June 1st, 2015 by Benj Edwards
Tags: Retro Scan, Sega, comic books, interactive comics, Batman, prototype, electronic toys, Tom Hanks, Big, iPad, Whats New, Popular Science, 1995
WHAM! POW! ZAP!
I've been intrigued by this Sega Electronic Comics System prototype since I first saw it in Popular Science's What's New section back in April 1995. Here is an excerpt from that very magazine.
As far as I know, this device never made it into production — in fact, the only mention I can find of it on the Internet as of this writing is this post on the Collectors Society forums.
Apparently, the Sega Electronic Comics device worked in conjunction with a tailor-made paper comic book that one would place onto the device. A series of pressure-sensitive buttons beneath the comic book could be pressed to somehow direct the narrative of the book. (Perhaps like Choose Your Own Adventure — i.e. if you do this, turn to page 3.)
This reminds me of the comic book device Tom Hanks' character outlines in the film Big (1988), albeit without any type of electronic screen. The crazy thing is that 15 years after this Sega Prototype, you could buy an iPad that could store and display thousands of entirely digital comics in a much thinner form factor.
[ From Popular Science, April 1995, p.11]
Discussion Topic of the Week: Do you use an electronic device to read comic books? Tell us about it.
December 16th, 2013 by Benj Edwards
Tags: Retro Scan, Christmas, Christmas List, Benj, Acclaim, Remote Controller, Batwing, Batman, GI Joe, Sega, Nintendo, Master System, Game Boy, Super Mario Land
An early example of the rustic illustrated Christmas list
While sorting through my childhood papers and effects recently, I came across this amusing Christmas list from 1989. I was eight years old then, and I apparently ripped out pictures of the toys I wanted from weekly newspaper advertisements and pasted them on a sheet of 8.5″x 11″ wide-ruled notebook paper. The result was a rare illustrated Christmas list that I don't remember making before or since.
(I'm not sure why there is a big chunk of the page missing in the upper-right corner, by the way. Perhaps I changed my mind on some item and physically removed it from my list.)
What's notable for our purposes is the healthy contingent of video game related items on the list. There's a wireless remote for the NES, a Game Boy (which had just been released that year), and even a Sega Master System.
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