Category Archives: COMICS

Saturday morning, superhero comics and super ads

JLA 234. 1984.

US. Legion of Superheroes. 1983.

JLA 234. 1984. Cover by Chuck Patton and Dick Giordano.

Daredevil 241. 1987. Art by Mike Zeck and Klaus Jansen.

Weird War Tales. 1980.

Weird War Tales. 1980.

Mighty World of Marvel Ft Hulk and Sgt Fury. 288. 1978. UK. Art by Sal Buscema and Ernie Chan.

UK. The Mighty World of Marvel. 1979.

Mighty World of Marvel Ft Hulk and Sgt Fury. 284. 1978. UK. Cover by Pablo Marcos.

Thor 373. 1986. Cover by Walter Simonson.

Daredevil. 1987.

Thor. 1986.

Weird War Tales. 1980.

US. Legion of Superheroes. 1984.

Thanks for looking, happy weekend 🙂

 

The mystery and madness of Weird War Tales

Presenting a selection of covers from DC publication Weird War Tales.

Weird War Tales ad. 1980.

Weird War Tales was an anthology series of war-related stories blended with sci-fi, horror and the paranormal. Each issue was hosted by a character called ‘Death’ who was often drawn wearing a different military uniform for each issue. Recurring characters such as the Creature Commandos, G.I. Robot, and The War That Time Forgot became regular stories. The original title ran from 1971 to 1983 across 124 issues. In 1997 it was revised as a four part series, and in 2000 a one-off special.

Weird War Tales 31 1974 Luis Dominguez cover.

Weird War Tales 35 1975 Luis Dominguez cover.

Weird War Tales 86 1980 Joe Kubert cover.

Weird War Tales 88 1980 Joe Kubert cover.

Weird War Tales 90 1980 Joe Kubert cover.

Weird War Tales 92 1980 Joe Kubert cover.

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Weird War Tales 25. Cover by Alfred P Alcala. 1974.

Weird War Tales N° 60. 1978. Cover by Joe Kubert.

Weird War Tales N° 53. 1977. Cover by Jim Apero.

Weird War Tales N° 69. 1978. Cover by Joe Kubert.

US. DC. Weird War Tales 72. Joe Kubert cover. 1979.

US. DC. Weird War Tales 49. Sparling and Colletta. 1976.


 

Rahan – French Prehistoric Comic Book Hero

Rahan was a prehistoric lone-warrior who wandered the earth on a journey of self-discovery and to help others. He made his first appearance in 1969 in the French comic book Pif Gadget then went on to feature in his own albums. Such was the character’s popularity in France that an action figure was licensed by Group Action Joe, the French version of G.I. Joe / Action Man. Pif Gadget gave away a number of Rahan toys as ‘gadgets’ in some of their issues. Rahan was also adapted into two animated TV series (1986 and 2006).

Pif Gadget. 1981.

Pif Gadget. 1981.

Pif Gadget. 1982.

Pif Gadget. 1982.

Pif Gadget. 1982.

Pif Gadget. 1977.

Pif Gadget. 1981.

Pif Gadget comic character, Rahan, gets his own action figure courtesy of Group Action Joe – the French version of Action Man! PIf Gadget. 1978.

Pif Gadget. 1978.


 

Marvel’s Empire Strikes Back First Issue

I was happy to add this first issue of Marvel’s The Empire Strikes Back from 1980. The UK copy came with a free sheet of Kraft Dairylea action transfers – which was unused and included with the issue I picked up.

Dagobah Bog Planet. Check out the odd-looking Yoda… what’s he pointing at? Why is Luke flying through the air with his back to us? Why so feisty Artoo, has the Dagobah bog water got into your circuits? And what are all those other weird images about? All becomes one with the Force when you take a look at the “How to use your Dairylea action transfers” page inside the comic…

The issue included a page upon which you could rub down your transfers onto a handy Dagobah Bog scene. You could then use ‘crayons’ to colour the rest of the scene. Our family was quite poor, but even we could afford fine-tipped felts. The cumbersome Crayola crayons we owned would surely have destroyed that page in seconds! And… I’m still trying to figure out where ‘flying Luke’ should go in the scene… Perhaps Yoda is ‘finger-Force-pointing’ at him and making him fly? Dammit, being an adult sucks, because I know I wouldn’t have hesitated to Crayola the crap out of that pic after rubbing off every last transfer image from the free sheet with a two-pence piece and sticking them wherever I chose. Take that adult comic collectors (including free gifts) 40 years later!!

