Score a Hit with Hostess!

August 1979

Shogun Warriors #7

Well, this ad isn’t nearly as entertaining as Captain America & Nick Fury or The Penguin extolling the excellence of Hostess products, but that doesn’t make the snacks any less tasty!

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Since I know pretty much nothing about sports, I wasn’t familiar with these, but apparently they were a pretty big deal back in the day! Some avid collectors would check back at the store whenever Hostess snacks were restocked, and go through all the boxes to find the ones they needed – good thing the cards were printed on the outside of the boxes, so you could see what you were getting!

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August 1979

Shogun Warriors #7

It’s another grab bag of classifieds! This time it’s mostly for comics retailers, with a few others mixed in.

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I like how understated the ones for conventions are – these days conventions are so overblown and crazy that it’s kind of refreshing to see something so simple. Though I have to admit that I was a bit surprised by the location of the “Southwest Comic Show” – I assumed it would be somewhere like Phoenix, Las Vegas, or maybe Albuquerque, but definitely did not expect Tulsa! I’ve never thought of Oklahoma as part of the Southwest – how about you?

Mighty Marvel Money Saver!

August 1979

Shogun Warriors #7

In honor of the release of Captain Marvel (I know, I’m a week late – but go see it! It’s awesome!), here’s another classic Marvel captain: Captain America! Here he’s offering you a Mighty Marvel Flying Shield (aka, a frisbee) for free when you subscribe to at least three titles!

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Am I the only one who finds Cap’s use of “hip lingo” a little out of character? If they really felt the need to use that dialog, I think it would’ve gone better with Spider-Man.

Space – The Final Frontier!

August 1979

Shogun Warriors #7

I’m back! And I brought Star Trek!

Those of you who know me know that I’m a huge fan of Star Trek… however, I am definitely not a huge fan of this particular movie. It was just so slow! And it lacked all of the charm and excitement of the original series.

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But despite its shortcomings, I have to give credit to ST:TMP because it paved the way for all of the glorious Star Trek that came after! So thank you, Star Trek, for coming out with this mediocre movie so that the franchise could then be inspired to incredible new heights!

Just in Time for Christmas! …Or Not.

January 1978

The Secret Society of Super-Villains #12

I almost forgot to post this one, but I think that a few days after Christmas is still OK, right?

So here we’ve got the “All-new! Jam-packed holiday edition!” of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer! (Hmm… does that mean there’s also a non-holiday edition where Rudolph just does regular day-to-day stuff?)

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We’ve also got “The battle you never thought you’d see!” – Superman vs. Wonder Woman! OK, I’m going to go ahead and take a wild stab at this and guess that they start out fighting because of some misunderstanding, and then once they realize that, they actually team up to fight evil – am I right?? Well, no matter what this comic is like, at least it’s got to be better than Batman vs. Superman (“MARTHA!!!!!”)!

But What About Friends of Lois Lane?

August 1979

Shogun Warriors #7

Christmas is coming, so I think it’s a good time to focus on toys for a bit. Here we’ve got Corgi’s line of Superman vehicles.

“Shhhh, don’t let Lois Lane find out you’re a friend of Superman” – this is actually the second ad from this issue that addresses you as a “friend of Superman,” the first one being for Kryptonite rocks. Was being Superman’s BFF all the rage in the late ’70s?

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I like that not all of these necessarily have Superman or his logo on them. Personally, if I could have one of these, I’d probably take the Metropolis police car, because I like the subtlety of it. What do you think? Do you have a favorite?

…Or What About Iron Man and Power Fist?

August 1979

Shogun Warriors #7

It’s Power Man and Iron Fist!

I initially thought this ad might be for issue #1 of the series, but it turns out that this is actually for issue #50. However, this technically is the first issue of this series, because issues #1-49 were just “Power Man” – so this is the first issue to actually be called “Power Man and Iron Fist.” Confused yet?

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It turns out that both characters’ individual titles were seeing sluggish sales, so rather than cancel them, the two were teamed up. Considering this series went to issue #125, I’d say it was a pretty successful move!