1980s Space Fings, Crazy Fings, and some very British comic ads

If you were around in Britain in the 1980s you might well remember some of the following adverts for comics, sweets, bubble gum, Hot Wheels, MOTU, Weetabix, Grange Hill, and, erm… Understanding Electricity. Actually, if anyone recognises the artist from the Understanding Electricity ad at the end of the post, please let me know. The style is familiar, but so far I can’t find any info.

Enjoy this blast from the past 🙂

Trebor Space Fings. 1981. UK.

Trebor Crazy Fings free stickers. 1981. UK.

‘5 for Fun’. Comics. 1981. UK.

Western Magazine. 1980. UK.

Hot Wheels. 1981. UK.

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You’d have to be a bit bats to enjoy this post!

Batman. The Long Halloween. 1996. US.

I’m still stoked after seeing the trailer for The Batman 2021 movie. You can count me in for a bit of gothic fun any day of the week, and this film looks like it’s going to deliver moody darkness in swathes of glory!

As such, it got me searching the archives for some mean and moody Batman comic book ads from the 90s.

If ye be bats, enjoy 🙂 🦇   

Batman. Nosferatu. 1999. US.

Batman N°540 / N°541. 1997. US.

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’95 – ’15 – DC Comics Formidable Females

DC Girl Frenzy. 1998.

Artemis Requiem. 1996.

Supergirl and Batgirl. 1998.

Supergirl. 1998.

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Latest ads – Gremlins, Barbie, Superman, and vintage accolades galore!

Figurine Panini Gremlins stickers offer in the comics Suzy; Victor; and Judy. 1984. UK.

It’s a TVTA extravaganza of cool ads featuring franchise promotions, comic strip posters, and enough accolades to win Accolades of the Year!

As Wooof once told me on his way to office cat astronaut training with the promise of bringing back twelve promotional bottles of strong moon beer and a box of NASA ballpoint pens – you’ve never had it so good, nor for so free!

Indeed. TVTA comes to you regularly, independently, and completely free of advertising (which is funny as we are a site that showcases advertising).

Recently we were voted the most perusal-friendly site on the internet by popular history magazine: Weekly Archive Newsletter Keeping Everything Real. Cool!

Not to mention our summer nomination for providing Free Universal Collectable Knowledge (we came 3rd and won a food hamper and picnic disguise kit).

We are big winners with our fans!

Also, I was voted ‘best editor of a free vintage website’ by Awesome Retro Style Editors.

Gosh! With all these awards coming in, Wooof has had to transform one of our archive wings into a trophy room! But we won’t let these accolades go to our head. No. TVTA will continue to bring you vintage materials with as much love, care, and enthusiasm as we have been doing since 2010, and all while fending off court orders, repossession notices, parking fines, and overdue library books!

TVTA… yar, keeping it free!

Figurine Panini Barbie stickers and album offer with Nikki comic. 1985. UK.

Figurine Panini Barbie stickers offer with Nikki comic. 1985. UK.

Abbey Junior Savers offer from Jinty and Penny comic. 1981. UK.

Figurine Panini Sarah Kay offer in Girl comic. 1981. UK.

Fruity Pencil Toppers offer with Nikki comic. 1985. UK.

Kodak camera offer with Jinty and Penny comic. 1981. UK.

Superman and Nick O’Teen Free anti-smoking kit. 1981. UK.

Below: Superman school gear from the Mattel Maroquinerie et Papeterie catalogue. 1998. France.


Batman VS Superman USB flash drive by Emtec International

Batman VS Superman USB by Emtec.

Flash Gordon Weetabix movie cards. UK. 1981.

Annual Hit Parade. 1980. UK.

Big Ben poster in Whizzer and Chips comic. 1981. UK.

Strange Hill poster in Whizzer and Chips comic. Art by Tom Paterson. 1981. UK.

Lazy Bones poster in Whizzer and Chips comic. Art by Colin Whittock. 1981. UK.

And lastly… TVTA wins the bounciest balls award 2020!

Yay!

Thank you for bouncing your balls with us 🙂

The Beano Bouncing Balls. 2007. UK.

Coming soon to TVTA… a very special Barbie, and movie images from the 1930s!

Speed – the weekly comic for boys, 1980

The final issue of Speed before its merger with Tiger. 25th October. 1980.

Speed was launched on 23rd February 1980, edited by David Hunt, and published each Monday by IPC magazines. Aimed at boys, the comic featured strips about sports, daredevils, racers, and included articles and profiles on high performance vehicles of land, sea, and in the air.

Some of Speed’s regular comic strip characters. 1980.

F-15 A Eagle. Speed 20th September. 1980.

USS John F. Kennedy. Art: John Cooper. Speed 27th September. 1980.

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2000 AD Progs, Star Pin-Ups, Poster Covers, and thrill-power galore!

Mutie and the Beast star pin up. 2000 AD Sci Fi Special. 1987.

TVTA is pleased to present an utterly thrill-tastic selection of 1980s and 90s Prog covers, Star Pin-Ups, Poster Covers, and more from British comic publication 2000 AD – featuring art by Carlos Ezquerra, Kevin O’Neil, Ron Smith, Massimo Belardinelli, Dave Gibbons, Jim McCarthy, Cliff Robinson, Brett Ewins, John Ridgway, Henry Flint, and Loaf.

Rejoice, brothers (and sisters) of Death!

Many readers of 2000 AD will know about Judge Death and the Four Dark Judges…

TVTA.

Brian Bolland.

But how about the Sisters of Death: Nausea and Phobia?

Below panels from Judge Dredd: The Dead Man. The Sisters of Death – Nausea and Phobia. Art by John Ridgway.

Feeling ssssick yet? If Nausea and Phobia are a bit too much for you, there’s always mutant vampire bounty hunter Durham Red…

Durham Red. 2000 AD Sci Fi Special 1989. Artist credited as SW?

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