It’s Dynamite – For Kids!

0dyna2As I was going through the never-ending boxes of stuff in my storage, I stumbled across a lost pop culture treasure – my collection of Dynamite magazines!

Published from 1974 to 1992, Dynamite was a kid’s magazine that was mainly available through subscription or through Scholastic’s school-based Arrow Book Club. It could probably best be described today as a kid-focused mashup of Entertainment Weekly, People, MAD Magazine and children’s activity books.

And I unequivocally LOVED it – and it definitely helped spark my obsession with all things pop culture. I mean, not only did this mag cover EVERYTHING  (celebrities, movies, television, music, fads & trends) – it also featured human interest stories, advice, puzzles and games, comics (and how to draw them!), short stories, jokes & humour, contests & freebies and more.

And as if that wasn’t enough, occasional issues from the early-mid 80s, would be run as a “flip mag”, where the first half of the magazine would be Dynamite but if you flipped over to the back cover, it would be another magazine – Arcade, which consisted of “Fun and Games for the Computer-Age Kid” and was in response that era’s growing popularity of video games and computers.

I would be in a pop culture nirvana whenever my new issue arrived and I read each one cover to cover, over and over and over.

So to give the magazine its due, I thought I would just post a brief sample of some of the goodies found within (and on!) the covers of my collection, which spans from 1982 – 1985 (yep, pure 80s kid here!).

Enjoy!

 

 

Off the Record was Dynamite's 2-page round-up of "facts, faces, news and notes" from the rock music scene"

Off the Record was Dynamite’s 2-page round-up of “facts, faces, news and notes” from the rock music scene”

Artist Joe Kuburt had his own How-To-Draw feature, and his School of Cartoon Art provided the art for Dynamite's original comic strip - The Dynamite Duo (which was written by a pre-Goosebumps R.L. Stein!)

Artist Joe Kubert had his own How-To-Draw feature, and his School of Cartoon Art provided the art for Dynamite’s original comic strip – The Dynamite Duo (which was written by a pre-Goosebumps R.L. Stein!)

 And Now A Word From Our Sponsor was a regular feature that poked fun at current and popular commercials

And Now A Word From Our Sponsor was a regular feature that poked fun at current and popular commercials

 A typical Dynamite celebrity interview - this one with the star of my favourite show at the time (Scarecrow and Mrs. King), the lovely Kate Jackson

A typical Dynamite celebrity interview – this one with the star of my favourite show at the time (Scarecrow and Mrs. King), Kate Jackson

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And to wrap up my short jaunt down memory lane, here’s a glimpse of one the aforementioned “flip” issues with Arcade magazine, featuring that hot “new” video game star, Pac-Man!

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