1980s music ads from Australia as seen in Federal Comics

Stars and Rockers. 1985. Australia.

TVTA is pleased to present an Australian-heavy feature of classic 1980s artists and bands. The adverts were featured in DC superhero comics such as Superman, Supergirl, Wonder Woman and Super Powers, and were published by The Federal Publishing Company Proprietary Limited which was granted permission by DC to reprint and publish their titles under the name Federal Comics to Australian readers. To see some examples of the actual comics go to TVTA’s post here

For now, let’s get into the groove…

Rock Stars Scrapbook. Australia. 1985.
Rock Poster Magazine. Australia. 1985.
Rock Poster Magazine. Australia. 1985.

Do You Really Want To Shave Me?

Hmm, I never knew Boy George had a goatee-beard in 1984 (neither did he I reckon!). A previous owner of the comic book in which this Culture Club advert appeared found it necessary to draw a beard not once but twice on the image of George. A quick image search of Boy George reveals that in recent years he has indeed sported a beard… so maybe our cheeky little comic book beard-doodler was seeing into the future?

Culture Club Australian Tour Souvenir. 1984.

Maybe George would go on to be inspired by Mr. T? Do you remember when Boy George was briefly a member of the A-Team? He was!

THE A-TEAM — “Cowboy George” Episode 16 — Pictured: (l-r) Boy George as Himself, Mr. T as B.A. Baracus (Photo by NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images via Getty Images)

Moving on… we have singular sensation Prince! Followed by some Rock Video and Rock Postcards!

Prince magazine special. Australia. 1985.

Rock Video Magazine. Australia. 1985.

Rock Postcards Magazine. Australia. 1985.

Rowntree Hoadley Battle of the Sounds competition. Australia. 1985.

Moving on from Australia but staying in the same decade, we present now some 1980s adverts from the Netherlands and the UK.

Muziek Expres and Pop Foto magazines. Netherlands. 1987.

No1 advert. UK. 1983.
N° 1 advert. UK. 1983.

Autumn Bargains music and video catalogue price list. UK. 1986.
Autumn Bargains music and video catalogue price list. UK. 1986.

As always, thanks for looking 🙂

Latest ads – Action Man, Dream Girl USA, Buffy, Pokemon and Yu-Gi-Oh! trading cards, and a Hellboy Zippo lighter!

Greetings vintage mates! Welcome to another roundup of various print adverts featuring toy and pop culture goodness, this time from the 1970s all the way up to 2007! Let’s get the action going with…

1996. ACTION MAN (Hasbro) US.

Action Man Power Arm Ninja. 1996. US.

I was pleased to get hold of the above Action Man double-page ad, even though I prefer the original Action Man line from Palitoy which I played with as a kid. The Hasbro line has already been around for more than 25 years now (how time flies!) and is starting to tingle the TVTA vintage sensors! I remember my eldest son when he was a child having lots of Action Man toys, and we would mix up what he had with some of the accessories I still had from the 70s.

The rest of the ads below you might remember if you were a 70s, 80s, 90s or even a 2000s kid! The ads come from publications as seen in the UK, US, France, Netherlands and Denmark at the time.

Enjoy 🙂


1978. PETRA / LOTTE DOLL. Denmark.

PETRA / LOTTE DOLL. Denmark. 1978.

1971. SPIROGRAPH; FROG MODELS; Disney MINEMA and MINICINEX Projectors. France.


2001. CRIMSON / GHOST action figures. La Boutique Semic. France.

Crimson. La Boutique Semic. 2001.
Ghost. La Boutique Semic. 2001.

1987. DREAM GIRL USA. Netherlands.

Dream Girl USA. 1987. Netherlands.
Dream Girl USA. 1987. Netherlands.

1987. COX HOBBIES. SB-X Stealth Bomber. US.


2007. YU-GI-OH! and POKEMON trading cards. UK.

Yu-Gi-Oh / Pokemon Gamestation trading cards. 2007. UK.

2005. YU-GI-OH! trading cards. Konami. UK.

YU-GI-OH! trading cards. Konami. UK. 2005.
YU-GI-OH! trading cards. Konami. UK. 2005.

