Comic book ads

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  1. MST3KFan

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    So I've been on this kick lately of buying cheap comics from the 80s and 90s.
    (It doesn't hurt that a Half Price Books near me has been selling whole bundles of comics for crazy cheap prices to fuel this fire.)

    Anyway, while I've been reading the comic adventures of the X-Men, Spider-Man, Batman, and others from decades past, the biggest thing I find myself drawn to is...the ads!

    You know...those ads for whatever toys, movies, video games, or food products that were out or coming out at the time.

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    Anyone else find themselves drawn to those things in old comics?
     
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    Oh, boy! I have so many of these things etched into my brain!

    Especially ones for products that didn't exist here in Australia, so instead of being functional commercials they're just pop-art curiosities.

    Marvel comics have run the adverts I tend to remember most fondly, because they seemed to be constantly running promotions offering free comics or trading cards inside snack packages.

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    How many different Marvel books do you think are out there with this as their back cover? Dozens? Hundreds?
    It's like wondering how many pairs of blue jeans exist in the world!

    This next one made me crazy, because while Australia has Pizza Hut, we never had any promotion like this.

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    For only five bucks (with pizza purchase) you would get a VHS tape featuring 2 episodes of the X-Men animated series plus a five minute roundtable discussion with some of the most recognisable names in X-Men comics in 1993, a unique trading card with art I don't think I've ever seen elsewhere AND an exclusive comic book with a poster stapled into the middle.
    That's more swag than you get in a $20 showbag from the Royal Melbourne Show!

    This third one just fascinated me when I first laid eyes on it in 1992.
    At the time, aside from comic strips like "Mr. Men" or Disney's "Uncle Scrooge," the only comics I knew were "Eastman and Laird's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" comics, because I had been given the First Graphic Novel printings which only had one or two advertisements in the back.
    Seeing how many full page ads were crammed into a monthly comic book was a real eye-opener for me!

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    This double-page Erik Larsen illustrated beauty first appeared in my life via "Ghost Rider" vol. 3 issue 19.
    I think, if I remember correctly, I traded a "Donald Duck" comic for that "Ghost Rider" issue just to own the art in this ad!
    I didn't even know the title of the book was "Ghost Rider" until I read it, because the characters on the cover obscure the title!

    Did anyone out there ever call the 1-900 number and battle the X-Men's deadliest enemies?

    I can't wait to see the ads other people remember!

    ~L~
     
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    Wasn't that 1-900 number thing scammy? I think I remember reading some parents complained about kids raising a hell of a bill dialing those.

    As for ads, man I'll forever love those old Hostess Fruit Pie ads featuring Marvel and DC characters.
     
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    Those ads are the best. The old home laser tag set ads are hilarious.
     
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    I've been really tempted to start a blog that one of the focuses of it (outside other nostalgic related things) would be all the amazing ads from older comic books, but I just haven't gotten the nerve to do it.

    In the mean time, my comic book collection has grown quite a bit. At least with Marvel and DC stuff. Image comics in the 90s really just only ads for other Image comic titles for the most part as far as I saw.
     
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    From ultra man comics. I have no if any of these t shirts are still around from the 90s
     
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    I'm back by popular demand with another batch of comic book advertisements guaranteed* to make you nostalgic for the 1990's

    *Guarantee not honoured after 1st of January 2000.

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    I don't know what sort of relationship Marvel used to have with Crunch 'n' Munch, but based on how long this promotion ran I suspect they were more than just friends.

    We haven't ever had Crunch 'n' Munch here in Australia. What we do have are Lolly Gobble Bliss Bombs, which appear to be the same treat as Crunch 'n' Munch, just with no Marvel cards included.
    I guess when your name is Lolly Gobble Bliss Bombs you don't feel the need to gild the lily any more than you already have.

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    Introducing Combo Man, a new Marvel hero not coming to a cinema near you!
    Believe it or not, Combo Man actually had a comic of his own.
    It's true! And it's terrible!
    Most of the heroes making up Combo Man are recognisable enough to Marvel fans, but his thighs might stump even hardcore Marvel zombies.
    They belong to Century, from the comic "Force Works"

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    Remember what year it was when Century was a popular character?
    You're wrong! Century was never a popular character!

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    This one is actually a little older than most I vividly remember. It's from 1987, and I remember it from the first issue of Marvel's "Camp Candy," the only comic I have ever read featuring John Candy as a camp councilor.

    I love how this advert engages the reader, challenging them to try to complete the maze without eating any chocolate chips. It holds your attention as well as clearly communicating its message, that Chips Ahoy biscuits are so full of chocolate chips you can't avoid the chocolate even if you try.

    And now for a word from our sponsors...

    ~L~
     
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