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captain of industry

Stan Weston, the licensing entrepreneur who created G.I. Joe and Captain Action¬†back in the 60’s, has died at 84. more info here, here, and here. Photo is Stan at his Manhattan office, surrounded by his many projects and toys, in

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truth in advertising

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happy birthday, jackie!

August 1 is the birthday of Jackie Ormes, the first African-American woman syndicated cartoonist. She created the comic strip Torchy Brown and the panel comic Patty-Jo ‘n’ Ginger. In 1947, the Terri Lee doll company produced a doll based on

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costumes for captain action

I told you these guys are awesome!

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more puppets

sorry, more puppets, and blurry no less from this guy, this time. (What is it about red vertical stripes that says “puppets”?)

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mint in box

Donald Levine, the Hasbro executive who launched the G.I. Joe “action figure” in 1964, died this month. I was a Captain Action kid, myself. G.I. Joe was a soldier, but Captain Action was a superhero. And you could dress him

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