’74-’85, comic book art and covers

Marvel 50th Premiere. Alice Cooper. 1979. US.

Welcome, vintage mates, to another selection of comic book art, covers and ads. In this instalment we span the years 1974 to 1985 and feature titles from the US and UK. Included (above) is my childhood copy of Marvel’s Alice Cooper – Tales From the Inside. I didn’t know very much about Alice Cooper back in the late seventies apart from the song ‘School’s Out’ – but the crazy story inside that 12p comic managed to fully capture my imagination as a child… and who could resist that cover?

Other comic book goodies included today are Godzilla King of the Monsters (below), more superb examples of the striking cover art as seen in DC’s Weird War Tales, and titles and ads for Marvel, Star Comics, Starlog, Starburst, Doctor Who and Fantasy Modeling.

As always, thanks for looking 🙂 

Marvel Comic N°338. 1979. UK.


Weird War Tales

Weird War Tales N°32. 1974. US.

Weird War Tales N°78. 1979. US.


Various titles


MARVEL UNIVERSE

With an incredible library of over 5,000 characters, the Marvel Universe is packed with amazing heroes that have been represented across generations in comic books, toy lines, video games, household merchandise, TV shows and films. TVTA is happy to present a selection of adverts from around the world showing just some of the items available from the Marvel Universe during the 70s, 80s and 90s.


Brazil. ZĂ© Carioca 1655. 1983.

Brazil. ZĂ© Carioca 1655. 1983.


UK. The Defenders. 1978.

UK. The Defenders. 1978.


US. Spiderwoman. 1979.

US. Spiderwoman. 1979.


US. Marvel Age. 1989.

US. Marvel Age. 1989.


US. Dark Hawk. 1991.


France. Catalogue Super Jouet. 1985.


US. Groo. 1990.


UK. Marvel. Marvel Comic 338. Herb Trimpe cover. 1979.


Marvel 50th Premiere. Alice Cooper. Sutton and Austin. 1979.


Star Wars Weekly N° 1. February 8th 1978. Marvel UK. Artwork by Howard Chaykin and Tom Palmer. The issue included a free cut-out X-Wing Fighter.


Doctor Who. Dave Gibbons cover. 1985.


UK. Planet of the Apes and Dracula Lives. #94. 1976.


1978. Sal Buscema / Ernie Chan.


UK. Marvel. 1979.


UK. Star Wars Weekly. 1984.


Spider-Man vinyl record from Power Records circa 1974.


UK. The Mighty World of Marvel. 1979.

UK. The Mighty World of Marvel. 1979.


UK. Star Wars Weekly. 1978.


US. SGT Fury. 1978.

US. SGT Fury. 1978.


UK. Star Wars Weekly. 1979.

UK. Star Wars Weekly. 1979.


US. DC Legion Superheroes. 1983.

US. DC Legion Superheroes. 1983.


US. Star Wars 25. 1979.

US. Star Wars 25. 1979.


US. Star Wars 14. 1978.

US. Star Wars 14. 1978.


Brazil. Cebolinha 145. 1985.

Brazil. Cebolinha 145. 1985.


This 1985 Power Pack and the Amazing Spider-man ad was a joint public service message by Marvel Comics and the National Committee for Prevention of Child Abuse.

This 1985 Power Pack and the Amazing Spider-man ad was a joint public service message by Marvel Comics and the National Committee for Prevention of Child Abuse.


US. The New Mutants. 1985.

US. The New Mutants. 1985.


US. Groo. 1989.

US. Groo. 1989.


US. Groo. 1987.

US. Groo. 1987.


UK. TESB Weekly. 1980.

UK. TESB Weekly. 1980.


UK. Star Wars Weekly N° 116. 1980.

UK. Star Wars Weekly N° 116. 1980.


UK. Star Wars Weekly N° 114. 1980.

UK. Star Wars Weekly N° 114. 1980.


UK. Star Wars Weekly. 1979.

UK. Star Wars Weekly. 1979.


UK. Return of the Jedi comic. 1984. Note the word 'competition' has been misspelled. Competition, a word that is likely to be misspelt 3 out of every 10 ten times it is used in advertising publications. (taken from the Advertising Falsehoods Bible 2036).

UK. Return of the Jedi comic. 1984. Note the word ‘competition’ has been misspelled. Competition, a word that is likely to be misspelt 3 out of every 10 ten times it is used in advertising publications. (taken from the Advertising Falsehoods Bible 2036).


US. The Defenders. 1977.