Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Weird Comics History ep. 26 - Classic Comic Book Advertisements 2

Greetings, pulpophiles! In this episode, Chris (@AceComics) and Reggie (@reggiereggie) step back into the "between pages" of comic books, known as Classic Comic Book Advertisements, the Return! First, they'll detail the history and innovations of GRIT magazine, despite never having seen a copy. Then, they discuss Joe Orlando and his unforgettable ad for Sea Monkeys, as well as the dark secret behind these "instant" aquatic life forms...and it's not that they aren't monkeys. Finally, the impressionable hosts talk about two-dimensional toy soldiers, the ads that enticed them, and the man who drew two of the most memorable ones, Russ Heath! It's an episode jam-packed with commercialism, and you won't even have to pay C.O.D.

REFERENCE SITES: grit.com, boards.straightdope.com, thortrains.net, the usual suspects

Let's take a look at some of these so-called "Rad Ads!"

GRIT magazine
Said to be America's most popular newspaper, but we've never seen a copy!
$1 to $5 a week? That won't even keep me in skinny ties!

Sort of strange to pay kids in sacks with dollar signs on them, but I wouldn't turn it down.

This four-color ad was quite an attention-grabber down at the Veteran's Hospital

This is one of the best-remembered GRIT advertisements.

A rare GRIT

Share your pictures of GRIT if you have any!

Sea Monkeys
A hard life lesson learned by many young children. Some of us more than once!
Gosh, a little Sea Monkey family! That's adorable! Let's get 'em!

"Mommy, that doesn't look like any monkey I've ever seen."

100pc Toy Soldiers
The mysteries of the wholesale importers peddling these things is almost as deep as how much of a rip-off they really were!
You know they're garbage, but at that price, who cares?

A Russ Heath production

The other known Russ Heath ad, this one recolored and somewhat redrawn

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