Commodore VIC 20: A Visual History


A book about the computer that made Commodore enter the home market. Many pictures of the VIC 20 revisions and peripherals, plus restored box art images of all the cartridges sold by Commodore for the system.



Commodore VIC 20: A Visual History is a book about the computer that made Commodore enter the home market, with all its early peripherals. The VIC 20 was the first colour home computer to cost less than $300, the first to sell one million units, the first to have a modem for under $100, and the first approach to personal computing for a whole generation.

The book, with a foreword by “VIC Czar” Michael Tomczyk, features a few contributions by Tomczyk and other people that contributed to the launch of the VIC 20: the VIC Commandos Andy Finkel, Neil Harris, Eric Cotton and Sue Mittnacht, and Andrew Colin – the author of the successful “An introduction to BASIC” series.

Commodore VIC 20: A Visual History has been funded by a Kickstarter campaign that ended on 29 June 2016.

Language: English
Pages: 245
ISBN: 9788894222807

Please note that all the extra items listed on the Kickstarter campaign were only available to the Kickstarter backers.


The first half of the book shows all the VIC models and revisions, from the Japanese VIC 1001 to the cost-reduced VIC 20 sold worldwide; there are pictures of all the peripherals that Commodore released for this computer such as drives, printers, the VICmodem, expansions, joysticks and paddles.

Spreads - hardware


The second half of the book presents all the Commodore games on cartridge, with cover scans, descriptions and screenshots.

Jupiter Lander

A few games feature a double page image, with all the text patiently removed in Photoshop to reveal the beauty of the original illustration.

Jupiter Lander poster

The scans have been professionally color corrected to remove the ink fading and the yellowing of the cardboard (all the games are more than 30 years old); every scratch has been removed to present the covers in their original splendour.

Road Race before/after restoration


  • Foreword by Michael Tomczyk
  • Introduction
  • The Genesis of the VIC 20
  • VIC Commandos (memories from Andy Finkel, Neil Harris and Sue Mittnacht)
  • The VICs
  • VIC 1001
  • Early NTSC VIC 20
  • Early PAL VIC 20
  • Cost reduced VIC 20
  • Motherboard
  • Cases
  • Keyboards: VIC 1001, PET Style, Eurostile, Cost Reduced
  • VIC 1010 Expansion Module
  • VIC 1020 Expansion Chassis
  • VIC 1515 Printer
  • VIC 1525 Printer
  • VIC 1540 Floppy drive
  • C2N Cassette Unit
  • C2N Datasette Unit Model 1530
  • VICModem
  • Developing the VICModem, by Michael Tomczyk
  • IEEE-488 Interface
  • RS232C Interface
  • Paddles and Joysticks
  • Packaging
  • The User’s Manual
  • Programmer’s Reference Guide
  • An Introduction to BASIC
  • Teaching to program, by Professor Andrew Colin
  • Advertising and Commercials
  • The VIC 20, Captain Kirk and me, by Eric Cotton
  • Cartridges
  • The Cartridge Development System, by Andy Finkel
  • Super Expander
  • Programmer’s Aid
  • Machine Code Monitor / VICMON
  • 3K / 8K /16K RAM
  • VIC Avenger
  • Star Battle / Galaxian
  • Rally-X
  • Superslot
  • Jelly Monsters / Pacman
  • Super Alien
  • Jupiter Lander / Super Lander
  • Draw Poker
  • Road Race / Midnight Drive
  • Radar Rat Race
  • The Sky is Falling
  • Mole Attack
  • Raid on Fort Knox
  • Converting Scott Adams’ Adventures on the VIC 20, by Andy Finkel
  • Adventureland
  • Pirate’s Cove
  • Mission Impossible Adventure / Atomic Mission
  • The Count
  • Voodoo Castle
  • Sargon II Chess
  • Pinball
  • Super Smash
  • Cosmic Cruncher
  • Gorf and Omega Race, by Andy Finkel
  • Gorf
  • Omega Race
  • Money Wars
  • Menagerie
  • Cosmic Jailbreak
  • Home Babysitter
  • Personal Finance
  • Visible Solar System
  • Clowns
  • Garden Wars
  • Speed / Bingo Math
  • Commodore Artist
  • Sea Wolf
  • Tooth Invaders
  • Star Post
  • Number Nabber / Shape Grabber
  • Cassette 6 Packs
  • Games and Recreation
  • Home Utility
  • Math Improvement
  • Sampler
  • Acknowledgements

A note to US buyers

I’ve sent many books to the US and sadly flat surface shipping is quite slow. The package can take from 1 to 3 months to be delivered; books shipped on the same day to the same state have been delivered one month from each other, for unknown reasons. Fast and tracked shipping would cost more than the book itself and would probably need customs clearance, so it’s not an option in my opinion… anyway all the books have reached their destination, so it’s just a matter of time.


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