Friday, October 15, 2010

Comic Book Advertisements!

Let's see what ads we're looking at this time around!

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Ah, another pair of house ads from DC's January, 1969 cover-dated books! Looks like Binky's Buddies #1 and Date With Debbi #1! Well, the first of those series lasted a whopping 12 issues on a bimonthly schedule, while Date with Debbi actually managed 18 issues on a bi-monthly basis!

More ads after the jump!

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Here's another ad from the same DC comics cover-dated January, 1969, and it's for Ideal's Super City set! And it looks to me as though Kurt Schaffenberger did the artwork on this ad, too! I actually had one of these sets about 10 or 12 years ago. I wish I'd realized then it was scaled to Ideal's Motorific sets, but then, I never managed to find much of that stuff!

The Ideal Toy Company was founded as the Ideal Novelty and Toy Company in New York in 1907 by Morris and Rose Michtom, who'd invented the Teddy Bear two years prior! Ideal was sold in 1982 to CBS Toy Company, who closed down shortly after that.

The Super City toy line was introduced in 1967, but apparently was too difficult for young children to manage, so (according to Wikipedia), the line was removed from the market beginning in 1968. If you're interested, you can check out an instruction book for the line here!

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Next up, yes, it's another house ad from the January 1969 cover-dated books! I'd imagine I don't have to tell you guys anything about Green Lantern, do I? The cover for issue 66, pictured here, was by Mike Sekowsky and inked by Murphy Anderson (and reprinted in Showcase Presents Green Lantern #4).

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And here's the last ad from those January 1969 cover-dated DC books, for Aurora's Skittle-Bowl! Aurora Plastics was founded in 1950 as a contract manufacturer of injection plastics, but in 1952, they began manufacturing plastic model kits. OF course, the most famous Aurora models would be their monster kits (begun in 1961) as well as the superheroes, TV, and movie-based models. In 1960, Aurora also began manufacturing slot car racing sets.

The founders at Aurora retired in the late 1960s, and the company was sold to outside investors. Nabisco bought Aurora in 1971, and sold off the model kit division in 1977 to Monogram.

So far as Skittle-Bowl itself is concerned, I've been able to discover that it was introduced in 1967. You can find out more about Skittle-Bowl on the page at Sam's Toybox.

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And now, we're on to an ad from the June, 1970 cover-dated DCs, and I believe this one appeared on the inside front cover. I vaguely recall seeing this ad when these comics were brand-new, and even with the fairly bad reproduction, I'd imagine I was most interested in The Valley of Gwangi poster! Of course, these days, there are dozens of options for buying posters like these.

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From the same month's DCs, here's an ad for some of the Aurora Model Motoring cars that I referred to above!

More comics ads will be coming your way soon!

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