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On a theme of flying

Flying. adj. in the air, winged

Up, up, and away! Take to the air with TVTA as we present retro adverts and comic covers on a theme of flying! We promise you all our pilots are teetotal (mainly on Mondays and Wednesdays) and pride ourselves in our company motto what goes up must come down, eventually. Choose from our range of travel options: jet engine, propeller, elastic band launch, glued feathers on card, or why not go full-on space cadet! So, buckle up, grab a Hostess Twinkie, and familiarise yourself with our flight safety instructions (free parachute included).


FEATHERED MADNESS. “NOW, EVEN MORE GOJA!”

Swedish friends may have to help me with this translation. I think ‘goja’ means nonsense, silliness?

Mad Magazine Sweden. 1978.


MORE FEATHERED FANDOOGLERY!

I’ll have what the bird’s having please! Bird seed? Not just any bird seed, it’s Trill!

Trill bird food. 1981. Denmark.


FEATHERED FELONY! PIGEON WOMAN IS PIGEON PERSON!

I like this DC supervillain – Pigeon Woman/Person – and her evil plot to steal famous statues of North America aided by her pigeon army! Pigeons love nothing more than perching (and pooping) on statues, so it’s a brilliant evil plan! Plus, she gets to annoy historians and tourists. Pigeon Person’s costume has that washed-out, grey and black pigeon poop colour, augmented with a crimson red tunic. Her wings quite honestly are spectactular! But bad luck for Pigeon Person that Batman and Robin were ready to foil her plans with those crime-busting super snack allies – Hostess Cupcakes!

Hostess Cup Cakes. Batman and Robin in Birds of a Feather. 1977. US.


WAYS TO FLING YOUR FLYING THINGS!

A 1979 Mighty Marvel Flying Shield. Free when taking out subscriptions. Offer only available to true believers everywhere, but not valid on The Red Skull. No frisbee love for him then. You can almost hear the glee in the Captain’s voice as he tells us this!

Marvel Flying Shields. 1979. US.


MONOGRAM SPEEDEE-BILT. RUBBER-POWERED FLYERS

I have a ton of adverts for the famous Monogram brand, and this new one is an interesting addition: you assemble it, wind it up, then let it go. We all know products sometimes never live up to their advertising claims, but these Speedee-Bilts look fun.

Monogram SpeedeeBilt Flyers. 1977. US.


TAKE OFF ON A TRIP TO ENGLAND

Another Monogram ad, this time a sweepstakes competition to win a 1st prize trip to England at the Farnborough Air Show.

Monogram Wild Blue Yonder Sweepstakes. 1976. US.


FLYING ON AUTOMATIC

This Cox Sure Flyer had an automatic pilot switch as well as the traditional hand control method.

Cox Sure Flyers. 1976. US.


SKY HEROES

Traditional pull-back-and-launch-from-elastic band. Sky Heroes were made by the reputable Marx Toys company, so were probably good value for money.

Superman Sky Heroes. Marx toys. 1977. US.


SUPERGIRL. IN FLIGHT. SHE’S ARRIVED

Supergirl movie. UK. 1984.


THE DARKSIDE OF FLIGHT

WE HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR YOU! A truly awful outcome for that one time you make a routine parachute landing in enemy territory and discover your comrades are skeleton-dead!

Weird War Tales 44. 1976. US.


OR, AIRSHIPS AND ALIENS!

Weird War Tales 60. 1978. US.


ALPHA FLIGHT – EVIL IS HERE

Alpha Flight N°72. 1989. US.


THE WAR OF THE STARS

Handheld electronic game in which you fly a space vehicle around the galaxy and destroy stuff.

Guerre des Astres. 1983. France.


“THE MOST DEVASTATING KILLING MACHINE EVER BUILT…

… His job … steal it!”

Firefox (when web browser names were simply killer jets).

Firefox movie. France. 1982.


BLOOD-CURDLING VAMPIRE BAT

My favourite line from this 1973 ad: ‘So realistic, it even fools other bats’

Vampire Bat. 1973. US.


That’s all for now, vintage mates. Thank you for flying with TVTA 🙂

Top tips for being a successful blogger in an age of uncertainty


Greetings vintage mates,

If you wish to become a successful blogger in this age of uncertainty,

you will need…

#1 – a ridiculous but click-worthy title. Like the one I’ve used for today’s post. Utterly meaningless. But somewhat intriguing. I’d click on it for sure.

You will also need…

#2 – attention-grabbing pic fairly early on, as some people simply won’t be bothered to read your words, no matter how good a wordsmith you are. I already added a cool pic at the start of the post, but here’s another one to keep things fresh…

How to handle your hamster correctly.


#3 – you will also need a sense of self-deprecation. As editor of TVTA I daily suck at many things. I try to do well but often fail miserably, or spectacularly. Here I am one time in Paris, trying to look cool but in reality taking up valuable image hosting space which could be used for something far more useful. Thank goodness I don’t have a Facebook or Instagram to share this photo on!

