1978 – Smack 13 of 78 – Star Wars Comics

One of the great things about RetroSmack is that it finally gives me the push I need to check out things I’ve always wanted to, but just haven’t got around to. Marvel’s Star Wars series is a perfect case in […]


1978 – Smack 12 of 78 – Tomorrow and Beyond

After Englishman Roger Dean proved there was a sizeable audience for fantasy and science fiction art collections, it was only a matter of time before someone from the United States followed his lead. The man that picked up the torch […]


1978 – Smack 11 of 78 – The Howling

Any serious horror fan will recognise the words The Howling. Joe Dante’s 1981 hit film is considered one of the best werewolf films ever made (An American Werewolf in London is probably the only real contender, although I’d put the […]


1978 – Smack 10 of 78 – Dawn of the Dead

I was so excited to finish 1977 and move onto 1978. One of the main reasons for that excitement was Dawn of the Dead. Yeah, I know. Not everyone here is into horror. I imagine zombie films aren’t exactly at […]


1978 – Smack 09 of 78 – Close Encounters Trading Cards

After the success of Topps’ Star Wars trading cards in 1977, it was only a matter of time before they started looking for other science fiction properties to license. One of the films they went after was Close Encounters of […]


1978 – Smack 08 of 78 – Dungeon Campaign

After 1977’s string of simplistic (and not always entertaining) Atari 2600 games, it’s exciting to finally venture out onto different gaming platforms. 1978 will have a much more varied mix of games, switching between arcade, Atari 2600, Apple II and […]


1978 – Smack 07 of 78 – Captain America

If you’d asked me a few years back what I thought of Captain America, I would have responded with something along the lines of “pfffftttt”. Mind you, since I’d never read a single comic with the character in it, and […]


1978 – Smack 06 of 78 – AD&D Players Handbook

You may recall that I covered Advanced Dungeons & Dragons in 1977. If you do, you’re probably wondering why I’m covering it again a year later. The answer is that my 1977 post covered the reason for the creation of […]


1978 – Smack 05 of 78 – The Courts of Chaos

I very nearly rejected The Courts of Chaos when putting together my list of novels for 1978. I’m not scared to play catch-up when it’s required, as my lengthy stay in the world of Pern proved last year, but I […]


1978 – Smack 04 of 78 – The Six Million Dollar Man Pinball

After 1977 offered up five Gottlieb tables (Centigrade 37, Solar City, Jet Spin, Fire Queen and Jungle Queen) and one Sonic table (Mars Trek), we kick off 1978 with a Bally table. Bally is one of the three big pinball […]


1978 – Smack 03 of 78 – Magic

There’s something a bit freaky about clowns, dolls and dummies. Stephen King knew it when he wrote It. Don Mancini knew it when he wrote the screenplay for Child’s Play. William Goldman knew it too when he wrote the novel […]


1978 – Smack 02 of 78 – The Sorcerer’s Cave

One look at the badly illustrated cover for The Sorcerer’s Cave and I know for certain that I would have wanted it as a kid. Just like the Advanced Dungeons & Dragons red box set that I bought, knowing full […]