DC Superheroes fast food 3D jigsaw puzzles

DC 3D Puzzles by Eugy, Dodoland. 2022. France.

Greetings vintage mates, your intrepid editor here at TVTA has not long returned from emergency surgery on the abdomen… so what better way to celebrate a recovery post with some gut-busting fast food chain merchandise from McDonalds!

Presenting, DC superheroes 3D jigsaw puzzles. McDo, at least here in France, has stopped giving away plastic collectables with its Happy Meals in an effort to combat plastic pollution. A good move. Toys now included in their meal deals are made from recyclable paper or card.

Throughout April, McDo has been offering 3D DC character standee figurines, but made of card, and you have to construct them similar to the way you might make a 3D jigsaw puzzle.

Let’s see what TVTA managed to get its post-op, greasy little fingers on…

DC 3D Puzzles by Eugy, Dodoland. Cyborg, Robin, Catwoman and Supergirl..2022. France.
DC 3D Puzzles by Eugy, Dodoland. Catwoman. 2022. France.
DC 3D Puzzles by Eugy, Dodoland. Catwoman pieces. 2022. France.
DC 3D Puzzles by Eugy Dodoland. Ace the dog. 2022. France.
DC 3D Puzzles by Eugy Dodoland. Cyborg reverse box. 2022. France.

Thanks for looking 😎

Weird War Tales – my growing collection

Weird War Tales was a DC 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.

Here is my collection so far. Many of the covers are drawn by one of my all-time favourite comic book artists Joe Kubert.

Weird War Tales advert. 1980.



Six Sentence Stories: Eject! Eject! Eject!

I’m linking up with Denise at Girlie On The Edge Blog, where she hosts Six Sentence Stories, and everyone is invited to write a story or poem constructed of six sentences based on a prompt word given.

This week’s prompt word is Kaleidoscope


Eject! Eject! Eject!

(a DC Comics Watchmen fan fiction Six Sentence Story)

President of the United States of America Jane Fonda is currently holding a press conference on French TV, and I will translate: “Citizens of the Republic, our Thermosphere Interception and Mass Engagement programme is now installed at several locations throughout your great land, and you may have full confidence that any further (squid) attacks upon your nation at the hands of the evil Adrian Veidt will be swiftly dealt with by the brave men and women Collider pilots at your service.”

“But the survival rate of your pilots… these so-called Colliders, is only 50 percent,” said a journalist, “and those who do survive the escape pod ejection risk multiple injuries.”

“Indeed,” said another journalist, “with this knowledge, how do the brave Collider’s cope?”

“Quite simply, by being brave,” said President Fonda, “and being armed not only with the most sophisticated thermosphere attack weapons ever developed, but knowledge; yes, knowledge, that they might die to protect others, and avenge the three million souls murdered by Veidt in 1985.”

Meanwhile, on Mars, or perhaps not, Doctor Manhattan observes the daily spectacle of Collider pilots ejecting over earth, as their interceptor ships explode head-on against Veidt’s squid cruisers; and as usual, there is not much he can do but watch these distant space fireworks with a blank stare, and sometimes a rock skimmed petulantly across the surface of a Martian lake.

While somewhere else, Adrian Veidt has quite literally lost his head, and he must use mind-control to replace his squid cruisers as fast as they are destroyed by Colliders, while his angry speech booms across the somewhere else and shakes his servants to their knees: “Look at those fools! Mere bees pitifully protecting a doomed nest against the might of murder hornets, ah, prevail they might – yet only for precious minutes on the clock face of time, for I have great pesticides to sweep and perish them on that blue disc of Earth they call their home, yes, I, Ozymandias, king of kings: look on my illusions, ye Mighty, and despair!”


Eject! Eject! Eject! written by Ford Waight

All images from watchmen.fandom.com and are property of DC Comics; HBO; Warner Bros. Pictures.



Editor’s note:

My story Eject! Eject! Eject! is a fan fiction Six Sentence Story based on the 1986/87 critically acclaimed DC Comics graphic novel Watchmen by Alan Moore, Dave Gibbons and John Higgins; and the also acclaimed 2019 HBO limited TV series Watchmen created by Damon Lindelof.

Eject! Eject! Eject! makes a play on the Six Sentence Stories prompt word kaleidoscope with an imaginary force of TIME (Thermosphere Interception and Mass Engagement) ships piloted by Colliders to counter frequent squid attacks believed to be deployed by the world’s smartest man super-genius Adrian Veidt aka ex-Watchman member Ozymandias. In my tale, Jane Fonda is the current President of the USA, and presides over the TIME counter attacks with full knowledge of the fifty percent survival rate among its Collider pilots.

If you haven’t yet read the Watchmen graphic novel (recognised in TimeList of the 100 Best Novels as one of the best English language novels published since 1923) then what are you waiting for! Likewise, the HBO limited TV series Watchmen is outstanding viewing and was nominated for eleven Emmy awards. As well, the 2009 Zack Snyder film adaptation of the novel is a must-see.

Dear vintage mates, who watches the Watchmen?

PS. There is no irony lost on me that one of the major themes of Watchmen is masks, as I use my ‘enforced week off work’ to rewatch epsiodes of the HBO series, while at the same time writing this post, when wearing a mask myself during a period of positive infection for me in this – year 2021 of our dear Covid-19.

Ford.


’76 – ’08. Comic book art and covers

Wolverine N°173 Collector Edition. Cover Arthur Suydam. 2008. France.

TVTA is pleased to present a selection of comic book goodness from the mighty houses of Marvel and DC. Publication dates are between 1976 and 2008, and feature the talents of Arthur Suydam, John Byrne, Dick Giordano, Joe Kubert, Matthew Ryan, Jackson Guice, Keith Giffen, Larry Mahlstedt, and Jerry Ordway among others.

So, team-up with TVTA and plunge your comic book peepers into our following gallery of greatness!

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Wonder Woman

A TVTA Special.

Presenting:

The Vintage Toy Advertiser’s collection of Wonder Woman goodness as seen across the years in print advertising, comic books and toys!

Click images to go bigger, and enjoy this treat of one of the finest superheroes to grace the pages of comic books and the screen!

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

Lynda Carter as TV’s Wonder Woman.

Wonder Woman Japanese Chirashi poster. 2017.

Wonder Woman 1984. Japanese chirashi. 2020.

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