Dynamite (magazine)

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The April 1975 issue of Dynamite featured a Droste effect image of TV star Jimmie Walker, whose catch phrase was "Dyn-o-Mite!".

Dynamite was a magazine for children founded by Jenette Kahn and published by Scholastic Inc. from 1974 until 1992. The magazine changed the fortunes of the company, becoming the most successful publication in its history[1] and inspiring two similar periodicals for Scholastic, Wow and Bananas. Kahn edited the first three issues of Dynamite. The next 109 issues were edited by Jane Stine, wife of children's author R. L. Stine, followed by Linda Williams Aber (aka "Magic Wanda"). The first issue, Dynamite #1, was dated March 1974 and featured the characters Hawkeye and Radar from the television series M*A*S*H. The final issue, Dynamite #165, was dated March 1992 and featured actress Julia Roberts and actor Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Description[edit]

Dynamite magazine served as an activity book each month, offering tricks, recipes, games, and contests. It also served as a monthly update on popular culture, and it was a way for children to pass the time before the advent of cable television and VCRs. Dynamite magazine was available through subscription, in limited quantities at newsstands, and through monthly orders circulated by school teachers using Scholastic's Arrow Book Club.

In 1984, Scholastic Inc. reduced the number of color pages and lowered the publication rate from twelve monthly issues of Dynamite per year to six (and subsequently five) issues per year. Editors developed more features about teen idols in the late 1980s and early 1990s, with cover stories on Johnny Depp, Alyssa Milano, Corey Haim, Corey Feldman, and Will Smith, along with two 8 x 11 mini-posters per issue. Features from the later years included the Dynamite Activity Center, Dynamite Puzzle Pages, and spooky stories by R. L. Stine (aka Jovial Bob Stine), who would later create the Goosebumps series.

Features and format[edit]

Dynamite's features included "Magic Wanda", a how-to guide to selected magic tricks; "Bummers", a focus of kids' one-line woes, which would begin with the words: "Don't you hate it when..."; "And Now a Word from Our Sponsor" a commercial parody in comic form; the puzzle pages of the ghoulish Count Morbida; "Hot Stuff," a section featuring gags and new items in stores; the birth and growth of a horse called Foxy Fiddler; reprinted origin stories on Marvel and DC superheroes (and later the comic superheroes the "Dynamite Duo"); and "Good Vibrations," an advice column. Dynamite covers profiled three decades in television series (from The Six Million Dollar Man to Beverly Hills, 90210), cartoons (from "Snoopy" to "Garfield"), movie stars (from Bruce Lee to River Phoenix), music stars (from KISS, John Denver, or Elvis to Paula Abdul and Rick Springfield), and other assorted themes.

In addition to items on the back covers to punch out or assemble (such as puzzles, games, postcards, mobiles, bookmarks, or masks), Dynamite also included bonus inserts, such as fold-out posters, greeting cards, calendars, or records. Often the magazine would contain additional bonus inserts such as baseball cards, stickers, or glow-in-the-dark items. Occasional 3-D posters with glasses were also popular, featuring images such as King Kong, skateboarding, and outer space.

The magazine's reader input included an invitation for readers to send in their own "Bummers". Dynamite offered a $5 royalty for any bummer it accepted and an incidental note that readers did not have to draw the accompanying picture.

Cover stories[edit]

