Monday, 9 September 2019

Nostalgic For My Childhood - Poster Magazines

Back in the 1970s and 80s, a publication I really enjoyed was the “poster magazine”.  The format was always the same, an A4 glossy colour magazine which folded out into a (large) A1-sized sheet.  One side would be the magazine itself, the covers and articles with plenty of photographs.  The reverse side would be a giant poster and, depending on what you’d bought, the image might be a person, an action scene or the film poster.  They were really popular and most kids I knew had at least one huge poster on their wall.

me, in 1978, with a poster of my hero
Dez Skinn (who later created Starburst magazine) produced Monster Mag from 1973 to 1977 which featured gory movie stills from the likes of Hammer Films and Amicus.  TV series offered one or two editions (though some, like Star Trek, ran to series) and you could pick up issues devoted to The Six Million Dollar Man, Doctor Who, Space: 1999The ProfessionalsThe Hulk, Battlestar Galactica and Planet of the Apes.  Music got in on the act too but even more popular were the film tie-in’s, featuring the likes of Star Wars, Superman, James Bond, Jaws, Alien and Buck Rogers - if it was a blockbuster, there’d be a poster magazine on the newsagents shelves sooner rather than later.

I haven’t seen one for sale in years (spacemonstersmag reckons they died out in the 1990s) but still have a few in my collection (though not on the walls of my study) and think they’re great fun, another nostalgic item for film and TV fans of a certain age.

Which ones did you have on your wall?
1976
1976
1976
 As I may have mentioned before, I was a huge fan of The Six Million Dollar Man (as the picture from 1978 duly proves, showing the poster from this magazine on my wall...)
1977
1977
Star Wars was a natural fit for the poster magazine, hugely popular and full of fantastic imagery.  This continued through The Empire Strikes Back and Return Of The Jedi (one of the issues for that featured a 50-facts breakdown of the special effects which I loved).
1978
1978
 Then and now, I'm a huge fan of The Professionals
1979
1979
I like Moonraker (and wrote about it here)
1979
1981
1981
 One of my favourite films, I wrote about Raiders here
1982
1982
1982

with thanks to spacemonstersmag

4 comments:

  1. I had The Hulk one when it first came out, bought a replacement for it (as an adult) more years ago than I can remember. Never put the original up on my wall though, I just bought it for the photo strip.

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    1. I saved a few and have re-bought from ebay over the years, but none have gone up on my (study) wall, simply a matter of room and not wanting to ruin the posters. Though if I could afford the Steve Austin one again, I might make an exception!

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    2. Just out of interest, how do you think Lewis Collins would've done as Bond? Good or not so good?

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    3. Hard to tell - he had more rough-edge charm than Daniel Craig, could easily do the action and was good with humour too. I think he'd have worked in the Timothy Dalton films, certainly. How about you?

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