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Starriors by Tomy


Big thanks to fellow WP blogger Virtuanaut for sharing the image scans from the Starriors Marvel mini-comics series. To view the complete series be sure to visit Virtuanaut’s site.

Starriors was a short-lived line of toy robots made by Tomy in 1984 and 1985. The figures were released with Marvel mini-comics (6 comics in total). Marvel also published a 4-issue comic book series. Some of the Starriors toys were later altered and re-branded for European markets as R.A.T.S (Robot Anti-Terror Squad).


Starriors toy ad. 1984. Image scan by virtuanaut.net

Starriors toy ad. 1984. Image scan by virtuanaut.net



Thanks for looking 🙂

’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!

’72-’89, comic book art

The Thing N°6. 1983. US.

… TVTA has a ‘Thing’ about comic book art!

Welcome, vintage mates, to another selection of comic book covers and art spanning the 1960s to present. Feast your goggles on amazing art candy by Bill Sienkiewicz, George Perez, Al Williamson, Mike Mignola, Neal Adams, Moebius, André Chéret, Brian Bolland, Alex Toth, Alex Roth, and the late Ron Smith. As always, thanks for looking 🙂 

Marvel and DC
Batman Black and White
The Phantom
TV related
Conan, Sonja, Rahan

I’d like to dedicate this post to the talented comic book artist Ron Smith, who passed away last week, aged 94. Ron worked on many British comic titles like Hotspur, The Wizard, The Topper, The Dandy, The Beezer, The Victor, and Warlord, but he will always be most famously remembered for his prolific work on Judge Dredd. The last three covers are by Ron Smith.

Fond farewells Ron Smith, 1924 – 2019


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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… ???