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I Saw It Advertised One Day #7

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 like the idea of someone reading this ad in 1967 and thinking, “Wow, by the way that he is holding his eyeglasses, he MUST be someone I should listen to!”


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I dunno, DC, perhaps in this 1966 ad you shouldn’t have used your initials for the BAD stuff…

A bit of counter-intuitive marketing.
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I’ll admit that this is me being a bit picky, but Aurora has these series of “Great Moments in Sports History” model kits, and for almost all of them, it makes perfect sense. To wit, this 1965 ad for their Johnny Unitas kit…

That makes sense. That was certainly a great moment in sports history.

But what, then, is the the great moment in sports history for this Jerry West kit?

Any guesses?
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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.

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Because you could ALWAYS count on Jerry West for another two points!

The eyeglass-holding pose does have an idea…there’s this really smart professor (he has eyeglasses, so of course he is smart) but he takes them off because he is just in front of you and talking just to you. Real personal-like (assuming of course that he has glasses because of shortsightedness, but that’s what smart people have anyway).
If he had his glasses on, he would be lecturing somewhere in the distance, he is not helping specifically you for 15 minutes a day.

I’d say it’s the 1962 finals – Game 6 against the Celtics. West tied the game and the series with a running layup with seconds left in the game. http://www.hakes.com/product_images/14/29186/001_big.jpg

After looking at West’s record after I put the post up, that would be my best guess, too, Mark.

Still seems to be a stretch, but it’s better than nothing!

Sorry – Game 3 rather!
Here’s a video of it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F0v-xFY-XKw

Seems like the box art I posted matches the actual event better than the model depicted in the ad.

Looks like maybe two-pointers were kinda rare for Jerry West, but this commemorates one of ‘em, anyway.

There were no 3-point shots in the 1960′s.

Remember the spoof ‘Shamed by you English’ in Alan Moore’s 1963??? Very funny!

By the time they got to West, they were just generalizing, I’d say. What makes my eyebrow go up, though, on that ad is the bottom illustration on the right, showing the great Johnny Unitas (I was a big fan of his when I was a kid, you know) passing for an AFL record. Unitas never played in the AFL. He did finish his career with the Chargers in 1973, but that was post-merger and no one would ever have dreamed he’d wind up there back in 1965!

I believe that there’s another version of the “shamed by your english” ad with a dark haired guy, and Dave Sim used that guy as part of the first issue (or so) of Glamourpuss.

And as Blair said, that “Shamed by You English” in 1963 is great.

Maybe it’s not a specific one-time performance but his performance in the 1965 Finals in general. He averaged something like 40+ points a game in that series.

I suspect it’s that he managed to score even though he looks like he’s doing interpretive dance….

Blair beat me to it, but yeah 1963 had a great parody of that Shamed by your English ad. But 1963 had some great parody ads and bullpens in it.

Man I loved 1963

Thanks Brian, ever since I saw that spoof in 1963 I’ve been wondering what the original ad was. And yes, it was indeed awesome. The spoof, the issue, the entire series.

[quote]Johnny Bacardi
January 4, 2011 at 6:31 am

By the time they got to West, they were just generalizing, I’d say. What makes my eyebrow go up, though, on that ad is the bottom illustration on the right, showing the great Johnny Unitas (I was a big fan of his when I was a kid, you know) passing for an AFL record. Unitas never played in the AFL. He did finish his career with the Chargers in 1973, but that was post-merger and no one would ever have dreamed he’d wind up there back in 1965![/quote]Yeah, I noticed that, too. Of course, Unitas played in the AFC before he played for the Chargers when the Colts were placed in the AFC after the merger. Clearly, though, the 1958 game against the Giants was when the NFL was the only professional football league around, as that game essentially was the driving force behind the creation of the AFL in 1959 and their first season of play in 1960.

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