Sunday, February 13, 2011

DC'S 80'S HOUSE: Dr Fate, Suicide Squad, Justice League and The Question Ads

Talk about buried treasure! Many moons ago (or Wolverine series' ago - however you choose to measure time) I wrapped my hands on a high res scanner, and then copied the death out of some of my favourite 80's comics, in the hopes of locking away their awesomeness for life.

Until I lost the disk.

Well guess what I found? Yup, while I won't be flooding IADW with all frillon megabytes of four colour turned three colour goodness right away, to set you up for a little of what's ahead, here are four 80's DC house ads, that only get better with age.

Part of the reason I scanned these suckers so big is so I could use them to cover books or as posters. The only thing that stopped Dr. Fate here going up on the wall; Grandpa pants. Fighting evil with a waistline that high and a wedgie is no way to go.

When I first saw this, having never seen the character before, I thought The Question had a guardian dragon made of smoke. Although that wasn't the case, it was written by Denny O'Neil! That guy could write the phone book and I'd still read every word - literally.

How can you look at 80's DC without Suicide Squad? I don't know what it was about this poster that made me a life-long fan straight off the bat, but I got more addicted with every monthly shot.

Speaking of definitive DC 80'S, the revamped Justice League. Personally I think this is still one of the best line-up's going (Mr Miracle is so under-used)! Who needs Super-whatchamacallim anyway?

What ones do you remember folks?

7 comments:

  1. ah yes i remember all these quite well. but ya know i never saw the color version of that Suicide Squad Wanted house ad before, cool.

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  2. Dan - Great choices and great scans! Really awesome stuff. I remember these very well! I'm a huge Doctor Fate and JLI fan, so those are especially near-and-dear to my heart.

    Last year I ran a series of ads from 1987 comics. I think you might like some of them. You can check them out here:
    http://onceuponageek.com/tag/dc87/

    The Irredeemable Shag
    http://firestormfan.com - The Source for DC Comics' Nuclear Man

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  3. I had never seen that SS picture. Very cool.
    The JLI one is for me a classic. That's from when I started buying a reading monthly comics. They're very dear to me.

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  4. The '80's were before my time for comics, but my best friend was into them pretty heavily. He had all four issues of Frank Miller's "The Dark Knight Returns". I remember being blown away by not just the covers but the whole concept.

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  5. Thanks for the great comments people! The 80's was the best comic time Craig - awesome things were happening everywhere and a few books didnt break the bank!

    I do am a big Dr Fate fan Shag - I even wrote and drew a whole Fate vs Silver Surfer comic back in high school. I think it's the mask that hooked me! Will check out that link right after I post this!

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  6. What a great bunch, Dan. Oddly, I don't recall that Suicide Squad poster at all. And that JLI poster/cover is so wonderfully misleading in terms of the team's attitude.

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  7. I know Martin right? It would be more apt if Blue Beetle was giving Guy a wedgie - or a pie fight was breaking out around a not amused Bats, and Martian Manhunter...

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