You Can Subscribe… Just Not to This

January 1978

The Secret Society of Super-Villains #12

Yes, you can subscribe to your favorite DC comics! …But just not this one. At first I thought I must’ve just missed it in the listing, but no – Power Girl, the title that Superman himself is showing off here, is not on the list of available titles!

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This ad appeared not long before the “DC implosion,” where they canceled about 40% of their titles. In fact, here Amazing World of DC Comics is advertising issue #16 – well, #17 was the last ever published!

Also, this is the first time I’m noticing a subscription price that’s actually higher than the cover price!

 

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More Coastal Comics

January 1998

Thunderbolts #10

Yeah, I know ads like this aren’t super exciting, but I’m a historian and a completist, so I feel compelled to share all the ads from the books I’ve scanned.

Anyway, here we’re visiting East Coast Comics again, almost a decade after the last ad I published from them. And I thought I had a lot of tags last time – well, I think I broke my record again, because in addition to all the regular series, they also listed all sorts of limited series and special sets!

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I’m sure a lot of these titles can be found in quarter bins today, but I wonder just how many of them have skyrocked in value.

 

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Big News?

January 1978

The Secret Society of Super-Villains #12

Big news! It’s the Huntress! And Shade, the Changing Man! Most of you probably know the Huntress as Helena Wayne (or Kyle), the daughter of Batman and Catwoman from an alternate universe.

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But what about Shade? I’d never heard of him before, which I was kind of surprised by – I mean, if he starred in his own series, he must’ve been at least somewhat of a big deal, right? Well, it turns out that this was an original character created by Steve Ditko (which is pretty cool), but his series only lasted eight issues (which is not so cool). Apparently Shade was a casualty of the “DC Implosion” where, due to financial troubles, DC canceled 40% of its titles! In fact, All-Star Comics and The Secret Society of Super-Villains (the comic this ad was printed in) also got the ax. 1978 must’ve been a sad time indeed for DC fans!

 

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Classic Revivals

February 1976

Claw The Unconquered #5

I wasn’t very familiar with either of these titles, so had to look up info on both of them. It turns out that they both began in the 1940s, were canceled, and then revived in the ’70s. Both of the comics advertised here are the first in their new series.

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Interestingly, even though they’d been out of print for a while (in the case of All Star Comics, 25 years!), DC decided to continue the issue numbering where it left off.

I Don’t Think Whiz Comics Would Go Over as Well Today

February 1976

Claw The Unconquered #5

Comics! And lots of them! But rather than subscriptions, here we’ve got reprints and collections of some of the biggest, most influential characters of all time!

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I would certainly pick up most of these if I found them in the quarter bin… except for the Bible one, that is… unless it had some fantastic ads!

Na-Na Na-Na Na-Na Na SUBSCRIPTION!

February 1976

Claw The Unconquered #5

I have a new buddy who’s a huge fan of Batman, so in honor of this new friendship, here’s the ad with Batman most prominently featured (out of all the ones I have scanned, anyway). Surprisingly, this seems to be Robin’s first appearance in my blog, so let’s give a big Comic Book Ads welcome to Robin!

“HI, ROBIN!!!”

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Something I find interesting about this is that you get $3.00 worth of comics, but it doesn’t actually specify how many issues that equals. I’m assuming it would be a year’s worth, but just think it’s odd that they don’t mention it.

DeCk the Halls!

December 1989

Wonder Woman #37

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, and you know what the means – presents! If you still haven’t gotten a gift for that special someone, don’t worry – DC’s got you covered!

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Yep, with all these titles to choose from, you’re sure to find something for anybody (well, almost anybody) on this list!

Happy Holidays!