UPN Smash!

January 1998

Thunderbolts #10

Ah, UPN, the network that gave us Star Trek: Voyager. I don’t really remember anything about their kids’ programming, but apparently they had a power-packed Sunday morning with The Incredible Hulk and Jumanji!


In looking up info on this series, it turns out that the Hulk was actually voiced by Lou Ferrigno so that’s pretty neat!


I Have The POWER!!!

May 1986

Masters of the Universe #1

It’s He-Man! And the Masters of the Universe! Both the ad and the comic it came from! You guys are in for a treat (at least, if you like the same kinds of ads that I do), because this issue is very heavy on ads for cartoons and snacks – good stuff!


He-Man was one of my favorites as a kid, so I think this ad is pretty great. Though I find it kind of funny that Skeletor is positioned in such a way that he’s completely blocking Whiplash’s face – sort of an odd choice for the artist. Also, does anyone know who the guy on the far right is? He looks kind of familiar, but I’ve looked through guide after guide of action figures, and can’t find a match!

Get Rich $1 at a Time!

January 1978

The Secret Society of Super-Villains #12

Sorry to do two ’70s in a row, but I need to get around to scanning in more comics, so for the time being, we’re stuck in the ’70s!

Here’s yet another get-rich-quick scheme (“$15 or more in every spare hour”!), but at least this one seems like less of a scam (at least based on the info they tell you) – they send you a sample kit for free, and you just sell what you can. So at least if you don’t sell anything, you’re not out anything.


My favorite part about this is the door plate at the bottom… for The Simpson Family! Though “God Bless Our Home” sounds much more like something that would be found on the Flanders home!

Super Hero Time Machine!

January 1978

The Secret Society of Super-Villains #12

A Super Hero Time Machine?! Sign me up! Oh, wait, it’s just a wristwatch – still cool, but not quite as impressive. I find it interesting that Spider-Man is included here, since all the other characters are DC (and this is in a DC book).


I thought the prices seemed kind of steep, especially for a comic book of this time: $19.95 and $23.95. I would’ve expected about $5-$10 for something like this back then. So just out of curiosity I looked up a historical currency converter, and it told me that $20 back then would be the equivalent of $80 today! I thought that was way too much and had to be wrong, but upon checking a few others, the answers were pretty consistently around $75-$80! So these were some pretty high ticket items! It makes me wonder how many people actually bought them.

I Have the (Captain) Power!

March 1988

Visionaries #3

It’s Captain Power! …Who has got to have one of the most generic hero-type names out there! Don’t get me wrong – despite the fact that the name lacked originality (which, of course, I never realized back in the day), Captain Power was actually pretty awesome! You see, the toys (well, the ships and the Power On Platform) worked like a video game light gun – they could interact with certain parts of the TV show, and you could either “hit” or “be hit” by the enemy fighters, which would trigger a reaction in the toys!


I had (well, still have – stay tuned for a future installment of CBA IRL) the Power On Platform with Captain Power (which I won from a local TV station!), and fondly remember watching this show every Saturday morning, and shooting at the bad guys’ ships whenever they came on!

Unfortunately, the show only lasted one season, but an entire second season was already scripted at the time of cancellation. I guess it was mostly because parents’ groups criticized the show for being too violent and just being an excuse to sell toys (why do parents always have to ruin all the fun?).

However, in looking up info for this post, I discovered that the entire series is now available on DVD! I might just need to pick that up and relive a bit of my childhood…

That Information Is… CLASSIFIED!

January 1978

The Secret Society of Super-Villains #12

It’s been a while since I’ve done a classified page, so here you go! I’m actually kind of surprised to see X-Ray Spex in 1978 – for some reason I thought that was more of a ’50s/’60s thing (but apparently I was mistaken on that).


I think probably my favorite “WTF” ad on this page is: “PARENTS bug you? Try Ego Power! Send $7 for instructions” – ummm… OK… With a (lack of) description like that, it makes me wonder if anybody actually took the bait! (And if any of you out there actually did, then please let me know what this is all about!)

Mooortaaaaal Kooombaaaat! (II)

February 1995

X-Force #43

I don’t know about you, but Mortal Kombat was one of my absolute favorite series of games back in the day! I had (and actually still have, but just haven’t played in years) MKII for Game Gear, and while it was awesome, I don’t think I ever got particularly good at it. I’ll just blame that on the format – when you take a fighting game as rich and complex as this and have to scale it down for a portable system that only has two action buttons, it’s definitely going to lose a bit.


Mortal Kombat 3 (actually Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3) was the one I really got into. I had that one for Genesis, so that was as fully functional as it gets! However, when I first glanced at this ad, I thought it actually was from MK3 – I don’t remember MKII having Friendships or Shao Kahn at all! I guess I was just never good enough at it to get to see those…