British comic book promotions in 1983, and a look at some Frank Langford ads

2000 AD Weekly Order newsagent form. 1983. UK.

Hope you’re staying healthy and well, vintage mates, as we continue on through the 2020 pandemic, into glorious May, and a new monthly edition for TVTA #110!

 

Today’s post is a surefire blast from the past which will take anyone who was around in Britain in the 1980s on a most pleasant stroll down memory lane.

From a lot of 1983 British comics which I ordered weeks ago – but which was only delivered this week – due to the pandemic – TVTA is pleased to present a range of comic book free gifts and promotions, plus some superb advert goodies from British artist Frank Langford.

Frank Langford (1926-1996)

Frank Cyril Langford was born Cyril J. Eidlestein in Stepney, London, on 2 June 1926. His earliest work in comics was in Roxy in the late 1950s. His highest-profile work in British comics was “The Angry Planet” (1963) in Boy’s World, some pages of which are signed “Eidlestein”, and the title strip in Lady Penelope (1966-69). From 1969 to 1973 he drew romance comics for DC in the US, in titles such as Secret HeartsYoung LoveYoung Romance and Falling in Love.

Angry Planet

“The Angry Planet” Boy’s World 1963

Langford also drew “Doctor Who” for Countdown (1971) TV Action (1973) and the Doctor Who Holiday Special (1973), “The Persuaders” (1973) for TV Action, and the daily strip Jack and Jill for the Herald and Sun (early ’70s).

Print adverts

He had a long-standing sideline in advertising strips, from ads for the W.R.A.C., Lyons Maid Ice Cream, Corgi Toys, KP Outer Spacers, and Philips Video Games Club – to name a few. Info adapted from UKComics.Fandom

Frank Langford – Philips Video Games Club

Philips Video Games Club with Terrahawks game. 1983. UK. Art Frank Langford.

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Retrogaming ads 1982 – 1985

Pink Panther hand held electronic game by Orlitronic. France. 1984.


TVTA is pleased to present a selection of retrogaming ads from 1982 to 1985 … featuring The Pink Panther, Mickey Mouse and The Smurfs hand held games from Orlitronic … Atari … Coleco Vision … Parker Brothers … CBS Electronics … and the not-much-known-about French electronics company ITMC.


Mickey Mouse hand held electronic game by Orlitronic. France. 1984.

Smurfs hand held electronic game by orlitronic. France. 1983.

Atari. France. 1983.

CBS Electronics / Coleco Vision. France. 1984.

CBS Electronics / Coleco Vision. France. 1983.

Amidar by Parker Brothers. US. 1982.

Pole Position by Atari. UK. 1983.

Scott Adams presents Hulk, Spider-Man and Fantasic Four home computer games. US. 1985.

Atari video games. France. 1984.


Let’s get dizzy…

This 1983 ad for Solar Fox does its worst to perpetuate the sexist trope of the dumb blonde. CBS Electronics… what space cadets!

Solar Fox by CBS Electronics. US. 1983.


In. The. Mystery. Corner.

We end with these colourful and fun adverts for hand held pocket games from hard-to-track-down French company ITMC. When researching ITMC I found very little information other than these 1983 hand helds were made in Japan and sold in France along with other ITCM-branded gaming consoles. There is also a connection to the French toy chain JouéClub, either in promoting or co-producing certain models.

Panique Spatiale / Space Panic by ITMC. France. 1983.

Guerre des Astres / War of the Stars by ITMC. France. 1983.

That’s all for now. Thanks for looking 😎

12 Video Game Ads 1984 to 1994

Tiger Electronics Batman Returns. Detective Comics N°651. 1992.

Pac-Man Watches. The Incredible Hulk. 1984. US.

Taito titles for the Nintendo Entertainment System. The Young All Stars. 1988. US.

Zanac and Lunar Pool for the Nintendo and NES. The Young All-Stars. 1988. US.


Nintendo and Atari products. Netherlands.


Atarisoft. Alpha Flight N°8. 1984. US.

Sega Super High Impact. Detective Comics N°651. 1992. US.

Quarterback. Die Cut N°4. 1994. US.

Soldiers of Fortune. Die Cut N°4. 1994. US.

Kool Aid Nintendo offers. The Young All-Stars. 1988. US.


Thanks for looking 🙂

Fightin’ Talk

Die Cut N°4. 1994. US.


Ten testosterone-filled, sword-wielding, fist-flying, karate-kickin’, armour-melting, laser-firing, ear-boxing, shark-attacking video game adverts from big boys Nintendo, Sega, Atari, Activision, Capcom, Acclaim, Konami and Taito. 


Hawk & Dove N°11. 1990. US.

Die CutN°4. 1994. US.

Die Cut N°4. 1994. US.

Hawk & Dove N°11. 1990. US.

Die Cut N°4. 1994. US.

Hawk & Dove N°11. 1990. US.

Detective Comics N°651. 1992. US.

Die Cut N°4. 1994. US.

Hawk & Dove N°11. 1990. US.

