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More Fantastic Superhero Goodies

Vintage Superhero Toys and Merchandise Galore. Part 2. Courtesy of The Superhero Book of Goodies, issue 2, 1977.

TVTA’s previous post, part one, is here

In part two we look at clothing and household goods. From T-shirts to toothbrushes, flashlights to wrist radios, beach towels to bean bags, belts, bedding, school supplies, puzzles and much more!


Your Favourite Stars and Heroes On T-Shirts

Poster Parade

Beach Towels

Bean Bags and Bedding

Belts and Rings

Marvel Mood Rings and Batman Talking Alarm Clock

Sensational Socks and Star-Studded Sweat-Shirts

Super School Supplies

Comic Book Savers, Enforcer Sets, Ghost Rider Stunt Cycle and Marvel Banks

Superhero Puzzles


Look out for the third and final part of this series coming soon, in which we take a look at a few goodies from the Mego corporation. As always, thanks for looking 🙂

Sources: The Superhero Book of Goodies Issue 2, 1977, scanned by TVTA.

Vintage Superhero Toys and Merchandise Galore …

… courtesy of The Superhero Book of Goodies catalogue, issue 2, 1977, with cover drawn by Joe Kubert.

The Superhero Book of Goodies was the colourful product catalogue for Ivan Snyder’s New Jersey-based mail order and retail store company Superhero Enterprises, later known as Heroes World. The company was a leading US comic book and merchandise distributor from 1975 until its demise in 1997 following its buy-out by Marvel comics.

We don’t need another hero

The catalogues featured the company’s very own superhero mascot – ‘Our Superhero’, sometimes referred to as ‘Snyderman’, and were produced in conjunction with Joe Kubert’s School of Cartoon and Graphic Art

Some famous comic book names below that were former students. But can you spot the future famous TV zombie holocaust survivor?

Name the Superhero contest … did this happen?

So was he called Our Hero or Snyderman? If not then what name? Who won the competition? Did issue 3 tell us? Do you have issue 3? Can you enlighten us? Argh, so many questions!

As well as handling Marvel and DC products, the company advertised a small range of goods for film and TV franchises such as Star Trek, Star Wars, Space 1999, Planet of the Apes, The Bionic Woman, The Six-Million Dollar Man and others. As seen by just the handful of scans we’ve taken from issue 2 so far, the catalogues – and not forgetting the numerous full page adverts found across hundreds of comic titles, feature a range of items from toys to household goods to stamps, stationery, badges, patches, clothing, posters, books and comics and much more. Let’s take a look at some, as TVTA enters the delightful and colourful world of The Superhero Book of Goodies…


Spidey Utility Belt, Superman Postcards, Marvel and DC Superbaby Rag Dolls

Mego Super-Heroes

Have yourself a Rock Party! 

Marvel and DC stamps, Star Trek goodies

Super-Friends Hall of Justice play set, Wonder Woman toys

Superhero Shooters and Shields

More shields and Ricochet Racers Spider-Man set

Enter the World of Marvel

Superhero Mirrors

Batman toys

Batman Grappling Hook, Batman Bat Plane with Launcher, Batman Corgi toys

Board Games, Painting and View Master

Marvel Dart Board, Spidey Squirt Gun, Spidey Plane

Patches

And lastly, badges


Part 2 to come soon, featuring more Superhero goodies. Thanks for looking  🙂

Sources: The Kubert School. Wikipedia. Gone and Forgotten. Consulted 12/05/18, and The Superhero Book of Goodies Issue 2, 1977 scanned by TVTA.

Happy Star Wars Day

May The Fourth Be With You!

Star Wars Weekly. 1978.

This year TVTA encourages you to fill those blank spaces on your 1970s bedroom wall by cutting out your free pin-ups – courtesy of those nice Marvel artists at British publication Star Wars Weekly (time machine, bedroom wall, pocket money and newsagents required).

Star Wars Weekly was a UK Marvel comic run which covered the original trilogy films during the late 70s and early 80s. The comics featured Star Wars and non-Star Wars stories, competitions, articles, and in some issues a pin-up poster known as an Action Pin-up, Collector’s Pin-up, or Pin-Up Special.

The following are scans of the pin-ups I found in my pile. Happy Star Wars Day 🙂

Star Wars Weekly. 1978.

Star Wars Weekly. 1979.

Star Wars Weekly. 1978.

Star Wars Weekly. 1978.

Star Wars Weekly. 1978.

Star Wars Weekly. 1978.

Star Wars Weekly. 1978.

While I don’t have a complete collection of Star Wars Weekly, the pin-ups featured in early copies of the series all seem to be drawings. By the time The Empire Strikes Back made it to publication the art pin-ups look to have been replaced by photographs. I don’t have any of the Return of the Jedi series yet so can’t comment if art or photos were used during that run.   

