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!).
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!