1980s music ads from Australia as seen in Federal Comics

Stars and Rockers. 1985. Australia.

TVTA is pleased to present an Australian-heavy feature of classic 1980s artists and bands. The adverts were featured in DC superhero comics such as Superman, Supergirl, Wonder Woman and Super Powers, and were published by The Federal Publishing Company Proprietary Limited which was granted permission by DC to reprint and publish their titles under the name Federal Comics to Australian readers. To see some examples of the actual comics go to TVTA’s post here

For now, let’s get into the groove…

Rock Stars Scrapbook. Australia. 1985.
Rock Poster Magazine. Australia. 1985.
Rock Poster Magazine. Australia. 1985.

Do You Really Want To Shave Me?

Hmm, I never knew Boy George had a goatee-beard in 1984 (neither did he I reckon!). A previous owner of the comic book in which this Culture Club advert appeared found it necessary to draw a beard not once but twice on the image of George. A quick image search of Boy George reveals that in recent years he has indeed sported a beard… so maybe our cheeky little comic book beard-doodler was seeing into the future?

Culture Club Australian Tour Souvenir. 1984.

Maybe George would go on to be inspired by Mr. T? Do you remember when Boy George was briefly a member of the A-Team? He was!

THE A-TEAM — “Cowboy George” Episode 16 — Pictured: (l-r) Boy George as Himself, Mr. T as B.A. Baracus (Photo by NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images via Getty Images)

Moving on… we have singular sensation Prince! Followed by some Rock Video and Rock Postcards!

Prince magazine special. Australia. 1985.

Rock Video Magazine. Australia. 1985.

Rock Postcards Magazine. Australia. 1985.

Rowntree Hoadley Battle of the Sounds competition. Australia. 1985.

Moving on from Australia but staying in the same decade, we present now some 1980s adverts from the Netherlands and the UK.

Muziek Expres and Pop Foto magazines. Netherlands. 1987.

No1 advert. UK. 1983.
N° 1 advert. UK. 1983.

Autumn Bargains music and video catalogue price list. UK. 1986.
Autumn Bargains music and video catalogue price list. UK. 1986.

As always, thanks for looking 🙂

Latest ads – Action Man, Dream Girl USA, Buffy, Pokemon and Yu-Gi-Oh! trading cards, and a Hellboy Zippo lighter!

Greetings vintage mates! Welcome to another roundup of various print adverts featuring toy and pop culture goodness, this time from the 1970s all the way up to 2007! Let’s get the action going with…

1996. ACTION MAN (Hasbro) US.

Action Man Power Arm Ninja. 1996. US.

I was pleased to get hold of the above Action Man double-page ad, even though I prefer the original Action Man line from Palitoy which I played with as a kid. The Hasbro line has already been around for more than 25 years now (how time flies!) and is starting to tingle the TVTA vintage sensors! I remember my eldest son when he was a child having lots of Action Man toys, and we would mix up what he had with some of the accessories I still had from the 70s.

The rest of the ads below you might remember if you were a 70s, 80s, 90s or even a 2000s kid! The ads come from publications as seen in the UK, US, France, Netherlands and Denmark at the time.

Enjoy 🙂

1978. PETRA / LOTTE DOLL. Denmark.

PETRA / LOTTE DOLL. Denmark. 1978.

1971. SPIROGRAPH; FROG MODELS; Disney MINEMA and MINICINEX Projectors. France.

2001. CRIMSON / GHOST action figures. La Boutique Semic. France.

Crimson. La Boutique Semic. 2001.
Ghost. La Boutique Semic. 2001.

1987. DREAM GIRL USA. Netherlands.

Dream Girl USA. 1987. Netherlands.
Dream Girl USA. 1987. Netherlands.

1987. COX HOBBIES. SB-X Stealth Bomber. US.

2007. YU-GI-OH! and POKEMON trading cards. UK.

Yu-Gi-Oh / Pokemon Gamestation trading cards. 2007. UK.

2005. YU-GI-OH! trading cards. Konami. UK.

YU-GI-OH! trading cards. Konami. UK. 2005.
YU-GI-OH! trading cards. Konami. UK. 2005.

2001. BUFFY / SPAWN / ZIPPO LIGHTERS. La Boutique Semic. France.

Buffy. La Boutique Semic. 2001.
Spawn. La Boutique Semic. 2001.
Zippo. La Boutique Semic. 2001.

