Author Archive: Graple

Farrah’s “Mrs. Majors” Pro Arts Poster from 1977

A nice Pro Arts poster of Farrah released in 1977 when she was still Mrs. (Lee) Majors.   I believe there were at lease five different posters released via Pro Arts of Farrah during 1977 (the other four: Farrah Flower, L.A. Farrah, Farrah Paisley and Super Farrah).  I have no clue in what order they were released or how well they did sales wise.

When looking on EBay, I don’t seem to find this offered for sale as often as her other poses.  Perhaps it was a limited release, or maybe only available for purchase through her fan club,  I honestly don’t know.     I don’t recall ever seeing this for sale at any of the stores I was able to frequent (and purchase posters at) during my childhood when I was actively collecting posters and to be honest, I never knew of its existence until years ago when I started gawking on EBay for posters.

Pamela Sue Martin as Nancy Drew Pro Arts Poster

A nice poster of Pamela Sue Martin as her TV alter-ego, Nancy Drew from 1977.

The series, The Hard Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries ran on ABC television from January 30, 1977 to January 14, 1979.   The Hardy Boys and Nancy had their own segment and would alternate each week.  By the time the second season rolled around, producers had Nancy and The Hardy Boys (Shaun Cassidy as Joe Hardy and Parker Stevenson as Frank Hardy) solving mysteries together.   Pamela left mid way through the  second season and the role of Nancy was recast with actress Janet Louis Johnson.By the time the third season rolled around,  Nancy was just a pleasant memory as the character was dropped and the show was retitled simply The Hardy Boys.   The name change brought some big changes to the characters as well,  Joe and Frank now worked for the Justice Department which was a big leap from teen sleuths on the first and second seasons.

Tom Selleck as Magnum P.I. Poster

One of the most popular shows of the 1980s was Magnum P.I. starring Tom Selleck in the role of  Thomas Sullivan Magnum, a private detective who lived in a guest house on a 200 acre beach front estate (called Robin’s Nest) owned by Robin Masters, a successful author who is never seen on the series, but whose voice had been heard several times (provided by Orson Welles).   The series ran on CBS from 1980-1988 and made Selleck into a  heart throb and teen idol.  He had a variety of poster poses on the market and the poster highlighted in this post is from 1982 and is from C/C Sales.

Bo Derek’ Wet Shirt Poster Pose

bo derek1979 poster of Bo Derek, the woman who dethroned Farrah Fawcett as premere sex symbol for the late 70s and into the 80s.   This is a Bo Derek Inc, Standford Blum Enterprises poster release.  This is one of at least four posters of Bo on the market here in the US (I don’t know how many posters, if any, were released into foreign markets).   Although, I am not sure, I suspect, highly, that this photo was taken by Bo’s hubby, John.

Debby Boone’s 1978 Star City Poster

A very lovely pose of Debby released in 1978 by Star City, Inc.  Debby gained fame for her song You Light Up My Life which hit #1 on the Billboard charts in 1977 and stayed there for 10 weeks straight.    The song was the used in the film of the same name, starring Didi Conn who lip-synched the song, which, in the film was performed by Kacey Cisyk and not Debby.

Catherine Bach’s 1979 Western Graphics Poster

Catherine Bach made a name for herself by starring as Daisy Duke in the CBS series The Dukes of Hazzard that aired from 1979 to 1985.  Shown here, in this 1979 Western Graphics poster release, as her alter-ego, Daisy, it is easy to see how this poster, reportedly, sold 5 million copies.    For being such a popular female teen idol, the lovely Catherine had few posters releases.

Misty Rowe’s 1983 Starmakers Poster

A Starmakers poster from 1983 shows a rather sexy pose of Misty.  She spent 19 years making us laugh with her work on the country music comedy show Hee Haw. Misty has starred in over 200 TV shows, 10 films (playing Marilyn Monroe in at least two of them), posed for a Playboy pictorial (November 1976) and has even added directing and writing to her career which has spanned an incredible 50 years!

Starsky and Hutch’s 1976 Bi Rite Poster

For being so popular in teen magazines, these two actors had very little in the way of a “poster life”.  There is at least one poster of Paul Michael (released by Pro Arts, I think) but none of David Soul, that I can think of right off hand.  Anyway, Bi Rite released this pose in 1976 (there is a collage poster from the series available, but it is almost as difficult to find as this poster), showing not just Glaser and Soul, but the famous  Ford Gran Torino driven by Starsky. Reportedly, Paul Michael hated the car because he didn’t believe that an undercover cop would drive something that would stand, out so easily, in a crowd.   He had a point, don’t ya think?

Robin Williams as Mork Poster

Here it is, the last day of 2017, and today’s poster offering in this 1979 Pro Arts (14-680) release of Robin Williams as his character Mork.     This is just one of several solo poster poses of Robin.

Robin started his career in entertainment as a stand-up comic in Los Angeles  California during the mid 1970s.   In 1978, Happy Days producer, Gary Marshall,cast him as Mork, an alien from the planet Ork, in the episode My Favorite Orkan from season five of the series.   His appearance was popular enough for a return visit to the series in season six (Mork Returns) and of course, eventually, the show would give birth to Mork and Mindy, a comedy sitcom starring Robin and Pam Dawber.

He eventually made it to the big screen, with his first starring role as Popeye from 1980While receiving mostly positive reviews, the film performed poorly at the box office.  But, bigger and better things were in the works for Robin who went on to star in many critical and financially successful films over the years. In 1997, he won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Good Will Hunting.

Sadly, Robin died, at age 63, on August 11, 2014.

Audrey and Judy Landers 1981 Poster

One of the rarer posters to find it seems. Judy (on right) is a popular character actress who had a 14 episode stint on the Robert Urich series Vega$ in 1978.  But, maybe her most memorable role was  as “Stacks” a female truck driver working for B.J. McKay (Greg Evigan) in the late 70s early 80’s television series B.J. and the Bear.

Audrey , who is two years older, might be best remembered for her role as Afton Cooper on the popular night time soap, Dallas, a role that she returned to in the 2014 reboot of the series.

But, don’t be fooled by the thought that these ladies are known only for their  beauty.  Judy, along with her sister, and their mother, Ruth, created and produced The Huggabug Club (1995-97)  an education show for children shown on many PBS stations.  They also provided much of the music for the series as well.

The sisters also did a photo shoot for Playboy magazine. Their non nude layout can be found in the January 1983 issue of the magazine which also offers them on the front cover.

To my recollection, there is one, possibly, two solo poster poses of Judy available.