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 31
1930—Movie Censorship Enacted
In the U.S., the Motion Pictures Production Code is instituted, imposing strict censorship guidelines on the depiction of sex, crime, religion, violence and racial mixing in film. The censorship holds sway over Hollywood for the next thirty-eight years, and becomes known as the Hays Code, after its creator, Will H. Hays.
1970—Japan Airlines Flight 351 Hijacked
In Japan, nine samurai sword wielding members of the Japanese Communist League-Red Army Faction hijack Japan Airlines flight 351, which had been en route from Tokyo to Fukuoka. After releasing the passengers, the hijackers proceed to Pyongyang, North Koreas's Mirim Airport, where they surrender to North Korean authorities and are given asylum.
March 30
1986—Jimmy Cagney Dies
American movie actor James Francis Cagney, Jr., who played a variety of roles in everything from romances to musicals but was best known as a quintessential tough guy, dies of a heart attack at his farm in Stanfordville, New York at the age of eighty-six.
March 29
1951—The Rosenbergs Are Convicted of Espionage
Americans Ethel and Julius Rosenberg are convicted of conspiracy to commit espionage as a result of passing nuclear secrets to the Soviet Union. While declassified documents seem to confirm Julius Rosenberg's role as a spy, Ethel Rosenberg's involvement is still a matter of dispute. Both Rosenbergs were executed on June 19, 1953.

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