BrandlandUSA reader (and Quebec native) Mark Shainblum has alerted us to some revivals in the comic book field, and other dead comic book brands that need to be revived. Thrilling Wonder Stories was one of the first science fiction pulp magazines, founded in 1930 by Hugo Gernsback. Gernsback originally createdMORE HERE

After being revived in 2003, it appears that the name United States Lines will disappear again, the Financial Times reports. They said that it would disappear in a deal where France’s CMA CGM, the world’s number three container line, would buy the California-based shipping line. We have to admit toMORE HERE

For those who are interested in a perfect case study of how to revive a dead brand, look no further than Miami-based Perry Ellis International‘s revival of the Munsingwear Penguin. On an October 2007 weekend trip to Miami’s South Beach, the two-year-old flagship company store on Lincoln Road Mall wasMORE HERE

The brands Packard Bell and Gateway will live on, even after their purchase by Taiwan’s Acer. At right, a 1961 Packard Bell 250 Computer, with image from Ed Thelen’s wonderful computer history website, which can be found by clicking here: On the tech site The Inquirer, Paul Hales reportsMORE HERE

Would you believe that a major New York City preservation group would allow the tearing down of a McKim, Mead & White hotel? You heard it right. New York Municipal Art Society (ex) President Kent Barwick does not oppose the destruction of the McKim, Mead & White landmark Hotel PennsylvaniaMORE HERE

O.K., so the headline is a bit misleading. But it’s true, sort of. On a recent trip to a Sarasota, Florida Wal-Mart, BrandlandUSA discovered AMC Pacers and AMC Gremlins hiding behind the pet-and-pool aisle. Of course, these Gremlins and Pacers were toys, but they did bring back memories of theMORE HERE

If the 1950s were the Golden age of TV Dinners, the 70s were the Golden Age of Frozen Food. Brands like Banquet, Swanson, Morton, Birds Eye and Stouffer’s were actually thought of as luxury items, not the Lazy-Parent-Also-Ran dinners of today.MORE HERE

Are Howard Johnson’s subliminally seductive clam strips returning to a hotel coffee shop near you? Could it be that HoJo has momentum?We talked to the editors of, the website that tracks all things related to Howard Johnson under the banner “Serving up Warm History of an American Icon.” ItMORE HERE

In Hollywood, the revival works — sometimes. The off-Broadway revival of Brady Bunch Live, done live, was a wacky hit, but the numerous follow up series, specials and movies, have been (mostly) flops. Movie versions of Aaron Spelling’s Starsky & Hutch and Charlie’s Angels scored, but a Love Boat TVMORE HERE