A Touch of Evel

February 1976

Claw The Unconquered #5

I saved the best (at least in my opinion) for last – here’s the last ad I’ve got from Claw The Unconquered: Evel Knievel! He was huge in the ’70s, with all sorts of stunts, TV appearances, and – most importantly – merchandise!

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This line of toys ran from 1972 to ’77, and after releasing the Stunt Cycle in ’73, became Ideal’s best sellers! Despite being so popular, the line was dropped (along with most of Knievel’s other sponsorships) when Knievel assaulted the writer of an unflattering book about him. But the really interesting part about that? Knievel managed to beat the guy to a pulp while still recovering from a stunt gone bad, and both of his arms were in casts at the time! Now that takes determination! (Not that I’m endorsing assault or anything, but still, wow!)

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Tough, Menacing Men of Action!

February 1976

Claw The Unconquered #5

“Nothing can stop the smashing assault of Big Jim’s P.A.C.K.”

Umm… do we need to get Spider-Man and the Power Pack back here so they can give us tips on preventing sexual abuse again? Because that’s kind of where it sounds like this is heading!

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I think they’re stretching it a bit with the acronym – “Professional Agents/Crime Killers” – so… they kill… crime? And while I can see how Dr. Steel’s steel hand could come in handy (Ha! Handy!) in battle, that can’t be the best possible prosthetic for everyday use – just think how impractical something like that would be!

Time to Get Wild!

February 1976

Claw The Unconquered #5

Looking for a wild time? Then check out Wild Riders! These motorcycles can jump off a ramp and do flips! Sounds pretty exciting!

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The thing I find most interesting about this is the copyright at the bottom – “General Mills Fun Group” – General Mills? I’ve always thought of them as a food company – who knew they once were in the toy business?

Let’s Hope He Doesn’t Cost $6 Million

February 1976

Claw The Unconquered #5

If you’re looking for bionic action, you’ve come to the right place! Bionic arm, bionic eye, bionic transport, bionic medical center, Bionic Action Club – “ALL THE ‘BIONIC’ ACTION!”

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It looks like Colonel Steve Austin’s got it all… except the Bionic Woman, I guess.