I eat croissants. Portrait of the artist in pre-tentious moment of vintage grandeur. Mon Dieu, I love France, and it’s curious and beautiful people, and old-school postcards, and display rack anti-theft devices.


To be a successful blogger in an age of uncertainty you will also need:

#4 – a loyal and intrepid office cat. Like TVTA’s very own Wooof! 75% of stuff that gets done around here can be attributed to the cat. The other 25% is me, but only because the cat has mind-control powers which I am unable to resist – no matter how often I wear my protective blue and red lens vintage 3D glasses, or the orange and purple-striped teflon-lined woolen jersey Mrs Coldkettle the tea lady knitted me last winter.

Wooof, TVTA intrepid office cat (in secret moustache and Dicky Bow disguise kit).


#5 – a fear of clowns. This will help you to focus, stay sharp, and keep you on your blogging toes at all times!

Run like the wind!


#6 – space ships. Statistics show that 71% of successful bloggers in an age of uncertainty have access to functional spaceships.


#7 – Giant motorised fruit and vegetables. A must-have for bloggers in an age of uncertainty!


#8 – you will also need a Karma Credit Roll

What’s this?

A Karma Credit Roll, or as TVTA likes to sometimes call it The Boomerang In Your Arms Effect is quite simply the force of love. In the words of the great German thinker/Scorpions vocalist, Klaus Mein: “The more love you give, the more you’ll find.” In blogging terms this can be related to an appreciation of the works of your fellow bloggers to gain an appreciation of your own work, while at the same time creating an enriching environment for all.


#9 – you’re also gonna need a stack of vintage adverts, magazines and comics! (if that’s your thing). Luckily Wooof and I have a few thousand of these scattered around the place…


#10 – and lastly, to be a successful blogger in an age of uncertainty, you will need to post a Top-Ten list of something you think is cool, even if it’s been done before, or it’s not cool, or it doesn’t make any sense – you absolutely must (by internet law) make a Top-Ten list of something… which is exactly what I’ve done with this post 🙂

Now, sit back, soak up all those likes, comments, reblogs, and endorsements from major corporations and Hollywood stars. You’ve earned it baby!

Suggested power song to blog to today: “The Best” by Tina Turner.

As always, thanks for looking 🙂

This post was brought to you by office cat disguise kits and top ten lists of top ten things to top ten list about when you generally avoid top ten things. No hamsters, fruit or vegetables were handled incorrectly in this production. All images courtesy of French comic/magazine Pif Gadget

Never Mind the Adverts Pt14 – Action Figure Frolics and Fun, plus Name-that-Figure quiz, all in TVTA Color!

Welcome to the latest Never Mind The Adverts Here Are The Toys!

In this edition, I finally get my hands on a Thirteenth Doctor action figure as portrayed by Jodie Whittaker in the BBC sci-fi drama Doctor Who. Judge Death stops by to give us an intimate portrait. X-23 Laura Kinney strikes some cool poses. Barbie meets a Dalek! And test your knowledge with TVTA’s fun-time action figure quiz: can you identify the characters and which franchise they belong to?


Doctor Who by Character Options

When 13 met Martha…

The Doctor and Martha Jones finally meet. It’s only natural they strike a pose for the camera.

when Barbie met Dalek

Dalek: Exfoliate! Exfoliate! Barbie: All in good time my lovely new blue accessory… first we have to choose outfits, do our hair, bake cakes, then there’s this cool party I’m throwing later over at my place. What? You haven’t seen my dream house yet!?!


Judge Death – the intimate side 

X-23 – These boots are made for slashing, and a fistful of adamantium! 

X-23… how do you like it?


Quiz time!!!

And now, from Norwich, it’s the quiz of the week! Presenting, in glorious TVTAColorVision, the TVTA fun-time action figure quiz: Identify each character for 1 point, its franchise for a bonus point. Can you score more than 14 points? Don’t feel bad if not, this is quite hard, and Wooof only scored 5 points and he’s supposed to be an expert! Haha. Hard cheese, cat… What, shhhh, don’t tell the readers I only scored 3 points!

Answers are at the end of the post… no cheating! Deduct a point if you do, naughty you!

Right, let’s go! Name the following characters, and the franchise they appear in…


Cowboys!

And finally, how about some cool cowboy figures from the 1980s? These were made by a company called Gerca. I remember nagging my mom for ages as a kid for a pack of cowboys very similar to these – I wanted them because their hats and guns were removable and the body parts interchangeable!

Wild West figures. Gerca. 1980s. Made in Macau. Loose.

Wild West figures. Gerca. 1980s. Made in Macau. MIP.


That’s all folks,

Thanks for getting action figure quizzical with us 🙂  Join us again soon for another edition of Never Mind The Adverts, in glorious TVTAColorVision!! 

