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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.


 

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.

The Joker Superduds sweepstakes and other DC paperworks

Fresh from TVTA’s scanning room comes this wonderful double page ad for a 1977 Milk Duds Superduds sweepstakes as presented by DC’s archvillain the Joker. Prizes on offer were an all expenses paid three day trip to New York that included a tour of the DC Comics office where an artist would ‘draw you’ into an upcoming issue of one of their titles. Other prizes included superhero watches, subscriptions and ten Schwinn bicycles! Who would have thought the Joker could have been so generous?

US. Weird War Tales. 1977.

US. Weird War Tales. 1977.


Other scans include the following ads for the DC Superfriends Supercase in which you could store your 45 inch vinyl records, plus three comic covers from the DC titled Weird War Tales. As always, thanks for looking 🙂


US. Weird War Tales. 1977.

US. Weird War Tales. 1977.


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

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


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

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


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

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


DC Mail-away toys

These hand-drawn adverts for mail-order toys, games, stamps and books were common to see in DC comic publications throughout the 1970s. In a similar style to the Heroes World adverts of the same era, the drawings are often fun and simplistic versions of the characters and toys they are meant to represent.

US. Superman 296. 1976.

US. Superman 296. 1976.

US. Jonah Hex. 1978.

US. Jonah Hex. 1978.

US. The Witching Hour. 1977.

US. The Witching Hour. 1977.