This is it, frantic ones!

With what is possibly the most strangest statement I’ve ever seen on a print advert, I present you, dear frantic ones, with a 1982 Marvel Comics ad for Hungarian Rings – just one of the many puzzles that followed the worldwide popularity trail of Rubik’s Cube. Indeed, Hungarian professor Ernõ Rubik made his own version too; his has 34 balls, the traditional ‘Hungarian’ has 38.

Hungarian Rings Marvel Comics offer. Rampage Magazine N°54. 1982. UK.

Left; Hungarian rings. Right; Rubik’s rings. Pics courtesy of Jaap’s Puzzle Page.

Quote-tastic quotations

Let’s do quotes. It might be interesting to quote from Jaap’s Puzzle Page who did so quote:  It might be interesting to quote from the afterword of the Rubik’s Cubic Compendium [p212] here. It has a picture of the Hungarian rings and the following text by David Singmaster:
Closer to Rubik’s Magic Cube are ‘interlocking cycle’ puzzles where several rings of pieces cross each other. Endre Pap, a Hungarian engineer, invented a flat version with two rings which was marketed as the Hungarian Rings. The idea was not entirely new, as there is an 1893 patent for it.

That patent is US 507,215 by William Churchill, filed on May 28 1891, granted on October 24, 1893.


In other frantic news, O frantic ones …

Role Playing Games

Secret Wars N°14. 1985. UK.

The Young All-Stars N°9. 1988.

Doctor Who

Doctor Who Monthly N°78. 1983.

Doctor Who Monthly N°78. 1983.

Captain Power

The Young All-Stars N°9. 1988. US.

It’s not too late to join the MOTU fan club is it?

Secret Wars N°14. 1985. UK.

Hey dude, this is no cartoon!

Hawk & Dove N°11. 1990. US.

But these are!

US. Iron Man. 1979.

And finally, O fabulous frantic ones, Wonder Woman and Batman are free at last, all in the name of super breakfast cereal favourite Weetabix!

Marvel Superheroes. 1979. UK.


That’s all for now folks. Thanks for getting frantic with us 🙂


No wait …

… just time for one more … 

… it’s rather frantic …

Star Wars Weekly. 1980. UK.


🙂

DOCTOR WHO 1970s and 1980s merchandise Adverts

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Since 1963 Doctor Who has been thrilling TV audiences with its adventures of the time travelling Time Lord and his companions. The show is produced by the BBC and originally aired from 1963 to 1989. 1996 saw a television film but a failure to embark on a new series. Fast forward to 2005 when the series was finally relaunched with Christopher Eccleston taking the role of the (9th) Doctor. The series continues to run to date.

Here’s my collection of Who adverts featuring books, clothing, comics, toys and games and other DW goodies.

Doctor Who Monthly N°78. 1983. UK.

Doctor Who Monthly N°78. 1983.

Doctor Who Monthly N°78. 1983.

UK. Star Wars Weekly. 1980.

UK. Star Wars Weekly. 1984.

UK. Star Wars Weekly. 1979.

US. Starlog. 1985.

US. Starlog. 1985.

UK. Doctor Who The Tenth Season Files Magazine Spotlight. 1986.

UK. Spider-man. 1983.

UK. Spider-man. 1983.

UK. ROTJ.1984.

UK. ROTJ.1984.

US. Starlog. 1985.

US. Starlog. 1985.

US. Starlog. 1984.

US. Starlog. 1984.

UK. TESB Weekly. 1980.

UK. TESB Weekly. 1980.

UK. ROTJ. 1984.

UK. ROTJ. 1984.

US. Starlog. 1985.

US. Starlog. 1985.

UK. Star Wars Weekly N° 96. 1979.

UK. Star Wars Weekly N° 96. 1979.

UK. Star Wars Weekly. 1979.

US. Star Wars. 1986.

US. Star Wars. 1986.

Artwork piece: The Doctor and his many foes - from Starlog 37, 1980.

The Doctor and his many foes – from Starlog 37, 1980.


updated Aug 2018 with new images.