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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.
I will give this X-Men phone scam this much credit, they limit the amount you can spend to $4 a call, and they limit your calls per week to 4. So while $16 certainly is not a drop in the bucket, it is not a TON of money, even in 1991.
But otherwise, boy, what a scam. I am sure plenty of kids had great difficulty getting past the first level.
That being said, the artwork by Erik Larsen is quite good!
This 1978 AAU ad is another Graeme Burk contribution (he scanned it, as well).
That was one trippy ad.
“Dirty Sneaker,” indeed.
I love how upfront this 1955 ad is with the fact that it is just scamming you out of a $1.
“Yeah, we’re not even going to try to sell you some junk and tell you it is worth the money we’re charging. We’re just going to sell you the CHANCE at getting something good!”
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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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