Vaughan & Chiang's "Paper Girls" Builds a Familiar Yet Disconcerting World
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.
Few things are quite as sad as the idea of “Would you believe?” flash cards.
Not even just, like, a book of “Would you believe?” jokes. That would be silly, but hey, at least Get Smart was popular, so I’d understand it. That would make sense, I wouldn’t even feature it here, because that wouldn’t amuse me as it’d be too normal (I’d say the vast majority of ads, by the way, I DON’T feature – most comic book ads were pretty normal stuff). But the idea of putting them on flash cards – that’s just too much.
I just love the notion of some kid getting these and showing one side to his parents and then flipping it over, triumphantly.
I know that the Kaballah Centre predates this comic book ad by a couple of years (the Centre started in 1965), but I still like to believe that this was the inspiration for the Kaballah Centre, and that Madonna follows this game…
Now, I understand that there might not have been QUITE as many things to do on the internet in 2002, but come on, would anyone actually go to Nabisco.com to play Oreo-themed GAMES?!?!
And yet, I’m sure lots of people did.
I think that’s actually sadder than the flash cards, now that I think about it…
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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