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Saturday morning, superhero comics and super ads

JLA 234. 1984.

US. Legion of Superheroes. 1983.

JLA 234. 1984. Cover by Chuck Patton and Dick Giordano.

Daredevil 241. 1987. Art by Mike Zeck and Klaus Jansen.

Weird War Tales. 1980.

Weird War Tales. 1980.

Mighty World of Marvel Ft Hulk and Sgt Fury. 288. 1978. UK. Art by Sal Buscema and Ernie Chan.

UK. The Mighty World of Marvel. 1979.

Mighty World of Marvel Ft Hulk and Sgt Fury. 284. 1978. UK. Cover by Pablo Marcos.

Thor 373. 1986. Cover by Walter Simonson.

Daredevil. 1987.

Thor. 1986.

Weird War Tales. 1980.

US. Legion of Superheroes. 1984.

Thanks for looking, happy weekend 🙂

 

Cake-tastic… four new Hostess Superhero ads

Heading straight to TVTA’s Hostess Twinkies, Fruit Pie and Cup Cakes collection are these four fab ads featuring feisty face-offs between Batman VS Catman, Hawkman VS Golden Raven, Green Lantern VS a giant ice boulder, and Green Arrow VS a broken tram.

US. Weird War Tales. 1980.

US. Weird War Tales. 1980.

US. Weird War Tales. 1980.

US. Weird War Tales. 1980.

Talking teeth, onion gum, imitation bullet holes and other novelty ads

talking-teeth

There seemed to be no shortage of these cheap novelty items advertised in American comic books between the 1960s and 1980s. As a child I would stare at these ads with a begrudging fascination, knowing that even if they were available to order in the UK my mum would have surely said something like: “You’re not spending your pocket money on that cheap rubbish!”

Sometimes in UK toyshops you would see a stand displaying similar items like the chattering teeth above, or soap that turned your hands black, itching powder, stink bombs, or those chewing gum packs that snapped at your finger when you took out a fake gum. Yet it was always in the back pages of the US comics where the weirdest and coolest items were to be found. There are a gazillion or more ads like these out there. I just scanned a few from 1969 and the early 70s to give you a taste … (watch out for the onion gum though!)


onion-gum-1969


imitation-bullet-holes-1969


joy-buzzer


x-ray-specs


x-ray-specs-2


skin-head-wig


monster-size-monsters


Thanks for looking!