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ISSUE NO. 531
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A DIAL B FOR BLOG MICRO-SERIES
Marvel Explodes on TV - Part 2 of 2

This issue: The second and final part of "Marvel Explodes On TV, " featuring Marvel comic covers that have appeared on television or in movies.

We'll start with the M*A*S*H television series, the episode "Der Tag"
aka "The Toe Tag," featuring Gary Burghoff as Radar O'Reilly.

As you'll see in just a moment, the appearance of the Marvel books shown in this episode is a total anachronism!
Cue the choppers...

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As the episode opens, Radar is seen in bed with an issue of Avengers...
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Weirdly, in the next shot, Radar now has a totally DIFFERENT issue of Avengers...
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Here are the covers -- Avengers #60 (Jan. 1967) and Avengers #72 (Jan. 1968)...
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Where's the Time Trapper? Both of these books were published many years after the end of the Korean War, when the MASH series is set. Radar couldn't possibly have owned them! Yet he did.
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In The Simpsons episode "Homer vs. Dignity," Homer goes to the Comic Book Guy's comic shop and looks at a back issue of Spider-Man...
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Wow! It's a "Simpsonized" version of Spidey #1!
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BELOW: The actual cover of Spider-Man #1, March 1964...
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Naked City was a police drama that aired from 1958-1963 on ABC. They used to end every episode in the series by saying, "There are eight million stories in the Naked City. This has been one of them." The show was filmed on location in New York City, home of many newsstands.
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In the Naked City episode "Hold For Gloria Christmas," a man passes a newsstand... and look what's for sale. It's Amazing Fantasy #15 (1962) -- featuring the first appearance of Spider-Man!
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XBELOW: Look who the man is... Holy coincidence! It's Burgess Meredith, the future penguin on the Batman 1966 TV series! Meredith was a guest star in this episode of "Naked City," which aired September 29, 1962. He played Greenwich Village poet Duncan Kleist, who goes on a violent rampage that ends in his death. While on his rampage, he passes the newsstand selling the Spidey comic...
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Oh by the way, did you notice? To the right of the Amazing Fantasy issue is a copy of Journey into Mystery #83, featuring the first appearance of the Mighty Thor!
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And here are the actual covers -- two for the ages!
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