As always, thanks for looking 🙂

Sunday Flea Market 7″ Vinyl Record Haul (1970s/80s)

Carl Douglas Dance The Kung-Fu 1974

Greetings vintage mates. It’s the first time this year our local monthly flea market has been open during the various lockdown and curfew stages here. This morning I was very pleased to pick up eight French pressings of vinyl singles released between the mid 1970s to mid 1980s – for less than the price of a cup of fresh espresso and a croissant!

The discs are all minty mint, and the picture sleeves are in decent condition. A winning morning I reckon 😎

The Police Walking On The Moon 1979
Buggles Video Killed The Radio Star 1979
Supertramp Goodbye Stranger 1979
Dalida J’attendrai 1976
Scorpions Still Loving You 1984
Nena 99 Luftballons 1983
Spandau Ballet True 1983

The lady at the stall who sold me these gave me a free book: Create Your Shoujo Comic On The Computer, 2003. I’m always trying to improve my drawing skills, so this will help even I don’t have a disc drive laptop anymore… the book itself still has practical guides and ideas.

As always, thanks for looking 🙂


Happy Halloween vintage mates 🎃


This year’s TVTA Halloween pumpkin…

Pumpkin Panda Pink Skater!

Lol 😁

Well, that was fun, and a bit different than what my sketchbook initially suggested… it was supposed to be a bit more, erm, intimidating, but ended up a bit cute (not that I would like to see this thing skating across the floorboards in the middle of the night!).

Pumpkin Panda wasn’t so much a carving this year as a construction piece, with lots of fiddly setting up of slices of pumpkin to make the arms, legs and ears, and then adding the skate parts.

During the build, I saw that one of the pumpkins had started to rot inside … yeuch (note to self not to buy them so early next year)… some of the rotten arm and leg parts are luckily disguised by the skate pads! Then I ran out of white and red paint – she was supposed to be a pink panda, and so I had to change colour scheme to an orange/terracotta (note to self to check art materials next time!) … and then on completion I realised I had no witchy brew to celebrate (note to self to buy more beer) … and then when all was done it took me about an hour and a half to clear up the kitchen in time for dinner… eventually though, I was pleased with this year’s effort (and I got to wear my old Nirvana apron from art session days).

Hope you like Pumpkin Panda Pink Skater 🎃 🐼

Look out! The editor and pumpkin panda spot nefarious poachers in the middle distance of the TVTA art/kitchen studio and prepare to defend their art!!

Below is a gallery of TVTA’s previous Halloween creations.

Happy Halloween vintage mates! 🎃🎃🎃

Thanks for looking! 🙂

Cave Bears, Dirty Cops, Motel Psychos and The Springwood Slasher!

The Clan of the Cave Bear. L’Ecran Fantastique N° 69 1986.

TVTA is pleased to present a selection of movie magazine covers and adverts featuring the talents of Daryl Hannah, Clint Eastwood, Anthony Perkins and Robert Englund among others.

Content is from 1980s editions of L’Ecran Fantastique, Starfix, Mad Movies and Spotlight magazines, as published in France at the time. The only films I haven’t seen from the titles shown are The Clan of the Cave Bear; Star Knight; Raw Deal and Monster in the Closet. The Daryl Hannah image on the cover of L’Ecran Fantastique N° 69 is just wonderful, and seems to be the same image as used for the movie posters for The Clan of the Cave Bear.

I also love the cover showing Anthony Perkins in his role as Norman Bates in Psycho 3 (for which he made his debut as a director), and the poster for Short Circuit. The Monster in the Closet poster is just hilarious fun!

Do you have any favourite images here?

Psycho 3. L’Ecran Fantastique No 71 1986.

A Nightmare on Elm Street 3. L’Ecran Fantastique N° 81. 1987.

Dirty Harry. Starfix N° 3 1983.

Below: Star Trek Spotlight Special; Star Knight; Spotlight Magazine; Mannequin; Masters of the Universe; Raw Deal; Monster in the Closet; Journey to the Center of the Earth; Mad Movies; Short Circuit.

Mad Movies 47. L’Ecran Fantastique No 81 1987
Short Circuit. L’Ecran Fantastique N°71 1986.

As always, thanks for looking 🙂

Coming soon… the TVTA 2021 Halloween Pumpkin Creation, revealed!