Friday, October 14, 2011

Off-Model Madness Returns! When Captain America Throws His Mighty--Gun?! Marvel Comics!

Ah, the 70s. Before the days of style guides, corporate group-think, and pre-arranged packaging design and product tie-in campaigns! Only then could we get such wonderfully bizarre and odd toys, art, and concepts as you see here! Never mind that Captain America normally doesn't carry a gun (at that time), or spend his day off engaging in archery (can't he depend on his buddy Hawkeye for that?) or using his "magic flash-lite," here are some toys using Cap imagery that any young fan in the "Me decade" had to have! The "art" on such items was crudely traced from comics artwork done by real Marvel artists such as Sal Buscema, Jack Kirby, and John Romita, Sr.! Hooboy! Click to enlarge!

BONUS! Click below to enlarge this grand-daddy of all off-model toys! It's a mid-70s casting (by the kings of off-model junk, AHI) of the Batmobile, from the 1966 TV show, but with positively dreadful (but eye-catching) graphics! They even lifted the Joker image directly from the cover of a famous Batman comic book

1 comment:

Rick said...

How about "When Captain America shoots his rubber-tipped dart". Love the off style guide stuff.