Personally, I Prefer the B-52s Over the B-17s

February 1976

Claw The Unconquered #5

You can build this cool model plane! And then you can win a trip to see cool planes in person! Pretty cool, huh?

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So first prize is a trip to London to see an air show. But then the second prize winner gets the choice of: A) a trip to Disneyland and the Boeing plant in Seattle, or B) a trip to Disney World and an air museum in Dayton, OH.

Is it just me, or do these seem like really odd trip combinations? I mean, Anaheim and Seattle aren’t exactly neighbors, and neither are Orlando and Dayton. I get that Disney is the prize kids actually want, and the plane-related stuff is to tie in with the model planes, but couldn’t they have found some aviation-related attractions a little closer to Disney?

The Not-So-Mean Streets?

February 1995

X-Force #43

I’ve never really been into Street Fighter – always much more of a Mortal Kombat fan, and from what I’m reading about this movie, that’s probably for the best: 3.8/10 on IMDB, 15% on Rotten Tomatoes… it doesn’t sound like I missed much by skipping this movie!

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So we all know that this movie is based on a video game, but did you know that Capcom took it one step further, and made a video game based on the movie based on the video game?? Yep, in 1995 they released Street Fighter: The Movie as both a coin-op game and as home versions for PlayStation and Sega Saturn.

Anyway, I’m hoping I got all the tags for characters/actors correct – I had to spend a bunch of time flipping between Google and IMDB to figure out who’s who. I guess you can let me know if I made any mistakes.

Tang Team!

March 1988

Visionaries #3

Here’s your chance to join the Tang soccer team… by sending in Tang labels. Hmm… that doesn’t seem like a very effective method of finding the best players.

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Then again, membership includes “Pelé’s best soccer tips,” so I guess maybe that helps the more mediocre players improve their game.

I don’t know about you, but “Tang brand breakfast beverage crystals” sounds way less appetizing than just “Tang” – I guess maybe that’s why you don’t normally hear the full, official name.

Is That a Gun in Your Pocket, or Are You Just Happy to See Me?

February 1976

Claw The Unconquered #5

I find it kind of ironic that they’re so thoroughly emphasizing the manliness of a product called Daisy – trying to compensate, hmm?

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“Maybe Dad can help,” “handsome,” “man-sized,” “heft you can handle”… except for the “Dad” part, that sounds like it could be from gay porn! “Hey, handsome, I’ve got something man-sized with heft you can handle!” 😉

I Could Eat Wolverine for Breakfast!… Or a Snack…

February 1995

X-Force #43

After posting an entire series of ads from an X-Men comic, here’s an ad that actually features the X-Men! The ’90s were a good time for the X-Men – it seemed like there was every conceivable type of X-Men-branded product everywhere you turned! Well, here’s one result of that: X-Men gummy snacks!

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Personally, I don’t think I’d want to put anything “X-ploding with power” in my mouth, but to each his own, I guess.

Genesis’ Big Brother – Video Gaming Milestone!

March 1988

Visionaries #3

I’m finally able to use my scanner again – yay!!! Oh, ’80s, how I’ve missed you! So to celebrate, here’s my favorite ad from my newly scanned comic – the Sega Master System! I wasn’t really aware of this system during its heyday, but am more familiar with it now, and it’s actually a pretty cool system! Back when the NES ruled home gaming, the Master System actually had more powerful hardware, but NES had Mario, so eventually the NES’ game library is what allowed the NES to triumph over the Master System… in America, anyway. It turns out that in Europe, it actually surpassed the NES by quite a bit! And in Brazil, it’s the best-selling game system of all time, with compatible systems still being produced!

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One thing that I think is pretty cool about the Sega Master System is that games came in two formats: Mega Cartridges and Sega Cards. The cartridges are pretty standard, but the cards were the size of a credit card – they couldn’t hold nearly as much data as cartridges, but they were substantially cheaper, so you could build your game collection without breaking the bank!

However, the part about this system that I think is the most impressive is the 3D glasses (SegaScope – sold separately, of course). Considering that it was released in the mid-’80s, the 3D is pretty amazing! I know that the Vectrex also had 3D around this time, but other than that, the next one I can think of is the 3DS – a full 25 years later!

EDIT: While originally writing this, somehow the Virtual Boy completely slipped my mind (Sorry, Virtual Boy, it doesn’t mean I don’t love you!) – so that would make it more like 10 years until the next 3D gaming system. Were there any between the Master System and Virtual Boy that I’m forgetting about? If so, let me know in the comments!