Happy 40th birthday 2000 AD

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Forty years ago today British comic 2000 AD published its first Prog and introduced us to a galaxy of characters that continue to thrill, amaze, astound, horrify and charm us to this day. Its characters, adverts, toys and covers have been popular here at TVTA over the past six years, so here is a selection of previously published images and a few new ones to celebrate the milestone. Happy 40th 2000 AD!

 


1977. Kevin O'Neill cover.

1977. Kevin O’Neill cover.


France. Judge Dredd 4. 1983. Brian Bolland back cover art for Judge Dredd.

France. Judge Dredd 4. 1983. Brian Bolland back cover art for Judge Dredd.


Bad Company Goodbye, Krool World Peter Milligan Brett Ewins Jim McCarthy Steve Dillon 2000 AD 2005 cover by Brendan McCarthy

Bad Company Goodbye, Krool World Peter Milligan Brett Ewins Jim McCarthy Steve Dillon 2000 AD 2005 cover by Brendan McCarthy


1985. Eric Philips cover.

1985. Eric Philips cover.


2000 AD Dice Man #1 cover art by Glenn Fabry.

2000 AD Dice Man #1 cover art by Glenn Fabry.


1986. Brett Ewins cover.

1986. Brett Ewins cover.


2000 AD and Tornado. 1980.

2000 AD and Tornado. 1980.


2000 AD Monthly. 1987.

2000 AD Monthly. 1987.


1986. Brian Bolland cover.

1986. Brian Bolland cover.


UK. 2000 AD's Dice Man #1. 1986.

UK. 2000 AD’s Dice Man #1. 1986.


1995 Mega Heroes figures. Mattel.

1995 Mega Heroes figures. Mattel.


1995 Mega Heroes figures. Mattel.

1995 Mega Heroes figures. Mattel.


1999 Re-Action figures.

1999 Re-Action figures.


1999 Re-Action figures.

1999 Re-Action figures.


1999 Re-Action figures.

1999 Re-Action figures.


1986. Ad for Strontium Dog. Carlos Ezquerra.

1986. Ad for Strontium Dog. Carlos Ezquerra.


Prog 320. 1983.

Prog 320. 1983.


Prog 578. 1988.

Prog 578. 1988.


2000 AD. 1977.

2000 AD. 1977.


2000 AD. Tharg pin up.

2000 AD. Tharg pin up.


 

1980s sci-fi and streetwear ads

A TVTA Fashion Exclusive !!!

Today’s selection of ads feature a virtual boutique of 1980s sci-fi apparel and streetwear. T-shirts, hats, hoodies, shoes… they’re all here, as advertised in a world where eBay and online shopping didn’t exist and Amazon was just a rainforest and a river.


Anti-Martian Mocassins

Kick the living crap out of space invaders and Martian types with these stylish mocassins from the Buggy company!


Kick the living crap out of space invaders and aliens with these stylish moccasins from Buggy! France. Pif Gadget N° 652. 1981.

France. Pif Gadget N° 652. 1981.


The Doctor Who Merchandise Collection

I heart Tom? I double heart Doctor Who? Look incredibly cool in these T-shirts and hooded tops!


And more Doctor Who merchandise. How can you not fail to look cool in these tee shirts? USA. Starlog N° 93. April 1985.

US. Starlog N° 93. April 1985.


Get your thinking cap on!

Sci-fi logos galore (mostly Star Wars) on these cool caps and hats from the Thinking Cap Company.


Get your thinking cap on! Sci-fi logos galore (mostly Star Wars) on these great caps and hats from the Thinking cap Company. USA. Starlog N° 65. December 1982.

US. Starlog N° 65. December 1982.


Gang wear

Wanna be in the gang and hang with the cool kids like Tina, Fanny, Jonathan, Philip der Professor and Herr Müller?

Then get yourself some Elefanten shoes!


Elefanten shoes. Germany. YPS N° 312. 1981.

Germany. YPS N° 312. 1981.


Other gang wear

Don’t like the Elefanten kids much?

Okay, how about the Punky Funky Rocky kids and their Adidas style?


