Adding a Little Flair to the Game

February 1995

X-Force #43

If you know me, you know that I’m not into sports. At all. So that means I don’t have a whole lot to say about these basketball cards.

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It seems like collector cards were huge in the ’90s, so this is just one of the many, many sets out there at the time, trying to cash in on the craze. However, these cards do sound pretty fancy, with their “dazzling ‘hi-fi’ six-color printing, lavish foil stamping and a slick, durable polyester laminate coating.” Wait a minute – hi-fi printing? Hi-fi refers to audio! Well, if these cards make sound, then I guess they’re some really deluxe collector cards!

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Supplying the Never-Ending Need for Greeting Cards

December 1972

Jungle Action #2

Here’s yet another ad trying to tempt kids with fantastic prizes in exchange for hocking stuff to their friends and family.

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The thing that strikes me the most about this is the over-contoured faces of the kids – really, artist, I think you’ve got plenty of detail there!

An Entirely Different Type of Hero

January 1997 (1996)

Deadpool #1

Personally, I’ve always seen comics and sports as two forms of entertainment on entirely opposite ends of the spectrum. I know that there must be some comics nerds who also watch sports, and some sports jocks who also read comics, but the idea just seems kind of foreign to me. That’s why this ad for a set of Michael Jordan videos just felt really out of place to me when I found it in the pages of Deadpool.

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I should probably make some joke about this deal being a slam dunk or something like that, but I just can’t think of anything good at the moment. Feel free to do better in the comments!

 

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