Very Early Star Wars Toy Ad By Yours Truly

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Long time, no blog!  But I had to share this toy ad I drew that appeared in Marvel Comics in late 1977.  The first STAR WARS film had come out in May of that year and caused a sensation so naturally  people were jumping on the bandwagon.  In this case it was Ivan Snyder of HEROES WORLD, who specialized in marketing superhero themed toys and relied on Joe Kubert and we students to illustrate his advertisements and catalogs.

This assignment fell to me, and I did everything, including redrawing the logo by hand (as we had no stats of the official logo) and the coloring (which works pretty darn good if I say so myself). The only thing I didn’t do was the small lettering (which very much looks to me like Joe’s hand).

A pretty cool example of a very rare and early STAR WARS toy tie in published in the comics.

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  1. Of course the Atom would be in a mini-comic. November 27th, 2015 3:01 am

    […] wee bit of Star Wars comics history for you…here’s an old SW toy ad drawn by Rick […]

  2. Paolo November 27th, 2015 3:53 am

    A piece of history and my new/old t-shirt:

    DARTH VADAR lives!

  3. John E. Williams December 1st, 2015 9:15 am

    That has to be Joe’s lettering. Even his lettering felt like he was yelling at you.

  4. Ed December 8th, 2015 10:38 pm

    I was about 8-9 years old when you did these and drooled over those catalogs. I want this and this and this. Was there a reason why photos were never used?

  5. Snark Shark February 5th, 2016 10:44 pm

    COOL!

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