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 🙂

13 thoughts on “1980s music ads from Australia as seen in Federal Comics

  1. Hi TVTA, I saw the episode of the A-Team with Boy George when it first aired in the UK back in the day (80’s) and can recall he didn’t have a beard in that show! But talking of “for-seeing the future”…did the editorial staff at Rock Stars Scrapbook know something about Michael Jackson or was the positioning of the text just unfortunate to put Scandal above his name?


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