""I ain't got no quarrel with the Vietcong."
- Muhammad Ali, 2/17/1966
It’s time now to dive into February of ’66… a month when Muhammad Ali, Mia Farrow, and Peggy Fleming were in the spotlight, while on the spinner racks, DC introduced us to a war series set in Vietnam, a heroine who was a witch, a simian sarge, and a future Flamebird!
News of the Month:
1st - Buster Keaton dies at age 69
3rd - 1st soft landing on Moon (Soviet Luna 9)
7th - Paul Williams and other students at Swarthmore College publish the first issue of the rock music magazine Crawdaddy!
9th - Dow-Jones Index hits record 995 points
10th – “Valley of the Dolls” by author Jacqueline Susann is published and quickly rises to become the number one best-selling novel
11th - SF Giant Willie Mays signs highest contract at $130,000 per year
17th - The draft classification of world heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali was reclassified from 1-Y (unfit for military service) to 1-A… the revision would lead to Ali's refusal to register on religious beliefs, his arrest, and the loss of his championship status.
28th - Cavern Club in Liverpool closes
Newsreel of the Month: Honolulu Conference (February 7, 1966)
Magazine Cover of the Month: Woody Allen & Ann-Margret (Esquire, February 1966)
Music of the Month: 15 year old Stevie Wonder, influenced by a recent tour with the Rolling Stones, authored a hard-driving single, while the Beach Boys (with an assist from Dean Torrence of Jan & Dean fame) had another huge hit with a cover of a song first done by the Regents five years earlier
US Top Singles:
1. Lightnin' Strikes - Lou Christie
2. My Love - Petula Clarke
3. Uptight (Everything's Alright) - Stevie Wonder
4. Barbara Ann – The Beach Boys
5. My World Is Empty Without You – The Supremes
UK Top Singles:
1. You Were On My Mind - Crispian St. Peters
2. Spanish Fly - Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass
3. These Boots Are Made For Walking - Nancy Sinatra
4. Love's Just A Broken Heart - Cilla Black
5. A Groovy Kind Of Love – The Mindbenders
Further Down the Charts: Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels scored their first big hit, taking a mash-up of “Jenny, Jenny” and “See See Rider” to #10… Ray Davies took a swipe at the upper class and the Kinks rode it all the way to #13… Mark Lindsay’s sizzling vocals took Paul Revere & the Raiders latest single to #11… Smokey Robinson invited us all out dancing while he and the Miracles soared to #11
Movie of the Month: “Harper”, starring Paul Newman, Lauren Bacall, and Julie Harris (premiered February 23, 1966)
TV Clip of the Month: After Mia Farrow impulsively cut her own hair on the set of Peyton Place, she inadvertently helped define the “pixie” look of the late 60s… in this excerpt, we see how the show explained her new look (first aired February 15, 1966)
Sports Moment of the Month: 17-year old Peggy Fleming wins her first World Figure Skating Championship in Davos, Switzerland (February 27, 1966)
Top 10 DC Comics of the Month (as selected by Osgood Peabody, listed in order of their publication):
The Atom #24: Jason Woodrue returns to plot “The Atom-Destruction of Earth”! (Cover by Gil Kane & Murphy Anderson)
Hawkman #13: The Winged Wonders journey to an eerie dimension where they must thwart “The Quest of the Immortal Queen”! (Cover by Murphy Anderson)
The Flash #160: A cream-of-the-crop collection featuring a quartet of speedsters! (Cover by Carmine Infantino & Murphy Anderson)
Star Spangled War Stories #126: One of the craziest war stories ever written… “You Can’t Pin a Medal On a Gorilla!” (Cover by Joe Kubert)
Secret Hearts #111: In the second episode of “Reach for Happiness”, find out the secret behind Rita’s strange hold on Greg, and the first sign of Richie’s drive toward self-destruction! (Cover by Gene Colan)
Brave & The Bold #65: When the Brotherhood of Evil captures Negative Man, it’s up to the Fastest Man Alive to pinch hit in “Alias Negative Man”! (Cover by Dick Giordano & Sal Trapani)
Green Lantern #44: One of the Emerald Gladiators’ deadliest foes returns in “Evil Star’s Death-Duel Summons”, plus the Jordan brothers get caught up in the “Saga of the Millionaire Schemer”! (Cover by Gil Kane & Murphy Anderson)
Action Comics #336: Meet Ak-Var, “The Man from the Phantom Zone”, while the Girl of Steel takes refuge in “The Forbidden Fortress of Solitude”! (Cover by Curt Swan & George Klein)
Adventure Comics #343: What’s behind the bad luck plaguing the Legion? Find out in “The Evil Hand of the Luck Lords”! (Cover by Curt Swan & George Klein)
Detective Comics #350: Who was the mysterious foe that the Gotham Goliath failed to capture? Meet “The Monarch of Menace”! Then the Stretchable Sleuth teams up with Tom Kalmaku to unravel the mystery of “Green Lantern’s Blackout”! (Cover by Joe Kubert)
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