Thursday, February 19, 2015
From The Musty Yellowed Pages--Japanese Dusty Rhodes Album
In the late 1970's-early 1980's, a publisher in Japan put out pro wrestling albums, each with a different top star featured. From favorite gaijin such as Terry Funk, Mil Mascaras, and Stan Hansen to national heroes like Antonio Inoki, Giant Baba, and Rikidozan, a number of these over-sized magazines were produced. With the rabid enthusiasm towards anything wrestling by Japanese fans, it's no surprise that these glossy, well-produced publications were a big hit in the country.
Although the inside is largely in Japanese, any fan would enjoy this publication. The photos are seemingly endless, and most were likely never published in the United States. Despite that, many of the matches shown are indeed from America, including one of Dusty's legendary Madison Square Garden battles with Superstar Billy Graham and a Bayfront Center brawl with Terry Funk. The Funker is even clad in his famous "Dusty Sucks Eggs" t-shirt. Now you can see the result of the talented Japanese photographers seen ringside at many old wrestling matches.
Most of the book is in color, but there is also a bit of black and white. The latter includes some interesting cartoons of "The Dream" which most likely originally appeared in other Japanese publications. In one of the cartoons, it looks like Dusty is passing gas, or at least wiggling his behind, onto a Japanese wrestler. In another "The Dream" is shown showing off his "Stardust-studded" robes. In yet another, "The Dream" has suddenly become a roly-poly superhero! The Japanese flavor of this magazine is especially evident in these illustrated portions.