Thursday, August 11, 2016
Comic Book Ads!
Wow, how long as it been since I've done one of these posts?
Our first ad (of probably several) comes from Nature Boy #4. As you can see here, this is one of those typical ads that seems to have always run in comics, offering kids prizes or cash for selling their products, and this one is for Cloverine Salve, a product I've featured here before.
Here's more from the same issue of Nature Boy, the top one is rather amusing... how to write thrilling love letters? Hard to imagine there was a day when boys would need to write letters to get the girl, eh?
The ad below it, for stamps, was another one that is all too typical of comics, as they kept thinking that stamp collecting and comic book reading were somehow possessed of a lot of crossover.
Next, here's an ad for pimple treatment... something that's been an issue for teens for decades and decades, obviously. I'm guessing this wasn't any more effective than any other cure promised!
It seems as long as there've been comic books, there've been ads for stuff that promises way more than it could possibly deliver. Stuff like this Jet "Rocket" Space Ship playset usually ended up being one of two things: Either a flimsy plastic sheet that you'd put over a card table, or an equally flimsy cardboard thing that needed assembly, and probably didn't last all that long. I'm guessing this is the latter, like the atomic submarine.
Here's a Charles Atlas ad that doesn't use the standard comic strip format! The pic of Charles Atlas sure looks like he's way too intense, doesn't it?
Last ad from this comic... Can you imagine there was a time when the biggest concern for kids and teens was that they were too skinny???
From issue #5 of Nature Boy comes another ad for Cloverine Salve, this one using a comic strip format!
You never know what will come up in old comic books... this miniature camera was advertised seemingly in every comic book at one time or another! Its day has obviously passed, given digital cameras being ubiquitous these days.
The sound movie projector is more unique... although apparently the artist who did the pictures of Mickey and Donald didn't want to take the time to do a very good job, eh?
Next, here's a full page ad for Nutty Putty, better known today as Silly Putty!
Skipping over the ad for billfold photos, most of this page is for the miniature dog offer... Note that the address for both of these ads is the exact same street address, just different departments! I don't know how many miniature dogs they actually sent in response to this, but I've heard that a lot of times, when live animals were mailed like this, they didn't tend to survive the process, to nobody's surprise!
This next ad comes from Pictorial Confesions #3, featuring the Monark Super Deluxe Bicycle. Apparently this company no longer exists, although their bikes are considered collectible these days.
This full-page ad for A Treasury of Comics looks like it would be a fun read, doesn't it?