Starburst – London Comic Book Store Adverts – Part 2

Here’s the second part of our look at the other comic book shop and other interesting adverts featured in the early issues of Starburst Magazine:

Starburst issue 2 – 1978 – Weird Fantasy Bookshop, 3 Lewisham Way, London, SE14. Never got to go to this place, I love the look of this ad though with it’s EC Comics style logo!

Weird Fantasy SB2 1978

Starburst issue 16 – 1979 – Weird Fantasy

Weird Fantasy SB16 1979

Starburst issue 14 – 1979 – Games Workshop, 1 Dalling Road, Hammersmith, London, W6. It’s role playing games but hey that’s close enough to comics and I’ve always wanted the Gamma World game!

Games Workshop SB14 1979

Starburst issue 76 – 1984 – Heroes: The Comic Shop, 21 Canonbury Lane, Islington, London, N1 2SP

Heroes SB76 1984

Starburst issue 12 – 1979 – Metropolitan Movies – Super 8MM genre films!

Metropolitan Movies SB12 1979

Starburst issue 11 – 1979 – Titan Distributors, the UK’s leading comics distributor.

Titan Distributors SB11 1979

Role Playing Games go mainstream!

One unexpected series of adverts that appeared in White Dwarf was the crossover of RPG games into the mainstream high street stores, surely a sign of how big the games were at the time, here’s the three adverts that appeared back in the 1980s.

Games Workshop / Top Man featured in White Dwarf 16 December / January 1979 / 1980

Top Man WD16 DEc Jan 1979 1980Selfridges featured in White Dwarf 81 September 1986

Selfridges WD81 Sep 1986

Debenhams featured in White Dwarf 83 November 1986

Debenhams WD83 Nov 1986

Games Workshop – The White Dwarf Adverts

Games Workshop are the publisher / owner of White Dwarf magazine and their store adverts were in every issue in various different styles right from the start. I don’t really have any real personal connection with their stores, but it’s great to see the progression from the start as they grown and expand their shops across the country. Here’s a selection of the most interesting adverts from White Dwarf.

White Dwarf Issue 6 April May 1978Games Workshop WD6 April May 1978

White Dwarf 10 December / January 1978 / 1979

Interesting to see computer / console games appear so early on!

Games Workshop Atari WD10 Dec Jan 1978 1979

White Dwarf 17 February March 1980

Games Workshop WD17 Feb March 1980

White Dwarf 18 April May 1980

Games Workshop WD18 April May 1980

White Dwarf 19 June July 1980

Games Workshop WD19 June July 1980

White Dwarf 22 December January 1980 / 1981

Games Workshop WD22 Dec Jan 1980 1981