Vintage Pulp Dec 31 2012
AIM TO DISPLEASE
Okay, hah hah, I get it. You’re a "crack shot." Now how about you point that somewhere else?

Today, we’re sticking with a Japanese theme by sharing this amazing 1958 poster for… well, here we go again. The seller said the movie was called “Mermaids and Sea Robbers,” which makes some sense, because the movie is basically a swashbuckler about rival bands of pirates trying to get hold of a priceless treasure. But the poster actually says Mermaid Ascension. So take your pick. Moving on to the art, it’s impossible not to notice the weird visual juxtaposition that has Tatsuya Mihashi seemingly sticking his rifle right up Yuriko Tashiro’s rear end. We can understand the attraction, but that's just impolite. Luckily, there’s an alternate version below in which Tashiro’s crack is in not is mortal danger. You see? Gun control works.

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History Rewind
The headlines that mattered yesteryear.
March 28
1910—First Seaplane Takes Flight
Frenchman Henri Fabre, who had studied airplane and propeller designs and had also patented a system of flotation devices, accomplishes the first take-off from water at Martinque, France, in a plane he called Le Canard, or "the duck."
1953—Jim Thorpe Dies
American athlete Jim Thorpe, who was one of the most prolific sportsmen ever and won Olympic gold medals in the 1912 pentathlon and decathlon, played American football at the collegiate and professional levels, and also played professional baseball and basketball, dies of a heart attack.
March 27
1958—Khrushchev Becomes Premier
Nikita Khrushchev becomes premier of the Soviet Union. During his time in power he is responsible for the partial de-Stalinization of the Soviet Union, and presides over the rise of the early Soviet space program, but his many policy failures lead to him being deposed in October 1964. After his removal he is pensioned off and lives quietly the rest of his life, eventually dying of heart disease in 1971.
March 26
1997—Heaven's Gate Cult Members Found Dead
In San Diego, thirty-nine members of a cult called Heaven's Gate are found dead after committing suicide in the belief that a UFO hidden in tail of the Hale-Bopp comet was a signal that it was time to leave Earth for a higher plane of existence. The cult members killed themselves by ingesting pudding and applesauce laced with poison.

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