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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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