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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 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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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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Exposed to Danger

Exposed to Danger
“Exposed to Danger” — (Dell) The “Rifleman” No. 5, Oct. – Dec. 1960

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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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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Today’s Comic Book English Lesson: Owlhoot

Owlhoots!

Quite simply, in Old West times, an owlhoot was a bad guy.

Find out more about owlhoots from Word Histories and True West Magazine.

See? Comic books are good for you!