British Comics 1970s and 1980s – as promoted in print advertising

2000 AD advert. 1988.

A TVTA Special

TVTA is pleased to present a selection of 1970s and 1980s British comic book titles as seen in print adverts found in… 1970s and 1980s British comic book titles 🙂

My memories of British comics.

Many of the titles featured in this post I grew with up. I have fond memories of saving up my pocket money for the weekly visit to the newsagent, and then the Sunday visit to our Grandparents’ house where there would always be a bag of sweets and a pile of comics waiting for us kids as treats. My parents split up when I was young, so when Dad visited this was yet another occasion to receive a pile of comics. As a supplement to the weekly and monthly comic books, Mom always bought us a number of hard cover annuals each Christmas.

Free Gift in this Week’s Issue !!

The kids in the grove where we lived were just as comic-mad, and we had regular get-togethers to share our comics and marvel at the free gifts we had received. Indeed, many of the adverts in today’s post are promotional adverts for free gifts included with the title. Gifts ranged from stickers to toys, badges to posters, and special offers made in conjunction with many popular sweets, crisps and chocolate brands of the day.

One good memory I have regarding comics is the day I accompanied my mom to the weekly launderette run. Completely bored, I was mooching about the premises when I found a Fifty Pence pence piece sticking out from under one of the machines. To a kid in the late 1970s 50p was not to be sniffed at. My mom was a good sport and allowed me to keep it, so I popped next door to the newsagents and came back with comics. Another good memory is of a friend having a clear-out of his stuff, and he gave me about a hundred issues of his old Beano and Dandy comics which kept me in happy reading spirits for months. Another good memory is of rainy days at school when at breaktime we stayed indoors and played toys and games or… read comics. Looking back there was many a good time spent with comics, and it’s been fun browsing some of those old titles again in search of adverts.

So, onto the ads, and there’s a little bit of everything here from Star Wars to Buster to Victor to Dan Dare, Spider-Man and Hulk, Tiger, Roy of the Rovers, 2000 AD and Doctor Who!

Enjoy.

Star Wars Weekly. 1978.

Victor Summer Specials. Victor. 1975.

Wow! Eagle 17 Jul.y 1982.

Buster. Eagle 19 Feb 1983.

Rowntree’s Fruit Gums promotion with Girl. Eagle 31 July. 1982.

Red Dagger. 1980.

2000 AD as advertised by Lemmy. 2000 AD. 1987.

A Close Encounter for Dan Dare. Eagle. 1983.

Doctor Who Weekly. 1980.

Playmobil figures promotion with Buster and Whizzer and Chips. 2000 AD. 1983.

MASK vs VENOM. 2000 AD. 1987.

Battle and Whoopee! Eagle 1983.

Roy of the Rovers. Eagle 12 Feb. 1983.

Bubblicious promotion with Tiger. Eagle 9 Apri.l 1983.

Spider-Man and Hulk.1980.

The Empire Strikes Back Weekly. 1980.

Battle Action Force. Eagle N°156. 1985.

Frantic. 1980.

2000 AD. UK. 1980.

Thank you for finding Fifty Pence pieces with us 🙂


 

The Incredible Hulk

A TVTA Special.

TVTA’s going green for this post, as we present comic covers, adverts and whatever else we found rampaging around the office Incredible Hulk related. Gaaarrrrrghhh! Don’t make us angry!



Thank you for losing your temper with us 🙂

Editor’s note, 26/03/19: Big thanks to Tim Robins for artist credit corrections on some of the UK Hulk comic covers.

Batman

A TVTA Special.

Zap!! Pow!! Here be Bats! Presenting… a TVTA special: A bat-tastic, bat-load of print ads and comic book treats, magazine covers, catalogues, Batmobiles, Batboats, Batcopters and Batbikes, the occasional Batvillain, and, erm… delicious Hostess Cup Cakes, Twinkies and Fruit Pies… all from the collection of TVTA! Holy Bat Printables! Enjoy 🙂


Batman 1960s – 1980s


Batman 1990s


Batman 2000s to present


Thanks for looking 🙂

Spider-Man

Spider-Man poster. Art by Al Milgrom. UK. 1983.

A TVTA special.

Presenting: vintage and modern print adverts, comic covers, card games and merchandise featuring web-slinging superhero Spider-Man plus his friends and arch-enemies – all from the collection of TVTA! Enjoy 🙂 



Spider-Man Top Trumps cards and sets


Thanks for looking 🙂

Post updated with new images September 2019.

