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Denyer 2015-08-24 04:56 PM

Books and magazines about retro toys/cartoons/comics
Skyquake mentioning the He-Man Art Book in another thread, Dalek having just published a book about TF comics and Ryan F having plans for one got me thinking about a round-up of other tie-in publications. There are getting to be more of them as folk get older, publishing involves fewer barriers, etc etc. But no need to limit it to unofficial stuff.

I'm thinking less of well-served fandoms such as Doctor Who where there are dozens if not hundreds of unofficial books of articles, but again chime in to talk about anything you've found and liked, particularly if people are unlikely to stumble on it otherwise. Documentaries would count too. Long-hoped-for reprints? Why not, if it's about collecting and preserving the history of brand-type media.

General TV and film stuff is probably where I'd think a different thread was justified.

Entries marked with an asterisk are to my knowledge hard to find.

80s cartoons/comics in general

Cereal Geek magazine

Doctor Who comics

Vworp Vworp!*!

Fighting Fantasy Gamebooks

You Are The Hero


David Rowe's Art of Knightmare

Masters of the Universe

Art of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe

The Power and The Honor Foundation Catalog Vol 1*

The Unofficial He-Man Cartoon Guide

He-Man and the Masters of the Universe Minicomic Collection

He-Man and the Masters of the Universe: The Newspaper Comic Strips


Hear The Roar


Generations (toys)

Legacy (box art)

Transformation (UK comic)

Vault (misc)


Visionaries Collector's Guide

Denyer 2015-09-12 07:42 PM

This thing looks really good, shouldn't be long now until it's out.

Skyquake87 2015-09-12 09:35 PM

I am very excited about this! Deffo going on my Xmas list :) I am really enjoying The Art Of He-Man, and the mini-comics actually look great (although I had a bunch of He-Man figures as a child, the Mini-Comics were quickly lost) and worth a read.

inflatable dalek 2015-09-12 10:41 PM

I'm reliably informed one of those is the Greatest Book Ever written.

Well, four and a half star average review rating on Amazon UK anyway. That's basically the same.

Brendocon 2.0 2015-09-15 01:12 PM

15.30 on Amazon UK? Another example of Dark Horse bitchslapping Marvel and DC all over the place when it comes to VFM on hardcover stuff.

Shame their trades tend to be comparatively more expensive though.

Anyway, that's bloomin' fantastic value and I must own it.

Tangentially, have the 80s UK MotU comics ever been reprinted or made available online? That was my default continuity for the franchise and I'd like the chance to revisit it and find out it's awful.

Denyer 2015-09-15 07:04 PM

Some of it.

Denyer 2015-10-21 09:15 PM

Kickstarter for the first of several volumes about 80s-90s G.I. Joe toys;

Denyer 2017-02-19 01:08 PM

Looks like there'll be a big Visionaries retrospective book at some point, involving the Mapes brothers and crowdfunding:



Also this turned up today from Amazon... the art style is very similar to the UK MOTU comics, although clearly different material and continuity:

Dark Horse are doing a lot of fan-driven MOTU stuff, aren't they? This one driven by Danielle "Penny Dreadful" Gelehrter and some other folk. Great stuff, and reading about the recreation process (newsprint being so fragile and strips being broken down into panels for different printing contexts at the time, etc) gives some appreciation of the herculean work to find, layout and sequence things.

If anyone's come (or is further ahead with writing in at least one case for someone here, IIRC) across other books about stuff from this era, do say!

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