Issue Volume Number Date Cover Story Notes
1 March 1974 Dynamite Meets M*A*S*H!
2 April 1974 Dynamite and the Seven Waltons
3 May 1974 A Visit to the MADhouse: A New Dynamite Reader – Ecch!
4 October 1974 The Love Bug Returns: Herbie Tells All
5 November 1974 Born Free: Dynamite gets thrown to the lions!
6 December 1974 This Is Your Life, Snoopy
7 January 1975 All About All in the Family
8 February 1975 Inside The Six Million Dollar Man
9 March 1975 John Denver and Dynamite: Farrrr-out
10 April 1975 "Now that's what I call DY-NO-MITE!"
11 May 1975 Little House on the Prairie: A Big Story!
12 June 1975 Welcome to the Dynamite Monster Bash!
13 July 1975 Dynamite Visits TV's Land of the Lost!
14 August 1975 Inside Disney World! What it's really like!
15 September 1975 The Monster Hall of Fame: Enter If You Dare!
16 October 1975 TV '76: A Dawn Good Season!
17 November 1975 Bruce Lee Lives!
18 December 1975 Invisible Man: TV's Most Outtasite Character!
19 January 1976 Attention! Attention! New Men on M*A*S*H
20 February 1976 Cher!
21 March 1976 J. J. In A Movie! Dyn-o-mite!
22 April 1976 Face To Face With Fonzie!
23 May 1976 Meet The Sweat Hogs
24 June 1976 Let's Go To The Hop! Special Dynamite Fifties Party Issue!
25 July 1976 Space: 1999 Takes Off!
26 August 1976 Welcome to the San Diego Zoo
27 September 1976 Catching Up With The Bionic Woman!
28 October 1976 A Dynamite Double Feature! Laverne and Shirley And King Kong!
29 November 1976 The Six Million Dollar Man vs. The Bionic Woman!
30 December 1976 Dynamite Meets Donny And Marie!
31 January 1977 The Bay City Rollers: An Exclusive Interview!
32 February 1977 Fonzie and Pinky Face the Future!
33 March 1977 A Dynamite Duo – The Captain And Tennille!
34 April 1977 John Travolta: Barbarino and Beyond!
35 May 1977 Charlie Brown, Superstar!
36 June 1977 What's Happening is What's Happening!!
37 July 1977 Bob Hegyes is a Real Person! [2]
38 1 1 July 1977 Mark Fidrych: Big Bird of Baseball [3]
39 1 2 August 1977 The Return of The Brady Bunch!
40 1 3 September 1977 Farrah!
41 1 4 October 1977 The Hardy Boys: A Dynamite Detective Story!
42 1 5 November 1977 Sylvester Stallone: What's next for the star of Rocky?
43 1 6 December 1977 Catching Up With Logan's Run!
44 1 7 January 1978 Star Wars And Shaun - Top Stars of the Year!
45 1 8 February 1978 Meet Kristy McNichol!
46 1 9 March 1978 Kate Jackson
47 1 10 April 1978 Happy Birthday, MAD!
48 1 11 May 1978 Shields And Yarnell: Wind 'Em Up and Laugh
49 1 12 June 1978 Cheryl Ladd
50 2 1 July 1978 The Best of Dynamite!
51 2 2 August 1978 Special Hollywood Issue!
52 2 3 September 1978 Lou Ferrigno: More than just a Hulk of muscle!
53 2 4 October 1978 The Bee Gees vs. The Beatles! Who's the Greatest?
54 2 5 November 1978 The Secrets of Battlestar Galactica!
55 2 6 December 1978 Cruising With The Love Boat Crew!
56 2 7 January 1979 Mork And Mindy: TV's Out-of-this-World Comedy!
57 2 8 February 1979 Meet the guys from CHiPs!
58 2 9 March 1979 Kristy McNichol & Leif Garrett
59 2 10 April 1979 Dynamite Discoveries of the Year! Christopher Reeve And Lynn-Holly Johnson
60 2 11 May 1979 Kermit And Miss Piggy: A Muppet love story?
61 2 12 June 1979 Robin Williams: More than Mork!
62 3 1 July 1979 All In The Family - Monster Style!
63 3 2 August 1979 Special Science Fiction Issue! First Preview of Star Wars II!
64 3 3 September 1979 Face to Face With Erik Estrada
65 3 4 October 1979 Gary Coleman: TV's Little Big Man
66 3 5 November 1979 The Dukes of Hazzard
67 3 6 December 1979 Steve Martin: A Wild and Crazy Guy!
