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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My Batmobile article in issue 5 of FANSCENE Batman special!

FANSCENE 5. Front cover art by David Hathaway-Price.

I’m very pleased to announce my Corgi Toys Batmobile article has been published in issue 5 of FANSCENE Batman special – a celebration of the Caped Crusader’s adventures across the years as seen in print, TV, film, and toys!

My article is a look at the classic die cast Batmobile and other Bat vehicles made by Corgi Toys.

sneak peek extract…

FANSCENE 5. Corgi Batmobile article by Ford, TVTA.

FANSCENE Issue 5 is a free high quality PDF magazine published by artist David Hathaway-Price, and is available right now to download from David’s Classic UK Comics Zines web site

Plus… a free printable edition will be available later next week for you to print off yourself.

In the meantime, get yourself over to issue 5 and prepare to be amazed at the wonderful content that awaits.

For lovers of Batman, his friends, and his enemies, you won’t be disappointed!

FANSCENE 5. Back cover Joker art by Paul Rose and Kevin Scott Halter.

FANSCENE 5. Joker art by Nick Neocleous.



Thank you for celebrating all things Batman with us 🙂

Office Cat Tales: the back of the sofa and behind the fridge

Collage. Cat brooch from a late 1970s UK toy vending machine.

“O woe, bleak January, bringer of lean times to our editing house. Your wintry rap upon the door of our office does chill our fingers, paws and bones to the bit. The Vintage Toy Advertiser archives… ah, too grim a place to visit upon days such as these… with its hibernating vampires dangling from rafters, and frozen monsters awakening to thaw their claws and teeth in corners where sit our old photocopier and broken down time machines covered in dust. Hark! No post! No post! Our deliveries for new ads and catalogues held up by raging battles above rooftops, between dragons and banshees and mercenary raptor-bots. Grim times for office cats and editors, indeed!” 

“What an exciting story,” said Wooof. “Please tell more!”

“Crivens, cat!” I retorted. “This is no tale, this is but a reality! We have no ads nor catalogues to scan… I fear our vintage readers will go hungry this winter. As shall we!”

“Tooting scarpers!” said the cat. “There’s no need to paint such a stark picture. Do you want me to search down the back of the sofa and behind the fridge and such places? There are always a few stray ads to be found.”

“Good thinking,” said I. “I’ll go warm up the scanner.”

“Meow!”

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Batman

A TVTA Special.

Zap!! Pow!! Here be Bats! Presenting… a TVTA special: A bat-tastic, bat-load of print ads and comic book treats, magazine covers, catalogues, Batmobiles, Batboats, Batcopters and Batbikes, the occasional Batvillain, and, erm… delicious Hostess Cup Cakes, Twinkies and Fruit Pies… all from the collection of TVTA! Holy Bat Printables! Enjoy 🙂



Batman 1960s – 1980s



Batman 1990s



Batman 2000 to 2020


Thanks for looking 🙂

May the 1982 Wilton Yearbook of Cake Decorating be with you

The Wilton Yearbook of Cake Decorating 1982 had been on TVTA’s ‘to get’ list for a few years …

Mainly because of this cake-tastic Star Wars ad …

Star Wars ESB cake pans, candles, molds and toppers. The Wilton Yearbook of Cake Decorating 1982. US.

And this …

Star Wars ESB cake toppers. The Wilton Yearbook of Cake Decorating 1982. US.

But the US baking publication also serves up some other interesting pop culture goodies …

Like these …

And these …

And these …

And these …

Then there’s this cheestastic and delightful happy family in the kitchen ad … hotdog! I think they’re making a happy lion cake …

And … You’ll be a baking star …

And finally, Wooof’s favourite, a most adorable big cat big cake cover … it’s the happy lion …

Right, we’re off to find our aprons and chef’s hats for a round of happy lion cake making in the TVTA kitchen. Until next time, you can have your cake magazine but don’t ever eat it, and remember kids … a lion is not just for Christmas but forever. Thank you for sweetly decorating with us 🙂

 

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.