Thursday, April 7, 2011

I Cook You Fine Meals and Show You Sights of Pampas Wednesday!

The original Vigilante actually had quite a run back in the 40's.  He never really got my attention, what with all his  country-fried dialect and such.  I mean, I grew up in Oklahoma, and I rarely heard people talk like he does.  I also met some foreign exchange students in college who were sure Oklahoma was one big Native American reservation.  And they weren't totally wrong, because the Tribes have nations and casinos all over the place, but that didn't mean we were all living in tee-pees.  I also thought he was rather dry, with no real powers or gadgets to get my attention.

But he got interesting letters.  I never would have appreciated that as a child:

I'll take "Invitations One Should Never Accept" for $200, Alex!

Seriously, how did he not think that was a love letter?  I would be afraid Pedro would swipe my passport and make me "earn" it back, if you know what I mean.  And I think you do.

Hey, you know what creeped me out?  This:

Well, it certainly grabs your attention, doesn't it?  I wasn't familiar with Kolynos, as it hasn't been easily found in the U.S. for years.  But apparently, my Latin American readers should be able to pick up a tube.  A little research tells me that it's very pleasant tasting and not only cleans your teeth, but gives 'em a polish as well.  Granted, I'd be a little put off by the glaring "Injun" vomiting the toothpaste onto my brush, but he certainly has every right to be a little cheesed.  

And it was mentioned  in The Catcher in the Rye, so there's a certain awesomeness in that:

"Everybody was asleep or out or home for the week end, and it was very, very quiet and depressing in the corridor. There was this empty box of Kolynos toothpaste outside Leahy and Hoffman's door, and while I walked down towards the stairs, I kept giving it a boot with this sheep-lined slipper I had on."

So, incredibly racist marketing device aside, Kolynos has a rather interesting history.  See?  That's some smartifyin' stuff right there.  That's two days running I've been all edutainmental on you.

See you tomorrow!


Britt Reid said...

The Vigilante was popular enough to be made into a movie serial, starring Ralph Byrd, who played Dick Tracy in four serials, two b-movies and a tv series!
You can see the trailer for it here...
Ralph Byrd sings!
Stuff, the Chinatown Kid, became a Caucasian adult!
Lyle Talbot, who plays the villain X-1/George Pierce, also played Luthor in Atom Man vs. Superman, Commissioner Gordon in Batman & Robin, and The Brain in several episodes of Byrd's Dick Tracy tv series!

Unknown said...

Apparently Kolynos had a number of comic page ads in the 1940's. Check out this blog entry:

The Kolynos stuff is towards the bottom. There are two "second kiss" story lines.

Unca Jeffy said...

I consider myself smartyfied!!!

rnigma said...

Ger Apeldoorn's "Fabuleous 50s" blog usually features a Vigilante story every Sunday.

Vitalis was also mentioned in "Catcher in the Rye," and it's still around.

senseinai said...

I actually had the yellow head with red headdress Kolynos ... and no idea, then, of the sheer offensiveness ... this was in London Ontario.