So Much Fun For So Little Money!

April 1980

Buck Rogers in the 25th Century #7

OK, time to get back to the classics! I’ve had fun posting stuff from Deadpool #1, but I think that older ads tend to be more fun. I’ve still got some ads from Deadpool #1 that I’ll post at some point, but they’ll be interspersed with the older, more classic stuff.

And speaking of classics, here are tons of them!

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I can only imagine how much allowance money went toward the stuff on pages like these… and how much disappoint resulted when the products didn’t live up to expectations.

I think my favorite item on here is the Atomic Mini Pistol – how, exactly, is it atomic? I mean, I guess it’s made up of atoms, but beyond that, I can’t really see how “atomic” applies here…

 

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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.

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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!

 

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.

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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!

 

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