Thursday, April 4, 2013

Thrifted Collections: Vintage Transformers Comic Books, My Happy Place

The bright colors, bold poses, typography, geometric shapes and hard core marketing do me in! 

I discovered these comic books at a flea market four years ago, not expecting to find much that day. I rushed to the ATM to procure the funds for these beauties and I still recall the glee of toting my box of pop culture gold to the car. These comics don't merely remind me of childhood, they're a call-back to simpler times when I only worked one job and my love of thrifting and art was still a hobby. I appreciate that thrifting is my career, but it does transform (ha!) it from the mindless joy it use to be.


More than nostalgic and inspiring, the comics are pretty damn hilarious and entertaining. Ratchet is cooking hot dogs with kids in the woods here. Just...so much 80s kitsch and whimsy. "I wish to learn more of what you humans do for a good time." THAT LINE! I can't be the only one who thinks that's inappropriate to speak to a child! Damn, this reminds me of my childhood wish for a personal Transformer to drive and fly me around the globe. Why haven't they invented this yet? We could've roast weenies in the woods, He and I.

What Childhood Nostalgic Bits Light You Up? Do you hunt for childhood nostalgia at the thrifts, too? Tim Burton, Prince, and Micheal Jackson stuff really does it for me, too but that's for future posts...
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17 comments:

  1. I think everyone would like to buy back a piece of their childhood. Mine was well before the 80s so my "feel good" items are quite different. Although the old Adam West Batman show is a fave. Have some collectibles from that-- and some are even mine originally!

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    1. I'd love collectibles from that! Batman was a HUGE part of my childhood with the Tim Burton revamp changing the landscape of the super hero movie in 1989, hype for that movie was inescapable. The iconic thing I remember about the fall of the Berlin wall was someone passing a Batman T-shirt over the wall to West Berlin.

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  2. I'm a sucker for anything My Little Pony or Care Bears... What can I say, child of the 80s. (Also loved the Transformers, He-Man, etc.) ;)

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    1. I wish I could find more 80s pop culture at the thrifts, not much of it around these parts. Guess they're still in the attics ;)

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  3. Thanks for sharing, those comics are awesome!

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    1. No prob, had to stop myself from including tons of redundant photos of 'em :)

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  4. The business side, the selling side of blog is all about catching the whimsy of mine and other childhood through the eras and what I offer. So to answer your final question it's a big hell yes lol.

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    1. Excellent! :D Yes, that's my muse with everything I sell, too.

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  5. I LOVE your cat!!!!

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    1. Thank you, I love her too :) She's pretty with a quirky personality. Never seen a clumsier feline in all my days.

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    1. Thank you! I'm slowly streamlining things up in here.

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  7. Pretty sure I need a transformer solely for the purpose of camping with him/it, I mean obviously. Those comics are kind of amazing.

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    1. The comics are absolutely filled with gems like that. They make me laugh every time I read 'em.

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  8. I usually pass it up because it doesn't suit my minimalist desire, but a Care Bear in good condition always makes me smile and makes me a little sad when I pass it up! Also, Rainbow Brite...!!!!

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    1. I've stopped thrifting for a bit since I have too much to list already and I'm trying to go as minimalist as possible too...but I don't think I'll ever pass up a Transformer toy or bit of merch if I see one! Luckily (for my house clutter) I never see them. And if I do at the flea market, they cost way more than I'm willing to spend.

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