I don’t know about you, but I love old ads from classic comics. Me and several of my friends consider ourselves connoisseurs of fine advertisement cheesiness! For my money the best ads can be found among the pages of comic books heralding from the 1970’s and early 1980’s. A plethora of goodies can be found in those decades, from dynamic video game adverts to epic promotional toy campaigns! All of them more outlandish than the last. If you think about it comic book ads have to be crazy and eye-catching or how else do you expect to distract a reader away from super powered heroes doing battle with brightly colored villains long enough to even glimpse at your product. Perhaps the most effective are the advertisements that incorporate the heroes of the comic company into the ads, momentarily tricking the readers into thinking the ad is just the continuation of the issue they are reading.
Like the legendary Hostess Fruit Pie ads in Marvel comics. You’re flipping along reading your X-Men comic when suddenly Captain America bursts onto the scene, or Dr. Strange appears out of thin air. Suddenly things just got interesting! What are they doing in this X-Men comic? And wait, is that Dr. Doom? What’s behind him in that crate? What’s going on?? Wait, what?? Fruit pies? Captain America is rescuing a stolen shipment of Fruit Pies in my X-Men story? Oh wait, Ha ha! This is an ad! Got me again Marvel!
Well here’s something else along those lines, except here you turn the page to find Meatloaf rocking out hard, while at the same time voicing his concerns about the funding and support of the 1987 Special Olympics. A typical Wednesday for him. But seriously, look at that first panel, ol’ Meatloaf is really giving it his all, and how the hell is he holding that guitar?
And here’s another question: What era was Meatloaf popular in? He’s one of those guys who always seemed eternally old to me. It was like he was popular at some distant time, but had moved on. I don’t really know anyone who is a hardcore Meatloaf fan, and trust me I know a lot of people with many varying musical interests and stemming from various musical eras. I guess it’s because he’s been an actor for so long too, and to me it seems like any musician who turns to acting has passed their musical prime and gone on to other things. I don’t know, Meatloaf is weird.
That is all!