Brian Bolland’s Death Ray!

Found this while browsing through ebay recently, it’s wonderful piece of artwork by Brian Bolland which the listing says it’s a poster from the 1970s titled Death Ray. Not sure if it’s from a comic or just a one off design but it’s so striking with it’s retro science fiction look that I felt it should go on here. If you’re tempted to buy it the listing is still up for sale on ebay UK here!

Death Ray

Starburst – Forbidden Planet Adverts – Part 2

Here’s the next batch of Forbidden Planet adverts from the pages of Starburst magazine, here we move into the early 1980s!

Starburst issue 32 – 1981 – Forbidden Planet goes international with the opening of their New York branch, it’s still there only having moved a few doors up the road.

01 Forbidden Planet NYC SB32 1981

Starburst issue 35 – 1981 – Get your VHS and Betamax at Forbidden Planet!

02 Forbidden Planet VHS SB35 1981

Starburst issue 37 – 1981 – Brian Bolland designed store t-shirts now available!

03 Forbidden Planet Tshirts SB37 1981

Starburst issue 39 – 1981

04 Forbidden Planet Escape NY SB39 1981

Starburst issue 39 – 1981

05 Forbidden Planet Posters SB39 1981

Starburst issue 40 – 1981 – Opening of Forbidden Planet 2 around the corner at 58 St. Giles High Street, London, WC2 – featuring more amazing artwork from Brian Bolland.

06 Forbidden Planet 2 SB40 1981

Starburst issue 42 – 1982

07 Forbidden Planet SB42 1982

Starburst issue 43 – 1982

08 Forbidden Planet SB43 1982

Starburst issue 58 – 1983 – Stephen King signing Christine at the Denmark St store!

09 Forbidden Planet Stephen King SB58 1983

Starburst issue 73 – 1984 – I can’t imagine these were in anyway comfortable to wear.

10 Forbidden Planet 3D Splatter SB73 1984

Starburst issue 82 – 1985 – The Uncanny X-Men signing at the store.

11 Forbidden Planet Xmen SB82 1985

Starburst – Forbidden Planet Adverts – Part 1

Back to the Starburst adverts and of course the most prominent store that featured in the magazine was the much loved Forbidden Planet. The original store was located at 23 Denmark Street, London, WC2 and hosted many signings, events, launches and much more, here’s our look at the first batch of ads:

Starburst issue 4 – 1978 – The original and classic Forbidden Planet artwork by Brian Bolland.

01 Forbidden Planet SB4 1978

Starburst issue 9 – 1979 – Neil Adams signing of The New Heroes.

02 Forbidden Planet Neil Adams SB9 1979

Starburst issue 11 – 1979

03 Forbidden Planet SB11 1979

Starburst issue 14 – 1979

04 Forbidden Planet SB14 1979

Starburst issue 17 – 1979 – Get your Alien USCSS Nostromo crew hat now!

05 Forbidden Planet Alien SB17 1980

Starburst issue 22 – 1980 – The Empire Strikes Back signing.

06 Forbidden Planet Star Wars SB22 1980

Starburst issue 23 – 1980 – Comic’s legend Will Eisner signing.

07 Forbidden Planet Will Eisner SB23 1980

Starburst issue 25 – 1980 – Judge Dredd 2000AD Annual signing

08 Forbidden Planet Judge Dredd SB25 1980

Starburst issue 26 – 1980 – Brian Bolland 2000AD Judge Dredd posters.

09 Forbidden Planet Judge Dredd SB26 1980

Starburst issue 28 – 1980 – Berni Wrightson signing event.

10 Forbidden Planet Mutants SB28 1980

Part 2 is coming tomorrow!