68 3 7 January 1980 Mork and His New Pals!
69 3 8 February 1980 Buck Rogers: Then and Now!
70 3 9 March 1980 Live From New York: It's Gilda Radner!
71 3 10 April 1980 B.J. And The Bear: A Special Talk with Greg Evigan!
72 3 11 May 1980 Benji: Hollywood's Top Dog!
73 3 12 June 1980 Meet John Schneider!
74 4 1 July 1980 Miss Piggy: A Real Ham at Heart
75 4 2 August 1980 TV's Top Reruns: The Brady Bunch and More!
76 4 3 September 1980 The Empire Strikes Back
77 4 4 October 1980 Shaun Cassidy in Breaking Away
78 4 5 November 1980 That's Incredible!
79 4 6 December 1980 Dynamite Spends A Happy Day With Scott Baio!
80 4 7 January 1981 Meet Tom Wopat of The Dukes of Hazzard!
81 4 8 February 1981 Gary Coleman Grows Up and Stars in a New Movie!
82 4 9 March 1981 Buck Rogers and Wilma: TV's Fun Couple of the Future!
83 4 10 April 1981 Count Morbida's Monstrous Movie Quiz
84 4 11 May 1981 Bugs Bunny Is Back!
85 4 12 June 1981 The Great Muppet Caper
86 5 1 July 1981 TV Kids - Then and Now!
87 5 2 August 1981 Special Collector's Issue - All About Bummers!
88 5 3 September 1981 The Greatest American Hero and Superman, Too!
89 5 4 October 1981 Dynamite Dares to Ride With the Dukes!
90 5 5 November 1981 Master Magician The Amazing Randi Tells the Truth About the Fakes!
91 5 6 December 1981 Happy Tenth Birthday, M*A*S*H!
92 5 7 January 1982 Meet Rick Springfield!
93 5 8 February 1982 Lee Majors in The Fall Guy: Who Does the Stuntman's Stunts?
94 5 9 March 1982 Melissa Gilbert All Grown Up!
95 5 10 April 1982 Lisa Whelchel Tells the Facts of Her Life!
96 5 11 May 1982 Meet Mr. Merlin's Magic Helper Clark Brandon!
97 5 12 June 1982 Annie: The Making of the Movie
98 6 1 July 1982 A Close Encounter with E.T.
99 6 2 August 1982 Sylvester Stallone: A Chat with the Rocky III Champ!
100 6 3 September 1982 Joanie Loves Chachi: And Dynamite Loves Them Both!
101 6 4 October 1982 E.T.: Meet the Creature
102 6 5 November 1982 The Dark Crystal: An All-New Muppet Creature Feature
103 6 6 December 1982 Meet Garfield: Heavyweight Champion of Cartoon Cats
104 6 7 January 1983 Matt Dillon: Tells How His Good Looks Get in His Way
105 6 8 February 1983 Square Pegs: The Hottest TV Hit Of The Year!
106 6 9 March 1983 MTV: All About TV's Rock and Roll Station
107 6 10 April 1983 Ricky Schroder: Meet the star of Silver Spoons
108 6 11 May 1983 Meet Kim Fields: Star of The Facts of Life
109 6 12 June 1983 The Return of the Jedi: A talk with the man inside C-3PO!
110 7 1 July 1983 Dynamite's Greatest Hits
111 7 2 August 1983 Meet David Hasselhoff: Knight Rider's Driving Force
112 7 3 September 1983 Knight Rider is Dynamite! An Exclusive interview with David Hasselhoff
113 7 4 October 1983 Michael Jackson: A Thriller for Music Fans [4]
114 7 4 November 1983 Luke Skywalker And Princess Leia: What's Next After Jedi? [4]
115 7 5 December 1983 Men at Work
116 7 6 January 1984 Meet "Mr. T": His Look Is Tough - His Heart Is Tender
117 7 7 February 1984 Gary Coleman: A Talk With TV's Top Teen
118 7 8 March 1984 Meet Michael J. Fox, Star of Family Ties!
119 7 9 April 1984 Mr. T - As You've Never Seen Him!
120 7 10 May 1984 Harrison Ford: The Raiders Star Returns
121 7 11 June 1984 Supergirl: From the Comics to the Silver Screen!
122 7 12 July 1984 Dynamite Goes to the Movies
123 8 1 September 1984 Tops On TV: Webster's Emmanuel Lewis [5]
124 8 2 October 1984 Scott Baio is Charles in Charge!
125 8 3 November 1984 Heathcliff!
126 8 4 January 1985 Backstage at the Bill Cosby Show
127 8 5 February 1985 Duran Duran
