Welcome back all. This week I again throw you a change up and bring another new Fabulous Find, rather than the regularly scheduled RETRO REVIEW! And I’m showcasing the 1987 Spirit Picture Disc.
This LP, long player or album, if you prefer is Will Eisner‘s The Spirit Picture Disc/Ev’ry Little Bug by Eisner/Bill Harr/John Christensen. It features new recordings of “Ev’ry Little Bug” as performed by John Christensen and friends.
Here is the front of the picture disc:
The words for the song came from Will Eisner, from his Spirit comic magazine, which was published as an insert it newspapers during the forties and the fifties.
The music was composed by Harr in 1947. These recordings on the record include excerpts from the original 1948 Spirit TV show. The disc itself is copyright 1987, An Ordinary Record, and released by Kitchen Sink Press.
And here is the reverse side of the picture disc:
I enjoyed it very much and am happy that I have added it to my comic book and record album collection. If you’re interested, there just might be one still being offered on eBay, though I bought my copy at a local independent record shop!
Sorry that I do not have a link to the song on YouTube, but I couldn’t find one. Oh well, I guess you’ll just have to visit Chez Turner and we’ll give it a spin!
Next week a new RETRO REVIEW? Another Fabulous Find? I guess you’ll just have to stay tuned, same Bat time, same Bat channel to see which way the Spirit takes me (and yes, pun intended!)
be seeing you …
There’s an interesting article you should check out on a website called The Comics Detective by a man named Ken Quattro. In in he starts out on the history of the early ’40s Spirit radio show, but at the end, he mentions the 1987 picture disc. According to an historian named Karl Schadow, the 1948 TV show was a series of five 5-minute productions as an animated version of the comic strip. Fascinating article from July of 2012.
Thanks Ron, I’ll check it out! Appreciate that you took the time to tell me of it!