Flash Gordon

Flash Gordon Strange Adventure Magazine, 1936. image from Wikipedia

Comic strip space adventurer Flash Gordon was created and drawn by Alex Raymond in 1934. The character has appeared in multiple worldwide comic publications, three film serials, a radio serial, novels, a stage musical, three animated TV series, an animated TV movie, a feature film, and two live action TV series. TVTA is pleased to present a selection of Flash Gordon print adverts, covers and other related items.

Flash Gordon AKA Guy l’Éclair in French-language publications. 1978. Belgium.

Flash Gordon comic strip advert. 1980. France.


Pif Gadget free toy ‘Le Pistoflash’, 1980

Double page advert for Pif Gadget N°612 and free toy. 1980. France.


Gaf View-Master Cartoon Favorites. Flash Gordon in “The Planet Mongo”, 1976.




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Fond farewells Stan Lee

“Comic books to me are fairy tales for grown-ups.”

Stan Lee as… Stan Lee. Groo N°50. 1989. Marvel. US.

It’s hard to imagine there is anyone who hasn’t been touched, thrilled, excited or inspired in some way by Stan Lee’s work during his long and distinguished career. In collaboration with artists like Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, Bill Everett and Larry Leiber – Stan Lee co-created a magnificent universe of fictional characters that included Spider-Man, the Hulk, the Fantastic Four, The X-Men, Daredevil, Black Panther, Doctor Strange, Ant-Man, Iron Man, and Thor. He was editor-in-chief of Marvel Comics, later its publisher and also chairman, before becoming the public figurehead for the company following his retirement. He continued working into his 90s and made many cameo roles in Marvel films.

Beyond his influential writing and energy, Stan was a good advocate for humankind; asking us all to be a little more tolerant and kinder as human beings. The Stan Lee Foundation was founded in 2010 to focus on literacy, education, diversity and the arts.

Below is a gallery of print adverts featuring some of the co-creations of Stan Lee. Take a moment to consider the thousands upon thousands of people who have worked on these characters over the years – either in print format, animation and movies, toys, games and household goods. It all comes back to one man’s writing skills coupled with a handful of artists who shared his same vision. RIP Stan Lee, who died today aged 95.


 


Stan Lee. 1922 – 2018.

Barbie 60s 70s Benelux France

France. 1960s.

Benelux. 1970.

Belgium. 1960s.

France. 1960s.


Barbie and her friends comic strips. 1965. France.



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Matchbox military vehicles

“M.K.” is the only artist I can see credited among these 9 superb French print adverts for Matchbox military vehicles from the 1970s. The artwork successfully captures the dynamics of land, sea and air combat as Matchbox explored the theme of war through their popular model kits and die cast lines like Sea-Kings, Battle-Kings and Sky-Busters.

Matchbox Spitfire model kit. Artist signature “M.K.” in bottom left.



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