Author Archive: Graple

Lee Majors as The Six Million Dollar Man Poster

Granted this isn’t the most clear of images, but I had to take what I could find.   This isn’t a pose that is seen often on EBay, considering how popular the series was, it would have seemed logical that Lee would have had a few more posters on the market, at least here in the USA.    This pose is from 1977, released through Pro Arts (the same company that gave us his wife Farrah’s super successful swimsuit pose in 1976) and is catalog # 14-522.  (As just a bit of trivia, I believe that McBroom is the photographer who took the photo of Farrah that became her mega selling Pro Arts poster, but I could be wrong!)

Sarah Michelle Gellar’s 1998 Buffy Poster

For seven seasons (1997-2003), Sarah Michelle Gellar played the role of Buffy Summers in the series Buffy the Vampire Slayer (based on the 1992 feature film of the same name starring Kristy Swanson in the title role).  

This pose, published by Western Graphics Corp, is from 1998 and measures 23 x 35.   The official title is “Ivy” and is #1734.

Vintage David Cassidy Poster

I admit that I know very little about the history of this poster, other than to guess that it was released sometime in the early to mid 70’s, when David was at the height of his teen idol stardom.  For those who don’t know, David starred as Keith Partridge in the musical sitcom The Partridge Family that aired from 1970-74 and while starring in the series, David had a very popular singing career of his own.

When the series ended in 1974, Cassidy wanted to focus more on his music and songwriting and wasn’t all that interested in starring in another series.  His resolve to make music his priority was swayed when he did a turn in the cop drama Police Story (episode titled A Chance to Live) which was a ratings success and earned David a Emmy nomination for Outstanding Guest Actor – Drama Series (he lost to Barnard Hughes for his role in Lou Grant).  NBC gave him his own series, about a far from the character of Keith Partridge that he could get, that of Dan Shay, a young cop who specialized in undercover work.  They called it David Cassidy: Man Undercover. The series lasted for 10 episodes airing from November 2, 1978 to August 2, 1979.

Anyway, David would go on to continue with his acting,  musical career, doing musical theater, shows in Las Vegas and more.   Sadly, he would pass away at age 67 on November 21, 2017 from kidney and liver failure.  RIP, David, we miss ya!

Cher’s 1979 Poster

 

A really nice colorful pose of Cher from 1979 released through her own production company.  I am not 100% certain about the history of this poster, but I did read that it was used to advertise her shows she performed at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas and I am only speculating here, but perhaps it was available as a souvenir as well.

Christina Applegate’s 1987 Poster

Christina is probably best associated with the role of Kelly Bundy, a role she played for 10 years, on the popular series Married With Children.  When the series ended in 1987, she went on to create an outstanding career in films, television and stage, winning a Primetime Emmy for her guest appearance in an episode of Friends.   She was also nominated for a Tony award for Best Actress in a Musical for her 2005 performance in Sweet Charity.

This poster (one of several) is from 1987 and is from O.S.P. Publishing.

Michael Jackson’s 1983 Poster

A poster of the King of Pop from 1983. Released through Bi-Rite and it measures about 23″ x 35″.   This isn’t the only pose of Michael on the market from around that same time frame, but it is one of the nicer poses available.

Heather Thomas of The Fall Guy’s Red Swimsuit Poster

Heather, best known for her work in the 80s TV series The Fall Guy, starring Lee Majors, had several posters on the market in the 80s that showed of her nice form.   As you can see from the info provided, this pose is from 1983 and is a Starmakers release.

Jaclyn Smith’s 1979 Pro Arts Poster

A lovely pose of Jaclyn from 1979.  She gained fame as Kelly Garrett on Charlie’s Angels and was the only member of the original trio to stay for the entire run of the series.  She had other poster releases as well, most through Pro Arts, but a few from Bi-Rite, too.

Pia Zadora’s 1982 Poster

Actress and singer, Pia, released this poster in 1982 through Zadora Enterprises.   It measures roughly 22″ x 34″ and is a pose that doesn’t show up on Ebay that often.    Pia, as an actress, is best known for  Butterfly (1982) and The Lonely Lady (1983) for which she received back to back  RAZZIE Awards as worst actress.     While her acting abilities are in question, Pia is really a fairly decent singer especially when she follows Frank Sinatra’s advice to “sing the Standards”.   Check out her website to get a sample of her new CD release.

A Nice 1977 Poster of Andy Gibb

A very nice poster of Andy released in 1978. The poster was printed in Switzerland and distributed by Idealdecor and measures around 27 x 40.  I have no idea if it was ever released into the US or just into foreign markets.

It is hard to believe that Andy has been gone for 30 years.    I remember him from my days as a kid during the 70’s.  He was a musical teen idol  starting in the middle 1970’s and by the time the mid 80’s rolled around his popularity begin to decline because of drug and alcohol abuse.  With time and effort, he beat his additions and by early 1988, was looking forward to getting his life and musical career back on track and was hoping to sign a contract with Island Records (a contract he never got to sign) to have a new album out by late 1988.   But, it seemed life had other plans for Andy who began to suffer from chest pains and was admitted on March 5, 1988 (his birthday of all days) to the John Radcliff Hosptial in Oxford, England. Sadly, just five days later, on March 10, he would pass away.

The myth that he died of a drug overdose is still very common and is totally wrong.  The official cause of his passing was inflammation of the heart caused by a viral infection.  Yes, it is probably true, that his  years of alcohol and drug abuse weakened and damaged his body thus helping to lead to this condition, but they weren’t the actual cause of his death.

From what I have read over the years, Andy was a kind and gentle soul and maybe that was his downfall, in a way,  having fame and success come to him so fast, and getting caught up in the hype and limelight.  Maybe he just wasn’t “hard” enough to resist the many temptations and “good stuff” that came his way.  It seems to me it would be kind of overwhelming and very seductive with people all around you offering you “things” because of your success.  Andy wasn’t the first celebrity to be seduced by fame and sadly, he won’t be the last.  Anyway, Andy was only 30 years old at the time of his passing.

Man of Fire was recorded by Andy in 1988 and showed up on a Greatest  Hits compilation released in 1991, by Polydor (some sources say Warner Brothers Records). This greatest hits compilation updated or replaced an earlier greatest hits release from 1980.  Man on Fire was a great song and I think it had such potential to be a hit. I think Andy sounded great on it.   I would have welcomed Andy back into the music scene if he had been able to release a new album.  While I can’t classify myself as an “Andy fan” (someone who faithfully bought every album, single, and collected material on him, etc), I can honestly say that I did like some of his music.  In fact, when he released his After Dark album (the first and only album I have of his),  I wanted it and asked my mom, who was going shopping one day (it was a school day, I couldn’t go along) to please get me a copy. Giving her the info needed (singer and album title) I was happy to discover,when I got home,  she had gotten it for me.  She laughingly told me that when she got to the store, she couldn’t remember the singer’s name or even the album title so she asked the clerk for the album that had a man on the front cover and it looked like he had lightening shooting out of his hands, lol.  The clerk knew who she meant.  🙂  Good memories.  🙂    Anyway, I hope Andy has been reunited with his brothers Robin and Maurice and they are making beautiful music in the after life.