Saturday, March 24, 2007

Yes, those are Puca Shells!


In response to a number of inquiries I’ve received about the latest Kyle’s B&B episode, (the #200 bicentennial / “1970’s dream” episode), yes… that is a puca shell necklace that Brad is wearing around his neck! Hey, I take this stuff seriously! If I’m gonna do an episode set in the 1970s, you can bet I have researched it to make sure it’s authentic!

Back in the mid-to-late 70s, (was I even born then? Well, maybe, but I must have been very young! LOL), there was somewhat of a fashion rage of white puca shell necklaces, (I’m not quite sure what a “puca” is, as I’ve never heard it referred to anywhere besides this). On men, they seemed to be favored by those sort of pretty boy/hoodlum types, ( think Chachi on “Happy Days”), the kind with the hair parted in the middle, blown dry to layered perfection, usually in conjunction with Frye Boots and tight jeans on the verge of fraying from so many washings to get them to that perfect shade of ultra-light sky blue. They looked particularly good on someone with a dark sun-tan, as those bright-white shells made a nice contrast.

I suppose Eduardo or Richard or Lance or even Kyle might be the type to wear them, too, if they lived in the 1970’s, that is. Being that this is a “dream episode”, we’ll probably never know. Unless we have a return to the “alternate 1970’s Kyle’s B&B universe?”. Oh, and maybe start a whole parallel comic strip going? (”That 70’s Kyle’s B&B“?). Hey, why stop there? How about an 80’s version, too? (”What Has Your B&B Done For Me Lately“?). Can you just imagine the shoulder pads and big hair?. How about a 60’s version? ( “Born to B&B Wild“?). Oh, now, if only I had the time to pursue all of these avenues. Well, for now, I’m glad to present you with the 00’s version of “Kyle’s B&B“, (will this decade ever get a name? The “zeroes”?). Whatever it’s called, thanks for stopping by!

7 comments:

carl said...

OH MY GOD, this brings me back. I used to know tons of guys in my high school with the shirts open halfway down the chest and the puca shell necklaces. Thanks for the trip back to the seventies!

Anonymous said...

I've always found guys who wear puca shells hot. Don't ask me to explain why, I just do.

Mike D said...

What about Brad's cut-off shorts? That's what got my focus in this strip!

Anne said...

I'm kind of liking Brad's hair in this 70s style. Any chance he might grow it out like that in reality?

Greg Fox said...

Anne--

You never know, although Brad doesn't seem like the type to grow out his hair any longer than it is currently. If anything, I could see him going back to his air force-style brush cut. Stay tuned!

OBC Collector said...

Greg,
If you're going to make these stories based on "dreams" why not be really creative and take the guys back to the "40's (WWII ?), or the "50's"
After all it's only a dream and you could even place them way into the future.

Love the column.
Bill

Anonymous said...

hey babes as for what to call the 00's, in england they're called the "noughties" zero being nought, get it? it's got a kind of hot double meaning...
also i definitely agree that brad should keep his hair long.but i luv all long haired guys so...