Your Crap Archivist brings you the finest in forgotten and bewildering crap culled from thrift stores, estate sales, and flea markets.
Outside of fanfic and self-published white-supremacist Kindle books, the easiest thing for a rank amateur to get published has to be coloring books, those poorly drawn, cheap-papered pamphlets that most parents quickly discover absorb baby fluids as well as paper towels. On occasion, your Crap Archivist gathers together the cheapest, chintziest, most ill-conceived coloring books he can find, and, hey, guess what? This is one of those occasions!
First up is a ringer: A not-terribly drawn 1966 Superman book from Whitman Press. Here's a page already colored -- and graded, presumably by some teacher. "Very, very good," someone has written, in a crabbed, teacher-looking cursive. Despite those twin "verys," the teacher has, bizarrely, judged this to be B+ work -- "89/100," he or she has declared, just beneath a scribbled out "90."
What could have cost this kid that key point separating A from B? How about the fact that Superman's skintight costume is here joined with Clark Kent's slacks into some bizarre onesie?More »