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July 1966


An Opinion: Jean Shepherd on the Hero Myth
It's A Bird! It's a Plane! It's Supercamp!

Above the ornate carved doors of the imposing building is engraved in chaste, classical lettering: THE OLIVER DRAGON MEMORIAL MUSEUM OF FOLK MYTHOLOGY. This is the first Hall of Fame of the Heroes, a macabre, eerie wax museum that far surpasses in sheer grotesque, anything that Madame Tussaud ever put before the public. If somewhat scary, a tour among these ghostly shades is worth taking. First we see under the shadowy rotunda the gnarled figure of Hopalong Cassidy. He is in the Early Stone Age section of the museum. Few People visit him these days. Only a handful remember his brief but superheated moment of glory...

Copyright: 1966 Mademoiselle Magazine