Category Archives: DC UNIVERSE

The Joker Superduds sweepstakes and other DC paperworks

Fresh from TVTA’s scanning room comes this wonderful double page ad for a 1977 Milk Duds Superduds sweepstakes as presented by DC’s archvillain the Joker. Prizes on offer were an all expenses paid three day trip to New York that included a tour of the DC Comics office where an artist would ‘draw you’ into an upcoming issue of one of their titles. Other prizes included superhero watches, subscriptions and ten Schwinn bicycles! Who would have thought the Joker could have been so generous?

US. Weird War Tales. 1977.

US. Weird War Tales. 1977.


Other scans include the following ads for the DC Superfriends Supercase in which you could store your 45 inch vinyl records, plus three comic covers from the DC titled Weird War Tales. As always, thanks for looking 🙂


US. Weird War Tales. 1977.

US. Weird War Tales. 1977.


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

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


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

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


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

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


DC Mail-away toys

These hand-drawn adverts for mail-order toys, games, stamps and books were common to see in DC comic publications throughout the 1970s. In a similar style to the Heroes World adverts of the same era, the drawings are often fun and simplistic versions of the characters and toys they are meant to represent.

US. Superman 296. 1976.

US. Superman 296. 1976.

US. Jonah Hex. 1978.

US. Jonah Hex. 1978.

US. The Witching Hour. 1977.

US. The Witching Hour. 1977.

 

Superman: Action Comics #1 advert from 1974

In 1938 it cost just 10 cents… Last year a copy of it sold for a comic book record of 3.2 million dollars. This 1974 advert illustrates nicely the excitement that has always surrounded the famous Action Comics #1 since its original publication.

US. Tales of Mystery. 1974.

US. Tales of Mystery. 1974.

 

Cover of Action Comics 1 Jun 1938 DC Comics Joe Shuster and Jack Adler

Cover of Action Comics 1 Jun 1938 DC Comics Joe Shuster and Jack Adler

Action Comics #1, featuring the first appearance of Superman, is the most valuable comic book in history and has consistently nabbed headlines.

To date it holds the ‘most valuable’ record since smashing it’s way past the 3 million dollar mark when sold on eBay on August 4th, 2014 for the sum of US$3,207,852.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DC Universe

DC began life in 1934 as National Allied Publications. They later adopted the name DC, taking the “DC’ initials from their popular series Detective Comics. DC is responsible for giving us enduring characters such as Superman, Batman, Joker, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, Watchmen, Weird War Tales and many others. DC continue to entertain us today.

Justice League America. 234. 1984. Superpowers

US. Justice League of America. 1984.

US. DC Unexpected. 1978.

US. DC Unexpected. 1978.

US_DC Tales of the teen Titans_Mar 1985_Superpowers RPG

US. Tales of the Teen Titans. 1985.

Italy. Topolino. 1979.

Italy. Topolino. 1979.

USA. Weird War Tales. 1979.

USA. Weird War Tales. 1979.

UK. Spider-Man Comic 314. 1979.

UK. Spider-Man Comic 314. 1979.

US. Weird War Tales. 1979.

US. Weird War Tales. 1979.

Beyond evil there is insanity… beyond insanity there is the Joker…

This is just about the coolest back page vintage ad I’ve ever seen!

The Killing Joke, artwork by legend Brian Bolland. Thank you DC The Wanderers June 1988 for running this advert! 

UK. The Wanderers. 1988.

UK. The Wanderers. 1988.

US. Weird War Tales. 1979.

US. Weird War Tales. 1979.

US. Spider-Woman. 1979.

US. Spider-Woman. 1979.

US. Weird War Tales. 1979.

US. Weird War Tales. 1979.

US. Weird War Tales. 1979.

US. Weird War Tales. 1979.