Star Wars Weekly. The Empire Strikes Back. 1980.


That’s all for this year. I’ll add more pin-ups as and when I find them. Thank you for covering over hideous 70s bedroom wallpaper patterns with us 🙂


This post is a sushi-free post.

Hee hee, actually it’s not. May The Sushi also Be With You!

Photo and creation by the talented Mr Oki


 

 

Saturday morning, superhero comics and super ads

JLA 234. 1984.

US. Legion of Superheroes. 1983.

JLA 234. 1984. Cover by Chuck Patton and Dick Giordano.

Daredevil 241. 1987. Art by Mike Zeck and Klaus Jansen.

Weird War Tales. 1980.

Weird War Tales. 1980.

Mighty World of Marvel Ft Hulk and Sgt Fury. 288. 1978. UK. Art by Sal Buscema and Ernie Chan.

UK. The Mighty World of Marvel. 1979.

Mighty World of Marvel Ft Hulk and Sgt Fury. 284. 1978. UK. Cover by Pablo Marcos.

Thor 373. 1986. Cover by Walter Simonson.

Daredevil. 1987.

Thor. 1986.

Weird War Tales. 1980.

US. Legion of Superheroes. 1984.

Thanks for looking, happy weekend 🙂

 

The mystery and madness of Weird War Tales

Presenting a selection of covers from DC publication Weird War Tales.

Weird War Tales ad. 1980.

Weird War Tales was an anthology series of war-related stories blended with sci-fi, horror and the paranormal. Each issue was hosted by a character called ‘Death’ who was often drawn wearing a different military uniform for each issue. Recurring characters such as the Creature Commandos, G.I. Robot, and The War That Time Forgot became regular stories. The original title ran from 1971 to 1983 across 124 issues. In 1997 it was revised as a four part series, and in 2000 a one-off special.

Weird War Tales 31 1974 Luis Dominguez cover.

Weird War Tales 35 1975 Luis Dominguez cover.

Weird War Tales 86 1980 Joe Kubert cover.

Weird War Tales 88 1980 Joe Kubert cover.

Weird War Tales 90 1980 Joe Kubert cover.

Weird War Tales 92 1980 Joe Kubert cover.

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Weird War Tales 25. Cover by Alfred P Alcala. 1974.

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

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

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

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

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


 

Rahan – French Prehistoric Comic Book Hero

Rahan was a prehistoric lone-warrior who wandered the earth on a journey of self-discovery and to help others. He made his first appearance in 1969 in the French comic book Pif Gadget then went on to feature in his own albums. Such was the character’s popularity in France that an action figure was licensed by Group Action Joe, the French version of G.I. Joe / Action Man. Pif Gadget gave away a number of Rahan toys as ‘gadgets’ in some of their issues. Rahan was also adapted into two animated TV series (1986 and 2006).

Pif Gadget. 1981.

Pif Gadget. 1981.

Pif Gadget. 1982.

Pif Gadget. 1982.

Pif Gadget. 1982.

Pif Gadget. 1977.

Pif Gadget. 1981.

Pif Gadget comic character, Rahan, gets his own action figure courtesy of Group Action Joe – the French version of Action Man! PIf Gadget. 1978.

Pif Gadget. 1978.


 

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.

Marvel’s Empire Strikes Back First Issue

I was happy to add this first issue of Marvel’s The Empire Strikes Back from 1980. The UK copy came with a free sheet of Kraft Dairylea action transfers – which was unused and included with the issue I picked up.

Dagobah Bog Planet. Check out the odd-looking Yoda… what’s he pointing at? Why is Luke flying through the air with his back to us? Why so feisty Artoo, has the Dagobah bog water got into your circuits? And what are all those other weird images about? All becomes one with the Force when you take a look at the “How to use your Dairylea action transfers” page inside the comic…

The issue included a page upon which you could rub down your transfers onto a handy Dagobah Bog scene. You could then use ‘crayons’ to colour the rest of the scene. Our family was quite poor, but even we could afford fine-tipped felts. The cumbersome Crayola crayons we owned would surely have destroyed that page in seconds! And… I’m still trying to figure out where ‘flying Luke’ should go in the scene… Perhaps Yoda is ‘finger-Force-pointing’ at him and making him fly? Dammit, being an adult sucks, because I know I wouldn’t have hesitated to Crayola the crap out of that pic after rubbing off every last transfer image from the free sheet with a two-pence piece and sticking them wherever I chose. Take that adult comic collectors (including free gifts) 40 years later!!

Back page advert for Kraft Dairylea action transfers offer. Is the hunt on next for the bumper transfer pack?

Thanks for rubbing down transfers and spreading soft cheese with us! Until next time, mtfbwy! 🙂