Friday, 9 January 2015

ARE YOU READY FOR - THE LEGEND TESTERS...?



From the pages of the 1967 SMASH! Annual comes a four
page adventure of time travelling chums ROLLO STONES and
DANNY CHARTERS - THE LEGEND TESTERS!  Drawn for
the weekly by JORDI BERNET and usually written by KEITH
CHAPMAN, I presume the same pair was responsible for this
tale.  Want to see more?  Then let me know, frantic ones!



14 comments:

John Pitt said...

Kid, I love seeing ANYTHING from the Odhams 5, but if you could find a good Rubberman story to show us that would be just great!

Kid said...

I'll see what I can do, JP. Keep watching.

Javier Ramirez said...

Any old school adventure strip is a must...

Kid said...

In that case, you'll be enjoying my 'Schooltime Scandals' series, eh, JR?

Colin Jones said...

The name Rollo Stones made me chuckle - the other one should have been called something like B. Tulls or Fabby Forr. I'm far too young to remember the Legend Testers so I'll mention that I've just finished watching all 13 episodes of the 1936 Flash Gordon serial on YouTube. I first saw it when I was 10 in December 1976 during the Christmas holidays - laughably bad special effects and terrible wooden acting but I loved seeing the whole serial again. By using BBC Genome I see it was broadcast from December 20th-31st 1976 and Flash Gordon Conquers The Universe was on over Christmas 1977.

Kid said...

The old serial I liked was King of the Rocket Men, which I saw around '80 or '81 on BBC 2, I think. I'd buy that if it's on DVD.

Colin Jones said...

Kid, I just googled that and I don't recall anything about it although the name rings a bell. Have you tried YouTube to watch it again ?

Kid said...

Nah, CJ. I'm not too impressed with the quality of some of the YouTube videos (mine included). I'll track it down on DVD some day.

Colin Jones said...

I don't really mind about the quality as long as I get to watch something (for free) that I haven't seen for many years. On BBC 2 over Christmas was 'When Dinosaurs Ruled The Earth' which was the first film I ever saw at the cinema in 1973. I wasn't able to watch it at the time of broadcast and I don't own a video recorder and it wasn't on iplayer for legal reasons (I assume) but the entire film is on YouTube so I can watch it on there. I don't understand how it can be on YouTube but unavailable on iplayer though - that's the one flaw with iplayer, there are too many programmes and films that can't be shown on it for copyright reasons etc.

Kid said...

I assume it's because the BBC would have to pay extra for broadcast rights to repeat it on iplayer, CJ, which, as it's free, wouldn't be cost effective.

TC said...

Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble advertise that they have "King of the Rocket Men" and its sequels ("Radar Men From the Moon" and "Zombies of the Stratosphere") on DVD. Amazon also lists a DVD set of the Flash Gordon serials with Buster Crabbe.

A lot of fans consider "King of the Rocket Men" to be the last really good movie serial.

The hero's costume was an obvious influence on Dave Stevens' Rocketeer.

Kid said...

I'll be buying that in the not too distant future, TC. Ta for the tip. I used to love King of the Rocket Men. Wasn't there only one rocket man 'though?

Anonymous said...

There was only one Rocket Man. In the 1949 serial, his secret identity was Jeff King, and he was a member of the Science Associates, an organization of aerospace scientists. Thus, he was "King, of the rocket men." (Republic Pictures must have liked that title gimmick; they used it in "King of the Texas Rangers," "King of the Forest Rangers," and "King of the Mounties.")

In the later serials, the hero seemed to be some sort of government agent, code named "Commando Cody."

-TC

Kid said...

Ah, gotcha, TC - that explains it. I assumed (having forgotten the hero's name) that the series' title was perhaps derived from him being the top man of a band of similarly costumed characters - even 'though he was the only 'rocket man' ever on view.

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