Clark (Kent?) Bars

January 1978

Secret Society of Super-Villains #12

I don’t know about you, but I’m not very familiar with Clark Bars. I might have seen them around when I was really little, but I don’t remember ever eating them, and I certainly haven’t seen any recently.

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I’d just assumed that these went out of production years ago, which is why I was so surprised to find out that these are still in production today (and have been in continuous production since 1917)! Maybe it’s a regional thing? Or maybe they’re only available from places that sell specialty/retro candy?

Does anyone out there ever see any of these candy bars at your local grocery or convenience stores? I’m curious to know…

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Batman: The Video Game Series

February 1995

X-Force #43

One of the best-known and -loved cartoons of the ’90s has been turned into a video game! Yes, the levels in The Adventures of Batman and Robin are actually based on episodes of Batman: The Animated Series.

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I actually had the Game Gear version of this (which I don’t think I ever got very far in), but apparently that’s an entirely different game from the SNES version. From what I’ve read, it sounds like the SNES version is considered the definitive one, so I’d be curious to see it someday. However, the Sega CD version (also very different from either the SNES or Game Gear versions), also has cut scenes that some consider to be a “lost episode” of the series – definitely something I’d like to check out!

Christmas Star

March 1988

Visionaries #3

Sorry to do two ’80s ads in a row, but I wanted to do the Christmas ads during the Christmas season, and these are what I had available.

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Wow, prices sure jumped in the course of only a few years! In last week’s ad from 1985, cover price was 60¢ per issue and the subscription price was 42¢. Only three years later, We’ve got a cover price of $1.00 and subscription price of 75¢!

Well, it’s still a bargain compared to prices these days…

Iron Santa!

March 1985

G.I. Joe #33

Hello, loyal comic book ad enthusiasts! Sorry I missed last week – I was busy with Christmas stuff. But you know who else is busy with Christmas stuff? Iron Man! Yes, he’s bringing folksy, outdated, generic toys to all the girls and boys! …Or maybe he’s just trying to get you to buy comics.

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Only 42¢ per copy?! What I wouldn’t give for that price (or even the full cover price of 60¢) these days! Why/when/how did comics get so expensive? Most new issues I buy are $3.99 each! Oh, well – maybe if I’m lucky I’ll find some comics under the tree this year!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to everyone out there!

Hands of Steel for a Man of Steel?

January 1978

Secret Society of Super-Villains

This doesn’t seem to really involve overall strength – just the hands. I mean, sure, strong hands can be good for squeezing and crushing things, but I’d think that strong arms would be much more useful.

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I’m actually surprised they didn’t try to go more into “Man of Steel” territory (maybe because of copyright infringement), but the closest they get is “You can develop the strength of a SUPER HERO!”

Lethal Injection (Of Bullets)

February 1995

X-Force #43

Lethal Enforcers was one of my favorite games back when it came out, but it drove me nuts that it was so difficult! You (or at least I) would have to play the same level over and over again before getting a score high enough to advance! Then a couple years later Lethal Enforcers II: Gun Fighters came out, and it was so much better! You didn’t need as high accuracy, the levels were way easier to get through, plus you got to use a Gatling gun! While I don’t have any particular interest in the Old West, this game quickly became a favorite of mine.

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I guess I never did that well, though, because this ad mentions “an evil shaman and his band of creepy, skeletal ghouls” – I certainly don’t remember ever seeing that! That sounds awesome! Now I think I need to go back and play it so I can try to get to that level…

Thanksgiving Rocks (or Pebbles)!

March 1988

Visionaries #3

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! This is the only food-related ad I currently have from the ’80s, so let’s be thankful for Fruity Pebbles and for the entertaining maze they’re giving us in this ad!

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Lime flavor was just introduced to Fruity Pebbles in 1987, which is why they’re making a big deal about it here. And even though “Crocodile Dundee” was released in 1986, it looks like they’re still trying to cash in on its popularity.