October 18, 2015

Elvin Lincoln's jacket - the genuine article

So recently, I, along with the help of other misfits (thank you guys so much!), was able to acquire the screenworn jacket used by Kevin Peter Hall's stunt double on Misfits of Science. It's awesome to hold a piece of television memorabilia from your favorite childhood TV series!! I inspected every inch of it, and below are photos of the jacket and some interesting details:

An adjustment to the size?

The word 'Misfits' is curved and the other 2 are straight.

The bright pink embroidery, with all its shiny texture, is very cool.

Having never owned a varsity jacket, I hadn't realized the collar and cuffs folded out.

There's an interesting pink-colored smudge (the same shade as the lettering) on one sleeve. My imagination runs wild with explanations, of course. Paint from the Fundae Sundae perhaps?

The inside is a comfy smooth rayon lining. Yes, I tried it on, even though it's about 8 sizes too big for me! ;)

So, the Misfits' jackets are Albion award jackets - a popular sports jacket manufacturer.

The care tag lists the sleeve material as cowhide even though the sleeves are clearly the same wool as the body. There are plenty of Albion varsity jackets with leather sleeves, so I guess it's just a one-for-all type of tag.

A barcode firmly affixed to the inside states, 'Universal Studios.' You know, that company that would shred or burn the wardrobe and other props from its discontinued shows. That is, if they weren't rescued first, like this jacket was. We really owe you one, Eric, thank you again!

Another thing I noticed while studying this jacket was that it has 8 snaps. (What? Doesn't everybody obsessively count sets of objects in their view?) Well, it has 8 because of its large size for our wonderful giant, Kevin Peter Hall (or stunt double, who would have had to be similar in height anyway). Billy's and Johnny B's jackets both have 7 snaps, and Gloria's has 6, the smallest of them all. (Probably a good thing this jacket was El's large one, cos if it had been Gloria's I would've been sorely tempted to wear it all day every day instead of preserve it in bug and water proof storage.) Gloria's jacket also opens with the female style (top snaps are on the right - to the person wearing it). Billy, El, and Johnny B's jackets all open with the male style of top snaps on the left-hand side of the jacket. This leads me to believe that the crew member who retained this crew jacket that was once listed on eBay was a woman. And also 7 sizes smaller than KPH.

September 6, 2015

"Misfits of Science" Kickstarter-funded Shot-for-shot Intro Remake

There's something totally awesome about seeing a TV show intro that you know inside and out lovingly and hilariously remade.

Check out their YouTube channel for a side-by-side comparison of the original and the remake, and also a blooper reel.

Point about the Remake that I found pretty cool:  The font! Such a wonderful recreation.

Strangely enough, there's a second Intro Remake, this one "Misfits of Science: 2013":

I like how they put in some new humor (teasing a tiny El), it makes it easier to imagine what a new version might be like if made today...

Funny thing about these two remakes? Nobody attempted to do a remake of the theme song itself.

What if Misfits of Science had a cartoon or comic book...?

It's fun to play 'what if,' and it's nearly impossible to resist when it comes to fandoms. What if Miracles had gone on for more than 13 episodes and Paul and Keel eventually had to take on the "coming darkness"? What if War of the Worlds had a reunion movie while all four main actors are still with us, what would a worthy storyline be? Or what if Misfits of Science had been allowed to become super popular and had gotten trading cards, coloring books, a line of comic books, or its own spin-off cartoon? That's one of the things I find so cool about this awesome pen and ink MoS fan-art from The Napkin Guy -- it helps me to imagine that alternate universe where such a thing actually became reality.....
Check out his other superhero drawings here:
Thank you @jetts31 for sending me the original drawing! It's now nestled in with the rest of my MoS collection :)

July 26, 2015

'Misfits Of Science' Limericks

Because 'Misfits of Science' is cool and so is the limerick form (don't let anyone tell you otherwise). These were written by my sister and make me giggle, smile, or cry at the perfection, depending.

Dean Paul Martin has some little fame
though mostly because of his name
but as Billy he shines
cause when he does his lines
he really gets into the game

If comedy timing's your thing
that's what to the role Martin brings
so you'll get lots of laughs
watching Billy make gaffs
and even occasionally sing


Billy, the leader of the team
is always hatching some scheme
when it doesn't work out right
he'll get into a plight
but he doesn't let it make him lose steam

His heart's in the right place, you know
and he doesn't mind letting it show
he wants people to ken
that "not fitting in"
just means "plenty of room left to grow"


A man called Kevin Peter Hall
an actor over seven feet tall
was offered the part
of a scientist smart
no need to wear makeup at all

He snatched up the role very fast
it was just what he wanted, at last
he played the role to the hilt
for this part he was built
and he added quite well to the cast


(told from the point of view of Billy)

My friend Elvin disliked being tall
cause he couldn't much play basketball
so he had a good think
and decided to shrink
and now he's the size of a doll

he was able to achieve this "diminish"
because he's such a good chemist
now he fits in his bed
without bumping his head
but alas for just fifteen minutes

The man, Mark Thomas Miller
plays a rock musician that's killer
so when he's on screen
you watch every scene
and don't think that any are filler

As for the rest of his role
the parts where he uses his volts
his miming's exact
doesn't look like an act
you'll think he can really fire bolts


(told from the point of view of Billy - do you sense a theme here? LOL)

My friend Johnny's electric
it took him awhile to accept it
now that he's fired
about being wired
we can always have free pyrotechnics

As for music, he's got quite a knack
for played C to B back-to-back
but if you tell him it's bad
he might just get mad
and then you may find yourself zapped


A young Courteney Cox plays a teen
of a type that you've never seen
it looks like she's doing
all the pushing and moving
cause her concentration's so keen

Courteney Cox plays Gloria with ease
equal parts stormy and breeze
she'll make you think twice
is she naughty or nice?
either way you're sure to be pleased

With Gloria Dinallo you'll be fooled
cause she looks like she's fresh out of school
but as you'll soon discover
if you look past her cover
she's a telekinetic who rules

She's really quite good in a fight
and is often annoyingly right
she likes rock 'n' roll
she has lots of soul
and her smile is dazzlingly bright

Jennifer Holmes played a part
that may not be considered high art
but Jane's scenes with Glo
were a high point of the show
and added to the series' moral heart

Jane's the probation officer for Glo
and she likes to remain in the know
she keeps an eye on her actions
tries to prevent new infractions
and delights in watching her grow

She's a true friend to Glo, you can tell
and a surrogate mother, how swell
and the times when she'll get
in a dealing with H.I.T
she'll keep Billy in line just as well

Max Wright always makes you laugh aloud
he's got something to please any crowd
the way he worries and wails
as Dick with his travails
would make any comedian proud

His performance is really quite strong
it seems as if he does no wrong
he can do a mean frown
or act like a clown
and pulls it all off with aplomb

Richard, or Dick as he'd like to be known
can ofttimes be heard to bemoan
please finish this task
is that too much to ask
and be kooky on time of your own

Richard's job is tough, no denying
but that doesn't keep him from trying
to make H.I.T run smoothly
without all the tomfoolery
and all the while keeping from crying

And 2 silly ones:

A guy named Johnny B. Goode
bought a guitar made out of wood
he played it real well
made it ring like a bell
like nobody else ever could

Three young friends rather silly
formed a trio, Dino, Desi and Billy
They had a little fame
because of their names
but critics were decidedly chilly

  Thanks to @SunglassesAtMidnight and @Emmanuelle for the B-Man and Johnny B. Goode pics!