Friday, 3 August 2012


I stumbled across this while web-wandering last night: advertising material to accompany the UK theatrical release of BUCK ROGERS IN THE 25th CENTURY.

I've not seen a sheet like this before, and I can't (for one centon) claim to know anything much about promoting feature films in the late seventies... but, at the risk of looking daft, I'm going to take an educated guess at what this is:

I think this is a set of newspaper advert designs intended for insertion into local papers.  Local cinema managers (exhibitors) could select the design they wanted to use and and then buy the "block" which, in the pre-digital age, featured the artwork to be used in the advert.  That "block" would go to the paper's printer and - voila - local advert inserted.

The single-column/ double-column widths refer to the widths of the columns of text on a newspaper page.  Two being wider than one.  Of course.

The artwork is the (very) frequently used piece created to promote the movie.  It turned-up everywhere on publicity and merchandising (including the sticker album and Mego's BR action figures).

It seems weird to think, in this age of tightly-controled global movie marketing, that promotion (or lack thereof) would be in trusted to the whims of the local cinema although, of course, movies still received national press (including comics) and TV support.

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