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Aside from the creep factor — look through women's clothes! Imagine being able to see what crap people have stuffed in their pockets, or rooting out shoplifters with a quick glance around the store. Why pay for an expensive apartment when you can move out of your parents' house and into your own frontier cabin?
Comic book advertisements are a common feature in American comic books mainly from the s onwards. As these advertisements were directed at young people, many made sensational claims,  and sold the products for a few dollars to be sent to a post office box. Products offered included novelty itemstoys, and self-improvement courses such as drawing and body building.
I was never going to be Spider-Man—no matter how I tried to swing from washing lines or scale neighborhood walls or tumble out of trees. My enthusiasm for imitating Peter Parker always ended in disaster and bruised limbs. Obviously being a superhero was not all it was cracked-up to be. And when I thought about it further it seemed a rather silly career option—there was no pay, no pension plan, and the insurance premiums, well, they had to massive.
Old comic books often act as a time capsule. Some are still with us, while others are not. I often like to crack open the pages of a long forgotten comic book and just browse the advertisements found inside with which to take a trip back in time to another era.
If today's Generation Y and Z-ers accuse us Baby Boomers of being cynical and distrustful, well, I for one blame it all on comic books. How many of us who grew up in the s and early '70s were lured by those enticing ads promising everything from X-Ray vision to frolicking, crown-wearing sea monkey pets for a mere couple of bucks? It took in my case a best friend with a generous weekly allowance and two parents who worked outside of the home to open my young eyes to the sad fact that advertisements didn't always tell the truth.
Thor for Hostess Fruit Pies, I was tempted to see if there was anything else out there under big frankiebut was afraid of what it might be. If anyone feels brave enough to check it, feel free to regale me with your findings.
From many of the comic book lists on this site you can tell Toptenz. No advertisements to own a nuclear sub or army tank can be found nowadays. Here are 10 of the most outrageous comic book advertisements ever. Read on, true believer!
Those of us old enough to remember print media will immediately recognize this type of advertisements. They are the kind of junk gadgets hawked in the back of comic books and other magazines, designed to appeal to gullible kids and to quickly separate them from their allowances. Whether it was a low-quality toy or a useless gadget, these advertisements made everything look incredible.
Much of what we discuss when we talk about comics in this country is from an incredibly Westernized viewpoint, often crediting the origin of sequential storytelling as having taken place in the '30s. For instance, in Japan, scrolls that were very much like comic books, in storytelling if not in format, have been around for centuries. On the other hand, American comics have always had a very distinct flavor to them. One thing has stayed consistent in Western World comic books, however, and that's the often bizarre advertisements.