Hope you’re staying healthy and well, vintage mates, as we continue on through the 2020 pandemic, into glorious May, and a new monthly edition for TVTA #110!
Today’s post is a surefire blast from the past which will take anyone who was around in Britain in the 1980s on a most pleasant stroll down memory lane.
From a lot of 1983 British comics which I ordered weeks ago – but which was only delivered this week – due to the pandemic – TVTA is pleased to present a range of comic book free gifts and promotions, plus some superb advert goodies from British artist Frank Langford.
Frank Cyril Langford was born Cyril J. Eidlestein in Stepney, London, on 2 June 1926. His earliest work in comics was in Roxy in the late 1950s. His highest-profile work in British comics was “The Angry Planet” (1963) in Boy’s World, some pages of which are signed “Eidlestein”, and the title strip in Lady Penelope (1966-69). From 1969 to 1973 he drew romance comics for DC in the US, in titles such as Secret Hearts, Young Love, Young Romance and Falling in Love.
Langford also drew “Doctor Who” for Countdown (1971) TV Action (1973) and the Doctor Who Holiday Special (1973), “The Persuaders” (1973) for TV Action, and the daily strip Jack and Jill for the Herald and Sun (early ’70s).
He had a long-standing sideline in advertising strips, from ads for the W.R.A.C., Lyons Maid Ice Cream, Corgi Toys, KP Outer Spacers, and Philips Video Games Club – to name a few. Info adapted from UKComics.Fandom
Frank Langford – Philips Video Games Club
Frank Langford – Corgi toys
I featured the below Frank Langford Top Trumps ad last week – little realising I would be showcasing some of Frank’s work the week after. It’s such a cool ad, I wouldn’t mind showing it every week 🙂
… and now, moving on …
British comics freebies!
As if it wasn’t fun enough to read British comics back when you were a child… many times a free gift would be included on the cover, especially if there was some kind of promotion or a relaunch.
The Eagle Spud Gun below… wow, I remember a friend and I having this exact cool freebie; we didn’t even wait to read our comics first, we set straight about making target practice! We thought the pistols looked like German WWII era Lugers, and this impressed us somewhat. It was impossible not to miss the many references to the German army in comics and toys back then.
1983 product adverts…
That’s all, vintage mates, thanks for looking 🙂
We end with allowing the aliens to have the last word…