But those of us who were old enough to remember Woodstock, P.O.W. Bracelets, and the Moon landing, but young enough to groan when Watergate proceedings preempted our favorite television shows know that this was, indeed, one of the most important decades in the history of fandom. Unlike the cliche about the month of March, The '70's eased in with BENEATH THE PLANET OF THE APES and roared out with STAR WARS and the world would never be the same again.
But let's not get ahead of ourselves.
Amongst my fondest memories of the mid-70's was the introduction of three products that appeared around Halloween time in the local drug store called K&B (yes, it is ironic that years later, I would work for KNB so profoundly). These new miracle products were: Creepy Skin, Vampire Blood, and Scar Stuff. It is nearly impossible to convey how insane I was about these Special Effects Make Up items. The Vampire Blood, which came in a tube (and still does to this day, I believe) is self-explanatory, the Scar Stuff was excellent for making slashes in the back of your hand or on your cheek, and the Creepy Skin made incredible and disgusting purpley-red welts that look like you either had a disease or a healing burn.
I still had no knowledge of Liquid Latex, much less Foam Latex but as evidenced from that horrible PLANET OF THE APES make up I attempted, I was determined to be able to change my face into a visage of horror! I have no idea how many little tubs of Creepy Skin I purchased, but I recall leaving no tub behind at K&B. I have to also point out that I recall that after church one Sunday, my mother had taken us to K&B and there, on a bottom shelf in the toy aisle was another treasure: Aurora's Glow-In-The-Dark Gozilla Model Kit.
|James Bama's Art could have sold a model kit of a Fire Hydrant!|
|I think we saw this first in a TV Guide|
|Bama's Cover Art for "Death in Silver"|
|If this was still in print, it would be my primary source for the news.|
Vulcon offered another opportunity: The Costume Contest. With my limited knowledge, I made a crude Papier Mache mask of the lizard-like Gorn, from the STAR TREK episode "Arena." It was dreadful, but garnered a "special junior interest award" as I was the youngest participant.
|These came in the mail when you received your all-access pass.|