In the constant quest to relive one’s favorite TV shows and movies before the advent of DVDs or even VCRs in great numbers, the fotonovel was essential. These were fumetti-style comic book adaptations where, instead of artwork, stills from the films were used. Here’s how the above Buck Rogers fotonovel looked on the inside:
Do they even bother to make these anymore? I know they finally did ones for the original Star Wars trilogy a few years ago, but I don’t know that I’ve seen any others. (Apparently there was also one for The Blair Witch Project. Was the reader advised to shake the book around as he read?)
I had a bunch of these. Looking at a list of them, these are the ones I know I had:
Alien – talked about here.
Buck Rogers in the 25th Century
The Champ – yeah, I have no idea. But I distinctly remember it. Maybe I borrowed it from someone?
Close Encounters of the Third Kind
Grease – And not only did they include the raunchy lyrics, there were even lines not in the movie, such as Rizzo telling Kenickie, “Keep a cool tool, fool. I’m wise to the rise in your Levi’s”
The Lord of the Rings – The animated Bakshi movie, which I was fascinated by, but not enough to read the actual books.
Star Trek: The Motion Picture – I think. I’m not 100% sure on this one.
Mork and Mindy
Star Blazers – I have the first three volumes of, I think, six. And I love them and have wanted to for ages to get the remainders, but for a long time they were crazy expensive. I haven’t checked in a while.
Star Trek: Metamorphosis – I found this at a used book shop, which explains why I have a random episode and not, say, The Trouble With Tribbles, which I would totally have instead (I did have the “Making of” book about that, which I loved.)
They really should make these again. They were a lot of fun.
When did I get it? Various times in the early 80s.
Do I still have it? I still have those three Star Blazers volumes. I also have the Star Wars ones I mentioned. None of the others.