Ocean Pacific Shirts and Iron-On Transfer (McCall’s, 1983)

OP 1983-1

OP 1983-2

Nice headband, kid.

(Images via Etsy)

The Black Hole Ringer T-Shirt, 1979

Black Hole Tee 1979-2

Black Hole Tee 1979-1

Check out a different Black Hole shirt here.

Ocean Pacific Sunwear Ad, Circa 1978

OP 1978

(Via CalStreets)

Evel Knievel Sky-Sicle and Motor-Sicle (Mego, 1974)

Evel 1974-1

Evel 1974-2

Goofiest looking kid in the world is sucking on a popsicle mold that looks like a cock and balls. Allow me to say, for the first time ever on this blog—what the fuck?

(Images via Vintage Ads and Pinterest)

A Portrait of Young Geeks About to Play D&D (1983)

Gee, I wonder who stunk up the game room.

(Photo via elston/Flickr)

Movie Theater Marquees: The Muppet Movie and Dawn of the Dead (1979)

Marquee 1978

Don’t laugh. In 1979 this was a valid double feature for the kids. Getting a ride home might be a problem, though.

The Walker Theater in Brooklyn, New York closed in 1988.

Another DotD marquee here.

(Photo via Cinema Treasures)

Heavy Metal T-Shirts Ad, 1977

Heavy Metal Ad 1977

From the first issue of the magazine, which you can read at the Internet Archive. The ad was designed by a young Tom Canty, who has won multiple World Fantasy Awards for Best Artist.

High School Yearbook Covers, 1977 – 1979 (Part Two)

Yearbook CA 1977-1

Yearbook NY 1977-1

Yearbook NY 1977-2

Yearbook CA 1978-2

Yearbook CA 1978-3

Yearbook CA 1979-2

Yearbook CA 1979-1

Part one is here.

Advanced Dungeons & Dragons Metal Miniatures Ads (1983)

AD&D 1983-1

AD&D 1983-2

From Dragon #74. If there’s one thing that can make your gaming session a real hoot, it’s a life-sized owlbear. Just don’t invite Tom Hanks.

The Art of the Dungeons & Dragons Fantasy Game (TSR, 1985) (Part One)

Art D&D Cover

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Art D&D 1985064

Art D&D 1985065

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Art D&D 1985068

Art D&D 1985069

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Art D&D 1985071

Art D&D 1985072

The Art of the Dungeons & Dragons Fantasy Game focuses on the heavyweights of the day: Easley, Elmore, Parkinson, and Caldwell. Thankfully, there’s also quite a selection of Timothy Truman, who I think is generally underrated. Almost all of the art above, most of it Truman’s, is sourced as “product design,” referring to the AD&D LJN toys released in 1983.

Many of Truman’s illustrations made it onto the action figure and adventure figure (PVC) cards, including the popular first series releases Warduke (Evil Fighter), Elkhorn (Good Fighter Dwarf), Zarak (Evil Half-Orc Assassin), and Melf (Good Fighter Elf). The same illustrations appear later in Quest for the Heartstone (1984), a module that includes many of the characters from the LJN line (and others that were meant to be part of the line but didn’t make the cut).

Truman’s gnoll illustration (sixth image down) is originally from Return to Brookmere by Rose Estes (1982), an Endless Quest book. His Orc (third image down) appeared on the back of the Orcs of the Broken Bone adventure figure card (below). His awesome Skeletal Warrior did not, for some silly reason, appear on the back of the Skeleton Soldiers of Sith card. The less awesome substitute is below.

There’s a nice trio of inks by Jeff Easley (seventh image down), also sourced as product design. I’m not sure if or when they were published.

D&D Orcs of the Broken Bone

D&D Skeleton Figures of Sith


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