Flying. adj. in the air, winged
Up, up, and away! Take to the air with TVTA as we present retro adverts and comic covers on a theme of flying! We promise you all our pilots are teetotal (mainly on Mondays and Wednesdays) and pride ourselves in our company motto what goes up must come down, eventually. Choose from our range of travel options: jet engine, propeller, elastic band launch, glued feathers on card, or why not go full-on space cadet! So, buckle up, grab a Hostess Twinkie, and familiarise yourself with our flight safety instructions (free parachute included).
FEATHERED MADNESS. “NOW, EVEN MORE GOJA!”
Swedish friends may have to help me with this translation. I think ‘goja’ means nonsense, silliness?
Mad Magazine Sweden. 1978.
MORE FEATHERED FANDOOGLERY!
I’ll have what the bird’s having please! Bird seed? Not just any bird seed, it’s Trill!
Trill bird food. 1981. Denmark.
FEATHERED FELONY! PIGEON WOMAN IS PIGEON PERSON!
I like this DC supervillain – Pigeon Woman/Person – and her evil plot to steal famous statues of North America aided by her pigeon army! Pigeons love nothing more than perching (and pooping) on statues, so it’s a brilliant evil plan! Plus, she gets to annoy historians and tourists. Pigeon Person’s costume has that washed-out, grey and black pigeon poop colour, augmented with a crimson red tunic. Her wings quite honestly are spectactular! But bad luck for Pigeon Person that Batman and Robin were ready to foil her plans with those crime-busting super snack allies – Hostess Cupcakes!
Hostess Cup Cakes. Batman and Robin in Birds of a Feather. 1977. US.
WAYS TO FLING YOUR FLYING THINGS!
A 1979 Mighty Marvel Flying Shield. Free when taking out subscriptions. Offer only available to true believers everywhere, but not valid on The Red Skull. No frisbee love for him then. You can almost hear the glee in the Captain’s voice as he tells us this!
Marvel Flying Shields. 1979. US.
MONOGRAM SPEEDEE-BILT. RUBBER-POWERED FLYERS
I have a ton of adverts for the famous Monogram brand, and this new one is an interesting addition: you assemble it, wind it up, then let it go. We all know products sometimes never live up to their advertising claims, but these Speedee-Bilts look fun.
Monogram SpeedeeBilt Flyers. 1977. US.
TAKE OFF ON A TRIP TO ENGLAND
Another Monogram ad, this time a sweepstakes competition to win a 1st prize trip to England at the Farnborough Air Show.
Monogram Wild Blue Yonder Sweepstakes. 1976. US.
FLYING ON AUTOMATIC
This Cox Sure Flyer had an automatic pilot switch as well as the traditional hand control method.
Cox Sure Flyers. 1976. US.
Traditional pull-back-and-launch-from-elastic band. Sky Heroes were made by the reputable Marx Toys company, so were probably good value for money.
Superman Sky Heroes. Marx toys. 1977. US.
SUPERGIRL. IN FLIGHT. SHE’S ARRIVED
Supergirl movie. UK. 1984.
THE DARKSIDE OF FLIGHT
WE HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR YOU! A truly awful outcome for that one time you make a routine parachute landing in enemy territory and discover your comrades are skeleton-dead!
Weird War Tales 44. 1976. US.
OR, AIRSHIPS AND ALIENS!
Weird War Tales 60. 1978. US.
ALPHA FLIGHT – EVIL IS HERE
Alpha Flight N°72. 1989. US.
THE WAR OF THE STARS
Handheld electronic game in which you fly a space vehicle around the galaxy and destroy stuff.
Guerre des Astres. 1983. France.
“THE MOST DEVASTATING KILLING MACHINE EVER BUILT…
… His job … steal it!”
Firefox (when web browser names were simply killer jets).
Firefox movie. France. 1982.
BLOOD-CURDLING VAMPIRE BAT
My favourite line from this 1973 ad: ‘So realistic, it even fools other bats’
Vampire Bat. 1973. US.
That’s all for now, vintage mates. Thank you for flying with TVTA 🙂