Back page advert for Kraft Dairylea action transfers offer. Is the hunt on next for the bumper transfer pack?

Thanks for rubbing down transfers and spreading soft cheese with us! Until next time, mtfbwy! 🙂

Halloween countdown: 3

Question: When is the Doctor not the Doctor? Answer: When he’s a werelok!

Part 3 of 5. Introducing a selection of panels and the cover of Doctor Who Weekly, 7th May, 1980, Dogs of Doom by Pat Mills, John Wagner and Dave Gibbons.


1980 advert for the story The Dogs of Doom.

UK. TESB Weekly. 1980.

Thanks for time travelling with us! Look out for Halloween countdown number 2 coming soon…

Comic Book Mini Adverts

Introducing a selection of international mini adverts for comic books. These quarter-page and half-page ads were found between strips in the pages of popular 70s and 80s comics. Featuring publications for Human Fly, Buck Rogers, Star Trek, Zorro, Micronauts, Spider-Man, Superman, Tarzan,  Sesame Street, Planet of the Apes, Star Wars, Doctor Who, Space 1999, Humbot and 2000 AD.


France. 1980.

France. 1980.

France. 1980.

Denmark. 1980.

UK. 1978.

UK. 1984.

France. 1980.

France. 1980.

France. 1980.

France. 1980.

France. 1980.

UK. 1975.

UK. 1978.

UK.1984.

US. 1976.

France. 1979.

UK. 1980.

Modern vs Vintage

I was wondering how to present these ten modern paperworks I recently scanned – and I thought let’s see if I can twin them up with vintage counterparts. A sort of new versus old. Shiny versus retro. It took me a while to go through my archives looking for suitable matchups – especially anything vintage I might have with Spider-woman on it! Ultimately it was a fun exercise involving adverts and comic covers. Here are the results…  (click pics to go bigger)


Spider-woman. 2008 vs 1980.


Hulk. 2008 vs 1977.


Superman. 2013 vs 1979


Wrestling. 2008 vs 1989


G.I. Joe. 2009 vs 1988


2000 AD. 2017 vs 1988


Doctor Who. 2013 vs 1979


Playmobil. 2014 vs 1978


Lego. 2014 vs 1978


Iron Man. 2014 vs 1978

Thanks for looking 🙂

2000 AD Sci-Fi Special: posters, features and adverts

2000 AD Sci-Fi Special 1996.

Aside from its regular weekly issues (known as PROGS), British comic publication 2000 AD also published summer special issues known as 2000 AD Sci-Fi Special. The comic was released each summer from 1978 up to 1996, and recently underwent a reboot by the current publishers. Typical issues contained new and reprinted stories, posters, fan art, film and book reviews, puzzles and fact files. I really like the Sci-Fi Specials and tend to regard them as ‘summer break’ versions of the UK hard back Annual which is traditionly published each Christmas, 2000 AD being no exception. I’m also a fan because the stories are complete and not serialised.

2000 AD Thrill-Power rating: a no nonsense ten out of ten!

Here are some selected scans.

Various artists from credits: Gibson, Fabry, Davis, Demarkus, Percival, Bisley, Smith, Kennedy, Rowley.

2000 AD Sci-Fi Special 1981.


2000 AD Sci-Fi Special 1981


2000 AD Sci-Fi Special.


2000 AD Sci-Fi Special 1986.


2000 AD Sci-Fi Special 1987.


2000 AD Sci-Fi Special 1986.


2000 AD Sci-Fi Special 1996.


2000 AD Sci-Fi Special 1996.


2000 AD Sci-Fi Special 1996.


2000 AD Sci-Fi Special 1985.


2000 AD Sci-Fi Special 1983.


2000 AD Sci-Fi Special 1984.


2000 AD Sci-Fi Special 1980.


2000 AD Sci-Fi Special 1994.


2000 AD Sci-Fi Special 1994.


2000 AD Sci-Fi Special 1994.


2000 AD Sci-Fi Special 1980. Thargus Maximus.