Thursday, January 28, 2021



Hal Roach’s personal copy of the continuity script for “Seal Skins” ( 1932 ).

Pages from the




Sunday, January 24, 2021

Fan Art


 I thought that I was about done with the fanzine business, but then this turned up again on facebook.   Something that Cole Johnson did which is related to Thelma Todd's death. And someone who said everyone else talked about Thelma Todd's death too much could have done better at not having that focus himself.

Sunday, January 17, 2021

The Andy Edmonds Connection


 The name of Brian Anthony appears on some of the Thelma Todd fanzines in the 1990s*. The name of Brian Anthony also appears with that of Andy Edmonds on a 1998 book about Charley Chase. 

In 1998 Brian Anthony was also on the Thelma Todd "Mysteries And Scandals" program wih Andy Edmonds.

The story that Luciano had Thelma Todd murdered was in both the book and the television program. The fact that someone who was involved with both was also involved wih the fanzine means that it was connected not just with that story ( which can be found in a number of places ), but with Andy Edmonds herself.  They evidently just didn't let that bother them. 

*Issue #2 listed him as a contributor to an article about Anita Garvin.

"Smile when the Raindrops Fall" by Brian Anthony and Andy Edmonds : 

Thelma Todd Mysteries And Scandals program:


Friday, January 15, 2021

Thelma Todd Fanzine Flipflop


I liked the Thelma Todd fanzine, but I didn't like all the arguments that came with it. They argued that I had been claiming that Luciano had murdered Thelma Todd without my doing that, and claimed that the Andy Edmonds book was my source for that story while I had seen it in other books before that, regardless of how I might have regarded that story.  

Their fanzine had endorsed that story and that book in the first issue, I later found out. Something they might not want to have known, since the same group afterwards insisted that viewpoint could not be tolerated.  

"Best book on the subject".

Ad for the Andy Edmonds book.

So this particular publication reversed it's position regarding that particular book. And that is that.


Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Thelma Todd Fanzine


A Thelma Todd fanzine reprinting old material was put out by Cole Johnson in the 1990's.

                                                     One at Bottom is dated Spring 1998.

Cole Johnson was someone who published a number of fanzines, most of which had to do with comic strips. I used to get the one on Thelma Todd, but never saw the others.  I couldn't tell you very much about Cole Johnson apart from what I later read about him, since he did not communicate with me very much. Eventually this changed to "not at all", for reasons best known to himself. Since he is no longer around to explain anything, I guess that no further explanations will be forthcoming.

Cole Johnson at "Stripper's Guide":

Monday, January 4, 2021

Thelma Todd’s Mother Alice Edwards Todd


From Thelma Todd Fans on facebook.

Mark Edwards: Thelma Todd’s mother Alice Edwards Todd was born in Canada and her parents came over from Northern Ireland during the potato famine

This is John and Alice's wedding picture.

Their two children, William and Thelma.