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The mystery and madness of Weird War Tales

Presenting a selection of covers from DC publication Weird War Tales.

Weird War Tales ad. 1980.

Weird War Tales was an anthology series of war-related stories blended with sci-fi, horror and the paranormal. Each issue was hosted by a character called ‘Death’ who was often drawn wearing a different military uniform for each issue. Recurring characters such as the Creature Commandos, G.I. Robot, and The War That Time Forgot became regular stories. The original title ran from 1971 to 1983 across 124 issues. In 1997 it was revised as a four part series, and in 2000 a one-off special.

Weird War Tales 31 1974 Luis Dominguez cover.

Weird War Tales 35 1975 Luis Dominguez cover.

Weird War Tales 86 1980 Joe Kubert cover.

Weird War Tales 88 1980 Joe Kubert cover.

Weird War Tales 90 1980 Joe Kubert cover.

Weird War Tales 92 1980 Joe Kubert cover.

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Weird War Tales 25. Cover by Alfred P Alcala. 1974.

Weird War Tales N° 60. 1978. Cover by Joe Kubert.

Weird War Tales N° 53. 1977. Cover by Jim Apero.

Weird War Tales N° 69. 1978. Cover by Joe Kubert.

US. DC. Weird War Tales 72. Joe Kubert cover. 1979.

US. DC. Weird War Tales 49. Sparling and Colletta. 1976.


May the 1982 Wilton Yearbook of Cake Decorating be with you

The Wilton Yearbook of Cake Decorating 1982 had been on TVTA’s ‘to get’ list for a few years …

Mainly because of this cake-tastic Star Wars ad …

Star Wars ESB cake pans, candles, molds and toppers. The Wilton Yearbook of Cake Decorating 1982. US.

And this …

Star Wars ESB cake toppers. The Wilton Yearbook of Cake Decorating 1982. US.

But the US baking publication also serves up some other interesting pop culture goodies …

Like these …

And these …

And these …

And these …

Then there’s this cheestastic and delightful happy family in the kitchen ad … hotdog! I think they’re making a happy lion cake …

And … You’ll be a baking star …

And finally, Wooof’s favourite, a most adorable big cat big cake cover … it’s the happy lion …

Right, we’re off to find our aprons and chef’s hats for a round of happy lion cake making in the TVTA kitchen. Until next time, you can have your cake magazine but don’t ever eat it, and remember kids … a lion is not just for Christmas but forever. Thank you for sweetly decorating with us 🙂


Dino Riders

Dino-Riders was a VHS and TV series animated show that ran between 1987 and 1988 with an additional special feature in 1990. The storyline concentrated on the war between the time-travelling Valorian and Rulon factions, and their relationship with and employment of prehistoric dinosaurs as weapons/vehicles.

A toyline was created in the US by Tyco featuring both the humanoid and dinosaur characters. The dinosaurs were so highly regarded for their detailed sculpts and colour that the famous Smithsonian Institution approached Tyco to reproduce adapted versions for their “Dinosaur and other Prehistoric Reptile Collection”. The following two adverts are from France and Italy.

France. Cora catalogue. 1988.

Italy. 1990.


MOTU 1983 View-Master Gift Set

The latest addition to TVTA’s toy room is this superb 1983 View-Master MOTU gift set.

I must have been about nine the first time I looked through a View-Master – Planet of the Apes and Disney images are what I remember seeing, all in wonderful 3-D colour. It was like staring through two keyholes that promised magical lands, heroes and creatures… a whole new dimension to the wide-open eyes of the nine-year old me. If kaleidoscopes were the Stickle Bricks of the optical toy world, then View-Master was the Lego 🙂

So, onto the MOTU gift set, and fabulous secret powers were revealed to TVTA when we attempted to photograph a few sample images of He-Man and his pals direct from the View-Master. No easy task. Here are our (2D) results …

Onto the box, which hasn’t fared too badly over the years, and some attractive artwork along with a very pleasing overall design …


Reverse – note the cut-out window through which light could enter, enabling you to view the images of a reel before purchasing the gift set.



And finally, a French ad featuring the gift set …

France. Pif Gadget. 1984.

Thank you for inserting “up for viewer” with us 🙂 Please check out our main View-Master page which has tons of stereoscopic delights for your eyes!

Merry Christmas from The Vintage Toy Advertiser

A little retro toy something for everyone here as we rewind to 1988 with the Cora Christmas toy catalogue from France. 

Cover of the 1988 Cora Christmas catalogue.


G. I. Joe

Lego Space


My Little Pony

Dino Riders

Radio Control Cars

Olivia Dolls


Saber Riders


Battleships and Torpedo Run

Trivial Pursuit

Cluedo Video

Board Games various

Walkie-Talkies, Table-top Football, Pinball


Thanks for looking, merry Christmas 🙂

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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