Late 20th century Disney in print

The wonderful world of Disney as seen in TVTA’s print ad collection 1967 – 1999.

1982. Mickey Mouse 50. Miran Studio. Idea. Japan.

The Walt Disney Company was founded in the US in 1923 by Walt Disney and Roy O. Disney. Disney is famous for its film studios, theme parks, TV and cable networks, Mickey and Minnie, Donald and Daisy, and an impressive list of acclaimed animated and live action films.

The Disney brand has appeared across toy lines, books, games, food and drink promotions and numerous household goods worldwide. In 2012 the company purchased the Lucasfilm Star Wars franchise to add to its entities. TVTA is pleased to feature some of the wonderful advertising and packaging that has represented the Disney brand during the late 20th century. Our featured images come from Brazil, Denmark, France, Japan, the Netherlands, the UK and the US. Click the pics to enlarge and enjoy 🙂


Toys, games, stickers

1984. Mickey magazine video game special. Brazil.

Films

Tron. 1982. France.

Promotions


Books and music

1987. Mickey. Brazil.

1981. Disney story cassettes. Denmark.


Mickey Mouse anniversary. 1979. Denmark.


Thanks for looking 🙂

Fresh

Wow, she said, what freshness! Minty, flashes of taste! Let’s dance!

Freshen-Up Gum. 1970s. France.


In other vintage fresh news…

Sony Walkman Quick Hamburgers prize competition

Sony Walkman. 1981. France.


Role Playing Games, dolls, cars and toy soldiers


Pez puzzle puzzlement

Pez. Pif Gadget. 1984.


You know we can’t go on like this. Tell ’em Reggie…

Baseball Trading Cards. 1990. US.


Just give us your poems and we’ll say no more…

Poems. 1976. US.


Thank you for getting fresh with us 🙂

 

Matchbox military vehicles

“M.K.” is the only artist I can see credited among these 9 superb French print adverts for Matchbox military vehicles from the 1970s. The artwork successfully captures the dynamics of land, sea and air combat as Matchbox explored the theme of war through their popular model kits and die cast lines like Sea-Kings, Battle-Kings and Sky-Busters.

Matchbox Spitfire model kit. Artist signature “M.K.” in bottom left.



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 🙂

Weekend treats and novelties

Eye Candy?

The New Mutants N°24. 1985. US.

I leave you with some tasty treats and fun novelties for this weekend’s post at TVTA. May your weekend rock, dear readers. Alas mine will be more elevator Muzak as I have to work this weekend… #sigh


Always that same sense of dread and impending doom whenever I arrive at work for the weekend shift…

Conan the Barbarian. The Scarlet Personage. 1985. Owsley, Buscema, Chan, Chiang, Roussos.

So thank goodness for Punch ‘n Juicy Soft Bubble Gum – the big juicy taste in my favourite flavours! Yay, Very Cherry!

Punch ‘n Juicy. The Thing N°6. 1983. US.

And thank the lucky stars for M&M’s too…

M&M’s. The New Mutants N°57. 1987. US.

Packs of fun for everyone…

M&M’s. Blue Beetle. 1986. US.

Going for orange. “Glubgrafutz” Reese’s Pieces!

Reeses Pieces. The Incredible Hulk N°311. 1985. US.

A fun puzzle as you munch your way through a box of cookies…

Striped Chips Ahoy. The Young All-Stars N°9. 1988.

Coca-Cola gets minimal and edgy in bid to eradicate thirst…

Coke. The Young All-Stars N°9. 1988.

Okay, fine, but what about the toys?

… all these sugary vintage snacks are giving us toothache!

No problem.

Ask and ye shall receive…

Check out this awesome toy…

Téléphérique toy. Jouets Mont Blanc. France. 1969.

Hm. Do you have anything a little more exciting than that?

Exciting eh? How about…

Masters of the Universe

Fabulous secret powers were revealed to TVTA when… wait, hang on, these ads are fake news! Legit, not. Surely some kind of 80s MOTU bootleg knockoff thing going on! 

Look away now…

Mighty Laser Lite Sword 1986 and Mighty Force Weapons Set 1987. Netherlands.

It’s okay. It’s safe to look again. This next ad has been verified as real by the Wooof Authentic Advertising Agency & Antler Awareness Society…

MOTU. Intertoys Speelboek 1987 Autumn Catalogue. Netherlands.

We mentioned cookies earlier didn’t we?

Cookie Monster Piano. FAO Schwartz. 1980-81. US.

Did we mention anything about being tough? (sparkle edition)

Be tough. The Incredible Hulk N°318. 1986. US.

Hard stuff. Sega Burning Rangers, what’s not to love about this ad?

Sega Burning Rangers. The Young All-Stars N°9. 1988.

Time’s marching on, so better say goodnight and post up the final ad… 

Goodnight Playmobil. Goodnight vintage mates and happy weekend 🙂

Playmobil. Intertoys Speelboek. 1987. Netherlands.