scottedelman (scottedelman) wrote,

The Place Where Dreams Were Made

All I was looking for was a clip of Larry "Bud" Melman greeting passengers at the Port Authority bus terminal with hot towels, but you know the way things work once you get to YouTube. I of course had to click on one of the recommended videos—Johnny Carson's final TV appearance.

And because that second clip turned out to have been posted by Alan Light—no, not the Spin magazine editor-in-chief Alan Light, but rather the Alan Light who founded The Buyer's Guide to Comics Fandom—I ran across the fascinating (for those of us who bleed four-color ink) video below.

It turns out that on June 18, 1977, World Color Press held a celebration it called "Magazineland USA." World Color Press, located in Sparta, Illinois, printed all of the comic books at the time, and when the company threw open its doors for a tour, Light was there with his 8MM sound camera.

When I press my nose close to the screen, I swear I can smell the ink.

Phil Seuling, who ran New York's early comic conventions, can be seen at the 1:00-mark complaining about how non-fans were mistreating the books he'd brought for sale.

Wish I could have been there!
Tags: comics

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