It’s a Record!
I seem to be on a nostalgia kick this week. More than usual, I mean. I didn’t plan it this way, not consciously. Is my subconscious secretly at play? Probably. It usually is. I’ve learned it’s best to just go with it, if that’s the case. So this week my subconscious recalled to memory something I’d once owned in my childhood, something vicious cool and largely unknown to today’s high-tech world. There used to be these things called records, see. Actual records, made out of wax. You’d put them on a turntable to play them, and…oh, you know what a record is, and a turntable? What’s that? Ah, yes. Of course. Hipsters. Right.
Do you remember, then, the Power Records Read-Along series? You’d buy the package, put the record on (size 33; one of the BIG records!) and then read along with the narrator as the story unfolded. The record provided sound effects and decent voice acting, and they were a blast. By far my favorite was A STORY OF DRACULA, THE WOLFMAN, AND FRANKENSTEIN, with sumptuous art provided by comics legend Neal Adams. The title wasn’t altogether accurate, in that the Wolfman never made an appearance; in fact none of the three monsters looked anything like their Universal Studios versions, but it hardly mattered. There was *A* Dracula, albeit a blonde, mustachioed one, and a creepy bald Frankenstein. In place of the Wolfman, we got a FEMALE werewolf named Ericka. The classic poem, “Even a man who is pure of heart…”, DOES get worked into the story, though, and honestly the artwork is so wicked awesome that you don’t miss Larry Talbot. Ericka is pretty damn scary in her own right!
You can read the book here and listen along on Youtube.