Sunday, August 2, 2020

Ads from a 1983 Marvel comic

These advertisements are from Marvel Comics' May 1983 Super-Villain Classics Vol. 1, No. 1, featuring Galactus.

Bubble Yum was introduced in the 1970s. Today I learned that there was a whole scandal in which kids in schoolyards told harrowing stories about how Bubble Yum contained iderspay eggsyay (using Pig Latin to keep from contributing to potentially validating web hits).

Star Wars: Jedi Arena was released by Parker Brothers in 1983 for the Atari 2600.

Lock 'n' Chase, an attempt to capitalize on the popularity of Pac-Man, had arcade, Atari 2600, Intellivision, Apple II and Game Boy versions. It's not clear why an "avoid law enforcement" theme was necessary for this particular maze game.

Blip magazine was apparently just a blip on the radar of magazines. According to the Internet Archive, "the first issue was published in February 1983, and the seventh and final issue was published in August of that year. Blip was aimed at a younger audience; it was comic-book sized, printed on comic book stock, and had video-game-related comics (some spanning several pages), while being somewhat thinner on computer hardware, news items and strategy guides." The first issue featured a cover photograph of actor Matthew Laborteaux (Matthew Labyorteaux) of Little House on the Prairie fame.

I cannot find anything about The Golden Institute of Palm Bay, Florida. I hope you didn't send them $4 back in the day (the equivalent of more than $10 today).

But wait, there's more!
For more fun with old comic books, check out this February post and be sure to scroll to the bottom for all the links from the Summer of 2016 series.

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