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The latest podcast on the When It Was Cool Network: Wednesday, January 16, 2019: Galactica 1980 (1980) Retro TV Review - Download Show


When It Was Cool Comic Review Podcast - Fantastic Four, Batman, Star Wars, Hawkman, and Moon Knight

Podcast: (01-10-2019) (Zones: When It Was Cool Comic Review Podcast) This is the debut episode of the When It Was Cool Comic Review podcast. This week we review 3 retro comic books and 2 modern comic books including: Fantastic Four Annual 17 (1983) with a classic Skrull story, Batman The Dark Knight Returns 1 (1986) one of our Top 100 Comic Books of All Time, Star Wars 7 (1977) the first ever post- A New Hope story, Hawkman 5 (2018) continues to clean up Hawkman’s continuity, and Moon Knight 200 (2018) reaches a milestone. Check it out!

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Cop Rock (1990) Retro TV Review

Article & Podcast: (01-09-2019) (Zones: Retro Pop Culture) Remember that old Reese’s Peanut Butter cup commercial from back in the 1980s? “You got peanut butter in my chocolate! You got chocolate in my peanut butter!” Only for the two people in the commercial to figure out that chocolate and peanut butter is pretty delicious together? Well, Cop Rock is kind of like that only with mayonnaise and pizza. Not everything is meant to go together. In 1990 writer Stephen Bochco decided that a cop drama and a musical would be great together. It wasn’t. Read More.


Pig Pickin’ Cake: This is another great dessert recipe from Tonya’s Diner. This is a simple cake to make with a wonderful fruity twist to it. If you like orange and pineapple then this is a great cake to try out. Get the recipe.



The Curse of the James Dean Death Car - A DragonKing Dark Feature Article

Article: (01-06-2019) (Zones: Retro Pop Culture) Episode 147 of the DragonKing Dark Podcast featured the story of the car that killed James Dean. That might seem like an odd way of phrasing a sentence. Wouldn’t one normally say, “DragonKing Dark featured a story on the wreck that killed James Dean?” and I would normally agree. However, it seems as though the death of James Dean and the story of his custom Porsche Spyder with the number 130 painted on the hood and doors, has taken on a life of it’s own. Or should I say, has taken a few lives of it’s own. Read More.


When It Was Cool Podcast - Episode 65 - Several Pop Culture Deaths, Bird Box, Land of the Lost, Rampage, and more

Podcast: (01-03-2019) (Zones: When It Was Cool Podcast) This episode is a hodge-podge of retro pop culture goodness. We discuss the deaths of several retro pop culture stars including Dr. Hook, Captain of Captain and Tennille, Super Dave Osbourne, and Mean Gene Okerlund. We also discuss two modern movies with retro tie-ins- Land of the Lost and Rampage. Land of the Lost had two television series and one movie and Rampage was a tie-in to a 1986 arcade game starring Dwayne Johnson. Then we discuss the much hyped Bird Box movie from Netflix. Patreons get bonus content this episode. Check it out!

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1981 - A When It Was Cool Look at the Year 1981

Article: (01-01-2019) (Zones: Retro Pop Culture) In our latest When It Was Cool guide to retro pop culture we take a look at the year 1981! The Space Shuttle, Ronald Reagan is sworn in and then shot! Styx and Air Supply are on the music charts and Star Wars and The Dukes of Hazzard are big in the toy aisle. Movies were pretty abysmal, save for one you might have heard of - Raiders of the Lost Ark! Join us on this retro ride back in the When It Was Cool time machine to the year 1981! Read More.


Highway to Heaven (1984) Retro TV Review

Article & Podcast: (12-28-2018) (Zones: Retro Pop Culture) Highway to Heaven (1984) was an NBC show which ran into it’s fifth season starring and produced by Michael Landon of Little House on the Prairie and Bonanza fame. The show was a feel good prime time show following the exploits of Michael Landon’s character Jonathon, an angel sent back to Earth to atone for some unrevealed mistake in Heaven. In episodes one and two of season one he meets his series sidekick Mark (Victor French) who is a former police officer, rough around the edges, who has fallen on hard times. The duo then travel America at the command of “The Boss” doing good deeds and helping people through difficult times. Read More.



DragonKingKarl Classic Wrestling Audio Show Series - The Long Form History of Pro Wrestling

Podcast: (12-28-2018) (Zones: Long Form History of Pro Wrestling Podcast) I have reorganized the ongoing long form history of pro wrestling series into this new zone making it easier to find the shows and making the listings clear on what years and topics each show covers plus easy to access links to any .pdf’s or reading materials that go along with the series. This show is premium content for Patreons at the $5 or higher level, though there is a free show you can download and check out for yourself. This is the most intensive, inclusive, and exhaustive history of pro wrestling series ever undertaken. Check it out! Long Form History of Pro Wrestling Series


Album Reviews: My Top 10 Favorite Albums of 2018

Article: (12-27-2018) (Zones: Music) This year saw a wealth of terrific new albums from both established rock acts and bright new talents. Old favorites from Elvis Costello to Saxon to Graham Parker released solid new material, and debuts from bands heavily influenced by their forerunners put fresh spins on classic styles. Here are my 10 favorite albums from 2018. Because each of these records spent plenty of time at the top of my rotation throughout the year, I’m going to list them in alphabetical order, rather than numerical. Honestly, on any given day, according to my mood, any of them could rank number one. Join Joseph Perry as he tells us about his favorite music of 2018. Read More.



