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The Mostly-Complete Dino Drac Archives.

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Below are most of the Dino Drac blog archives. Certain categories may be excluded to keep things tidier. If you notice any typos, pretend you didn’t.

  • The Purple Stuff Podcast goes to THE MALL!

    The Purple Stuff Podcast is back, and we’re ready to drop a show that’s been on our to-do list for years. Folks, it’s time to go to THE MALL! …but not just ANY mall. We’re visiting a special magical mall that grants us access to ANY store from ANY mall from ANY point in time.

  • Dino Drac’s March Funpack is here!

    Wellp, time to unleash Dino Drac’s March Funpack! Subscriptions are currently closed, but I do have a small amount that I can sell on an individual basis. Scroll to the bottom if you’re interested — but be warned, they will probably go quick! If you’re already locked in for thi

  • Five Retro TV Commercials, Part 39!

    In this edition of Five Retro TV Commercials, you’ll see everything from Simpsons dolls to candy bars to exactly eight seconds’ worth of a vampire cinephile. Just another Tuesday on Dino Drac. The Tortellis on NBC! (1987) Count me among the eight people who actually watched The Tor

  • Movie Theater Memories: Part 3!

    Welcome to the third edition of Movie Theater Memories, where I relive the experiences of seeing certain films at certain times in certain places. I remember every movie I’ve seen in theaters. Not just the films, but where I was, who I saw them with, what candy I ate, and all of those ti

  • Vintage Comic Book Ads, Volume 13!

    It’s been nearly three years since the last edition of Vintage Comic Book Ads. Odd, considering how much I love the subject. I’d say I’ve been busy, but I haven’t left the house since Underwater was in theaters. I’ve always been obsessed with comic ads, to the point where my main

  • Purple Stuff Podcast: Unsolved Mysteries!

    I can’t believe it’s taken us this long, but it’s finally time. The latest episode of the Purple Stuff Podcast pays tribute to UNSOLVED MYSTERIES! …meaning the classic TV series hosted by Robert Stack, of course. For me, this show was as important and soul-shaping as any other

  • Dino Drac’s February Funpack is here!

    If you’re already a Dino Drac Funpack subscriber, congratulations, you’re part of a currently maxed-out club! Subscriptions are closed for February’s Funpack, though I do have a few spare boxes that I can sell on an individual basis. (Scroll to the bottom if interested, and be quick!

  • Visiting the house from Spookies!

    Yesterday, I visited the house from Spookies. Stood right in front of it with the old VHS tape, like a big dummy: In real life, it’s the Peter Augustus Jay House, located in Rye, NY. It’s a preserved and protected landmark now, but it certainly wasn’t in the mid ‘80s, when Spoo

  • Purple Stuff Podcast: The Future Show!

    The Purple Stuff Podcast is kicking off the new year with a trip to THE FUTURE! We’re looking at things that were either set in the future, or that just seemed futuristic in their time. It’s a super eclectic mix loosely bound to one vague subject, but hey, that’s us! Get set for an h

  • TMNT References in Television and Movies!

    It’s tough to exaggerate how popular the Ninja Turtles were in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s. Batman may have been a bigger movie and The Simpsons may have been a bigger TV show, but the thing about the Turtles is that they hit into EVERYTHING. All at once, they had a white hot cartoo

  • Dino Drac’s January Funpack is here!

    Time to launch the first Funpack of 2021! (And yeah, there are finally slots available for new subscriptions! As of this writing, at least!) UNITED STATES ONLY! LIMITED SUPPLY! I’m thrilled with how the January 2021 Funpack turned out, and I hope you will be too. It’s a strong mix of s

  • Five Retro TV Commercials, Part 38!

    Let’s ease out of the holidays and into 2021 with some random TV commercials from 30 years ago. (That line played better in my head, but since nobody reads intros, better to be clunky now than later.) Rare TMNT PPV Promo! (1990) Here’s an extremely rare promo that ran on preview channe

  • Merry Christmas, from Dino Drac!

    It’s nearing 2AM as I write this — technically Christmas Eve, but only barely. I’m running on fumes and bourbon, shocked that our “simple” stay-at-home Christmas has required just as much prep as any regular one. The gifts are wrapped. Everything except that weird bonsai tree

  • Ancient Holiday Appetizers, Part 8!

    Time for my most important article of the year: Ancient Holiday Appetizers! Every December, I dig through old cookbooks looking for edible holiday thrills, no matter how out of style. This has been my favorite Christmas tradition of the past decade, full stop. I couldn’t imagine letting

  • Purple Stuff Podcast: Christmas Songs VI!

    The Purple Stuff Podcast’s holiday tradition continues! For the sixth straight year, we’re ready to boost your playlists with another batch of our favorite Christmas songs! With so many volumes under our belt, this was a tall order! Me and Jay from Sludge Central dug deep to come up wi

  • Dino Drac’s December Funpack is here!

    If you’re already a Dino Drac Funpack subscriber, good news: You’re among the only people locked in for the December Funpack! For the rest of ya: Subscriptions are maxed out for this month, but I will have a few spares to sell once I finish the first shipments. Skip to the bottom for i

  • Classic Christmas Commercials, Volume 18!

    There are some big swings in this edition of Classic Christmas Commercials, so if you thought I’d be down to the dregs by now, THINK AGAIN. A Fruity Pebbles Christmas! (1986) I’ve covered this spot before, but in an ancient article that’s unrelated to this series. Forgive me for doub

  • 2020’s Hottest Holiday Junk Food, Part 2!

    I’m posting this on a Saturday night, which doesn’t strike me as the best time to launch thousand-word articles about milkshakes and peppermint bark. Oh well. It’ll still be here on Monday. Get set for the second edition of 2020’s Hottest Holiday Junk Food. If you missed the first

  • Classic Christmas Commercials, Volume 17!

    Welcome to December! Like clockwork, the minor draft from the window I sit beside — endurable through most of the year — now has my right hand feeling like the discarded prisoner from Star Trek VI’s snow jail sequence. Most of the ads in this edition of Classic Christmas Comm

  • Toys from the 1992 JCPenney Xmas Catalog!

    The holiday season is all about traditions, and one of mine is naming the best toys from old department store catalogs. Let’s head back to 1992, when the 47th and 48th hottest things going were Swans Crossing and 3 Ninjas. Behold, JCPenney’s 1992 Christmas catalog! Over 500 pages’ wo