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This is a late 70s comic book ad that I thought was pretty funny because there’s NO WAY you would see this today in a DC or Marvel comic. It’s nice to know there was once a time when the world was innocent (careless?) enough to promise “a lotta fun” to children who handled guns. Granted, it’s just a BB gun, but it still just feels wrong to see it advertised in between the pages of comic featuring Captain Marvel.
On a side note, I feel like I’ve gone “soft” with my blogging. Yes, I’ve greatly increased the frequency of my posting (and it’s paying off in blog views), but I’m itching to write something again and do more than just scans and commercials. The TMNT cereal thing was a good step in that creative direction. In a little less than a month, I’ll be taking a 10 day vacation from work, so hopefully we can get down to the nitty gritty then.
I love iron-ons. Who didn’t? They were popular throughout the 70s and 80s. It’s retro cool these days to been seen wearing a “What’choo talkin’ ’bout, Willis?” shirt, but decades ago, you’d actually have to go to a shop to get that made up for you.
Yes, there were actually stores that sold nothing but t-shirts and the iron-ons to place on them. They even did it for you right before your eyes with a big steam press. It was like picking out a tattoo. There were stacks and stacks of binders full of iron-ons of all kind. Brand names, pop culture icons such as Andre the Giant, unicorns, sports logos, skulls, etc.
But check this ad out! Kiss Rock Group! Man, I’ve love to have a Kiss Rock Group iron-on. Us fans who are “in the know”, call the band KRG for short. A Cheryl Ladd and Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders iron-on wouldn’t be so bad either… Kind of a racy ad for a late 70s issue Marvel Spotlight, don’t you think?
While visiting my grandparents in Fort Walton Beach, FL, (years before we moved there) I picked out a red t-shirt with a California Raisins iron-on. I kid you not, that’s one of my favorite shirts. This isn’t a great picture, but I’m pretty sure this is it because I remember the Raisin with the shades being feature prominently:
These are pretty nifty looking cars from diecast manufacturer Corgi.
Notice the Joker and Penguin cars. Now, I can understand a super HERO placing their symbol/color scheme onto their transportation mode of choice — it’s advertising to let the people (and criminals) know that they are around. But WHY would the Penguin and Joker want their names and logos on their cars? Why would a villain want to draw the attention of the cops and/or heroes when driving down to 7-11 for a Big Gulp?
Obviously, it’s just to market the toys, but I always found it to be amusing nonetheless, just like when I see that a hero that WHO CAN FLY has a car (or plane!). I guess for when times Superman just really doesn’t feel like dealing with splattered bugs and plane fumes, he can catch a ride in his Space Cruiser. Or drive around in his, um… van.
I have to say, Captain Marvel and Wonder Woman have some sweet pimped out rides though and it’s always good to see the 1960s Batman show getting represented as well.
I think I scanned this one from an issue of Marvel-Two-One. It’s been awhile though, so I’m not positive.
I’d love to get my hands on that lazer sword! In some circles, it’s called a lightsaber, but apparently the Joe Kubert School (click and go look at the larger version… they produced this ad!) has never heard that term or they simply wanted to blaze their own trail. Geez, you could make a killing on eBay with this stuff today.
Anyone know what a “transfer book” is? Some type of Colorforms or trace book?
The Godzilla/Dynomutt Hour
The Flintstone Comedy Show
The Space Stars:
featuring Space Ghost, The Herculoids, The Jetson, Astro and the Space Dogs and Teen Force)
The Daffy Duck Show
Yecch!! What an awful looking line-up. Sorry, kids, I was never a big fan of Hanna-Barbara cartoons outside of Scooby-Doo and the 1982 Christmas classic Yogi Bear’s All Star Comedy Christmas. Birdman and Space Ghost were decent, but they were just too old and campy for me to enjoy fully.
This ad is from 1980, so I’m assuming this was to promote the 1980-1981 season, though it’s very possible these shows may have aired in 1981 sometime before the 1981-1982 season kicked in. I can’t seem to find any site that confirms all of these shows airing during the same time period.
Being circa 1980, it’s a bit before my time (I wouldn’t rear my head until November 1981), so I don’t have any nostlagic ties to these shows, but hey, saturday morning cartoon ads are always fun to look at, right?
I’ve never heard of Astro and the Space Dogs (later officially called Astro and the Space Mutts) or Drawing Power though and I’m familiar with Teen Force in name only.
And yes, that is Astro, as in the Jetsons’ dog, Astro. Apparently, he fought crime throughout the cosmos… just like a Green Lantern!
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For a spell, painter’s caps were actually cool to be worn by people who weren’t actually painters. I had Hulk Hogan and neon green puffy paint painter’s caps myself.