Monkey Sea, Monkey Do! (Or Not…)

April 1980 (1978)

Buck Rogers in the 25th Century #7

You knew it had to happen sooner or later, so here they are – Sea-Monkeys! (As a professional grammar nerd, I just want to state that I have no idea why that’s hyphenated, but since that’s how it is in the ad, that’s what I’m going with.) If you asked any random smattering of people to name a product advertised in classic comics, Sea-Monkeys would undoubtedly be the #1 answer! (Hey, are you thinking what I’m thinking? Comic book-themed Family Feud! Or better yet, comic book AD-themed Family Feud! Quick, someone get Richard Dawson on the phone! Wait, he did? In 2012? Oh, nevermind, I guess…)

Just look at how happy and friendly they are! But wait a minute – “Caricatures shown not intended to represent Artemia”?? I wonder just how much disappointment had to happen before they finally added that disclaimer.


Even though this was published in 1980, you’ll notice that the copyright on this ad is from 1978 – I guess a classic never goes out of style!



Go Commando With Bionic Power!

December 1989

Wonder Woman #37

So, I’ll be honest here, I have WAY more Marvel comics than DC. Nothing against DC – they’re great, but I just don’t have as much of their stuff as I should. Anyway, I wanted to post some DC early on because there’s probably going to be a ton of Marvel coming up, so I picked this issue of Wonder Woman. Now, I know that video games were big business at the time, but I guess I didn’t remember/realize just HOW BIG of a deal they really were – out of all of the advertising pages in this issue, there were only THREE that weren’t for video games (and out of the ones for video games, only one wasn’t for Nintendo)!

So here’s the ad for Bionic Commando. From what I understand, it’s one of the best as far as game play out of all the ones advertised in this issue.


Did any of you out there play Bionic Commando? If so, is it as awesome as they make it look?

Captain America & Nick Fury Hock Hostess Fruit Pies

April 1980

Buck Rogers in the 25th Century #7

This is by far my favorite ad that I’ve ever run across, so I thought it would be fitting for my first post. Captain America and Nick Fury use delicious Hostess Fruit Pies to save the Earth from invading aliens! Surprisingly, this didn’t come from a Marvel title (though I’m sure it was published in Marvel comics, it’s just not where I happened to find it), but from Whitman comics.


You know, the first Avengers movie featured an alien invasion (sorry about spoilers if you haven’t seen it yet, but I think it’s been long enough) – it seems like they could’ve solved their problem with much less fuss if only they’d had an ample supply of Hostess Fruit Pies!