Vegas Bound

The Cauliflower Alley Club is just days away. My bags are packed, and my books are already in town, care of an old high school friend.

Eat Sleep Wrestle will have a table in the Nostalgia Room. I will have plenty of copies of The Original Black Panther as well as Lord Carlton, Louisville’s Greatest Show, and Bluegrass Brawlers. I will even have a few signed copies of Mad Man Pondo’s book on hand.

Even if you’re not looking for a book, please stop by to have a look through my Black Panther scrapbook. It’s jammed full of photos, letters, programs, documents, and other items that actually belonged to Jim Mitchell. I will also have a pair of Mitchell’s boots on display.

Looking forward to meeting Internet friends face to face, making new friends, hearing wrestling stories and (I hope) three days of seeing all the crazy people out on the Vegas Strip.

Black Panther Earns Praise from Tim Hornbaker

A few months ago I sent a draft of the Black Panther biography to sports and wrestling historian Tim Hornbaker. I was quite humbled and flattered when he sent his endorsement:

“Wrestling historian John Cosper has done it again. His newest book, The Original Black Panther: The Life and Legacy of Jim Mitchell is a fascinating journey into the history of one of wrestling’s forgotten superstars. This book is compelling, informative, and leave you wanting more. Major kudos to Mr. Cosper. Another great job!”

The book is selling well, and I’m trying to replenish my stock now. You can order yours on Amazon.com, or if you want a signed copy, you can get one direct from me for $15 plus postage. Email me at johncosper@yahoo.com to order.

Update: It IS Here!

The Black Panther Jim Mitchell’s is now available in paperback.

I just received the final draft of the foreword from WWE Hall of Fame Mark Henry earlier this week, and the book is now available for purchase.

If you are interested in a signed copy, they are $15 plus $3 for shipping in the US. (International orders, please inquire for shipping.)

As a special offer, now through March 8, you can add Bluegrass Brawlers or Louisville’s Greatest Show for only $7. That’s $25 for the Jim Mitchell book and the Louisville wrestling book of your choice, while supplies last.

Email me to order, or send PayPal to johncosper@yahoo.com.

This has been a long time coming. I am very proud of this book and happy to have joined forces with Mark in presenting it to the wrestling world. I can’t wait for all of you to read it.

2018 in Review

In 2018, Eat Sleep Wrestle LLC became an officially registered company.

We released Dr. D David Schultz’s autobiography, Don’t Call Me Fake.

We released Mad Man Pondo’s autobiography, Memoirs of a Mad Man.

We released a revised version of Louisville’s Greatest Show with expanded biographies of Stu Gibson and Elvira Snodgrass, among others.

We revised and rereleased Lord Carlton’s biography.

We also released this delightful little kids book in collaboration with Hy Zaya.

I produced a short film in conjunction with my long time friend and collaborator Ally LaBar that got a lot of love.

And there was also this one with Hurricane JJ Maguire and Sonny Burnette.

 

I attended numerous shows at the Jeffersonville Arena hosted by Pro Wrestling Freedom, Paradigm Pro Wrestling, and Terry Harper, among others.

I attended the first two standing room only Midnight Girl Fight shows.

Dr. D and I attended several wrestling events together including Heroes and Legends in Fort Wayne, Rocket City Wrestling Con in Huntsville, SICW in East Carondelet, Illinois, and Starrcast in Chicago.

Hurricane JJ Maguire and I took in the first ever Richmond Pop and Comic Con.

I attended the Hall of Fame induction weekend in Waterloo, Iowa.

And oh yeah… I went to this little independent wrestling show called ALL IN.

Hard work in 2018 has led to three exciting opportunities in early 2019. Two new books will be released: the first in what we hope will be a series with the Bomb Shelter, and the biography of the Black Panther Jim Mitchell.

I will also be attending the Cauliflower Alley Club with Dr. D in April/May.

2018 was great. 2019 is looking even greater.

Thank you, readers, fans, wrestlers, promoters, referees, and friends. Happy New Year.

“Don’t Call Me Fake” Wins the 2018 Smith Hart Award

Today I had the honor of appearing on Hart Beat Radio with Bob Johnson and Bruce Hart to accept the Smith Hart Award for Dr. D’s autobiography, “Don’t Call Me Fake.”

Thank you to the listeners of Hart Beat Radio for this tremendous honor.

Thank you again to Dr. D David Schultz for allowing me to help tell your story.

I’ll be on Hart Beat Radio next weekend as well to discuss the upcoming biography of The Black Panther Jim Mitchell. I’ll also be attending the 2019 Cauliflower Alley Club to see Dr. D accept his Male Wrestler Award.

2018 was a terrific year. 2019 is going to be a great year as well.

Black Panther book cover revealed

This is the book I’ve waited five years to write. It’s almost here, and will be available in early 2019.

The biography of Jim Mitchell is a game changer for the history of professional wrestling, especially for African Americans. It’s a story that has to be read to be believed!

Art work is by the incredibly talented Adrian Johnson, who heard me talking about Mitchell on Jim Cornette’s podcast and reached out to me. And yep, that’s Gorgeous George with his lavender trunks in the headlock.

The Black Panther Auctions: What’s Left?

I’ve had a few messages since the latest edition of The Jim Cornette Experience was released asking what Black Panther memorabilia still remains to be sold. There’s not much left. Actually, there’s a LOT left, but not that many lots to sell and not much that’s wrestling related.

Here’s a run down of what’s on eBay – and the one big lot that isn’t.

A copy of H.L. Mencken’s “A Book of Burlesques”

A program from a Lou Costello Foundation boxing show

A calendar by  artist Earl MacPherson

Three pieces of monogrammed luggage: small, medium, and large

An art poster depicting the fight between Mitchell’s friend Joe Louis and Max Baer

A pair of autographed photos by African American musicians

One lot of possessions remains other than these, intact, in Toledo, Ohio: Mitchell’s pipe collection. Mitchell was an avid pipe smoker and collected pipes from around the world. Some he bought. Some were fights from friends or fans. He had hundreds, maybe thousands of them.

There are three large wooden display boards holding a number of these pipes, and three large rubbermaid tubs containing hundreds more. Photos are below.

We do not have a set asking price on this lot, but we hope we can keep it all together, the way Mitchell kept it. Looking for the right buyer, a wrestling fan/ pipe lover who wants to help preserve an amazing part of this man’s history.

Email me at johncosper@yahoo.com for information on any of these items.

Black Panther Items Up For Sale

The second round of Black Panther memorabilia has been split up into lots, and all lots and individual items have been posted on my Facebook page. These items are all headed for eBay, if not sold directly, and all reasonable offers are being accepted.

This is a rare change to get ahold of letters, personal documents including marriage certificates and tax returns, and other unique memorabilia.

Click here to go to Eat Sleep Wrestle on Facebook and see what’s available.

More Black Panther Jim Mitchell Memorabilia Available

A few weeks ago, I made my second trek to Toledo to pick up more memorabilia from the Black Panther Jim Mitchell. This time around I brought back his matching set of three suitcases, chock full of programs, letters, photos, and other mementos from his life in wrestling and afterward.

As before, the owner wants to sell this memorabilia. I’ve started posting photos on my Facebook page, where fans and collectors are welcome to make offers and buy items outright. Anything not sold there will go on my eBay store.

See some photos below to whet your appetite, then head to Facebook or eBay for more.