Failed!

It’s Tuesday, and I have no new post for you today, and to all two of my loyal fans, I offer my deepest apologies. I’ve been incredibly busy lately (stupid real life interfering with my blog!), and next week is going to be even busier, so it looks like I probably need to take a couple weeks off.

But I promise that I will return, and as I’m getting close to the end of some of my original batch of comics, I’m going to be scanning some new ones in soon, so that’s pretty exciting!

Check back in a couple weeks, and I promise to have more stuff for you then.

Is Mr. America a Cheap Knockoff of Captain America?

December 1972

Jungle Action #2

Following in the tradition of Charles Atlas, here we’ve got Joe Weider, who promises to turn you from a scrawny weakling to a buff manly man all with the help of his free booklet!

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Somehow I doubt that the guys in this ad owe all their success and muscleyness to a 32-page book, but I suppose it’s possible…

WCW = Woefully Cheesy Wrestling?

December 1989

Wonder Woman #37

Here is an ad that is elegant in its simplicity – no fancy screenshots, no exciting description of the game – in fact, other than “BE A VIDEO WARRIOR!” at the top, this is probably the most matter-of-fact ad that I’ve come across.

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Apparently, if you’re a fan of WCW, this is all you need to know, and if you’re not, then they’re not going to waste your time.

As always, I like to read the fine print, and find it quite interesting that there’s a “Phone Counseling Hotline” included at the end of this ad. Counseling for what?? Are they assuming that anyone who would buy this game has some kind of mental problems, ’cause that’s kind of what they’re making it sound like!

Always Stay Classy

December 1972

Jungle Action #2

What can you find in the classifieds? What can’t you find in the classifieds?? In this installment we’ve got a pretty wide range of stuff.

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I think one of my favorites here is “PET BABY RACCOONS” – partially because I originally read that as a command, telling kids to go out, find baby raccoons, and pet them! Though the “HYPNOTIZE WITH ANY T.V. SET” is pretty intriguing too…

Arrowheads Rock(s)!

April 1980

Buck Rogers in the 25th Century #7

What could be more exciting than rocks? Rocks shaped like stuff! I don’t know why, but when I was a kid, I was fascinated by arrowheads (and other similar rock-type stuff), and it looks like other kids must’ve been as well.

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And the best part? They’re “authentic stone”! …As opposed to imitation stone?

Though probably my favorite thing on here is on the order form – “Rush my Solar Power Booklet.” WTF? Nowhere in this ad does it say anything about solar power, so that just seems to be completely out of left field! Was that maybe part of some other ad that just ended up here by accident??

16 Bits in an 8-Bit World

December 1989

Wonder Woman #37

Remember the TurboGrafx? More than likely, you don’t. But maybe you should! The TurboGrafx was a 16-bit game system on the market back when the 8-bit Nintendo was the hottest system out there. It had significantly better graphics, sound, processing, and just about everything else.

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So then what was it missing? Mario.

Yep, even with superior hardware, they only had a handful of games compared to the Nintendo, and no third-party support at all.

Fun fact – this was actually the first system to have an add-on CD component – in 1989!! The TurboGrafx was ahead of its time for hardware, and behind the times on games, leading to its demise.