Category Archives: vintage ads

Beep-beep zip bang!

1971 Plymouth Road Runner

Fun facts: 

Plymouth paid Warner Bros. fifty grand to use the Road Runner name and likeness.

Hatched in 1968, the Plymouth Road Runner wasn’t discontinued until 1980.

And yes, Plymouth had a special beep-beep horn for it, developed by the Sparton Corporation of Jackson, Michigan. Hear it here.

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You are under the spell of Ka•Bala!

It's Ka•Bala!
Found in Harvey Comics’ Richie Rich #66 (1968)

Did you know that in 2016, Bass Pro Shops acquired Ka•Bala for $5,500,000,000?

Wait… I’m being told that was Cabela’s, not Ka•Bala.

Well, did you know that Madonna became involved with Ka•Bala way back in 1998?

Wait… Now I’m being told that was Kabbalah, not Ka•Bala.

Well then, what the heck is this thing!?

Oh, just some proprietary blend of tarot, spin-the-bottle, magic 8-ball and ouija board, I guess.

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“No longer are pitiful little misshapen, ricket-twisted bodies excusable.”

Rawleigh's Cod Liver Oil
Found in Rawleigh’s 1932 Good Health Guide, Cook Book and Year Book.
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Be A Somebody!

Fun fact: “Punk rock” didn’t exist as a term before Creem’s May 1971 issue. 

CREEM Magazine Comic Book Ad
Found in Marvel Team-Up 12 – 1973 and enlarged some for the interwebs.

Bonus: Check out the short trailer for a CREEM documentary here.

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You don’t know Fosdick.

Fearless Fosdick was a comic strip parody of Dick Tracy that existed inside another comic strip, Al Capp’s Li’l Abner. He became so popular that he got his own TV puppet show, inspired the creation of MAD Magazine (allegedly) and became the spokesman, in his own way, for Wildroot Cream-Oil hair tonic. 

Also, he was stupid, broke, had terrible aim and was frequently shot. Not quite a Dapper Dan, but he did the job.

Fearless Fosdick for Wildroot Cream-Oil Hair Tonic
Found in DC’s Strange Adventures #66 (1956)
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They’re jolly! They’re jumping! They’re… spurge seed pods infested with moth larvae!

The Jolly Jumping Bean Family

Now, what’s more colorful than colors?

I can’t hear ya! I say what’s, what’s more colorful than Mexicolors?

Alright alright alright alright alright alright alright alright alright alright alright alright alright alright alright alright!

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“Big bubbles. No troubles.” — Sir Mix-a-Lot (attributed)

Hubba Bubba
1980 comic book ad for Hubba Bubba bubble gum

What a great way to introduce a new brand.

Look at the sheer amount of copy in this comic book ad aimed at kids!

The copywriter even got “akimbo” and “dadgum” approved!

Wowie-zowie! I’m impressed.

Note: I had no idea Hubba Bubba was available in mint flavor back in 1980.

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Hobnob with the Snobs

“Tonight we will enjoy only the finest of tastes and only the snootiest of laughter.”

— Preston Northwest, Gravity Falls

The California Limited
1904 magazine ad for the hoity-toity California Limited
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The perfect word.

Behold, the out-of-print poster you never knew you wanted.

The perfect word.
Found in Rolling Stone Magazine, May 22, 1975.
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An angry thunderbolt of terror explodes out of the ocean’s depths!

♬ DaadumbDaadumbDadumb dadumb dadumb dadumb.

Orca
Found on the back cover of Marvel’s The Tomb of Dracula, Lord of Vampires #60 (September 1977) comic book.

Jaws it ain’t.

“A lousier movie may get made one of these days or years, but it will have to wrest the trophy from the dead and icy grasp of Orca.” — LA Times

“If it were medically possible to overdose on claptrap, Orca, which opened yesterday at the Criterion and other theaters, would be compelled to carry a warning from the Surgeon General.” — The New York Times

Well, now I’m probably going to have to find and watch it.

Spoiler alert: Bo Derek (in her movie debut) supposedly gets her leg chomped off in this masterpiece.

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