Saturday, January 22, 2011

Comic Book Advertisements!

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This time around, we start with another DC house ad from the January 1980 cover-dated books! Oddly enough, this is a Halloween-themed ad... and why is that odd? Well, because as I'm writing this entry, for you it's January 2011, but for me, it's October 2010 (remember, I like to work ahead of the game)! The mystery titles (Secrets of Haunted House, House of Mystery, Weird War Tales, and Ghosts) would normally be the features of this ad... but instead, the main focus is on Super Friends, which had a Halloween-themed tale! This also shows that while the books were cover-dated January, they were really out in October (or was it September?).

It's hard to read the issue numbers on this ad, so I'll just tell you that that ad features Secrets of Haunted House #20, House of Mystery #276 (can't really see the cover image in this ad, but that would be the January 1980 cover-dated issue), Weird War Tales #83 (same deal there), Ghosts #83 (again, extrapolating), and Super Friends #28!

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Yep, it's another house ad, this one for Sgt. Rock (who'd by the point finally taken over Our Army at War) and The Unknown Soldier (who taken over numbering from Star Spangled War Stories).

One interesting thing about the above books (as well as the ones in the first ad in this post) is that none of those books survived the 1980s, and Sgt. Rock seems to be the only one of them that lasted past 1982 (ending with the June, 1988 cover-dated issue).

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One more ad for this go-round, and it's from the same month's books! It's a Monogram Models ad featuring their kits based on Battlestar Galactica and Buck Rogers! I've got to tell you, I've always loved these spaceship designs, especially the Viper from Galactica. But there is one odd thing about this ad... the original series of Battlestar Galactica lasted just the 1978-1979 TV season, being revived as Galactica 1980 on January 27, 1980. I'm guessing that Monogram had learned of this temporary revival, and so trotted out the same kits they'd produced in 1978 (it pays to hang on to the old molds, I guess!). Well, "trotted out" is unfair, I suppose...

It's easier to understand why they were producing Buck Rogers kits, as that TV series was still in its first of two seasons.

But looking at these ads now, there is one thing that kind of puzzles me... You may recall that when AMT put out Star Wars model kits, among the spaceships, they also did models of C-3PO, R2-D2, and Darth Vader... Monogram could've done figural models from either of these series, but didn't! OK, so it would've just been a Cylon and Twikki... but still, seems like that was a lost opportunity.

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