Tag Archives: Batman

Cake-tastic… four new Hostess Superhero ads

Heading straight to TVTA’s Hostess Twinkies, Fruit Pie and Cup Cakes collection are these four fab ads featuring feisty face-offs between Batman VS Catman, Hawkman VS Golden Raven, Green Lantern VS a giant ice boulder, and Green Arrow VS a broken tram.

US. Weird War Tales. 1980.

US. Weird War Tales. 1980.

US. Weird War Tales. 1980.

US. Weird War Tales. 1980.

Batman TV Series by Starburst

UK. Starburst. Vol 10. Number 7. March 114. 1988.

UK sci-fi magazine Starburst devoted its March 1988 cover and an article to the popular 1960s Batman series. The article, written by Jon Abbott, talks about the initial success and then decline of Batman’s three series run on the ABC network airing between 1965 and 1968, in particular to the relation of other hit fantasy shows of the time such as Lost in Space, Bewitched, Jeannie, The Monkees, Star Trek, The Time Tunnel, Land of the Giants and The Green Hornet to name some. The article also discusses the erratic and out-of-sync airings on British TV, and some of the actors to play in Batman. Below are some pics I scanned.

UK. Starburst. Vol 10. Number 7. March 114. 1988.

All images courtesy of DC and Starburst magazine.

The Dark Knight Chirashi

This special six page fold out chirashi features portraits of Batman, Joker and Harvey Dent each presenting the viewer with a ‘signature’ item.

The front page is the movie poster of Batman standing below the burning bat logo. The reverse pages are a mixture of screen stills, info and character pics typical of chirashi.

Thanks for looking!

RIP Adam West, my first Batman


I just heard that Adam West, the actor who played Batman in the 1960s TV series and 1966 feature film, has died aged 88. My initial thought was shit, no! Then for some reason a big smile came to my face. And I think the reason for that is because Adam West’s Batman was my Batman as a kid, and not only managed to help embroider my childhood with adventures, crazy storylines, cool characters and vehicles, and the best secret lair ever… but also made me happy.

Batman was one of the shows I looked forward to watching the most, and whenever the feature film was aired on TV I made sure I’d watch it – the scene of the shark and the Batcopter being my favourite! Looking back I can see how the show was played for a decent amount of campy laughs – a lot of which would’ve escaped the attention of my kid-self. I’m a fan of what Burton and Nolan did with the character and I enjoy some of the comic books, but in many ways my sense of who, or what, Batman is will always be shaped by Adam West’s Caped Crusader.

Farewell old chum.

Photo of Adam West as Batman from the television series. Public Domain.


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. Below is a selection of adverts that include DC merchandise ranging from toys to comics to food and drink promotions and more.

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.


US. Jonah Hex. 1978.


France. 1980.


Batman Official Movie Adaption. Cover by Jerry Ordway. 1989.


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


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


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


US. Weird War Tales. 1981.


US. Weird War Tales. 1980.


US. Weird War Tales. 1980.


US. Weird War Tales. 1980.


US. Weird War Tales. 1977.


US. Jonah Hex. 1978.


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 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. Weird War Tales. 1980.


US. Weird War Tales. 1979.



Denmark. 1967.


US. Weird War Tales. 1979.

US. Weird War Tales. 1979.


Denmark.


US. Weird War Tales, 1974.


UK. Starburst. Vol 10. Number 7. March 114. 1988.