Saturday, September 4, 2010

Stand By Me - 1986

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Darlin' Tracy and I were watching Stand By Me last night (first time ever for her, first time for me since it was a cable staple in the 80s), and I had completely forgotten about this scene, where Gordie LaChance (Wil Wheaton) is seeing reading a copy of DC's Gang Busters comic.

The movie is set in September 1959, and Gang Busters ceased publication in 1958, so pretty much any issue in the series would have been correct, time period-wise, an attention to detail I always enjoy (in this case, the issue in question is Gang Busters #66, on sale August 1958).

Its interesting to me that the prop department chose such an obscure comic such as Gang Busters. Maybe author Steven King (whose short story from which this movie is based) mentions in the comic in the original story, since many of the details are taken from his life. Or maybe the prop department just wanted to use a vintage comic they didn't have to clear with lawyers.