128 8 6 March 1985 Ralph Macchio: The Karate Kid Star is a Hit!
129 9 1 September 1985 How Success Changed The Cosby Show Kids!
130 9 2 October 1985 Cartoon Cavalcade
131 9 3 November 1985 Garfield
132 9 4 January 1986 Punky Brewster!
133 9 5 February 1986 Bruce Springsteen
134 9 6 March 1986 Back To The Present With Michael J. Fox!
135 10 1 September 1986 TV's Favorite Families!
136 10 2 October 1986 Tony Danza
137 10 3 November 1986 Most Popular TV Guys!
138 10 4 January 1987 A Super Michael J. Fox Scrapbook
139 10 5 February 1987 Chart-Topping Ladies Of Rock
140 10 6 March 1987 Meet Star Students From Head of the Class
141 11 1 September 1987 Heard It Through The Grapevine: Exclusive interview with a commercial "star"! [6]
142 11 2 October 1987 Alyssa Milano
143 11 3 November 1987 Kirk Cameron
144 11 4 January 1988 Show Biz Siblings: Featuring River Phoenix And Family!
145 11 5 March 1988 This Is Your Life, Garfield!
146 12 1 September 1988 A Dynamite Kirk Cameron Photo Album!
147 12 2 October 1988 Who's the Best? Debbie Gibson vs. Tiffany
148 12 3 November 1988 Hollywood's Top Teen Talents: Corey Haim And Corey Feldman!
149 12 4 January 1989 Johnny Depp - TV's Top Cop Star!
150 12 5 March 1989 A Different World's Jasmine Guy
151 13 1 September 1989 Exclusive Interview: The Wonder Years' Fred Savage!
152 13 2 October 1989 Debbie Gibson: Rock's Top Teen!
153 13 3 November 1989 Dynamite Makes a Full House Call
154 13 4 January 1990 Meet The Kids of Roseanne!
155 13 5 March 1990 Cast Your Vote for Favorite TV Starlet!
156 14 1 September 1990 Paula Abdul!
157 14 2 October 1990 Basketball Big Shot, Michael "Air" Jordan!
158 14 3 November 1990 The Simpsons!
159 14 4 January 1991 New Kids on the Block and a Galaxy of Maurice Starr's Stars!
160 14 5 March 1991 Candace Cameron!
161 15 1 September 1991 Will Smith: The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
162 15 2 October 1991 Face to Face With Macaulay Culkin!
163 15 3 November 1991 Family Matters' Jaleel (Urkel) White!
164 15 4 January 1992 The Cast of Beverly Hills, 90210
165 15 5 March 1992 Julia Roberts! Arnold Schwarzenegger!

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Kahn, Jenette. "And Now... We Interrupt this Comic to Bring You a Word from Your New Publisher..." Our Fighting Forces #172 (Mar./Apr. 1977).
  2. ^ Issue #37 and Issue #38 were both dated "July 1977".
  3. ^ Effective with Issue #38, Dynamite began a secondary numbering system by labeling each issue with a "Volume" and a "Number". Since this change was not retroactive, Issue #38 was labeled "Volume 1, Number 1".
  4. ^ a b Issue #113 and Issue #114 were both labeled "Volume 7, Number 4". Although Issue #114 was incorrectly labeled as such, seriation continued in this manner so that all subsequent labeled Numbers (in Volume 7) were also incorrect.
  5. ^ Effective with Issue #123, Dynamite reduced its publication rate from twelve issues per year (one issue published per month) to six issues per year (one issue published in the months of September, October, November, January, February, and March only).
  6. ^ Effective with Issue #141, Dynamite reduced its publication rate from six issues per year (one issue published in the months of September, October, November, January, February, and March only) to five issues per year (one issue published in the months of September, October, November, January, and March only). Hence, the February issue was eliminated from the publication schedule.

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