Advanced Dungeons & Dragons Dragonlance Miniatures (Set 1) (TSR, 1984)



I first talked about Dragonlance way back here. I was obsessed with the books when they came out, although I reread Dragons of Autumn Twilight a couple of years ago and it didn’t really hold up. Not all that surprising.

I never got into the minis. I always found them interesting and would have liked to try my hand at painting a few, but they were too expensive. Making the sculpts is certainly an art form. The art on the box cover is by Jeff Easley from the Dragons of Flame module (1984).

Somebody give Toede a flame-throwing guitar!

Shogun Warriors Colorforms Adventure Set (Colorforms, 1978)




San Diego State University Comic-Con Committee, 1972

SDSU 1972

I can’t find any info on the fanzine the Chairman (far right) is holding. The first San Diego Comic-Con was held in 1970. Photos from the 1973 SDCC are here.

(Image via SDSU’s Comic-Con History Project)

Kid Reading Comic Books, 1945

Boy Comic 1945

Detective Comics #96 1945

Big Kids Playing Atari, Circa 1983

Atari 1978

My first guess for the year was 1978, but the 2600 model looks like the four-switch, wood veneer version first released in 1980, and the date in the top right corner looks like ’83. I’m betting Video Olympics is what they’re playing.

There’s a record in front of the stereo I can’t identify. I wish I had that chair.

Dungeons & Dragons Lite-Brite Picture Refill (Hasbro, 1984)

D&D Lite 1984

D&D Lite 1984-2

The good: Warduke, Warduke’s Shield, Strongheart’s mustache. The bad: Castle. The stupid: Charmay (I don’t want to know what she’s holding). I like Garn too, but I think it’s because he reminds me of the zombies in Ghosts ‘n Goblins.

Item sold on eBay for $26.00.

Advanced Dungeons & Dragons Coloring Book: The Crown of Rulership (1983) (Part One)















A new adventure begins, this time with the creative team of David Anthony Kraft (writer) and Pablo Marcos (artist). The cover is by Earl Norem.

Kraft started at Marvel as the editor of FOOM in 1978 and had a memorable run on The Defenders. Throughout the ’80s he worked on promotional materials, coloring/activity books, and the Marvel Books imprint. He went on to found the influential Comics Interview, which ran from 1983 to 1995.

Peruvian Pablo Marcos emigrated to the U.S. in the early 1970s and got his first American comics work with Warren and Skywald publications before moving to Marvel. He is best known for penciling Tales of the Zombie and inking John Buscema’s Conan the Barbarian.

As for the story thus far in The Crown of Rulership, my only question is, why the hell is the map to the all-powerful Crown shoved in willy-nilly with all the other scrolls, and very much out in the open? Better yet, why hasn’t someone of lawful good alignment already secured the Crown, to prevent evildoers from doing the same?

More to come. The AD&D Characters Coloring Book, if you haven’t seen it, is here.

Swatch Ads, 1984






Models in the first four ads are, from top to bottom, Morgan Brittany (Dallas, Glitter), Lauren Hutton (Lassiter, Once Bitten), Tom Berenger (eating spaghetti, for some reason), and Bruce Jenner. Brittany and Jenner hosted the second season of Star Games (1985-1986), a sports competition show featuring teams of celebrities.

The Swatch craze was absolute madness, and probably the first time I had a real conception of economic class. There were so many fashions and fads going on at the same time, and only the kids with money could keep up with them. The idea was to wear as many Swatches as possible (wrists, arms, ankles), and the gluttonous, neon ’80s did not disappoint.

(Images via Wishbook)

Model Kits: ‘Xtasy’ Chevy Custom Van (AMT, 1977)




“Get yours together and get into the van scene NOW!”

Star Trek: The Motion Picture `Ilia’ Iron-On Transfer (1979)

Ilia 1979

If you had it and wore it, I’m impressed. Almost as cool as this Tron Yori shirt.

(Image via eBay)




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