In the Fabulous Marvel Style!

September 1963

X-Men #1

I know that I just posted an ad from 1963, but I just got an awesome Spider-Man (and Deadpool!) tattoo, so I’m in a Spidey kind of mood! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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So here’s an ad for issue #4 of The Amazing Spider-Man. I don’t really know anything about the contents of the story of this issue, but I know that it’s the first appearance of Sandman, so that’s a pretty big deal!

They Would Be a Mile High if You Stack Them Up!

March 1985

G.I. Joe #33

If you want comics, here’s the place to get them! If you’ve ever read comics, you’ve probably seen ads for Mile High Comics – well, here’s the first of mine for you to check out!

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SO! MANY!! COMICS!!! This has to be my listing with the most tags – I’ve actually learned quite a bitย about comics just by typing all the titles!

Head of the Class

March 1985

G.I. Joe #33

Time for more classifieds – another grab bag of randomness! As always, we’ve got lots and lots of comics for sale, with a few other things thrown in too.

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My favorite things here? 1) The fact that they’re advertising a hypnosis program as a “mental survival kit,” and 2) The disclaimer on the brass knuckle belt buckle: “Novelty purposes only – not intended for other uses.” ๐Ÿ˜‰

More Exciting than the Super Market

March 1985

G.I. Joe #33

Marvel Super Mart – a collection of independent retailers where you can get all your Marvel favorites! …If you happen to be in one of six select states or one province.

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Considering that you couldn’t exactly go online and order back issues at the time, I wonder just how helpful this would’ve been to collectors. Did any of you respond to ads like these back in the day?

Spider-Man vs. Molestation?

March 1985

G.I. Joe #33

I’ve seen Spider-Man fight a lot of evil over the years, but this is the first time I’ve seen him target sexual abuse (and just for the record, I’ve never actually read any Power Pack comics, but I imagine this would be a bit out of the norm for them too).

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I was actually pretty surprised by the forwardness of this ad, especially for something aimed at kids, but it certainly gets the point across!

I love that you can order a special Marvel comic about sexual abuse prevention – I sure hope that turns up in a bargain bin I’m browsing through someday!

My Subscription-Sense Is Tingling!

January 1997

Deadpool #1

Much like the Columbia House ad featured in an earlier post, I think that ads for comic subscriptions are like snapshots in time, showing you a little glimpse of what was going on at the time. Here’s a Marvel subscription page from 1997.

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I like the statement “YES, YOU CAN PHOTOCOPY THIS AD!” – I guess they finally realized that people don’t want to mangle their comic books just to redeem an offer!

Flipit – Possibly One of the Least Exciting Toys Ever

April 1980

Buck Rogers in the 25th Century #7

Much like Snippys, I think Flipits are banking on the appeal of their characters to sell the product, because the product itself seems… well… kinda lame.

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That’s right โ€“ you throw it, and it lands on its feet! It sounds like seconds of fun for the entire family! Were kids’ standards really that low in 1980?

And by the way, has anyone out there ever heard of Super Chick before? Because I sure haven’t.