King-Size Latex Toys! ;)

September 1963

X-Men #1

I don’t know about you, but when I hear “king-size latex toys,” the first thing that comes to mind isn’t exactly “good clean fun for every youngster!” I guess 1963 was just a simpler, more innocent time.

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These toys remind me a lot of Flipit from 1980 – you throw them, and then they land on their feet! Can you even imagine how exciting that must be?! Because I can, and it doesn’t really seem like something that would be terribly entertaining.

 

(And just for the record – no, I do not own an original copy of X-Men #1, but I do own a 1993 reprint that includes all the original ads.)

True GRIT

December 1972

Jungle Action #2

GRIT has longtime been a standard in comics. We’ve already seen an example from 1980, but here’s one from eight years earlier.

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In the ad from 1980, it seems like they’re begrudgingly accepting of girls (“I guess we’ll let them sell papers too if we have to…”), but here they’re 100% clear that this is a boys’ club! They make reference to the sellers’ maleness eight times! I guess girls just had to miss out on that 7ยข profit.

Hungry Like The Operation Wolf

December 1989

Wonder Woman #37

It’s the world’s #1 arcade game! And now you can play it at home! It’s… Operation Wolf!

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Yep, “take no prisoners” and “teach the terrorists what terror is all about” in this action-packed game!

But personally, I’m much more interested in Bubble Bobble. ๐Ÿ˜‰