Vintage Star Wars on the magazine cover

Archvillain Darth Vader, cover of TIME Magazine, May 19, 1980. Artwork by M. Arisman.

As fans around the world prepare themselves for yet another Star Wars feature film that will hopefully delight, thrill and amaze, TVTA digs into the archives to find a selection of old-school Star Wars as seen on the covers of various magazines throughout the late 70s and early 80s.

US. National Doll World. Aug 1984. Contains a feature on the large size action figure range from Kenner.

US. Fine Scale Modeler. Jan / Feb 1986. Model diorama special for Speederbike and Scout.

US. Starlog Covers various.

US. More Starlog various covers.

France. Lecran Fantastique. Return of the Jedi 100 page special. Oct 1983.

Titans. France. 1984. Jean Frisano cover.

France. Pif Gadget. Empire Strikes Back cover and features. 1980.

France. Pif Gadget. Return of the Jedi cover and features. 1983.

UK. Starburst. 1980.

UK. Photo Play. 1983.

US. Starlog 74. 1983.

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Non-toy ad Tuesday: TIME Magazine (Darth Vader, booze & cigarettes)

Archvillain Darth Vader, cover TIME Magazine, by M. Arisman.

Archvillain Darth Vader, cover TIME Magazine, by Marshall Arisman.


This week’s selection of ads for Non-toy ad Tuesday come from the pages of Time magazine, dated May 19, 1980.

Retailing at $1.25 and featuring a terrific Darth Vader cover by artist Marshall Arisman, the issue contains an article and photographs for the upcoming Star Wars film release of The Empire Strikes Back.

Advert-wise, this issue of  Time is loaded (loaded seems like a good adjective) with adverts for cigarettes and alcohol. There are also a good number of ads for hotels, airlines, exotic holiday destinations, cameras and wrist-watches. I’ve included some of my favourites below.

And (just for a bit of fun) how many domestic animals can you spot in the ads? It was only after making my final draft that I noted there are quite a few 🙂

TIME May 19 1980 More Cigarettes POST


TIME May 19 1980 Wolschmidt Vodka POST


TIME May 19 1980 Benson and Hedges Lights POST


TIME May 19 1980 Dubonnet POST


TIME May 19 1980 Omega Watches POST

TIME May 19 1980 Canon AE 1 POST

TIME May 19 1980 VW Vanagan Camper POST