Diff’rent Strokes (1978) Retro TV Review

Article & Podcast: (12-26-2018) (Zones: Retro Pop Culture) Diff’rent Strokes first aired in the fall television season of 1978 on November 3 and ran for eight seasons ending in the spring of 1986. The show starred Conrad Bain as single rich widow Phillip Drummond, Gary Coleman as Arnold Jackson, Todd Bridges as Arnold’s brother Willis Jackson, Dana Plato as Kimberly Drummond, and Charlotte Rae as housekeeper Edna Garrett. After watching season one, episode one I’m not sure how this show made it one season, much less eight, but eventually they got things right and Diff’rent Strokes became a staple of my childhood into my teenage years. Read More.


Taco Soup: This is an interesting and delicious soup meal that will please the who family. Great for a cold winters day or whenever everyone is extra hungry! If you’re a fan of Mexican inspired dishes then you must try this Tonya’s Diner recipe for Taco Soup! Get the recipe.



G.I. Joe - A Real American Hero, Action Figure Icon, and Comic Book Classic - When It Was Cool Guide to G.I. Joe Fandom

Article: (12-24-2018) (Zones: Toys & Action Figures) When It Was Cool takes a detailed look at the world of G.I. Joe. Action figures, comic books, cartoon series, movies, and more - G.I. Joe has amassed a huge fan following and inspired many collectors over the years. Join G.I. Joe collector Karl from When It Was Cool in a journey through pictures, history, and imagination into the world of G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero. G.I. Joe is there. Read More.


SuperGrid Film Review starring Jay Reso (Christian)

Podcast: (12-18-2018) (Zones: Wrestling) Canadian director Lowell Dean’s films are terrific works of homage, modern takes made by and for lovers of 1980s direct-to-video and drive-in fare. He and his ensemble cast and crew made a big splash on the film festival circuit with the horror comedies WolfCop (2014) and Another WolfCop (2017), and with their new effort SuperGrid, they look to do for post-apocalyptic action movies what those first two movies did for lycanthropy flicks. Read More



Bob Ross The Joy of Painting (1983) Retro TV Review

Article & Podcast: (12-14-2018) (Zones: Retro Pop Culture) What a wonderful show this is. I review so much retro television that turns out to be worse than I remember and along comes Bob Ross to chill me out, paint some trees, and bring me back to center. So, grab some alizarin red and your almighty easel and let’s knock some happy little trees out of those paint brush bristles with Bob Ross. Read More.


Goodbye Barbie… Hello Annabelle! The Age of the Creepy Doll is Here

Article: (11-16-2018) (Zones: Toys) This is the age of the “creepy” doll. These are not the type of dolls you give to children. Unlike Barbie they are not known for their beauty. They do not look like they welcome cuddles or love such as the faces of Cabbage Patch Kids nor do they come with swanky (most popular girl in school accessories) such as the American Girl dolls (unless by swanky you mean a murder weapon, a crucifix, or a tiny coffin). Read More.



Maskatron Six Million Dollar Man Action Figure From 1976 Review

Article: (11-03-2018) (Zones: Toys) The Six Million Dollar Man television show was very popular in the mid-1970s and spawned a toy line of action figures by Kenner. Near the end of that line, Kenner produced the Maskatron action figure- a character that never made it to the series as it was slated for season six and the Six Million Dollar Man television show ended with season five. In this popular expanded and updated article from When It Was Cool we take a look at this impressive action figure. Read More.


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The 100 Greatest Comic Book Stories of All Time

Article: (Zones: Comics / The 100 Lists) When It Was Cool has crunched the numbers using dozens of Best of Comics, Greatest Comic Books, and Must Read Comic Book Stories lists.  We have polled the visitors to When It Was Cool and these are the 100 Greatest Comic Book Single Issues, Comic Book Runs, and Graphic Novels of all time! Where did your favorite comic book or comic book story rank on the top 100 comics of all time list? Check it out!  Read More.


Little Miss No Name Doll Review - A Hasbro Doll With a Unique Back Story

Article: (Zones: Toys) Expanded article with more photos: Join Tonya from When It Was Cool with a look back at a very oddly marked doll from the 1960’s. Called Little Miss No Name she was meant to appeal to little girls sense of compassion by presenting a doll that was completely different from the glamorous fashion dolls of the era. This doll had nothing. Dressed in rags with a tear running down her face the Little Miss No Name doll stands out as one of the most interesting dolls in history. Read More.


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100 Greatest Rush Songs! A Super Fan’s List of the 100 Best Songs by the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Band Rush

Article: (Zones: Music) Karl from When It Was Cool is a huge Rush fan. Having been a Rush fan for almost forty years and living through multiple eras of Rush, Karl gives you his list of the 100 best Rush songs. Your list will certainly vary as the music of Rush speaks to different people in different ways but no matter if you agree or disagree with these being the 100 greatest Rush songs or not, you are sure to find a great song or two you might have forgotten. Read More.



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