Dungeons & Dragons and Tasting the Rainbow

Dungeons and Dragons. 1995. US.

Dungeons and Dragons. 1996. US.

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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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Smurfs figurines Catalogue 1965 to 1986 (part 2)

TVTA is pleased to present part 2 of the scans for this wonderful German Schleich catalogue featuring world-famous Peyo Smurfs figurines.

Part 1 showing the entire 1965 to 1986 Smurfs figurine range can be seen here

In part 2 we look at some of the figurine history and production processes; comic strips and animation; plus brilliant photographs showing some famous (and very lucky) 1980s recipients of the German pop culture magazine Pop Rocky ‘Golden Hammer Smurf’ awards!

Kim!

Kim Wilde photographed with her Pop Rocky Golden Hammer Smurf Award.

ABBA…

Abba photographed with Pop Rocky Golden Hammer Smurf Award.

Smurfs Schleich catalogue 1986 inhalt 01

History and design 

Comic strip pages

Animation

Pop Rocky magazine Golden Hammer Smurf Awards!

Smurf fan mail!


Thanks for smurfing with us  🙂

Check out part 1 here

Toys and games from 1986

Featuring Rambo action figures by Coleco, Zoids by Tomy, Crossbows and Catapults by Action GT, Robotix by MB, and more – taken from the Autumn Bargains Catalogue, 1986, UK.

Action GT toys and games. Autumn Bargains catalogue. 1986. UK.

Rambo action figures. Tonka toys. BMX Ultra Burner. Autumn Bargains catalogue. 1986. UK.

From Tomy: Merry-Go-Copter; Little Crib Concert; Super Cup Football; Zoids. Autumn Bargains catalogue. 1986. UK.

Robotix and Lego. Autumn Bargains catalogue. 1986. UK.


Thanks for looking 🙂

Britains Toy catalogue, 1979

Featuring toys from the world famous British toy manufacturer William Britain, as seen in the 1979 English, French, and German language mini catalogue. Britains are well known for producing durable and highly detailed painted toy figures, play sets, and vehicles, with sets such as the ‘Deetail’ line being much sought after by collectors in today’s vintage toy market.

On a personal note, as a child, I collected the Britains American Civil War soldiers, 7th Cavalry, Cowboys and Indians, and German Infantry figures. I also had one of the wagon and horses sets, and a selection of farm animals, and one of my brothers had numerous animals from the Wildlife range. This catalogue brings back a lot of happy toy memories 🙂

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Ertl farm, country, and construction toys

Ertl Hickory Grove Farm. 1990.

TVTA is pleased to present images from two 1990 Ertl export catalogues. Ertl, founded in America in 1945, specialises in die cast vehicles and is notable for its production of farm, country, and construction toys, featuring brands such as John Deere, Massey Ferguson, Ford, Caterpillar, and Case International.

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Ertl Farm Machinery. 1990.

Ertl Farm. 1990.

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