Thursday, May 18, 2017

The Greatest Icons of the 1980s!

Art Of ATARI Poster Collection Book Ad
Swordquest #0
Back Cover
May 2017

This Art Of ATARI Poster Collection book ad appeared on the back cover of publisher Dynamite's Swordquest #0 comic book, which was published in May 2017 and sold for the outstanding Bait 'Em, Hook 'Em and Reel 'Em In price of just 25 cents. This comic is the first in a series of comics based on ATARI's unfinished Swordquest series of video games for the ATARI 2600 home video game console. The front cover of Dynamite's Swordquest #0 comic appears below:

Dynamite's Swordquest #0
Front Cover
May 2017

The Art Of ATARI Poster Collection book is an upcoming 40 page book by graphic designer and author Tim Lapetino. The book is made up of 40 ready-to-hang posters based on ATARI art and illustrations. It is the follow-up/companion book to Lapetino's best selling Art Of ATARI book that was released last year. I covered the Art Of ATARI book in a previous blog post. The Art Of ATARI Poster Collection book will be released on June 20, 2017.

While this ad doesn't cover the ATARI 8-bit computers home computers specifically, it does cover ATARI art and illustrations for iconic ATARI games such as Asteroids and Centipede which were ported to the ATARI 8-bits.

There is also an ad for Lapetino's book Art Of ATARI inside the SwordQuest #0 comic, sandwiched in between ads for Dynamite's upcoming, ATARI licensed Swordquest #1 and Centipede #1 comics.

Art Of ATARI Ad
Inside Dynamite Swordquest #0
May 2017

Swordquest was a series of video games for the ATARI 2600. The series included Swordquest: Earthworld, Swordquest: Fireworld and Swordquest: Waterworld. A fourth and final Swordquest game, Swordquest: Airwold, was planned, but never completed or released due to the collapse of the video game market and of ATARI itself in the early to mid 1980s. Ferg at The ATARI 2600 Game By Game Podcast covered Swordquest: Earthworld in September 2014, Swordquest: Fireworld in October 2014 and Swordquest: Waterworld and Swordquest: Airworld in August 2015.

I loved the crazy comic book ads when I was a kid, flipping through pages of Richie Rich and other favorite comics of the day. Who didn't want to order a family of friendly, human-like Sea-Monkeys or Charles Atlas's famous booklets? And now, who wouldn't want a copy of the Art Of ATARI or the Art Of ATARI Poster Collection books?

Ubiquitous Comic Book Ads From Bygone Days

You can use Comixology to create a pull list and have your favorite comic books ready and waiting for you in your local comic shop. In New Jersey, I frequent Comic Fortress in Somerville and Steve's Comic Relief in Toms River. When I am in South Florida, my favorite comic shop is Tate's in Lauderhill. Support your local comic shop today!

Let me know what you think of Tim's books and Dynamite's Swordquest and Centipede comic books series.

--@BillLange1968

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