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’77-’12, comic book art

After a busy summer picking up new acquisitions in both France and the UK, the TVTA scanning room is piled high with books just bursting with goodness that can’t wait to get out! The following post is a companion piece to our previous post and features another fine selection of comic book covers and adverts. Enjoy 🙂 

I spy with my little eye, something beginning with T… Thanos! Secret Wars II. ROTJ N°137. 1986. UK.

The Invincible Iron Man N°129. 1979. Cover by Bob Layton. UK.

ROTJ N°148. 1986. UK.

The Daredevils. Doctor Who N°78. 1983. UK.



Spider-Man. ROTJ N°83. 1985. UK.

ROTJ N°50. 1984. UK.


And now… Introducing… A TVTA comic book special! (it was Wooof’s idea)… Dances With The Empire!

#1. All join hands dance the dance chant the chant

#2. Across the Empire the Hiromi always dance happy

#3. Do your funky D.I.S.C.O. baby!

#4. IG-88: Ben, may I have the pleasure of this next dance?

Ben: Sure, let’s dance, tin-head. And may the force be with you!

Ben Kenobi pin-up. ROTJ N°83. 1985. UK.


That’s all for now vintage mates, thanks for visiting. Stop by again soon for a quick look at some ‘Ghostbusters’ that may or may not be the ‘Ghostbusters’ you imagine… ???  

’78-’18, comic book art

A selection of recent UK and US comic book pick ups showing covers, adverts and a superb Terry Austin Daredevil poster. 

Centrefold Daredevil poster by Terry Austin included in Rampage Magazine N°54, 1982.

Detective Comics N°651 cover art. Chuck Dixon, Graham Nolan, Scott Hannah. 1992.

Marvel Superheroes N°363 cover art insert. 1980. Sal Buscema.



Forbidden Planet 40th anniversary magazine. 1978 – 2018. UK. Artwork by Brian Bolland.

Batman / Judge Dredd. Judgement on Gotham – Vendetta in Gotham. 1991, 1993, 2018. 2000AD & DC.



That’s all for now. More comic art coming soon! Thanks for looking 🙂

More Fantastic Superhero Goodies

Vintage Superhero Toys and Merchandise Galore. Part 2. Courtesy of The Superhero Book of Goodies, issue 2, 1977.

TVTA’s previous post, part one, is here

In part two we look at clothing and household goods. From T-shirts to toothbrushes, flashlights to wrist radios, beach towels to bean bags, belts, bedding, school supplies, puzzles and much more!


Your Favourite Stars and Heroes On T-Shirts

Poster Parade

Beach Towels

Bean Bags and Bedding

Belts and Rings

Marvel Mood Rings and Batman Talking Alarm Clock

Sensational Socks and Star-Studded Sweat-Shirts

Super School Supplies

Comic Book Savers, Enforcer Sets, Ghost Rider Stunt Cycle and Marvel Banks

Superhero Puzzles


Look out for the third and final part of this series coming soon, in which we take a look at a few goodies from the Mego corporation. As always, thanks for looking 🙂

Sources: The Superhero Book of Goodies Issue 2, 1977, scanned by TVTA.

Vintage Superhero Toys and Merchandise Galore …

… courtesy of The Superhero Book of Goodies catalogue, issue 2, 1977, with cover drawn by Joe Kubert.

The Superhero Book of Goodies was the colourful product catalogue for Ivan Snyder’s New Jersey-based mail order and retail store company Superhero Enterprises, later known as Heroes World. The company was a leading US comic book and merchandise distributor from 1975 until its demise in 1997 following its buy-out by Marvel comics.

We don’t need another hero

The catalogues featured the company’s very own superhero mascot – ‘Our Superhero’, sometimes referred to as ‘Snyderman’, and were produced in conjunction with Joe Kubert’s School of Cartoon and Graphic Art

Some famous comic book names below that were former students. But can you spot the future famous TV zombie holocaust survivor?

Name the Superhero contest … did this happen?

So was he called Our Hero or Snyderman? If not then what name? Who won the competition? Did issue 3 tell us? Do you have issue 3? Can you enlighten us? Argh, so many questions!

As well as handling Marvel and DC products, the company advertised a small range of goods for film and TV franchises such as Star Trek, Star Wars, Space 1999, Planet of the Apes, The Bionic Woman, The Six-Million Dollar Man and others. As seen by just the handful of scans we’ve taken from issue 2 so far, the catalogues – and not forgetting the numerous full page adverts found across hundreds of comic titles, feature a range of items from toys to household goods to stamps, stationery, badges, patches, clothing, posters, books and comics and much more. Let’s take a look at some, as TVTA enters the delightful and colourful world of The Superhero Book of Goodies…


Spidey Utility Belt, Superman Postcards, Marvel and DC Superbaby Rag Dolls

Mego Super-Heroes

Have yourself a Rock Party! 

Marvel and DC stamps, Star Trek goodies

Super-Friends Hall of Justice play set, Wonder Woman toys

Superhero Shooters and Shields

More shields and Ricochet Racers Spider-Man set

Enter the World of Marvel

Superhero Mirrors

Batman toys

Batman Grappling Hook, Batman Bat Plane with Launcher, Batman Corgi toys

Board Games, Painting and View Master

Marvel Dart Board, Spidey Squirt Gun, Spidey Plane

Patches

And lastly, badges


Part 2 to come soon, featuring more Superhero goodies. Thanks for looking  🙂

Sources: The Kubert School. Wikipedia. Gone and Forgotten. Consulted 12/05/18, and The Superhero Book of Goodies Issue 2, 1977 scanned by TVTA.