2001. BUFFY / SPAWN / ZIPPO LIGHTERS. La Boutique Semic. France.

Buffy. La Boutique Semic. 2001.
Spawn. La Boutique Semic. 2001.
Zippo. La Boutique Semic. 2001.

As always, thanks for looking 🙂

Cave Bears, Dirty Cops, Motel Psychos and The Springwood Slasher!

The Clan of the Cave Bear. L’Ecran Fantastique N° 69 1986.

TVTA is pleased to present a selection of movie magazine covers and adverts featuring the talents of Daryl Hannah, Clint Eastwood, Anthony Perkins and Robert Englund among others.

Content is from 1980s editions of L’Ecran Fantastique, Starfix, Mad Movies and Spotlight magazines, as published in France at the time. The only films I haven’t seen from the titles shown are The Clan of the Cave Bear; Star Knight; Raw Deal and Monster in the Closet. The Daryl Hannah image on the cover of L’Ecran Fantastique N° 69 is just wonderful, and seems to be the same image as used for the movie posters for The Clan of the Cave Bear.

I also love the cover showing Anthony Perkins in his role as Norman Bates in Psycho 3 (for which he made his debut as a director), and the poster for Short Circuit. The Monster in the Closet poster is just hilarious fun!

Do you have any favourite images here?

Psycho 3. L’Ecran Fantastique No 71 1986.

A Nightmare on Elm Street 3. L’Ecran Fantastique N° 81. 1987.

Dirty Harry. Starfix N° 3 1983.

Below: Star Trek Spotlight Special; Star Knight; Spotlight Magazine; Mannequin; Masters of the Universe; Raw Deal; Monster in the Closet; Journey to the Center of the Earth; Mad Movies; Short Circuit.

Mad Movies 47. L’Ecran Fantastique No 81 1987
Short Circuit. L’Ecran Fantastique N°71 1986.

As always, thanks for looking 🙂

Coming soon… the TVTA 2021 Halloween Pumpkin Creation, revealed!

Mebetoys 1971 Italian Die Cast Cars Catalogue

TVTA is pleased to add its second catalogue to the Mebetoys category for die cast cars. This latest catalogue is from 1971 and was printed for the Italian market. The catalogue has some very cool stylised images of the models showing partial views of the car, as well as colour photographs of the range available at the time. The catalogue also includes an image for the Yogi Bear and Boo Boo car.

Thanks for looking! You can see our other Mebetoys catalogue here

Horror film posters of the 1980s

As seen in adverts from the French movie magazine L’Ecran Fantastique, featuring a couple of well-known horror movies as well as some a little more obscure. Our first image is from the excellent A Nightmare on Elm Street franchise – A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors, with poster design by French artist Laurent Melki, who also designed French posters for A Nightmare on Elm Street 4; Blood Feast; 2000 Maniacs; The Last House on the Left; Night of the Living Dead; Day of the Dead; Videodrome and Creepshow among many others.

A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors. L’Ecran Fantastique No 81 1987. Art by Laurent Melki.

Next up is an advert showing the poster for House designed by artist and writer Bill Morrison, who later worked on The Simpsons and created The Beatles – The Yellow Submarine Graphic Novel. You can see his signature on the side of the doorbell, but thanks to Cameraviscera I was able to get additional info.

House. L’Ecran Fantastique No 69 1986. Art by Bill Morrison.

Next is an advert featuring the poster for The Supernaturals, a zombie film starring actress Nichelle Nichols, famous for her role as Lieutenant Nyota Uhura in the Star Trek franchise. I can’t find any information on the name of the artist for this poster.

The Supernaturals. L’Ecran Fantastique No 70 1986.

Next up is an advert for the French poster for the cult comedy horror shocker Street Trash. Artist unknown.

Street Trash. L’Ecran Fantastique No 81 1987.

Next is an advert for the poster of the film Blood Sisters. Artist unknown.

Blood Sisters. L’Ecran Fantastique No 81 1987.

Finally, we present an advert for I. Media video cassettes, featuring some popular titles available at the time to purchase via mail order.

I. Media videos. L’Ecran Fantastique No 71 1986.

Thanks for looking!

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