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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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“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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BONG!

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 fun to be fooled, but it’s more fun to fool others.

Fun • Magic • Mystery
(from a 1961 issue of Unknown Worlds)

Fun • Magic • Mystery

It’s Fun to be fooled — but it’s More Fun to fool others

Multiplying Billiard Balls
Loaded Cigars
St. Peter’s Lesson
The Floating-Dancing Handkerchief
Nickels Change to Dimes!
Amazing Finger Chopper Trick
Secret Wonder Mirror
Vanishing Key Mystery
Lit Cigarette Vanishes and then reappears!

Send all orders to The House of a Thousand Mysteries
Dept. AC5-61
Trumbull, Conn.

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Beat Down the Flames

Adventures of the Lee family.
Mike Lee and his sons, Tom and Danny, save a forest.
Lee ad found in Thor #196 (1972)

I have a theory about this ad. When the rangers arrive, they find the Lee family has perished after their cotton clothing caught fire. Two of the last three panels show the forest in pristine pre-fire condition, which indicates that the Lee family is in the afterlife and blissfuly unaware of their horrific deaths. 

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You had me at “Modern Trampoline Construction”

Bicycle Windshield
From a 1961 issue of Unknown Worlds.

I’m guessing the primary purpose of this device was to make it easier for bullies to determine who to kick the crap out of.

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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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Is this where the phrase “shit the bed” comes from?

She seems nice.

Another fine gem of a scam from an old romance comic book.

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