1963 – ’69 Comic Book Covers: The Phantom and Mandrake

Le Fantôme Special N°60. 1968. Cover by Mario Caria.

The Phantom is a fictional American crime-fighting superhero first published by Lee Falk in 1936 as a daily newspaper comic strip. The Phantom’s adventures have been translated into many languages, as well as having adaptations for film, television and video games. The title continues to be published to the date of this post. In French-speaking countries the Phantom is known as La Fantôme. The character (along with Mandrake the Magician – who we will see examples of later in this post) is considered by many as one of the first comic book costumed superheroes.

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’75-’88, comic book art and covers

Wonder Woman N°240. 1978. Garcia Lopez et Dick Giordano.

Welcome, vintage mates, to another selection of comic book art, covers and ads. In this instalment we span the years 1975 to 1988 and feature a DC-heavy dose of amazing cover work from the likes of Garcia Lopez, Dick Giordano, Dan Jurgens, Karl Kezel, Ross Andru, Jan Duursema and Jack Kirby, along with DC adverts for Stick-ons, medallions and Superman: The Movie.

As always, thanks for looking 🙂 


Tales of the Legion of Superheroes N°321. 1985. Dan Jurgens et Karl Kezel.

Superman N°334. 1979. Ross Andru and Dick Giordano.

The Super Friends N°45. 1981. Schaffenberger et Smith.

Atlas N°1. 1975. Jack Kirby.

Power Girl. 1978.

Arion N°6. 1983. Jan Duursema.

Superman Double Dynamite. 1979.

Superman: The Movie. 1979.

Superman 50th birthday medallion. 1988.

Wonder Woman newspaper strip. 1979.

DC Super-hero Stick-ons. 1979.


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’74-’85, comic book art and covers

Marvel 50th Premiere. Alice Cooper. 1979. US.

Welcome, vintage mates, to another selection of comic book art, covers and ads. In this instalment we span the years 1974 to 1985 and feature titles from the US and UK. Included (above) is my childhood copy of Marvel’s Alice Cooper – Tales From the Inside. I didn’t know very much about Alice Cooper back in the late seventies apart from the song ‘School’s Out’ – but the crazy story inside that 12p comic managed to fully capture my imagination as a child… and who could resist that cover?

Other comic book goodies included today are Godzilla King of the Monsters (below), more superb examples of the striking cover art as seen in DC’s Weird War Tales, and titles and ads for Marvel, Star Comics, Starlog, Starburst, Doctor Who and Fantasy Modeling.

As always, thanks for looking 🙂 

Marvel Comic N°338. 1979. UK.


Weird War Tales

Weird War Tales N°32. 1974. US.

Weird War Tales N°78. 1979. US.


Various titles


’78-’79, comic book art

Another selection of comic book adverts, art and covers for your enjoyment. Featuring DC publications from the US, 1978 and 1979. Enjoy 🙂


The Mystery and Madness of Weird War Tales


Battle Classics and The Unknown Soldier


Time Warp, Hostess Fruit Pies Wonder Woman, Help Your Hero, Hubba Bubba 


Centuri Model Rockets, Superheroes Glue Stics, Atlantic Toy Soldiers, Raleigh Rampar BMX


Yikes! What is that… some alien or monster trying to break out of the side panel of the Ford Street Machine??

Monogram. 1978. US.


And lastly, holy taste buds! fancy a trip to Gotham?

Clark Bar Superhero Sweepstakes. Double page. 1978. US.


Thanks for visiting. Stop by again soon for a brand new entry on ‘Curve Huggers’, plus a special View-Master ‘viewing’ of a vintage fiftieth anniversary Disney character!