 

Don't want to join the Elefanten kids much? Okay, how about the Punly Funky Rocky kids and their Adidas style? France. Pif Gadget N° 738. 1983.

France. Pif Gadget N° 738. 1983.


The Levi’s Youthwear summer clothes competition

Design an outfit… win an outfit!

Simply design a superhero on this advert and send it off (don’t forget to be in 1984).


How about Levi's summer clothes? Simply design a superhero on this advert and send it off. UK advert, 1984.

UK, 1984.

TVTA’s effort ….

… and here is TVTA’s entry!

Yes! We’re going to be sending one of our office juniors away in TVTA’s time machine (a reconditioned Teasmaid and pinball machine), back to 1984 to post our (hopefully – fingers crossed) winning entry!!!

... and here is TVTA's entry! Yes! We're going to be sending our office junior away in TVTA's time machine (a reconditioned Teasmaid and pinball machine), back to 1984 to post our (hopefully - fingers crossed) winning entry!!!

Fearless Firestorm. Disclaimer: no vintage ads were harmed in this production.


And finally … great big flipping shiny space shuttle mission jackets!

Oh boy! How about an official, authorized Space Shuttle Mission Jacket from 1982? They made Burt Reynolds look macho, there are probably free pieces of moon rock inside the pockets, lapels that double as extending flight wings, President of the USA presented, glows in the dark and cooks eggs !! What more can you ask from a space jacket? 


And finally, how about a Space Shuttle Mission Jacket from 1982? USA. Starlog N° 56. 1982.

US. Starlog N° 56.


 

Super Bionic Robot Stunts!

It’s a fantastic plastic bionic daredevil stunt riding robotic fantasy lazer taggin’ bonanza of retro fun at TVTA this week as we share some vintage ads fresh from the scanning room.


US. Weird War Tales, 1974.

US. Weird War Tales, 1974.


US. Kull. 1976.

US. Kull. 1976.


US. Kull 19. 1976.

US. Kull. 1976.


Castors 14. 1979.

France. Castors. 1979.


US. Alpha Flight. 1985.

US. Alpha Flight. 1985.


US. Codename Spitfire. 1987.

US. Codename Spitfire. 1987.


US. Alpha Flight. 1987.

US. Alpha Flight. 1987.


 

Eight retro gaming ads

TVTA presents eight retro gaming ads fresh from the 1980s … featuring Atari’s Advantage Prize Offers and Moon Patrol … Intellivision’s Kool-Aid Man and Advanced Dungeons & Dragons Video Games Taito’s Bubble BobbleWrestle Mania … Parker Brothers Popeye The Sailor Man … and game offers from the UK’s BOMB!


US. Firestorm 81. 1989.

US. Firestorm 81. 1989.


US. Firestorm 24. 1984.

US. Firestorm 24. 1984.


US. Alpha Flight 4. 1983.

US. Alpha Flight 4. 1983.


US. Firestorm 24. 1984.

US. Firestorm 24. 1984.


US. Firestorm 81. 1989.

US. Firestorm 81. 1989.


US. Firestorm 81. 1989.

US. Firestorm 81. 1989.


US. Alpha Flight 4. 1983.

US. Alpha Flight 4. 1983.


UK. Starburst 66. 1984.

UK. Starburst 66. 1984.

All you need is love …

… and a little bit of Lego!


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Some pics from Lego set 21308, The Beatles Yellow Submarine. I think the character likenesses of Paul, John and Ringo are pretty good, not so much for George, alas. The yellow submarine itself is cool, funky and psychedelic, and comes with the character Jeremy Hillary Boob Ph.D.


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Will Lego follow on with other Beatles/music themes? How about a 3D recreation of the Sgt Pepper album cover in mini figures? You can see my Beatles Corgi taxis here … how about some Lego taxis to match? Some smaller sets would work well as the price tag on the yellow submarine is high.  I would love to see some onstage rock scenes like classic Alice Cooper, Iron Maiden with Eddie, Pink Floyd floating pigs, Marshall amps, lights, drum kits etc.