Category Archives: comic books

I got a fever!

Pacman (Pac-Man) for the Atari 2600 ad from DC’s Detective Comics #518 (September 1982)
Pacman (Pac-Man) for the Atari 2600 ad from DC’s Detective Comics #518 (September 1982)

Fun facts: Even though it totally sucked compared to the arcade version, over seven million Atari 2600 cartridges of Pac-Man were sold.

It was a 4KB ROM cartridge.

The highest possible score for the arcade version of Pac-Man is 3,333,360 points.

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Let’s get baked.

1973 comic book ad for  Kenner Betty Crocker Easy-Bake Oven
1973 comic book ad for  Kenner Betty Crocker Easy-Bake Oven

The toy that also taught us about second- and third-degree burns.

Q: If two 60-watt incandescent light bulbs take 12 minutes to bake a cake, how long would it take LED bulbs?

A: 0 minutes. Just throw it in the microwave.

Fun Fact: Kenner sold half a million ovens in the first year (1963).

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“This is O.J. Simpson comin’ at you…”

O.J. Simpson's Spot-Bilt Juicemobiles ad from 1976
Found in Marvel’s Captain America and the Falcon #204 (December 1976)

Run away!

Fun fact: O.J. Simpson was once the Vice President of Promotions for Hyde Athletic (Spot-bilt’s parent company).

Another fun fact: Spot-bilt almost landed Michael Jordan back in the day before he went with Nike. Ouch.

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’Tis a charmin’ cereal…

1964 ad for General Mills' New Lucky Charms cereal
Found in DC Action Comics #315 (August, 1964)

It’s a lucky day when you’re flipping through an old comic book and happen upon one of the first, if not THE first, ad for General Mills Lucky Charms!

Fun facts: “The cereal was created by product developer John Holahan. He developed the original prototype based on Cheerios cereal pieces and chopped up pieces of his favorite candy – Circus Peanuts.”

Circus peanuts!?!? Noooooooooo!

“The marshmallow pieces in Lucky Charms are called ‘marbits.’”

Marbits!?!? Nooooooooo!

More Lucky Charms history can be found here.

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“The treacherous are ever distrustful. Send in that dollar, Margie!” — Gandalf

Margie gets FREE GIFTS for the whole family
Gandalf Products (The Consumer Gazette) ad found in a comic book from 1975 or so.
I… I remember Margie being drawn a little bit better back when I was a kid.
Her friend is pretty hot tho.
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Rocky and Bullwinkle for Cheerios comic book ad
Found in Action Comics #315 (August, 1964).

Fun fact: The final original episode of Rocky and Bullwinkle’s show aired on June 27, 1964, two months before the comic book this ad was found in hit the stands.

Another fun fact: Cheerios was originally named CheeriOats. That didn’t last long.

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“It’s a killer-diller!”

“You bet, almost before you know it, a daily 10 minutes with ‘MINI-GYM’ builds you into the kind of real ‘he man’ material bosses want most… and girls go for fastest!” — It pays to read the tiny, tiny type!

How 'Mini-Gym' Turns Plant "Drip" Into Success Dynamo
(1951-1952 or so.)
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The day Bill told off his boss

The day Bill told off his boss
(found in Marvel Team-Up #12 – Spider-Man and the Werewolf – 1972)

The boss’s name is Mr. Bemis. I wonder if he’s any relation to Henry Bemis, the fellow in episode 8 of The Twilight Zone — “Time Enough at Last” — in 1959?

Time Enough at Last
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“No Skill Necessary”

Multiplying Billiard Balls

Multiplying Billiard Balls

No Skill Necessary

Here is one of the most sensational and most remarkable feats of magic ever known. It is as unexpected as it is surprising! While it appears to be a very difficult trick to do, it is nevertheless so simple that anyone can easily master it and give a very professional formance. A beautifully enameled billiard ball is first passed examination. The performer then holds it up as shows. Suddenly from out of thin air a second one mysteriously appears beside the first one! Then, like a flash, a third unexpectedly appears and finally a fourth! The feat is then reversed and one by one the balls will silently vanish as quickly as they came! A great act that never fails to bring roars of surprise and enthusiastic applause from your audience. you can do it! Only 50¢

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“What a joke! Wotta smoke!”

Loaded Cigars

Loaded Cigars

Victim lights this fine cigar – enjoys a good smoke for a short while and then—wow! The cigar bursts into many pieces! What a joke! Wotta smoke! Your victim will have the jitters and quakes for an hour. 4 for $1.00

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