’72-’89, comic book art

The Thing N°6. 1983. US.

… TVTA has a ‘Thing’ about comic book art!

Welcome, vintage mates, to another selection of comic book covers and art spanning the 1960s to present. Feast your goggles on amazing art candy by Bill Sienkiewicz, George Perez, Al Williamson, Mike Mignola, Neal Adams, Moebius, André Chéret, Brian Bolland, Alex Toth, Alex Roth, and the late Ron Smith. As always, thanks for looking 🙂 

Marvel and DC
Batman Black and White
The Phantom
TV related
Conan, Sonja, Rahan

I’d like to dedicate this post to the talented comic book artist Ron Smith, who passed away last week, aged 94. Ron worked on many British comic titles like Hotspur, The Wizard, The Topper, The Dandy, The Beezer, The Victor, and Warlord, but he will always be most famously remembered for his prolific work on Judge Dredd. The last three covers are by Ron Smith.

Fond farewells Ron Smith, 1924 – 2019


Rahan – French Prehistoric Comic Book Hero

Rahan was a prehistoric lone-warrior who wandered the earth on a journey of self-discovery and to help others. He made his first appearance in 1969 in the French comic book Pif Gadget then went on to feature in his own albums. Such was the character’s popularity in France that an action figure was licensed by Group Action Joe, the French version of G.I. Joe / Action Man. Pif Gadget gave away a number of Rahan toys as ‘gadgets’ in some of their issues. Rahan was also adapted into two animated TV series (1986 and 2006).

Pif Gadget. 1981.

Rahan N°25. Pif Gadget N°668. 1982.

Pif Gadget. 1982.

Pif Gadget. 1982.

Rahan. Pif Gadget N°793. 1983.



Rahan Group Action Joe

Pif Gadget comic character, Rahan, gets his own action figure courtesy of Group Action Joe – the French version of Action Man! PIf Gadget. 1978.

Pif Gadget. 1978.


Attention! If you read Rahan beware of Arok!

Arok le sorcier et Rahan. Pif Gadget N°849. 1985.


Thanks for looking 🙂

Post updated April 2019 with new images.

Zombie cats, office cats, science cats and 1970s toy ads…

While hunting mice today, our office cat, Wooof, found these five French vintage 1970s adverts lodged down the back of the refrigerator. We hope they haven’t been there since the 70s (unlike our sub editor’s Christmas cheese selection or, indeed, the fridge itself!).

Anyway, we’ve been looking for these ads for ages. Well done Wooof, treat yourself to the afternoon off and go and visit some cat-science exhibitions in the town centre or something. You may also wish to send a get-well-soon card to brave Bart the zombie Cat

Here are the ads…

Kojak's action-packed Buick by Corgi. France. Pif Gadget. 1977.

Kojak’s action-packed Buick by Corgi. France. Pif Gadget. 1977.


Create your own medieval world with Playmo. France. Pif Gadget. 1978.

Create your own medieval world with Playmo. France. Pif Gadget. 1978.


Sindy Disneyland drawing competition. France. Pif Gadget. 1978.

Sindy Disneyland drawing competition. France. Pif Gadget. 1978.


France. Pif Gadget. 1978.

France. Pif Gadget. 1978.


Pif Gadget comic character, Rahan, even gets his own action figure courtesy of Group Action Joe - he French version of Action Man! France. PIf Gadget. 1978.

Pif Gadget comic character, Rahan, even gets his own action figure courtesy of Group Action Joe – the French version of Action Man! France. PIf Gadget. 1978.


 

GROUP ACTION JOE

Group Action Joe – sometimes referred to as Action Joe – is the French licensed version of G.I. Joe (Hasbro – US) and Action Man (Palitoy – UK).  Group Action Joe was distributed by the Ceji Arbois company in France and featured some exclusive characters such as French comic strip star Rahan, Albator, Captain Cosmos and the famous Zorro. Also featured were female characters Jane, Daina and Sandy.


Pif Gadget 395 1976 Group Action Joe line up POST

France. Pif Gadget. 1976.


Telejunior. 4. 1977. GroupAction Joe POST

France. Telejunior. 1977.


Group Action Joe PG 455 1977 Post

France. Pif Gadget. 1977.


Group Action Joe PG 453 1977 POST

France. PIf Gadget. 1977.


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France. Pif Gadget. 1977. This superb artistic impression of an action scene featuring some of the Wild West range appeared as a double-page ad in some issues of Pif Gadget.

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France. Pif Gadget. 1977. Another double-page artistic impression – this time it’s fire-fighting and rescue action!


Rahan Action Joe PG 471 1978 POST

Pif Gadget comic character, Rahan, even gets his own action figure courtesy of Group Action Joe – the French version of Action Man. France. PIf Gadget. 1978.

PIF 482_ Action Joe_1978 POST

Another 1978 ad showing Rahan. Also shown is Jane and new items and features such as ‘Eagle Eyes’ as developed by UK’s Palitoy company.


PIF552_1979_Action Joe_fullsize POST

Pif Gadget. 1979.


Pif Gadget 626 Sept 1980_GroupActionJoe Operation Niagra POST

France. Pif Gadget. 1980.


Group Action Joe double page ad 1. France. Pif Gadget. 1980.

Group Action Joe double page ad 2. France. Pif Gadget. 1980.


Pif 660. 1981. Group Action Joe Plongee POST

France. Pif Gadget. 1981.


PIF 658_Group Action Joe_ 1981 POST

France. Pif Gadget. 1981.


Pif Gadget 653 1981 Group Action Joe line up POST

France. Pif Gadget. 1981. This ad features ‘Mark’ dressed in the ‘Captain Cosmos’ costume and the exclusive ‘Zorro’ licensed for the Action Joe range.