Google Major Matt Mason if you are not aware of this ultimate action figure from the late 1960s. Supposedily based on “real” NASA equipment, a young boy of 10 (me) really dug good ol’ Matt. But this was the day before injection molding made some really cool looking toys and Maj. Mason suffered from really bad joints. Simple wires were inserted into each arm and leg to provide “mobility”. Well after about 10 or 12 leaps “To Infinity and Beyond” the Major ended up paraplegic or worse. Eventually you’d get pissed and rip his floppy arms or legs off and pretend he imploded in space. Or for the creative little boy (me) you’d cut open his joints and insert some new wire your Dad had just purchased from some other project then some how the wire went “missing.” Don’t read this Dad, my sisters took the wire…
Harry Nilsson’s “Spaceman” was a little known top 40 hit in it’s day. I love the quirky song and I’m a big Nilsson fan as well. “Nisson Schmilsson” is well worth price of admission on iTunes. Luckily, it fit today’s comic perfectly!