SuperMag was one of those kids’ magazines, along with Dynamite and Bananas, that you’d get from your scholastic book club or the school book fair – hardly ever found at your local magazine rack.
They’re a treasured memory among Gen-Xers because they were just loaded with full-color pop culture fun. The kids who got SuperMag from their book orders were the envy of any classroom. Let’s have a look at a few from ’81 starting with the Flash Gordon issue from 1981.
I loved the Flash Gordon movie; you could perhaps call it a predecessor to Thor: Ragnarok – it has a similarly campy and over-the-top sci-fi action vibe. An interesting tidbit from this article – that Dino De Laurentis spotted Sam Jones from The Dating Game.
With Father Merrin from The Exorcist as Ming the Merciless.
Nowadays, if you wanted to do a pictorial on a sneaker factory, you’d have to go deep undercover in a Chinese slave labor camp.
Clash of the Titans – every kid in ’81 was hyped about this movie.
They were only around a few years, but made every album count – each one a classic that will be listened to for decades to come. Not a lot of groups like this around anymore (I’d argue there aren’t any, but will exercise self-control and refrain from ranting about the absolute state of the current music scene).
“Mork plays super sailor” – I love how Robin Williams is still best known as Mork.
For another look inside the covers of a SuperMag, check out the Cosby issue.