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This is the fourth in a series (of indefinite length and regularity) of pieces looking at advertisements in comic books over the decades that amused me for whatever reason. In each installment, we’ll take a look at three ads!
Here is an archive of all installments of this feature.
All of today’s ads came from 1955-56 DC comics..
Man, Showcase? What a dumb idea…
This comic will never be of any note!
I don’t know if this game actually WAS cool or not (particularly by 1955 standards), but I can honestly say that I have absolutely no idea from looking at this ad how it is used.
That is one confusing-looking game (In the alternative, it might be a really simple game that is just being totally oversold to make it seem like there is something to it when it is just a typical electric game, like the traditional electric football game).
Jim Prentice invented the game when he was in high school in the 1930s (at the time it was battery operated) in Holyoke, Massachusetts, so it can’t be THAT complicated, right?
I am sure I will see more weird ones in the future, but so far, this is the most messed up ad that I’ve seen.
Just read it now…
Okay, a couple of notes…
1. Do they just think kids are INCREDIBLY stupid? They never say you actually get the dog!!! How were they even allowed to DO that?!?!
2. On that same “they must think kids are soooo dumb” note, how about the fact that they list two “different” studios on the same page while both are obviously the SAME studio, just using different names!!
This is the most messed up ad I’ve seen yet.
I’m sure you folks can send me better, though!
That’s all for this installment! If you can think of some goofy comic book ads you’d like to see me feature here, drop me a line at email@example.com. Do not make suggestions in the comment section, so that they can still be a surprise for future readers. In fact, I think I’ll just delete comments that contain future suggestions.
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