Friday, September 24, 2010


In the year 1990 Radioshack sponsored a promo-issue of Archie Comics that considered on THE HISTORY OF ELECTRONICS. They did earlier comics of the same tile in 1987 and 1988 but this was the first year with Archie. they were all distributed free.  Even now, a mere 20 years later it's already dated. Archie is still around, and still shills for pretty much anyone. Radio shack carries barely any electronics, no comic books and sells mostly cell phones.But history is still history and at Arcane Radio Trivia... that's what we like to hear about. I considered scanned the entire issue, but it's well inside the confines of copyright so I had to settle for some legally protected "reasonable use" samples. Scans are HERE courtesy of you anonymous commenter)

They cover Nikola Tesla, solar power, hydro-electric power, geothermal power, nuclear power, battery systems, Heinrich Hertz, Alessandro Volta, William Gilbert, Joseph Henry, Michael Faraday, James Clerk Maxwell, and of course Edison. Later bits cover computers, the then fledgling internet and satellite technology.  They do little mini segments on audio recording and radio broadcasting.  As a whole it's loaded with profoundly memorable kitsch. Enjoy.

Surprisingly in the middle of all this they snuck in the etymology of the company name "Radio Shack."