Superman

A TVTA Special.

Presenting… the Man of Steel, Superman print adverts spanning the 1970s to present day. Superman toys, games, food promotions, films, comics – all from the collection of TVTA. Enjoy!



Thanks for looking 🙂

Tomart’s Action Figure Digest, 2006

Cover: Tomart’s Action Figure Digest N°143, March, 2006. US.

A TVTA Special.

The Vintage Toy Advertiser tIme machine takes a short trip back to 2006 to look at some exceedingly cool toys – as featured in the March issue of Tomart’s Action Figure Digest N°143.

Images copyright of Tomart’s Action Figure Digest and are scanned and shown here for toy information and educational purposes. Click images to go bigger.


Rocky by Jakks Pacific


Jimmy Page, Freddie Mercury, Muhammad Ali, MOTU, John Lennon, Scarface, Pirates of the Caribbean by NECA 


The Notorious B.I.G., Miami Vice, Public Enemy by Mezco


DC Superheroes by Mattel


Marvel characters by Toy Biz and Medicom


Spawn, Aliens, Predator, Rambo


UK Toy Fair 2006


As always, thanks for looking 🙂

Join us ye brave space cadets…

… as TVTA blasts off into 2019 and gets completely spaced out in the name of all things space!

Stick around! Space Letraset action transfers. 1960s. France.

A TVTA Special.

Dear readers, we invite you to get with the space programme! 

Here are your eight training modules. Good luck space cadets… mission control is counting on you!


Module 1 – Galactic Communication. Space exploration stamps!

Module 2 – Simulations. Learn how to make Nasa space dioramas!

“We come in pieces.” Jean Höfler / Plong Nasa space toys. West Germany. Diorama by TVTA.


Module 3 – Essential Equipment. Space toys!

Module 4 – Construction in Space. The Lego Method!

Module 5 – Video Learning. Space movies!

Module 6 – Uniforms and Kit. Space style!

Module 7 – Know thy moons!

Module 8 – Space nutrition. All you can eat and drink in the vacuum of space!

Congratulations space cadets! You have passed your basic training and can now proceed to mission control to receive your first assignment.

Don’t forget to pick up your free astronaut goodie-bags, space TV wi-fi helmet and alien monkey blaster gifts from Group Captain Buzz Lightyear who will be on hand to answer all your space questions! Cosmic calamities await!

Buzz Lightyear original 90s talking toy. TVTA collection.

Join us again soon as we blast off to Venus in search of chocolate fizzing macaroons and gravity-free Swiss cheese! Happy New year to all our readers, and may much happiness and success come your way! As always, thanks for looking 🙂


 

Horse Play

A TVTA Special.

Wild horses. Carousel, Square Louise Michel, Montmartre, Paris.


France. Castors Juniors. 1979.



France. Pif Gadget. 1978.



Italy. Topolino. 1979.



France. Pif Gadget. 1985.



France. La Redoute mail order page. 1978 / 79.



France. Pif Gadget. 1981.



France. Pif Gadget. 1983.



Creations RC catalogue page. Date Unknown.

Thanks for looking!

Speeder Bikes and ads from Fine Scale Modeler, Jan / Feb 1986

Fine Scale Modeller cover for Jan / Feb 1986.

Fine Scale Modeler cover for Jan / Feb 1986.

A TVTA Special.

The 1986 Jan / Feb edition of Fine Scale Modeler featured a step-by-step guide on how to build a Return of the Jedi diorama. The results are impressive, and part of the diorama – featuring a Speeder Bike and Scout – is shown on the excellent cover, seen above.

Inside there are some nice modelling ads from companies like AMT, Testors, Fujimi and MRC-Tamiya, all of which feature below. Enjoy.

Richard Petty's Nascar number 43. by AMT. US. Fine Scale Modeller. 1986.

Richard Petty’s Nascar number 43. by AMT. US. Fine Scale Modeler. 1986.

Porsche 911 by Fujimi. US. Fine Scale Modeller. 1986.

Porsche 911 turbo by Fujimi. US. Fine Scale Modeler. 1986.

Airbrush thinners by Testors. US. Fine Scale Modeller. 1986.

Airbrush thinners by Testors. US. Fine Scale Modeler. 1986.

World War II Battleships by MRC-Tamiya. US. Fine Scale Modeller. 1986.

World War II Battleships by MRC-Tamiya. US. Fine Scale Modeler. 1986.