NINTENDO… taxis, love hotels and video games!

nintendo_logo

The Japanese company Nintendo was founded on September 23, 1889 by Fusajiro Yamauchi. The company originally produced hand-crafted playing cards. By the early 1960s several other ventures had been tried out including a taxi company and a love hotel!

Nintendo first ventured into the video game industry in the 1970s. In the 1980s they introduced us to their classic Game & Watch hand-held games and soon-to-become-iconic characters like Donkey Kong, Zelda and the Super Mario Bros. Other early Nintendo products include Game Boy, the NES and SNES consoles, and a co-ownership of the Pokémon franchise. Nintendo continues to be one of the leading innovaters in the electronic games industry today.

Warning: awesome alert code red. This post contains more than 50 images of Nintendo related goodness. Enjoy.

Die Cut N°4. 1994. US.

Die Cut N°4. 1994. US.

Hawk & Dove N°11. 1990. US.

Taito titles for the Nintendo Entertainment System. The Young All Stars. 1988.

Zanac and Lunar Pool for the Nintendo and NES. The Young All-Stars. 1988.

Hawk & Dove N°11. 1990. US.

Detective Comics N°651. 1992. US.

US. Groo. 1990.

US. Dark Hawk. 1991.

Gameboy. Denmark. 1991. Image supplied by Jaltesorensen.

US. DC Starman.1989.

US. DC Starman.1989.

USA. Groo. 1989.

USA. Groo. 56. 1989.

France. Pif Gadget. 1983.

US. Groo. 1988.

US. Groo. 1989.

US. Groo. 1989.

US. Groo. 1989.

USA. Groo. 54. 1989.

USA. Groo. 54. 1989.

US. Starman. 1989.

US. Starman. 1989.

US. Nth Man. 1989.

US. Nth Man. 1989.

US. Groo. 1988.

US. Groo. 1988.

US. Groo. 1988.

US. Groo. 1988.

US. Groo. 1989.

US. Groo. 1989.

Cloak n Dagger. 1989.

Cloak n Dagger. 1989.

US. Groo. 1990.

US. Groo. 1990.

Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles Nintendo. Denmark. 1991. Image supplied by Jaltesorensen.

US. Groo. 1989.

US. Groo. 1989.

US. Groo. 1990.

US. Firestorm. 1989.

US. Nth Man. 1989.

US. Groo. 1990.

US. Groo. 1989.

US. Groo. 1989.

US. Nth Man. 1989.

US. Nth Man. 1989.

US. Groo. 1991.

US. Starman. 1989.

US. Groo. 1988.

US. Groo. 1988.

US. Groo. 1989.

US. Groo. 1989.

US. Groo. 1989.

US. Groo. 1989.

Denmark. Anders And & Co. 1983.

UK. Hamleys Catalogue. 1983.

France. Pif Gadget. 1984.

USA. Groo 49. 1989.

USA. Groo 49. 1989.

US. Firestorm. 1989.

US. Groo. 1989.

US. Nth Man. 1989.

USA. Marvel New Universe. 1988.

US. New Universe. 1988.

Hawk & Dove N°11. 1990. US.

De Speelboom N°3. November. 1987. Netherlands.

Speelboom Club Journal 5. 1987. Netherlands.

Kool Aid Nintendo offer. The Young All-Stars. 1988.


For the complete rundown of Nintendo products from the ’80s to present see the official site: Nintendo

Eight retro gaming ads

TVTA presents eight retro gaming ads fresh from the 1980s … featuring Atari’s Advantage Prize Offers and Moon Patrol … Intellivision’s Kool-Aid Man and Advanced Dungeons & Dragons Video Games Taito’s Bubble BobbleWrestle Mania … Parker Brothers Popeye The Sailor Man … and game offers from the UK’s BOMB!


US. Firestorm 81. 1989.

US. Firestorm 81. 1989.


US. Firestorm 24. 1984.

US. Firestorm 24. 1984.


US. Alpha Flight 4. 1983.

US. Alpha Flight 4. 1983.


US. Firestorm 24. 1984.

US. Firestorm 24. 1984.


US. Firestorm 81. 1989.

US. Firestorm 81. 1989.


US. Firestorm 81. 1989.

US. Firestorm 81. 1989.


US. Alpha Flight 4. 1983.

US. Alpha Flight 4. 1983.


UK. Starburst 66. 1984.

UK. Starburst 66. 1984.

Mattel Electronics – cool retro-gaming artwork ads

Kool-Aid Man, Burger Time, Tron… I love the artwork on these Mattel Electronics video game ads from 1983/4.

US. Legion of Superheros. 1983.

US. Legion of Superheros. 1983.

 

US. The Defenders. 1983.

US. The Defenders. 1983.

 

US. The Defenders. 1983.

US. The Defenders. 1983.

 

US. Nightforce. 1983.

US. Nightforce. 1983.

 

USA. Amethysts. 1984.

USA. Amethysts. 1984.

 

US. The Warlord. 1983.

US. The Warlord. 1983.