I wasn’t expecting to delve back into London comic book shops this quickly but this rare find just recently turned up on ebay in Canada of all places. It’s a very early promo flyer for when Dark They Were And Golden Eyed was in it’s first location at 28 Bedforbury, Covent Garden, London, WC2. It must be from the early 1970s as it’s the original location, plus the artwork itself is signed and dated: David Edward Britton 20/11/69.
They text is so good “At last a SCIENCE FICTION bookshop! P.S. We also sell fantasy and horror”
This is currently up for auction on ebay via a seller in Canada, find the auction here.
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!
Starburst issue 16 – 1979 – Weird Fantasy
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!
Starburst issue 76 – 1984 – Heroes: The Comic Shop, 21 Canonbury Lane, Islington, London, N1 2SP
Starburst issue 12 – 1979 – Metropolitan Movies – Super 8MM genre films!
Starburst issue 11 – 1979 – Titan Distributors, the UK’s leading comics distributor.
More from the pages of Starburst magazine, here’s Part 1 of a selection of London Comic Book Stores and Dealers from the late 1970s into the 1980s!
Starburst issue 1 – 1978 – The Comic Dealer
Starburst issue 33 – 1981 – Comic Showcase, 15 Catherine Street, London, WC2
Starburst issue 36 – 1981 – Comic Showcase, 15 Catherine Street, London, WC2
Starburst issue 17 – 1980 – Arrow Films Ltd – VHS sales
Starburst issue 14 – 1979 – Great advert for the long running and fondly remembered Comic Marts at Central Hall, always loved going to these!
Starburst issue 47 – 1982 – Eye In The Pyramid, 33 Marshall Street, W1. This is a really interesting advert simply because I’ve never heard of this store before and never went there, plus it’s super central being just off Carnaby Street, would have loved to pay this place a visit.
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.
Starburst issue 35 – 1981 – Get your VHS and Betamax at Forbidden Planet!
Starburst issue 37 – 1981 – Brian Bolland designed store t-shirts now available!
Starburst issue 39 – 1981
Starburst issue 39 – 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.
Starburst issue 42 – 1982
Starburst issue 43 – 1982
Starburst issue 58 – 1983 – Stephen King signing Christine at the Denmark St store!
Starburst issue 73 – 1984 – I can’t imagine these were in anyway comfortable to wear.
Starburst issue 82 – 1985 – The Uncanny X-Men signing at the store.