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  1. DBWI: Apple Corps fizzles out

    In 1968, The Beatles, arguably the biggest and best band in history, set up their own record label/all purpose company Apple Corps (it pains me to admit I only now figured out the pun) as a vehicle for their own music and films and publishing and whatnot as well as allowing other artists a...
  2. WI: Central Asian Culture More Prominent in US Pop Culture

    Disclaimer: This is not intended to offend or be racist in any way or form. This is only discovering the possibilities and impact from this scenario. Please call me out if I made a mistake or if I said anything wrong. US pop culture had a huge impact on the world and influenced countries like...
  3. Caravels of Portugal

    WI: Less popular superhero genre

    In the 1950s, superhero comics were in a major decline. Nobody wanted to read comic books about costumed crimefighters who had silly names and fought equally silly villains, Axis minions and gangsters at the end of World War II. Many comics companies that produced superhero comics went bankrupt...
  4. "The Godfather Part III" with Robert Duvall and Winona Ryder

    While "The Godfather" and "The Godfather Part II" are commonly cited as two of the greatest movies ever made, "The Godfather Part III" is often looked upon as a flawed and disappointing sequel. After putting himself heavily in debt following a series of box office disasters, director Francis...
  5. Imagine a Different 1980s - A Collaborative Pop Culture TL
    Threadmarks: Prologue: A Death in Times Square

    Times Square December 7, 1980 Joey Watts was a man in desperate need of money. A problem gambler, he owed a not insignificant amount of money to the Gambino family. Lately, the Bergin crew, headed by rising star John Gotti, had been getting impatient with his excuses. Not wanting to sleep...
  6. interpoltomo

    WI: Hays Code without Joseph Breen

    Joseph Breen ends up becoming a priest, instead of ending up involved as first a reporter, then in time Hollywood's chief censor. What's different during the code era without his involvement? Also what's different afterwards once it gets ended either formally or being "amended" enough times to...
  7. HeX

    Welcome to the Next Level: Sega, Nintendo, and a Battle for the Ages
    Threadmarks: Console Wars

    "Some of the world's greatest ideas come out of rivalry. For every Coke, there's a Pepsi. For every Edison, there's a Tesla. This holds true with video games, and I don't know where we'd be today if Sonic the Hedgehog hadn't spindashed out of the blue and into our hearts all those years ago in...
  8. A Hippie in the House of Mouse (Jim Henson at Disney, 1980)
    Threadmarks: Part I; Brillstein I: the POD

    A Hippie in the House of Mouse The Incredible Story of Jim Henson’s Amazing Tenure at the Walt Disney Company Part I: Froggy Went a’ Courtin’ Chapter 8, Frog Eats Mouse? Excerpt from Where Did I Go Right? (or: You’re No One in Hollywood Unless Someone Wants You Dead), by Bernie Brillstein...
  9. Mr_ Bondoc

    A Magic Kingdom to the East

    In China, there is an actual knockoff Disneyland that was popular throughout the 1986 and which lasted into c. 2005, when it was shutdown due to lawsuits regarding blantant intellectual property theft. See...
  10. The Iron Age of Comics: Jim Shooter's Return to Marvel
    Threadmarks: Introduction

    -Excerpted from the thread “WI Jim Shooter never returned to Marvel Comics?” on counter-history.net, April 30, 2020 -- And thus after spending the last few years contributing or ghosting pop culture threads, I have posted my own comic book themed TL. So the PoD is Ron Perelman dying in a car...
  11. Pop Culture WI: JK Rowling dies or retires from writing after publishing "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix"

    Many "Potterheads" and even more casual fans of the Harry Potter book series noticed a radical change of tone, and also a kind of decline in the quality of Rowling's writing following her perhaps most successful book "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix". Fans felt that the more "dark...
  12. Silver Age comics PODs

    Again, I know there was already a thread for this, but it's dead. I think one interesting POD with some very far-reaching repercussions would be "Marvel Time" never getting introduced.
  13. Golden Age comics PODs

    Yes, I already know there was a thread about this, but it's dead, so I figured it would be best to make a new one. Here's an idea: what if the Second Circuit had ruled that Wonder Man didn't infringe on Superman?
  14. Mr_ Bondoc

    Epic Geek Battle 2.0

    Hey everybody!!! The following ATL is an attempt to build a TL that reflects the full extent of how pop culture has affected the culture world we live. As such, please feel free to add your favorite PODs for film, sports, television, video games, and other forms of entertainment... POD...
  15. Disney doesn't hire Michael Eisner

    Michael Eisner changed everything. When he became CEO of Disney in 1984, he transformed the company from another family-oriented film studio to the enormous corporate media behemoth that it is today. It is due to Eisner that the studio went through its renaissance in the 1990's, and expanded its...
  16. Dark Age comics PODs

    Following up on the Bronze Age thread, I'd like to ask if anyone has interesting ideas for PODs related to the Dark Age of Comic Books. Here are a few I came up with: -What if Hal Jordan's infamous heel-turn hadn't happened? -What if Todd McFarlane hadn't opted to produce the Spawn toys...
  17. Bronze Age comics PODs

    Continuing from the Golden and Silver Age threads, I felt like asking if anybody had any interesting POD ideas regarding the Bronze Age of Comic Books. Here's one: IOTL, Jim Shooter and Chris Claremont got into a dispute over the resolution of The Dark Phoenix Saga. When Shooter pitched the...
  18. Auran

    The Soft Machine Rigmarole - A Soft Machine Timeline
    Threadmarks: 1967: Shooting at the Moon

    1967: Shooting at the Moon The Soft Machine, 1967 The year is 1967. Psychedelia is in full swing, The Beatles had begun working on their masterwork album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, and the clubs are a hotspot for acts providing a new sound for this new youth culture. Among the...
  19. KingOnTheEdge

    How Would Games of Our World Change In ATLs?

    I don't know how best to put this but, like all things, gaming has been vastly influenced by history. But how would certain games change in Alternate History? Before we start i do have one general request Please explain the sort of TL your alt. game is from, and how it differs from its OTL...
  20. WI: "The West Wing" is never created

    So let's say that an airplane engine falls on a young Aaron Sorkin's house or, more charitably, he spends longer in rehab, or "The American President" bombs, or for any other number of reasons, "The West Wing" never comes into existence. How does this not only affect popular culture but, more...
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