Wednesday, 1 February 2012

Science Fiction in the Blood

So here's the dilemma. I'm Seven years old and I'm watching an episode of Doctor Who on an old black & white cathode ray tube, but this is no ordinary episode. This is the one where William Hartnell is about to drop to the ground and regenerate into Patrick Troughton. There are no repeats, there are no video tape recorders, in fact if I miss this, I'll probably never get the chance to see it again - ever! And my father is saying "C'mon, if we don't leave now we'll miss the start of the film," and I don't want to miss the start of the film because he showed me the billboard for it just the other day and it looked great! I use the 'tying my shoe laces slowly' technique and just manage to delay the departure long enough to see the complete regeneration... relief! A short journey in the old van, a couple of clipped tickets and we're in. In for a total mind-blowing head!%@k experience for a boy of seven. Fantastic Voyage it was called and it certainly lived up to its title.

Here's my battered old paperback from 1969 and below; Raquel Welch in her famous white wetsuit, and a better look at the well-designed graphics for the movie campaign.



6 comments:

  1. Lovely type there, like the way the a and the s mirror each other

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  2. Yes, it's beautiful isn't it! - Just LOVE 60's graphics, when they're done right.

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  3. Thanks, Logan 5 - great to have you aboard! :)

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  4. Yep, custom lettering for film titles - am I mistaken, or do they not do it anywhere near as much as they used to?

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  5. Film titles seem to be notoriously unadventurous these days, though there are a few good ones on this earlier post. http://secret-oranges.blogspot.com/2012/01/brief-history-of-title-design.html

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