Audio: Power Records
During the late 1970’s several albums were released of Bionic audio adventures by the now classic Power Records. The label was well known for comic book audio adventures such as Batman and Spiderman, and they later branched out into TV series. Despite the fact the records did not use the original actors they have gained a cult status and are much sought after by collectors.
Peter Pan Records is an American record label specializing in children’s music. The label was introduced to the public in March 1948. The label was owned by the Synthetic Plastics Company of Newark, New Jersey until the 1970s.
The label became one of the largest and most successful children’s specialty record labels in America, manufacturing releases that often contrasted with those of its competitors (Golden Records, Disneyland Records, Wonderland Records, Kid Stuff Records, and Pickwick Records). Peter Pan enjoyed its greatest success as a children’s label during the 1950s. Many of their most famous releases were issued on 78-RPM 7- and 10-inch records, and on 45-RPM 7-inch records.
The label was notable for its series of book-and-record sets, combining an illustrated storybook (and, later, comic book) with a vinyl record that contained music and narration by “your Peter Pan Storyteller” (who would prompt the listener to turn the page at the sound of a bell or similar sound). Others featured a repertory company of actors performing the stories as audio dramas. Bugs Bunny and the Looney Tunes characters, Popeye the Sailor Man, Huckleberry Hound, The Flintstones, Yogi Bear, Bozo the Clown, the superheroes of DC (Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Plastic Man, Green Lantern, Aquaman and Metamorpho) and Marvel (Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four, Hulk and Captain America), Conan the Barbarian, G.I. Joe, Scooby-Doo, Casper the Friendly Ghost, and later Betty Boop, Inspector Gadget, the robots of Robotech, the ThunderCats, and the SilverHawks were among the characters and stories featured in these sets. Peter Pan also produced original stories, most of them based upon TV and film franchises such as The Six Million Dollar Man, Space: 1999, Star Trek: The Original Series, Kojak, and Planet of the Apes. Another original title was The Amazing Adventures of Holo-Man, whose publication did not last beyond its introductory issue. In the 1970s, many of these properties were released by its subsidiary label Power Records.
There was an additional volume released, also containing the previously released Birth of the Bionic Man and The Man from the Future. This was a small ‘single’ size album, where the other 2 were 33rpm albums. The new smaller release also had a superb booklet, with original comic-strip artwork.