’78-’79, comic book art

Another selection of comic book adverts, art and covers for your enjoyment. Featuring DC publications from the US, 1978 and 1979. Enjoy 🙂


The Mystery and Madness of Weird War Tales


Battle Classics and The Unknown Soldier


Time Warp, Hostess Fruit Pies Wonder Woman, Help Your Hero, Hubba Bubba 


Centuri Model Rockets, Superheroes Glue Stics, Atlantic Toy Soldiers, Raleigh Rampar BMX


Yikes! What is that… some alien or monster trying to break out of the side panel of the Ford Street Machine??

Monogram. 1978. US.


And lastly, holy taste buds! fancy a trip to Gotham?

Clark Bar Superhero Sweepstakes. Double page. 1978. US.


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26 thoughts on “’78-’79, comic book art

  1. Paul Bowler

    Brilliant adverts! That Help Your Hero ad brought back memories. I had that bridge and Batmobile set, which you connected to a plunger / spring , and when you pressed it the bridge would break up as if it’d exploded! It was great fun. I also had the Wonder Woman version, which was a tower and the invisible plane. Again, you could press a switch, and the tower would collapse as if it exploded 🙂

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      1. Paul Bowler

        That’s right, so they were. It was fun to put them together and have them break up again when you pressed the plunger! They were really detailed vehicles as well. I think I remember that post with the Wonder Woman set as well. The invisible plane had a little rope ladder you could wind up or down as well 🙂

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        1. The Vintage Toy Advertiser Post author

          It’s clever how they mashed the genres of war, horror and supernatural. The covers are really exceptional I think, many of them drawn by artist Joe Kubert who was prolific at DC for their war titles, including Sgt. Rock and The Unknown Soldier.

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          1. J.

            It’s peculiar that no-one’s thought to look at them for flicks. I can imagine they’d be the kind of thing to draw a cult following. Or maybe they have?

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            1. The Vintage Toy Advertiser Post author

              That would be great, especially for a TV series as the comic book stories are usually very short. Each episode could be a different story – or 3 stories of a similar theme put together. I don’t know if anything like this has been done before with them.

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              1. J.

                I’d imagine there would be a market for that, eh? I was looking at the Wikipedia to see if there has been any adaptations, but none… and, related, Weird Western Tales, eh? I had no idea that’s where Jonah Hex came from…

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                  1. J.

                    Reckon so. Maybe a pitch to Netflix.

                    I became aware of Hex via the Brolin flick. It didn’t fare well, but reading about the character got me thinking they missed an opportunity. Again, maybe better suited to TV… and also better writing.

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  2. For Tyeth

    Hi TVTA, I have read a few of the “Weird War Tales” comics. It reminded me of the air force pilot that shot himself down. He took a shot at an enemy aircraft as the pair went into a dive but missed, however, by a twist of fate (and laws of gravity) the air force pilot’s plane accelerated quicker than the falling bullets he’d fired. He ended up flying into the shower of bullets he’d fired and hit himself. He survived and had to bail out and live with the notoriety of having taken himself out of the war. Great ads as always.

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  3. tref

    Years ago, I was a big Weird War fan. Nevertheless, I had totally forgotten about it. Thanks, VTA. I suspect all my back issues are tucked away in my mother’s attic.

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  4. Resa

    There’s a vintage comic book shop a few stores away from me. Think I’ll go have a look in in a week or so, and see what they have. They also sell figures and other memorabilia, including old comic book character Pez dispensers. If I see something really cool, I’ll take pics.

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