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Category Archives: What I Miss About Comics
Here ya go, kid! Do me a favor — run this across the street for me.
When you have about an inch of column space and are competing for eyeballs with Sea Monkeys, switchblade pocket combs and get-rich schemes, subtlety is a luxury advertisers in comic books could not afford.
So for a $1.98, am I protecting myself and my loved ones with steely fists or a board I can carry anywhere?
I found this unlikely claim in issue #186 of The Incredible Hulk published by Marvel Comics in 1975. I’m wondering what the folks at Tall-Up provided for 35¢ and how they could possibly guarantee results. All ages? No gimmicks? Really? … Continue reading
I guess the thing I miss most about comics is the newsstands and druggists that once carried the 4-colored treasures I eagerly plucked from spinning racks or wooden shelves. I would spend what was probably an inordinate amount of time … Continue reading
Back when movies were cultural touchstones made for adults, they were not as heavily merchandised as they are today. A soundtrack album may have been released and a paperback novelization would be on a shelves in bookstores, and that was … Continue reading
Apparently, some time around the middle of the twentieth century this fellow was making FAT SACKS OF CASH selling America’s Greatest Family Newspaper GRIT. At least that was the potential promise to young entrepreneurs willing to sell this weekly publication … Continue reading
Ma, it says right here that they’ll send ya ‘ONE PREGNANT MALE who will give birth to as many as 25 babies!’ How can that be, Ma? How can that be?
Even the grade school boys at which this ad was squarely aimed knew this was too good to be true.
Back in the ’70s while my parents shopped for clothes and boring stuff, my younger brother and I were left to our own devices wandering the toy and record sections of the department stores that anchored the shopping malls. Invariably … Continue reading
Is it the mod haircut, the happening turtleneck or the aloof attitude?
I chuckle at how crude the ads were in comic books with their utter lack of finesse and marketing acumen, but when I think about it, I realize that these advertisers didn’t have to rely on focus groups or demographics. … Continue reading
If the boot doesn’t fit, you must…oh, never mind.
With the remakes and reboots of Planet of the Apes that have been playing out in cinemas in recent years I’m surprised nobody has decided to put these swinging medallions back on the market.