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I Saw It Advertised One Day #19

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 love the “free” bit here for this Kool-Aid game.

“Free! Just 125proof-of-purchase points!”

Pretty hilarious.

Do you think fudge judges are appointed by the President or are they elected?


I dig how this Grape-Nuts ad has absolutely NOTHING to do with the comic book story supplied as part of the ad.


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.


I think that Fudge Judge is kind of abusing his power. Also the English language.

And now I really want to see more adventures of Volto. He’s my new hero.

I believe Fudge Courts are under State jurisdiction, so their appointment varies from one state to another.

I find it strange that Martians have to give a verbal command in order to use an innate ability.

It’s just another way in which Martians are unlike us and thus must be exterminated. Perhaps with the common cold.

Man, I hate activist fudge judges.

Fudge judge not, lest ye be fudge judged.

Dang, I need to track down a copy of the Kool-Aid Man game for my Intellivision.

I wonder what Judge Fudge thinks of the fudge judge

I’m suspicious that Volto needs to press on his arm to make his power work. He claims everyone from Mars has his power but I’m getting a whole ‘Storm Boy from the LSH hidden power generator’ vibe from him. And his arm appears to be talking, not him… I smell a fraud…

all i ever got close to with kool aid points was just the real cheap stuff like frisbiees never the video game the fudge judge hilerious advertising

Oh yeah! LOVE those tootsie Roll ads. There were a bunch of ‘em.

What’s sad is that the Kool Aid video game is probably worth big bucks now, to the right person. Oh Yeah!

I’ve accidentally stumbled onto sites with “fudge judges”, but let’s not talk about that…

I wonder if Volto was originally going to be part of some other comic, and just got made into a grape nuts ad because no one wanted to publish him. Convenient, that whole grain cereal recharges Martians.

I love how the Volto ad leaves it up to question whether you’ll get Martian powers or not: “You MAY not get Volto’s magnetic power…” Therefore you still might, but who knows ’til you try some? And his arms talk too, that’s cool.

I am surprised that there wasn’t any mention of the ancient radio ad at the bottom of the Grape Nuts ad…nice piece of radio history there

Pardon my Australian-ness, but why the heck did they call it what they called it when there are neither grapes nor nuts in the cereal? Or are there?

Don’t worry, Excronimuss, no one knows exactly why they call it Grape-Nuts when there are neither grapes nor nuts in it. There are a couple of theories, but no one knows for sure.

I actually read T C Boyle’s book on the life of John Harvey Kellogg, and the fierce rivalry the cereal-mongers had, forget superhero conflicts, this was WAR! Post was a strange man, Kellogg seemed to be a nutcase. May have had something to do with it?

Actually, I did kinda wonder about the radio blurb. I think there used to be 2 NBC networks, NBC Red and NBC Blue, which of course led me to wonder if the Electric Superman Red & Blue twins from the 90’s were some kind of nod to the old radio network. I’m not sure if the Superman program was on NBC or not, though it was very popular. That’s where his cry of “Up, up, and away!” came from, to let listeners know that he was flying into the sky.

Somehow, being a Fudge Judge seems vaguely perverted….

@Bill Reed: What was the Kool-Aid Man game like? I had dozens of Atari 2600 games, but I never had the Kool-Aid game…. from the add, it looks a little like Breakout or something.

Ganky, you were right about the NBC thing…it and the red network used to be owned by NBC between 1927 and the forced sale of the blue network in 1943. The network would go on to become ABC in 1945.

It’s a shame that Volto wasn’t a long-running character with lots of adventures… Wait, he was?

Why yes, of COURSE there’s a Complete Volto Archive on the Internet!

Hey…I got the Kool-Aid game for “free” mind you

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