagery of the psychedelic era.
At the age of 21, the 19th-century Japanese artist's work was already legendary, as was his unhinged behavior and epic consumption of sake.
It was hiding in plain sight, and yet it was almost designed not to be noticed at all.
When the pop stars got all philanthropist-y, the metalheads just had to get in on the action. Thus we got the complete insanity of Swedish Metal Aid and Hear 'n Aid.
It's definitely creepy. But, let's remove the artist from the art and maybe there will be something there?
The device may look like a novel fashion accessory or a variation on one of those "cock locks" favored by those into fetishism, cross-dressing and a little S&M, but it was originally intended to put a stop to young men spilling their seed on stony ground, or rather in their hands or handkerchieves.
A look at the label that set the standard for issuing tax shelter albums. It’s a company that was started by one of the most infamous figures to ever make a buck in the music business.
Johnny Hudgins is not the first name to come to mind when considering influential 20th century comic performers — but perhaps he should be.
Truly, she was the junkie underground “Kevin Bacon” game connector of her era. And she's nearly forgotten today.
People who are locked in prison for the rest of their lives have a lot of time on their hands, which means that plenty of art is produced by some notorious killers. Here are their renditions of Charles Manson, in an interesting series of "murderabilia."
Some of the diagrams from the 1931 German book Elektroschutz in 132 Bildern illustrate totally plausible ways one might die of electrocution, for instance touching a lamp while in the bathtub or using a hair dryer over a sink.
Recently I had a friend hip me to a song that I had no idea existed, having thought for decades that the later cover of it by an ‘80s one-hit-wonder band was the original and only version ever recorded. This epiphany led to a conversation about hit songs that we didn’t at first realize were covers — sometimes not discovering the existence of the original versions until many years after the fact. A few friends joined in, and at the end of the conversation I was sitting on a list of nearly 50 well-known hit songs that were “surprise” cover versions.