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I Saw It Advertised One Day #6

We continue a MONTH of I Saw It Advertised One Day! Each day this January you’ll get a piece 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.

Enjoy!

I just love the idea of some guy in 1972 showing up for a date with a Van Dyke glued to his face being surprised that this ad steered him wrong….


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This 1958 DC house ad stood out to me just at the fact that Mister District Attorney warranted a mention, but Wonder Woman did not…


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Finally, for the most part, I will be steering clear of Charles Atlas ads (plus the many companies that rip off Charles Atlas’ successful ad campaign) because pretty much everyone knows those ads by heart, so there is no need for me to mention them. However, this particular ad stood out to me due to the “Secrets of Being Attractive”!

Similar to the fellow in 1972 who tried out the glued-on sideburns, I wonder how well the fellow in 1966 who ordered that pamphlet did.
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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 bcronin@comicbookresources.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.

13 Comments

I think the secret of being attractive is to send away for velcro sideburns. And that’s just what I’m gonna do…!

AverageJoeEveryman

January 3, 2011 at 9:09 am

I love the name of the company in the first add: Masculiner Co. That is just so awful and amazing at once!

I ordered the pamphlet and it worked wonders!

Wonder Woman: less important than Peter Porkchops.

I love the name of the company in the first add: Masculiner Co. That is just so awful and amazing at once!

Yes! I meant to mention that. Thanks! So ridiculously awesome!

You guys are missing the point with adhesive facial hair. That shit works wonders when you’re a forth-grade boy trying to get the attention of the sixth grade chick who’s developing just slightly ahead of her fellow classmates. WONDERS!!!

Looks like the word balloon on the bodybuilding ad was done by someone who wants it to look “comic-bookish” without understanding that he’s combined elements of a word balloon and a thought balloon. Maybe he’s just thinking REALLY LOUD with his new brain muscles. Or he’s talking with a fart.

Hey, Peter Porkchops is an important character. The Zoo Crew would’ve been a lot less powerfull without him.

To be the guy that misses the funny (not really, but…), could Wonder Woman not be listed in the ad because of the licensing deal with Marston?

The other funny thing about the glue on facial hair (besides the fact that it’s, y’know, GLUE ON FACIAL HAIR!) is that the ad tells you to either pick a color or send a lock of hair (!) to match your hair color, but the guy in the ad’s beard/sideburn color DOESN’T MATCH the hair!

The Van Dyke ad is one of my favorite comic ads ever. I will go to the grave wondering about the difference between the regular and “deluxe” models.

Did Masculiner products come with proprietary Masculiner glue, or was the buyer on his own for that?

Hey, Peter Porkchops is an important character. The Zoo Crew would’ve been a lot less powerfull without him.

Also, he saved the multiverse in Final Crisis. With his power of standing there looking disapproving.

Heh, I googled for comic book van dyke beard and got just what I was looking for? Even as a 10 year old, I could see how bogus it was.

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