Ad It Up: Muppet Christmas Carol

muppet christmas carolSince we spent some of yesterday evening getting the house ready for Christmas and decorating, it seemed like a good time to post this ad for The Muppet Christmas Carol! I don’t know if I ever actually saw this movie as I’ve long been a fan of the ooold school classic version of Christmas Carol, but I plan on remedying that this holiday season.

Ad It Up: Crazy World

Can’t quite remember which comic this came from, but these Truth Crazy World ads were EVERYWHERE around the early 2000s (right?). I’ve never really understood the point of this non-smoking campaign. Everyone already knows that smoking is bad for you and have for the last 20 years. If people want to smoke, let then, just make sure it’s not where I am or let me know so I can get out of there if I want to. Also, this smacks of Truth not understanding the comic book audience. I’m sure the 20-to-60 year old dudes reading these comics were totally enlightening by something as brain-melting as Crazy World.

Ad It Up: Mister Miracle

I first became familiar with Mister Miracle as a member of the Justice League long before I knew who Jack Kirby was. I loved how fun and energetic he was and even at a young age appreciate the relationship he and Big Barda had as a married superhero couple. I would go on to become a gigantic Kirby fan, especially his Mister Miracle book. I’ve read a few of the issues advertised in this issue of COPS #7 from 1989. The series started off with eight issues written by J.M. DeMatteis, followed by a Len Wein run and finished out by Doug Moench. That’s a pretty stellar line-up of writers. Anyone read all these issues? How to they hold up to the JLI stuff?

Ad It Up: Wizard Valiant Ad

On average, the best part about reading random Valiant comics for my (mostly) weekly The Box column here on the blog has been seeing random ads from the early days of Wizard. These are from a few years before I got into the magazine, but if you’re unfamiliar with it’s history, Wizard covered a lot of Valiant and Image stuff in the early days because they were all coming up at around the same time. So, while it might have been harder to get DC or Marvel on the phone, there was lots of back and forth between the younger companies and the growing mag. So, it comes as no surprise seeing a full page ad in 1993’s Magnus Robot Fighter #21 nor is it surprising to see the “Especially Valiant” tag on the ad. If you want to see how strong the Wizard/Valiant connection was compare the mastheads from the first few years of Valiant comic books and Wizard issues from let’s say about 8 or 9 years ago.

Ad It Up: Sandman

Sandman was one of those comics that I always knew about, but never really got into. I started reading around 1992 or so and the book had been going strong for about four years at that point. But, I was way more interested in the adventures of Batman, Superman and Green Lantern, not some guy who looked like the world’s biggest cure fan. Later, in high school, I knew some older guys who read comics and wore ankhs and I laughed at them for being too serious about everything. I didn’t know anything about Sandman and I was okay with that.

Then, I started working at Wizard and some dudes whose opinions I really respected recommended I check it out. Now, it’s one of my top five comic series’ (the other permanent spots belong to Starman and Preacher with the other two changing depending on how I feel that day). It’s just such an amazing book. Anyway, I wonder what people must have thought when it first came out and they saw ads like this in issues of COPS (this one’s from #7, which I reviewed over here). A lot of people say they don’t like those first six issues, that you can skip them or that they’re not as connected to the rest of the series, but I completely disagree. Those issues not only set the tone and the story but also give superhero fans an easier way into the comic than a comic like that would these days. I’d say if you’re reading the book for the first time, just make sure you have the second volume on hand (or get the Absolutes, which I have). Together, those two will give you a good idea of what you’re getting into with one of the most complex and deep stories in all of comics.

Ad It Up: Indiana Jones Chat Line

I can’t remember where I snagged this image from. I think it might have been The Nth Man or something like that, possibly Punisher. All I know is that the bottom of the ad tells readers to go check out Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade which came out in 1989. Anyway, I vaguely remember seeing commercials and print ads for numbers like this where you called and chose between a few pre-recorded adventures. I have no idea how they actually worked though. Did any of you give them a whirl? It’s funny that a $2.50 call seemed so expensive back then, but you’d pay about that for a cool Indy app of some kind nowadays. Better yet? That art is rad!

Ad It Up: Challenge Of The Gobots

Yeah, yeah, I know the Go-Bots are widely considered a poor man’s Transformers, but I think there’s plenty of room in pop culture for multiple shows about robots turning into other things (just not buildings). Of course, I say that with a child’s memories. I haven’t gone back and watched Go-Bots or even much of G1 Transformers recently, so they could both be boring and bordering-on-unwatchable. I always dug the Go-Bots designs and would like to see them redone by a modern artist (or maybe even some of that CGI magic). If my opinion was based solely on this ad–which I scanned out of the second issue of the 1985 Punisher miniseries–I probably wouldn’t but. How boring!

Ad It Up: Thundercats, Misty & Care Bears

Have you guys ever heard of Meet Misty? I did a modicum of research (looking at the first page of results on both Google and Wikipedia) and came up with nothing, so I have no idea who or what she is aside from the description in this ad that she is “the soap-opera superstar who’s setting the world on fire!” So, I’m guessing she’s a pyromaniac on the run after burning down the set up her last soap opera. I get the impression from the Comic Vine entry that she was some sort of Barbie rip-off. It’s interesting that she’s sandwiched between two pretty heavy hitters in the world of children’s entertainment with the Thundercats and Care Bears. Maybe they weren’t a big deal yet? Maybe Marvel was trying to up Misty’s presence by putting her with the big dogs? Not sure. For whatever it’s worth, the ad–scanned from the second issue of the 1985 Punisher miniseries–is actually advertising the Star Comics line-up that included these guys and not necessarily animated series’ though many of the Star comics were based on TV shows.

Ad It Up: Shogun Warriors

I missed the Shogun Warriors reign as both a toy and comics success by a few years, but I can still understand the appeal. Giant robots that are both toys and comic book characters? That’s pretty much a no-brainer one-way ticket to awesome town. Has anyone read the comic lately? How do they hold up? (Capped from 1979’s Iron Man #120)